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Interest Rate Models - Theory and Practice: With Smile, Inflation and Credit (Springer Finance) Hardcover – August 2, 2006

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  • Series: Springer Finance
  • Hardcover: 982 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (August 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540221492
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540221494
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The text is no doubt my favorite on the subject of interest rate modeling. It perfectly combines mathematical depth, historical perspective and practical relevance. The fact that the authors combine a strong mathematical (finance) background with expert practice knowledge (they both work in a bank) contributes hugely to its format. I also admire the style of writing: at the same time concise and pedagogically fresh. The authors’ applied background allows for numerous comments on why certain models have (or have not) made it in practice. The theory is interwoven with detailed numerical examples…For those who have a sufficiently strong mathematical background, this book is a must."

From the reviews of the second edition:

"The book ‘Interest Rate Models – Theory and Practice’ provides a wide overview of interest rate modeling in mathematical depth. … The authors found a good approach to present a mathematically demanding area in a very clear, understandable way. The book will most likely become … one of the standard references in the area. … if one were to buy only one book about interest rate models, this would be it." (David Skovmand and Michael Verhofen, Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Vol. 21 (1), 2007)

"This is the book on interest rate models and should proudly stand on the bookshelf of every quantitative finance practitioner and student involved with interest rate models. If you are looking for one reference on interest rate models then look no further as this text will provide you with excellent knowledge in theory and practice. … is simply a must for all. Especially, I would recommend this to students … . Overall, this is by far the best interest rate models book in the market." (Ita Cirovic Donev, MathDL, May, 2007)

"This is a very detailed course on interest rate models. Its main goal is to construct some kind of bridge between theory and practice in this field. From one side, the authors would like to help quantitative analysts and advanced traders handle interest-rate derivatives with a sound theoretical apparatus. … Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and researchers should benefit from reading this book and seeing how some sophisticated mathematics can be used in concrete financial problems." (Yuliya S. Mishura, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1109 (11), 2007)

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Overall, it is one of the best books written on the subject.
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Though not precisely at beginner level, it is one of the best financial mathematics book combining rigourous theory with actual practice.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Rama CONT on December 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This recent book, written by two Italian "quants" Mercurio & Brigo, gives a nice and accessible overview of interest rate models which is a compromise between the practitioner viewpoint, expressed for ex. in Rebonato's book "Interet Rate option models"
and the theoretical viewpoint such as the one in Musiela & Rutkowski.
The authors, themselves PhDs in quantitative finance/ applied maths, wrote this book while working as quants in an Italian bank and this first hand contact with the market gave them a
practical view on the subject which markes this book very interesting.
The book contains a "rational" catalogue of models used in practice ( as opposed to models which are impossible to implement!).
In contrast with academic books on interest rate modeling which deal with HJM formulation, there is a lot of emphasis here on LIBOR and Swap market models
(BGM -Jamshidian models) which reflects the current market practice. This is a positive point since there are not many books with details on implementing and using these "market models".
Part II: Interest rate models in practice is particularly useful because it deals with implementation and calibration which, as any practitioner knows, are important and usually delicate issues.
However calibration issues are dealt with somewhat lightly, especially recent developments on modeling cap/swaption smiles
are not included here.
This book can also be used for a graduate level/PhD course on interest rate models.
There are a lot of numerical examples in the book and mathematics is kept to the necessary level while keeping the
approach both rigorous and understandable.

Overall, it is one of the best books written on the subject.
I highly recommend it to PhD students, quants and researchers interested in this field.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the late nineties I went through Brigo's innovative work on stochastic nonlinear filtering with differential geometry techniques. I was favorably impressed by results and style, particularly in his dissertation and in his 'geometry in present day science' very readable overview. Interesting results are found and nicely told with accurate - but not pointlessly complicated - advanced mathematics for the problems at hand, I reasoned.
I've followed a similar path from control to finance, and having worked with interest rate models, I couldn't help but order this Brigo-Mercurio book. I had high expectations 'cause these two guys are working in a bank on the real thing.

Sure enough I'm not disappointed.
1-factor models are handled with great care, a ton of formulas and recipes are given. I've never seen this kind of analysis of pricing with Gaussian 1-f models. The new upgrade of the CIR model is interesting and accurate. "CIR++" is now my favorite 1-f model. I like the treatment of lognormal 1-f models and the explanation of Monte Carlo and trees -- the flow-chart for Bermudan swaptions is crystal clear! Plots of market implied structures and volatility calibration are useful additions.
The chapter on 2-f extensions has one of the best discussions on volatility, and two tons of useful formulas/recipes. Two dimensional trees!
The HJM chapter size is OK. I agree - the useful models embedded in HJM are short rate models and market models.
Market models - these three chapters alone are worth the book. You'll find yourself nodding as you read the guided tour. They make it look easy all the time. The exposition is focused, clear, intuitive, detailed. There's also new stuff, just check the calibration discussion!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By razafindrakoto jean-claude on September 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Though not precisely at beginner level, it is one of the best financial mathematics book combining rigourous theory with actual practice. I use this book as a reference book in combination with Kennedy and Hunt (Financial Derivatives), with Wilmott's Derivatives. Brigo and Mercurio's book gives an accurate account of the latest research on interest rate derivatives. They provide very good information (theory and practice) on calibration to cap/floor, swaptions data. A "must buy it immediately" book for quants and financial engineers, and also for graduates in quantitative finance. Could be recommended to newcomers in the area of mathematical finance, interested in knowing how mathematics is applied to concrete financial problems.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2001
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In my humble opinion, this is the best book on Interest Rate modeling out there. The writing style is clear and focused and the appendices are fantastic. The book is rigorous but someone with some background in Stochastic Calculus will find it easy to follow. If you need refresher, dont worry the authors have you covered, see the appendix on Stochastic Calculus. Not an introductory book. Very exciting book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
With all the due respect to the other authors I would say that if one is interested in a good theoretical book whihc is also good on the implementation side then the book of Brigo and Mercurion is definetly the best book I have ever read on the subject.
Anyone interested in implementing the LMM/BGM/MSS model in practice is well advised to read it.
I would just say that this is certainly a must have in the field.
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