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Investments Hardcover – September 17, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0073530703 ISBN-10: 0073530700 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 9 edition (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073530700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073530703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jaewoo Kim VINE VOICE on June 14, 2011
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This book deals primarily with equity and bond investment finance. This is not a general finance book. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book, for example, to those who want to study corporate finance.

The book does a quite good, but not perfect, job of explaining the elegant finance subject matters such as CAPM, bond pricing, and risk management. For example, although I knew that higher stocks with higher Beta must have higher return than stocks with lower Beta (assuming CAPM is true), the book never bothers to explain precisely why. One must deduct the reasons from the CAPM assumptions and equations, which is not always intuitive.

The book also provides second set of questions for those who are studying for the CFA. I don't know how closely the book's questions resembles the real CFA questions.

I wish the book had more Excel examples and problems. Although the book does not ignore Excel, most of the problems and solutions involve using a calculator. Given that Excel, not the calculator, is the principle tool of finance (and even Excel is being upstaged by data analytics using terabytes of data), I thought the book was little too old fashioned in its examples, problems, and solutions.

Overall, this is a nice textbook with some of the best explainations of finance concepts I have ever read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sid Sheth on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for an MBA Investments class. This is by far one of the best textbooks I have used in a while. Like some previous reviewers have said, this does have a fair amount of space dedicated to CFA questions. That being said, the material and the explanations are by a long shot the best I have seen in a graduate level text. The authors do a wonderful job in explaining the intuition behind some of the more conceptually dense material.

My only gripe with this is the fact that the book comes without the solutions to the problems (except the concept check). For quantitative subjects such as this, it pays to be able to work through problems and look at the solutions.

Overall I'd give this 4.5 stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonny123 on January 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book has a good section on portfolio theory and diversification. The Markowitz model and Single index model are explained in good detail. However, the chapters on Futures and options, and Bonds could be explained better. I relied on my professor's notes to understand these concepts. The wording of the book is confusing at times and to understand something you need to read it 3 or 4 times at the least to get a good grasp of what the author is saying. Be prepared to read 12 to 15 hours per chapter to fully understand the material, sometimes more.

The solutions manual tends to have very short and concise answers that do not go into enough detail for the student to give the student a more full understanding of why a certain answer is chosen. Im not sure why the authors don't go into more detail with some of the solutions to make it easier to understand how they came to that solution. For example some of the questions asked in the book problems are not topics covered in the chapter, or are topics covered very briefly, which makes it nearly impossible to solve the problem on your own. There is little to no reference in the chapter to understand how to solve these problems. A more detailed and explanatory solutions manual would greatly enhance learning outcomes for students that are not experts in Finance as of yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stimler on February 25, 2015
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Let me preface this with the fact that I am not now or ever have been an MBA student. I bought this to read for my own enlightenment on the subject of equity pricing. I am a real estate investor and have some understanding of pricing in my area and am searching for something similar with equities. I will as say I bought the third edition years ago and figured I would update prior to putting in the study time. This edition is better written and addresses the last downturn. I will also mention that I have stopped at page 596 and if all my concerns should be address in the latter part of the book I apologize.

Warren Buffet said, "I'd rather be approximately right than precisely wrong." I believe that this book could be very helpful if you desire to be precisely wrong. Lots of calculations based on guesses of the future. My understanding is that the book believes that the price of a stock is based on future earnings, which can be predicted with accuracy. What it does not explain is if the crystal ball works for future earnings why it does not just work for price and save all the calculations. As engineering student we were warned of the dangers of extrapolating the rate of the first two years of a baby’s weight gain for the next 80 years, especially to two decimal places. If nothing else, Long Term Capital should be a warning to all who believe such models
The book also seems to take Efficient Market Hypothesis as gospel, which to me seems like foolishness squared. Does everyone trade with perfect knowledge, I certainly do not. Does everyone have the same expected rate of return? Are there not two sides to every trade, one expecting it to go up and the other expecting the opposite?
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