Mario Melchiori (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina) shows the results of a case study on bootstrapping the yield curve, producing zero-coupon and forward rates from market yields. The spreadsheet shows the results of the exercise, with rates and associates discount factors along the term structure. A supplementary spreadsheet shows the UK yield curve and discount factors...
RATE was developed by Rod Pienaar and Moorad Choudhry.
RATE will calculate forward rates based on periods that coincide with the zero curve tenors or allows the user to select the length of the forward
rate period (quarterly, semi-annual and annual). It is common market
practice to calculate each forward period using the curve's tenor points.
The calculation is:
DF1 is the discount factor for the earlier date
DF2 is the discount factor for the later date
DCF is the day count factor for the tenor (e.g. Act/360).
In the case of the case study undertaken by Mario Melchiori and shown on the accompanying spreadsheet, the forward rate for the 3 day to 1 week period for example would be: