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Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives and DerivaGem CD Package (8th Edition) [Hardcover]

by John C. Hull
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February 12, 2011 0132777428 978-0132777421 8

Bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, this introductory text on the futures and options markets is ideal for those with a limited background in mathematics.

The eighth edition has been updated and improved–featuring a new chapter on securitization and the credit crisis, and increased discussion on the way commodity prices are modeled and commodity derivatives valued.


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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (February 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132777428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132777421
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
This review is written for many of those switching to quantitative finance from other fields. Hull's book will become an essential foundation-builder for such people.

Let's assume you want to become a quantitative analyst or a risk manager switching from another, preferably quantitative, field. Then in order to get a job you need to have the following:

1. Knowledge of derivatives and markets;
2. Knowledge of statistical methods and data analysis with applications in finance;
3. Computational methods supported by software such as C++ and R to be able to apply theoretical knowledge obtained in 1 and 2;
4. Proof that you have decent understanding of finance through obtaining a designation such as PRM (Since, under our assumption, you enter finance from a different field, you don't have work experience. That is why PRM will be the most suitable for you as you will just need to be well prepared academically to pass the exams and get the designation).

The book under review will be absolutely essential for you for clearing steps 1 and 4. It has been written with the care for the reader in mind.

Hull, in contrast to many other authors, does not try to show off his intellectual superiority by using complicated and abstract language which would normally be designed to make the reader feel miserable. In contrast, he wants the reader to become knowledgeable by carefully guiding him through complicated topics with numerous examples and explanations. The friendliness of exposition does not mean that the rigor is lost though; the book is written with the perfect rigor, but it is achieved without making it too dry and abstract. The scope of coverage is amazing: all major aspects of derivatives and markets connected with them have been covered.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Quant Finance Book June 15, 2012
I have read many books before this book, including Shreve, Cont and Tankov, etc. All those books are supposed to be "standard" textbooks for MFE students or students in other fields who want to become Quants. However, Hull's Book is the only one that taught me "why" besides "how". After reading this book, all mathematical formulas finally become clear to me. The pain in studying quantitative finance is that you understand various pricing models but don't know why they are useful. Hull did an excellent work in bridging the two.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Gold Standard of Derivatives Textbooks February 2, 2012
One of the most thorough and clearly written texts on the complex subject of Derivatives Finance, this book is very well suited for academic purposes as well as for practicioners of finance. An impressive feature of the style in which the material is presented is that the author does not try to impress the reader with sophisticated mathematics, but instead adopts a more intuitive approach to communicating the way in which financial instruments are priced. This is a rare feature of high-level finance books, and makes the reading experience more fluid and instructive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars it's not a kindle book - it's fiction November 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have IPad with the kindle app installed. I bought the John Hull Options Futures and others... in kindle format as ostensibly amazon states. There is nothing even similar. They made the same PDF original doc searchable. It's not a kindle format at all. No options to change font size at least not to mention of background color. And with all of that it's prise $166. outrages
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book, but so expensive in the US! December 5, 2012
This book is amazing in terms of it accessibility and ease of use when I am using to study up on options and derivatives for my new career. It explains at both a high level getting you upto speed with the fundamentals and then delving deeper into the mathematics behind most of the systems.

I am also glad I live in a third world country like the UK (thats irony folks) where I bought this book for 30 pounds, not the 200 odd dollars you get charged in the US. I understand this is an elite area of study but really the book isn't worth that amount of money.

In terms of content and use 5 stars, price in the US 1 star, elsewhere 4 stars. Pays to shop around.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly but Dense February 23, 2012
This scholarly work provides the most comprehensive and detailed explanation of derivatives that I have read in any one book. If you have been away from math for a while, however, you may need to refresh your knowledge of algebra and calculus to follow Hull's text. Unlike many of the trading books advertised on Amazon, this one cannot be absorbed while drinking a beer. If you decide to tackle this tome, keep in mind that much of it is theoretical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use as a refresher? January 21, 2014
This book is overrated as a bible and a must-have textbook. There is absolutely no attempt in explaining any concepts, the style of the book is like an encyclopedia of facts covering the various asset classes and basics. I can only think this would be a good refresher to check one's knowledge for interviews. I also attended a multi-day seminar by John Hull which was based on this book, sadly it did not help advance my understanding as such. In turn my recommendation would be Salih Neftci's books, where both theory and practice are laid out with no ambiguity. Perhaps because it is prescribed as a textbook, Hull's book has been steadily getting pricier over the years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok April 14, 2014
By Brooke
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
the book is a little bit old and this international version is not exctally the same as U.S version. So it is just ok.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for options
If you are into investing in options, you should buy this book. It is a hard book but is worth it. This book explain the concept, foundation, and details about options. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy access into the financial derivatives world
Amazing book, very detailed yet intuitive enough for a novice finance student to pickup and learn all the concepts needed begin a finance career!
Published 5 months ago by melvis
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as described
The cover is completely destroyed. I bought this book and it was described as in GOOD condition. No book shop ever would consider this book in GOOD condition just by looking at the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve hult
5.0 out of 5 stars The "bible" of finance
This book covers all the fundamentals of the world of finance. I appreciate the earlier editions which were more concise, but I think most people will appreciate how user-friendly... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nina
2.0 out of 5 stars the book is too expensive
200 dollars a book? is it suitable for a beginner to study finance? Any comment? Is it worth to buy it?
Published 9 months ago by uvlight
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive book
This is the book I used in business school, and is my go-to reference while at work. Broad enough to cover many topics, detailed enough to understand derivative math. Read more
Published 12 months ago by kirby96
2.0 out of 5 stars Another dry matter of fact book
Do not waste $100+ on this book. The content is "matter of fact", the equations presented are dry, and the supporting examples lack detail and substance. Read more
Published 14 months ago by SirLanceNOT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer on the markets
Very helpful with all of the basics. A great reference guide for anyone who is invloved in the financial markets.
Published 17 months ago by ALAN N. BERRO
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