The Excel Couppcd function returns the previous coupon date, before the settlement date for a security.
The syntax of the function is:
Where the arguments are as follows:
settlement    The settlement date of the security.  
maturity    The maturity date of the security.  
frequency    An integer, representing the number of coupon payments per year. This must have the value 1, 2, or 4, meaning:
 
[basis]    An optional integer argument that specifies the day count basis to be used. This must be one of the following values:

Note that the settlement and maturity dates should be input as either:
Warning: If you attempt to input these dates as text, there is a chance that Excel may misinterpret them due to different date systems, or date interpretation settings on your computer.
In cell A3 of the following spreadsheet, the Excel Couppcd function is used to calculate the coupon date before the settlement date, for a security with settlement date 01Jan2011, maturity date 25Oct2012, and four coupon payments per year. The security uses the US (NASD) 30/360 day count basis.
Formulas:
 Results:

Note that, in this example:
For further information on the Excel Couppcd function, see the Microsoft Office website.
If you get an error from the Excel Couppcd Function, this is likely to be one of the following:
#NUM!    Occurs if either:

#VALUE!    Occurs if either:
