YIELD Function

Calculates the yield on a security that pays a periodic interest

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What is the YIELD Function?

The YIELD Function[1] is categorized under Excel Financial functions. It will calculate the yield on a security that pays periodic interest. The function is generally used to calculate bond yield.

As a financial analyst, we often calculate the yield on a bond to determine the income that would be generated in a year. Yield is different from the rate of return, as the return is the gain already earned, while yield is the prospective return.


= YIELD(settlement, maturity, rate, pr, redemption, frequency, [basis])

This function uses the following arguments:

  1. Settlement (required argument) – This is the settlement date of the security. It is a date after the security is traded to the buyer that is after the issue date.
  2. Maturity (required argument) – This is the maturity date of the security. It is the date when the security expires.
  3. Rate (required argument) – The annual coupon rate.
  4. Pr (required argument) – The price of the security per $100 face value.
  5. Redemption (required argument) – This is the redemption value per $100 face value.
  6. Frequency (required argument) – The number of coupon payments per year. It must be one of the following: 1 – Annually, 2 – Semi-annually, 4 – Quarterly
  7. [basis] (optional argument) – Specifies the financial day count basis that is used by the security. The possible values are:

BasisDay Count basis
0 or omittedUS(NASD) 30/360
4European 30/360


The settlement and maturity dates should be supplied to the YIELD function as either:

  • References to cells containing dates
  • Dates returned from formulas.

How to use the YIELD Function in Excel?

As a worksheet function, YIELD can be entered as part of a formula in a cell of a worksheet. To understand the uses of the function, let’s consider an example:


Suppose we are given the following data:

  • Settlement date: 01/01/2017
  • Maturity date: 6/30/2019
  • Rate of interest: 10%
  • Price per $100 FV: $101
  • Redemption value: $100
  • Payment terms: Quarterly

We can use the function to find out the yield. The formula to use will be:

YIELD Function

We get the result below:

YIELD Function - Example

In the above example:

  1. We used as the basis the US (NASD) 30/360 day basis.
  2. As recommended by Microsoft, the date arguments were entered as references to cells containing dates.

A few things to remember about the YIELD Function:

  1. #NUM! error – Occurs when:
    • The settlement date provided is greater than or equal to the maturity date.
    • We provide invalid numbers for the rate, pr, redemption, frequency, or [basis] arguments. That is, if we provide rate < 0; pr ≤ 0; redemption ≤ 0; frequency is any number other than 1, 2, or 4; or [basis] is any number other than 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
  1. #VALUE! error – Occurs when:
    • Any of the arguments provided is non-numeric.
    • The settlement and maturity dates provided are not valid dates.
  1. The result from the Excel RATE function appears to be the value 0 or appears as a percentage but shows no decimal places. This problem is often due to the formatting of the cell containing the function. If this is the case, fix the problem by formatting the cell to show a percentage with decimal places.
  2. The settlement date is the date a buyer purchases a security such as a bond. The maturity date is the date when a security matures/expires. For example, assume a 30-year bond is issued on January 1, 2010 and is purchased by a buyer six months later. The issue date would be January 1, 2010, the settlement date would be July 1, 2010, and the maturity date would be January 1, 2040, which is 30 years after the January 1, 2010 issue date.

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