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Investments Hardcover – September 17, 2010

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

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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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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: #34,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 texas10354 on January 13, 2013
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Helpful for the class I took. The material is very difficult but the book does a good job of explaining most of the material.
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The older editions (less than 9th ) are worthless to buy. But, this (9th ed) is good investment. Buy the latest edition(10th) if you can afford.However, the stuff in 9th ed is almost same as 10th ed. This book contains recent updates of the market laws , regulations etc so try to buy the recent book if preparing for CFA or seeking jobs.The book came with fairly good condition.
I thought of buying the international edition (latest) but It would have taken longer time to reach.Also, international editions are paperback and it is difficult to read/study from it, especially the pages on the left.So, I preferred a hard cover (penultimate ed.). The book has to be followed many times/carried in bags and so it is good to have a hardcover copy.
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I have several Finance texts and this is one of a few that I still reference after several years (in addition to Principles of Corp Finance - Brealey & Meyers). I would consider this an intermediate to advanced level text. If this is your first text on investments, you will likely find yourself re-reading paragraphs and working through calculations. I would not recommend this text to someone who is looking to learn how to buy investments or just re-balance their portfolio. But if you want a solid understanding of the theory behind investment products - this is the text. I have other read other investment books and found that I would end up referencing this text for certain concepts, which were explained much more clearly to me.
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By DCReaderFFX on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just began this book this week. I just finished Gitman's book on Investments in the last week. I certainly appreciated the Gitman book as a primer on getting into the guts of Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management. That said, I think the BKM text is well organized too and adds a lot more depth. I've had to look up a number of things in the BKM book because the Gitman text didn't provide sufficient detail. I think once I finish (oof...huge book the BKM text is), I'll have a much better feel and more detailed understanding. I'm hoping the BKM book has more on Portfolio Management.
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