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Zvi Bodie , Alex Kane , Alan J. Marcus
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July 23, 2001 0072503661 978-0072503661 5
Bodie/Kane/Marcus is the leading textbook in the graduate investments market. It is recognized as the best blend of practical and theoretical coverage, while maintaining an appropriate rigor and clear writing style. Its unifying theme is that security markets are nearly efficient, meaning that most securities are usually priced appropriately given their risk and return attributes. The text places greater emphasis on asset allocation, and offers a much broader and deeper treatment of futures, options, and other derivative security markets than most investment texts.

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Zvi Bodie is Professor of Finance and Economics at the Boston University School of Management. He is the director of Boston University’s Chartered Financial Analysts Examination Review Program and has served as consultant to many private and governmental organizations. Professor Bodie is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he was director of the NBER Project on Financial Aspects of the U.S. Pension System, and he is a member of the Pension Research Council of The Wharton School. He is widely published in leading professional journals, and his previous books include Pensions in the U.S. Economy, Issues in Pension Economics, and Financial Aspects of the U.S. Pension System.

Alex Kane is professor of finance and economics at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He was visiting professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo; Graduate School of Business, Harvard; Kennedy School of Government, Harvard; and research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. An author of many articles in finance and management journals, Professor Kane’s research is mainly in corporate finance, portfolio management, and capital markets, most recently in the measurement of market volatility and the pricing of options. Professor Kane is the developer of the International Simulation Laboratory (ISL) for training and experimental research in executive decision making.

Alan Marcus is professor of finance in the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He received his PHD in Economics from MIT in 1981. Professor Marcus recently has been a visiting professor at the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration and at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has served as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also established the Chartered Financial Analysts Review Program at Boston College. Professor Marcus has published widely in the fields of capital markets and portfolio management, with an emphasis on applications of futures and options pricing models. His consulting work has ranged from new product development to provision of expert testimony in utility rate proceedings. He also spend two years at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), where he developed models of mortgage pricing and credit risk, and he currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Currency Risk Management Alliance of State Street Bank and Windham Capital Management Boston.

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  • Hardcover: 1015 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 5 edition (July 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072503661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072503661
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jam packed with valuable information June 14, 2002
This book has a tremendous amount of valuable information for those of us who want to understand what investments are actually about. There is a lot more to it than the simple bromides peddled in the popular press and media. Yet, when you get some basic concepts down, they become easier to understand and evaluate. The popular press is misleading in its oversimplification and silly statements (like "no one is buying today").
I want to praise this edition's organization. Since it is a text designed for use by students, the fifth edition I used is organized most helpfully. Each chapter has an overview and there are concept check questions at key points of the text that help you assess if you really understood the information you just read. The main points are restated in a concise summary at the end of each chapter and you can review the key terms to make sure you are absorbing the vocabulary.
There are valuable websites listed along the way for additional and related information. The authors and publisher also provide a website with materials including spreadsheets directly related to this book. The part of the site with online quizzes has a few typos and scoring errors, and that should be fixed, but the online materials are generally ok.
The chapter problems are another matter. Some are really projects and should be separated, I feel, from the study questions. They are good to do if you have the time and will certainly help your learning, but they can take some time to work through.
Some of the questions are very simple and are really a quick concept check and they seem out of place when placed along side the "projects". One VERY NICE feature of the questions is the inclusion of sample CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam questions.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic book on investments June 15, 2002
I've owned an edition of this book since 1993 when I took an Investments class as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout my career, my return to graduate school, and my pursuit of my CFA charter, I have used and seen others using this book,
This book is an introductory textbook on investments. To get a deeper understanding about the research that developed the theories and the ongoing debates in academia (e.g. APT, efficient markets hypothesis, behavioral finance), I would suggest reading some of the authors/researchers referenced in the book. Despite this limitation, this is an excellent starting point. The book begins with basic introduction of financial markets and instruments, develops the basic finance toolbox (e.g. basic statistical tools - mean, variance; discounted cash flow), and applies them in a portfolio setting. From this base, it goes on to introduce the most basic financial concepts such as beta, CAPM, diversification, efficient frontier, CAL, etc. These are all the basic tools that are used in portfolio contruction and management. The book extends itself by introducing additional concepts such as derivatives (e.g. futures, options, swaps) which can alter the charateristics of portfolios. As other reviewers have noted and I will agree, these topics are only in a cursory fashion, and I recommend further study on these topics through other texts or papers.
Overall, this is a must read (at least as a starting point) for anyone interested in developing knowledge about portfolio theory. For example, this book would be very helpful for anyone who would like to understand with a more critical eye what the commentators/analysts on CNBC or at the brokerage firms are trying to recommend for their own portfolios.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to begin February 13, 2000
Similar choice of topics as William Sharpe's book with the same title, but somewhat less technical and detailed. Discussion is streamlined in the interests of clarity. Some readers might regard the authors as having "dumbed down" the material, but this is an illusion born of clear writing. Any of the topics can of course be treated with much more depth, but this would be a mistake in an introductory broad-brush treatment of the subject.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well begun is half done!! February 23, 2004
Anyone embarking upon a study of investments should begin with this book. From an explanation of market structure to intuitive analyses of all core concepts in investments (like Markowitz Theory, CAPM, Black-Scholes, Fixed Income concepts), this book has everything. Newer editions of the book also have very good instructions on how to implement the tools in MS-Excel. Obviously, this book is not meant for those pursuing a PhD. Rather it is meant for MBAs and aspiring CFAs who want to learn and implement investment tools and analysis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a newer edition June 28, 2001
This book is the third edition and there is a fourth edition out on the shelves; that edition has an additional chapter too. Its about the same price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whets the appetite for more November 8, 2001
By A Customer
Not as technical as one would expect under such a promising title. Nevertheless, the book is very attractively organized and didactically useful. Problems are generally good in supplementing the theory. I found it pleasurable to study from this book. It whets the appetite for more.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The standard, but for good reason! January 18, 1999
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This book is used in many fine B-Schools. It is the only standard issue text that I think has earned its status. It does a great job of explaining things and also has a very real world feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars deep read
This older version has all of the same stuff as the newer version. I saved tons of money. The only thing i did not like was the very deep detail. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Same as expected
I had used this book during my MBA and found it quite comprehensive on the theories of Investment, e.g. CAPM, Portfolio Theory etc. Read more
Published on October 16, 2009 by Ranajit Gangopadhyay
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book is good. But if you can solve all the problems (buy the solutions manual) then you will be able to extract all the value from it.
Published on April 22, 2004 by Avinash P. Mulye
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductury Investments Book
Great book for undergraduate Investments courses and great to review for the PROFESSIONAL RISK MANAGER CERTIFICATION
Published on July 1, 2003 by Jesus F. Lozano Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory book on financial economics
This is the best book in financial economics at a graduate level program. It covers the basics and some advanced topics in finance with the right balance of theories and... Read more
Published on April 30, 2003 by Hajavola R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I find this to be a good book. It's big, thick and it just waits for you to pick it up. It does a good job explaining things to a beginner but as noted here before me I also found... Read more
Published on March 7, 2003 by "henrik_hansen"
3.0 out of 5 stars Full of statistics jargon
It is of course a comprehansive book about investments and covers many topics but is only for those who already are familiar with statistics. Read more
Published on January 24, 2003 by siourock
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a newer edition
This book is the third edition and there is a fourth edition out on the shelves; that edition has an additional chapter too. Its about the same price.
Published on June 28, 2001 by RK
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