Specify time structure for Hull-White interest-rate tree
TimeSpec = hwtimespec(ValuationDate,
Scalar date marking the pricing date and first observation in the tree. Specify as a serial date number or date string
Number of levels (depth) of the tree. A number of levels (NLEVELS)-by-1 vector of dates marking the cash flow dates of the tree. Cash flows with these maturities fall on tree nodes. Maturity should be in increasing order.
(Optional) Scalar value representing the rate at which the input zero rates were compounded when annualized. Default = -1 (continuous compounding). This argument determines the formula for the discount factors:
Compounding = 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12 = F
Disc = (1 + Z/F)^(-T), where F is the compounding frequency, Z is the zero rate, and T is the time in periodic units; for example, T = F is 1 year.
Compounding = 365
Disc = (1 + Z/F)^(-T), where F is the number of days in the basis year and T is a number of days elapsed computed by basis.
Compounding = -1
Disc = exp(-T*Z), where T is time in years.
TimeSpec is a structure specifying the time layout for hwtree. The state observation dates are [Settle; Maturity(1:end-1)]. Because a forward rate is stored at the last observation, the tree can value cash flows out to Maturity.
This example shows how to specify a four-period tree with annual nodes and use annual compounding to report rates.
ValuationDate = 'Jan-1-2004'; Maturity = ['12-31-2004'; '12-31-2005'; '12-31-2006'; '12-31-2007']; Compounding = 1; TimeSpec = hwtimespec(ValuationDate, Maturity, Compounding)
TimeSpec = FinObj: 'HWTimeSpec' ValuationDate: 731947 Maturity: [4x1 double] Compounding: 1 Basis: 0 EndMonthRule: 1