FYI - Nominal Yield = "the interest rate stated in writing on the face of the bond"... And that rate is based on the bond's par value (i.e. Value at maturity or call... Usually $1,000). Your question doesn't make sense. The Nominal Yield is always the written yield of a par valued bond. If your receiving $80 per year in interest payments then your yield is 8%. If you want your yield (actual yield not nominal yield) to be 10% you need to pay below par ($800) for the bond. Then your interest rate would equate to 10%. That's not going to happen today. Interest rates are low so bond prices are high - In to day's bond market, only the most risky bonds yield 10%. You'd be crazy to purchase a bond yielding 10%.