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Investments Hardcover – January 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0072934144 ISBN-10: 007293414X Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1090 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 6 edition (January 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007293414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072934144
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zvi Bodie (Boston, MA) is a professor at Boston University.

Alex Kane (New York, NY) is a professor at New York University.

Alan J. Marcus (Chestnut Hill, MA) is a professor at Boston College.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel A. Rabinowitz on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If one is willing to look aside from the dry substandard humor of the author, they will find one of the best written textbooks around in any subject. Taken as a given that some of this material is mathematically and analytically intensive, I cannot say that this entire book is easy reading. However, you will find that the authors due an excellent job explaining and demonstrating difficult concepts. They also provide a variety of real life examples to supplement their explanations, that help to provide context for some of the seemingly abstract concepts. Moreover, they extensively make use of Microsoft Excel is demonstrating how to perform some complicated aspects of security analysis in a way that is easily reproducible to the reader.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. Davidson on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this book have produced a work that offers enough detail to give you a reliable intuition about investment opportunities, and offering a comprehensive explanation about investment theory. I found the book invaluable and absolutely worth its weight in gold. It is, however, not for the faint of heart, or anyone with zero mathematical background. While the math is far from being difficult or esoteric, you have to know what a summation is. Any precalculus background is sufficient. In addition, you have to want a comprehensive explanation that leaves no gaps. If you are looking for a short read, Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street is an excellent choice. This is a TEXT BOOK, which is, by definition, supposed to be detailed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AdreaLC on June 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is well organized, but you better have a solid calc and stats theory background. The newest edition has more chapters. Book is more wordy than concise.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dqc on February 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
i am currently subjecting myself to finance curriculum at a quant-heavy, top-5 bschool. this text was recommended for my Intro Cap Markets class (although the prof didnt exactly use it in the class).

i often used it to gain understanding of what was taught in class. unfortunately, i found this book to be EXTREMELY painful. it was verbose, overly complicated, hard to read, poorly organized & full of jargon. while it is thorough in its coverage of Capital Markets & instruments, i found it to be nearly impossible to read.

esoteric theories & mathematical proofs were introduced with little background, and often without insufficient detail to understand grasp. but the jargon & vocabulary are what made the book so unreadable ... trying to read a chapter in this book would literally consume 4-5 hours of my time.

AND forget about trying to use this book to do problemsets OR assignments. i could go on, but trust me, this book is bad ... UNLESS you already have a good intro & just want to use this as a reference.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michel Trudelle on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First, let it be said that there seems to be no decent book on Investment Theory out there, and that, in that sense, this one might be slightly better than others on the market...

Yet, reading most of the book for an Investment course, I found it to be unnecessarily wordy, often VERY repetitive, and unclear about the basic conceptual ideas behind the theory.

Most of the problems stem from the fact that the mathematics used is overly simplistic, and that no effort is made to focus on clear ideas. Instead of presenting the CAPM and APT models by formally setting the conceptual framework, stating the assumptions, introducing proper mathematical tools to tackle the development, and coming back to highlight key concepts, the book tries to circumvent any slightly difficult area by providing an endless string of confused explanations. The CAPM and APT models are not easy to REALLY grasp and although the book provided me with some "quick-fix" tools and basic definitions to address practical problems, it did not give me any insight into the underlying concepts and ideas. And without that, there is no real and lasting understanding...

The book is definitely not for readers looking for a mathematically formal coverage of the topic and might be better suited to Business students seeking a very basic introduction. But even then, I am not sure that a 700+ pages book of muddled diatribes is appropriate...
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By Angela Shao on August 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
nice, though a bit heavier. timely, neatly like new, I like it very much. I hope it would come with paper cover.
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