Review of the First Edition
"Interest-rate risk management is generally perceived as one of the most technical areas in modern finance. The sheer number of different, rather cumbersome and somewhat abstract, models that exist to price and hedge interest-rate-sensitive claims, has intimidated all but the most determined academicians and practitioners. This unfortunate perception of the subject will be reversed for most who read Robert A. Jarrow's new book . . . [in which] he has packaged his knowledge and insight into a form that anyone can understand. . . . It is a book targeted to the advanced MBA student, the Ph.D. student, and the technical Wall Street crowd. Each audience should be pleased with it. . . . It is the best book in the interest-rate pricing area."—Journal of Finance
"The Second Edition is written in a style that makes it invaluable to a wide audience. For the specialist, it provides a clear and concise discussion of virtually every aspect of fixed income modeling—from model construction through to implementation and estimation. For the newcomer, it provides a 'from the ground up' approach with an introduction to traded securities, theory, modeling and application."—Andrew Jeffrey, Yale School of Management
"One feature of the revised edition that I find particularly appealing to instructors and students is that each chapter starts with an example demonstrating the new concepts in the chapter. This is very useful for MBA students. The revision is carefully written and well organized, with an emphasis on risk management."—Zsuzsanna Fluck, Department of Finance, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University
From the Inside Flap
This book teaches the basics of fixed-income securities in a way that, unlike competitive texts, requires a minimum of prerequisites. While other books focus heavily on institutional details of the bond market, all of which could easily be learned “on the job,” Jarrow is more concerned with presenting a coherent theoretical framework for understanding all basic models. His unified approach—the Heath Jarrow Morton model—under which all other models are presented as special cases, enhances understanding while avoiding repetition. The author’s pricing model is widely used in today’s securities industry.
In this revised edition, the author has added new chapters to enrich coverage, and has modified the order of chapters slightly to smooth the progression of material from simple to complex. Online material will be available with the text, replacing the diskette included in the first edition; lecture notes for instructors will be available on PowerPoint slides. MathWorks has provided a free online, limited version of the MATLAB’s financial derivatives toolbox, with which users of the book can apply the theory presented in each chapter.