with these inputs, PRICEMAT returns a price for the bond of $93.09.

Entering dates

In Excel, dates are serial numbers. Generally, the best way to enter valid dates is to use cell references, as shown in the example. To enter valid dates directly inside a function, you can use the DATE function.


The basis argument controls how days are counted. The PRICEMAT function allows 5 options (0-4) and defaults to zero, which specifies US 30/360 basis. This article on Wikipedia provides a detailed explanation of available conventions.


In Excel, dates are serial numbers.  settlement, maturity, issue, and basis are truncated to integers. If any date is not valid, PRICEMAT returns #VALUE! rate and yield must be positive or PRICEMAT returns the #NUM! If basis is out-of-range, PRICEMAT returns #NUM! If maturity date is not later than settlement date, PRICEMAT returns #NUM!

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