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Financial Economics (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131856158
ISBN-10: 0131856154
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KEY BENEFIT: This significant new guide to finance has a broader scope and greater emphasis on general principles than most other books of its kind, which typically focus exclusively on corporate finance. Acclaimed authors Bodie and Merton offer an approach balanced among the three "pillars" of finance-optimization over time, asset valuation, and risk management. KEY TOPICS: Encompasses all subfields of finance within a single unifying conceptual framework. Offers the "big picture" of resource allocation over time under conditions of uncertainty. Focuses on personal finance topics, such as saving and investing, as well as asset valuation. Provides spreadsheet modeling exercises in the accompanying Prentice Hall Finance Center CD. MARKET: Ideal for executives or for anyone seeking a solid understanding and overview of the field of finance. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Zvi Bodie is professor of finance and economics at Boston University School of Management. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served on the finance faculty at Harvard Business School and MIT s Sloan School of Management. Professor Bodie has published widely on pension finance and investment strategy in leading professional journals. His books include Worry-Free Investing: A safe Approach to Achieving your Lifetime Financial Goals and Foundations of Pension Finance. Professor Bodie is managing director of Integrated Finance Limited, a specialized investment bank and financial engineering company. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Pension Research Council.

Robert C. Merton is George Fisher Baker, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (February 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131856154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131856158
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like Financial Economics very much. I assigned several chapters from this book to my EC171 students at Boston University. The introductory chapters about the time value of money and interest and inflation are clear and accessible for our students.

While another review bemoans the lack of formulas in the chapters (I believe the formulas were well explained), I loved that the book went so far as to explain with examples how to use Microsoft Excel's financial functions to perform all necessary calculations. For my students (who are from the arts and sciences, not the school of engineering) clear instructions on using Excel is a more important benefit than more algebra.

In my experience, most introductory finance texts have too much of a corporate finance worldview. Financial Economics is a more balanced toward the needs of individuals making decisions. Without compunction, I recommend this text for introductory finance classes.
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Introductory books are a lot like sports that have compulsory and freestyle segments. In all intro books there's a core of material that needs to be covered (in pretty much a prescribed fashion) and then there is the freestyle component that either soars or sinks like lead. This book hits all of its marks on the compulsories then excels in the freestyle segments.

This book covers the fundamentals in a way that is cohesive, coherent and engagingly constructed. The prose sets the right tone; the math that is used remains in service of the point being made without overshadowing; the short inline anecdotes reinforce the themes and make for an entertaining read. Having taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on investments, I like this book on the strengths of its fundamentals.

The real value of the book, over many other intro books, is the material that goes beyond the compulsory. For example, chapter 5 covers the investment problem at the fundamental level of the choice between saving and consumption; a pet peeve of mine is when investments texts ignore the *purpose* of the portfolio. Chapter 16 covers options in a way that is accessible and correct; again here the math is the servant, but not the master, of the ideas promulgated. Finally, Chapter 17 on real options comprises the last chapter that any course syllabus has as an aspirational goal; well written and informative, students will *want* to read this chapter even if the course ends too soon.

In short, this is a great book to have, read and use.
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As a professor at The Wharton School, I am often asked for a recommendation for an introductory finance textbook by friends, incoming students as well as even former students who want a good reference for their jobs. My usual response is Bodie, Merton and Cleeton. It strikes the right balance between being comprehensive, intuitive and succinct. To be sure, I have known and admired the authors for many years; they have defined much of the field that they discuss. But I am pretty picky about the books that I recommend to friends and students. This one gets it right.
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