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Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives and DerivaGem CD Package (8th Edition) Hardcover – February 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0132777421 ISBN-10: 0132777428 Edition: 8th

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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: 8.2 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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The math is easy to understand.
sirr
Particular importance is that Hull gives lots of practical exercises which should be completed to obtain fluency in the theory and its applications.
Max Falcon
It's not a kindle format at all.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Max Falcon on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Yue Zhao on June 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Gregory Sautov on February 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 5 people found the following review helpful By Optimist on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Bennett on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacob headlee on September 26, 2014
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This book is just OK. I bought it for a financial mathematics class but I have "lower level" texts that cover all of the topics in the same detail and more intuitively.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sirr on June 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Clear explanations with examples. The math is easy to understand. Sufficient number of exercises which follow the text. The student manual is worthwhile also.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris G. Pflum on February 23, 2012
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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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