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Investments, 10th Edition 10th Edition

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Alan J. Marcus is a Professor of Finance in the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. His main research interests are in derivatives and securities markets. He is co-author (with Zvi Bodie and Alex Kane) of the texts Investments and Essentials of Investments. Professor Marcus has served as a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Marcus also spent two years at Freddie Mac, where he helped to develop mortgage pricing and credit risk models. He currently serves on the Research Foundation Advisory Board of the CFA Institute.

Zvi Bodie is professor of finance and economics at Boston University School of Management. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served on the finance faculty at Harvard Business School and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Professor Bodie has published widely on pension finance and investment strategy in leading professional journals. His books include Worry-Free Investing: A safe Approach to Achieving your Lifetime Financial Goals and Foundations of Pension Finance. Professor Bodie is managing director of Integrated Finance Limited, a specialized investment bank and financial engineering company. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Pension Research Council. 

Professor of finance and economics at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He has been 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 pricing of options.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 10th edition (September 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077861671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077861674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book covers the subject matter well. I think the authors do a fine job of explaining different investments. However, I purchased the digital edition and it does not come with the additional online resources. I was very disappointed by this because the text links directly to the Mcgraw Hill online learning center which provides excel templates which are useful in doing the homework and investment analysis. It does not state anywhere in the information that you do not get the online access codes. I would recommend the physical copy so you can get the access code. I usually prefer e-books as it is easier to carry them and have all the books you need for classes in one place but this is just another example of how buying books online over complicates the process of picking the right book.
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I use this book for my Investments course at Dartmouth, and I find it to be a very useful companion text. It is extremely comprehensive, with sections on pretty much everything you would want within this sphere. it is also relatively readable, with a logical layout and good explanations for most of the main points.

The downsides is that it is very expensive, although no ore so that other similar texts. Overall, it comes very recommended for those who wish to develop a strong understanding of capital markets and investing.
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Too much reliance on modern finance and efficient market hypothesis. This book teaches you investments in the sense of asset correlation optimization and volatility, but does not teach you at all how to do security valuation, analyze the firm's strategic position and management. It is just a book of Excel and security descriptions.

For example the academic staff at one of the top 50 business schools had remarked to me that they are teaching the stuff, but it really doesn't hold up I real life. But that they don't have a good substitute, so they continue to teach it.

It is very interesting to see how far we have come from the 1950’s through the 1990s with the dogmatic and unquestioned following of Markowitz, Sharpe, Modigliani, Miller, French & Fama......
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This book seems like the university standard for financial economics or investment geared classes, typically focusing on asset pricing. Seeing the stars on amazon I was quite excited when my professor assigned this book as the primary book for the course work.

Well that joy turned to despair after the first set of homework assignments. The book does a decent, not great, but decent job explaining complex topics of investment. But the problems in the end of the chapters don't reflect the material IN the chapter preceding it. That's to say they ask questions that they never explained, described, or even mentioned in the chapter or, matter of fact, the entire book on certain questions. So the answers will be complicated steps or procedures that were not mentioned anywhere - very, very frustrating. I thought the concept of a textbook was to teach students, not have them grab solutions from thin air. Of course not 100% of the problems are like that but I would say a good 70% are, which is much larger compared to other textbooks who ask questions not mentioned in the chapter. (Seriously, way too many problems are like that.) If they're going to charge this much for a text book at least use it to teach tangible financial calculations on asset pricing.

I gave it two stars because the book covers a wide range of investment topics in an almost encyclopedic manner so it's good for reference to get an overall understanding about a topic.

So final tip: you want theoretical and general explanations on investment topics, then you're good to go with Investments; you want a textbook that explains and shows you how to calculate problems and gives examples to illustrate and teach you, definitely go with something else.
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This book is incredibly obtuse, and Awkward writing style. It is hard to believe that the Authors have very high teaching credentials, when this book was so Poorly-written. The Professor Actually laughed out loud when he was reading some of the canned answers the Authors gave to homework questions. They were incredibly wordy and written by somebody before the Prehistoric Times. Even more awkward than the Text. There were a few places where the book didn't give adequate information for the Assignment Questions. One or two Chapters, in particular, although I don't recall which ones, off the top of my head. Some of the Chapters just went on-and-on explaining something, and, at the end of it, you were left asking yourself "Did I really learn *Anything* about it?" I then raced online, and within less than 10 minutes... I gained a much better understanding off of a couple well-known finance website, in just a sentence or two, or at the most a Paragraph...than I learned (or, didn't learn) from several paragraphs in this book.
One of the other Students was Shocked, when she was telling me this book doesn't even have a Glossary, and it is the Only book she has ever had throughout her entire Degree Program, that didn't include any Glossary.

Kind of Sad, for Such an Expensive Book!
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