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Dynamic Hedging: Managing Vanilla and Exotic Options Hardcover – January 14, 1997

ISBN-13: 072-3812152803 ISBN-10: 0471152803 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471152803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471152804
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

If the dot-com bubble was an age of unabashed risk-taking, the prolonged hangover from that binge has fostered a period of risk aversion; this snappily titled volume is a detailed text of tools that financial organizations can use to hedge even the most minute financial activity. Crafted by an option trader who's slugged it out in the international banking netherworld of derivatives risk, this book tears apart the heady instruments of risk management. This no modern financial history for the business-minded; rather, it's a recipe book for pointy-heads who live deep in the nervous system of the global financial system. Taleb explores the differences between European binary options, Asian options and American single binary options, including a case study on "the ravages of time." The book jacket proclaims a text "in plain English," but the book is steeped in jargon and concepts targeted to a reader well familiar with the arcane world of the options market.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

Written by a leading options trader and derivatives risk advisor to global banks and exchanges, this book provides a practical, real-world methodology for monitoring and managing all the risks associated with portfolio management. Fills a big gap in investment literature--the only book to share complex options trading strategies and advanced risk management methods with trading professionals.

More About the Author

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent two decades as a trader and risk taker before becoming a full-time essayist and scholar focusing on practical, philosophical and mathematical problems with chance, luck, and probability. His focus in on how different systems handle disorder.

Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's School of Engineering, but he spends most of his time in the intense seclusion of his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés.

He is the author of the Incerto (latin for uncertainty), accessible in any order (Antifragile, The Black Swan, The Bed of Procrustes, and Fooled by Randomness) plus a freely available technical version, Silent Risk. Taleb has also published close to 40 academic and scholarly papers as a backup, technical footnotes to the Incerto. Taleb's books have more than 100 translations in 35 languages.

Taleb believes that prizes, honorary degrees, awards, and ceremonialism debase knowledge by turning it into a spectator sport.

""Imagine someone with the erudition of Pico de la Mirandola, the skepticism of Montaigne, solid mathematical training, a restless globetrotter, polyglot, enjoyer of fine wines, specialist of financial derivatives, irrepressible reader, and irascible to the point of readily slapping a disciple." La Tribune (Paris)

A giant of Mediterranean thought ... Now the hottest thinker in the world", London Times

"The most prophetic voice of all" GQ

Customer Reviews

Great book, very easy read as it is written in a conversational tone.
Mr. Daniel Campos
Go reread it and think about it, you will get it and you will want to thank Taleb for making you think.
PC
Overall, a very good book and I would recommend it to any beginning trader that is looking to advance.
Dan Chemistruck

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Nigel N. on February 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I would not recommend this book to build up an academic background but rather to develop an understanding and an intuition of how dynamic options are. As a hedge fund options trader this book has been very valuable to me to validate my own observations and where necessary to correct those observations, which at the time seemed correct, but which the author through market experience manages to convey the proper meaning. This book is not only factual but also provides you with the right frame of mind to think about options. I believe you can also use the author's experience to boost your own practical experience.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hefele on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a healthy dose of practical wisdom for options traders so that they don't blindly follow their mathematical models into oblivion. The author (Taleb) has a PhD in finance, but also has traded in the pits, he knows both theory and practice and where they diverge.
Taleb focuses on hedging, which is a trader's main task when running a large portfolio of options. Instead of using a flood of equations, Taleb relies on charts, graphs, and tables to make his points. Most of the equations & heavy mathematics are relegated to the appendix, presumably because quants (or software) will price the instruments. He covers the behavior of the Greeks (delta, gamma, vega, theta, etc.) for vanilla options as well as behavior of exotic options, and delves into the practicalities of volatility, hedging at discontinuities, and various other topics.
The book is very popular on trading desks, and although I found it pretty good, I didn't find it to be outstanding. Also, notably, the book does NOT cover credit & interest rate derivatives at all; hopefully this will be corrected in the next edition.
So if you need a book on the practicalities of hedging a portfolio of vanilla/exotic options, then get this book. On the other hand, if you want some basic options theory, or want to focus more in pricing, or need a basic introduction, look elsewhere (perhaps to Hull's or Wilmott's books).
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Rosema on May 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this book could use an editor - there are all sorts of errors everywhere. While it makes the reading pretty tough, I think this is really one of the most useful books on options around. It's a little like Campbell/Lo/MacKinlay's book on empirical finance, but with a more experienced and real-life perspective. It's a bit refreshing after all the copycat books on option pricing that still don't contribute much beyond what Hull has written. No question, top 5 in practical finance reading.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Taleb's writing style is unique, to say the least. If you can get past it, though, his material is solid gold!
The structure of the book is very disjointed and information dense. I typically read 4-5 pages, spent a day or two figuring out what nuance he was trying to communicate, and then was absolutely floored by the insight. I've read the book several times over and expect re-read it several more.
Taleb's risk management perspective is at odds with "pricing" but right-on for "risk management". He would willingly trade a small certain loss for a possibly large gain rather than vice versa. This perspective is probably consistent with most dynamic hedgers; you expect the hedge to be a drain on income but also to save you from catastrophic events.
As a non-trader implementing dynamic hedging programs, Taleb's perspective and insights have proven invaluable. I have avoided countless pitfalls into which I would otherwise have fallen. I look forward to future editions of this book!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By spilpe@wexford.com on March 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It is nearly impossible to write a book that is both mathematically rigorous and sufficiently down to earth to be accessible to the professional trader. This book is a step in the right direction. It maintains the mathematical accuracy and depth without bogging the reader down with technical derivation of formulae. At the same time, it is written by a trader whose experience in the real market compels him to constantly question the `nice' assumptions used to derive these formulae.
Taleb is first a market practitioner who uses models and pricing formulae to enhance trading and not the other way around. If there is a discrepancy between theory and reality he doesn't blame the markets.
The book is very personal and leaves no doubt what the author's opinion is on VAR, continuous hedging and other sacred cows of modern finance. The debacle in the financial markets in 1998 and the apologetic excuses by famous traders and theoreticians indicates that there is more than a grain of truth in Taleb's skepticism.
The importance of this book is that whether one agrees or disagrees with Taleb, it forces the reader to question his basic assumptions and rethink common truths. The book is unique: it is stylish, philosophical, literary, and if one may say so of a hardcore financial book - it is very entertaining.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
this book has helped me in NUMEROUS interviews over the years... it is a book that always keeps me fresh... HOWEVER, thank god i have a solid background in derivatives - otherwise, the 107 errors i found (mathematics, definitions, explanations, etc) would have driven me to a point of complete confusion... NEVER have aloof traders edit your book - get someone who understands derivatives and is separated from the world of day-to-day trading... this book could have been the bible of understanding the risks in options - including exotic options... instead, it is just a good book... well done Taleb... but could you have been more slack with the editing?
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