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Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470050828
ISBN-10: 0470050829
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About the Author

EDWIN J. ELTON is Nomura Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business of New York University. He has authored or coauthored eight books and more than 100 articles. These articles have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Management Science, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business, Oxford Economic Papers, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He has been coeditor of the Journal of Finance. Professor Elton has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association and an Associate Editor of Management Science. He is Associate Editor of Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance. Professor Elton has served as a consultant for many major financial institutions. A compendium of articles by Professor Elton and Professor Gruber has recently been published in two volumes by MIT press. Professor Elton is a past president of the American Finance Association, a fellow of that association, and a recipient of distinguished research award by the Eastern Finance Association.

MARTIN J. GRUBER is Nomura Professor of Finance and past Chairman of the Finance Department at the Stern School of Business of New York University. He is a fellow of the American Finance Association. He has published nine books and more than 100 journal articles in journals such as The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Operations Research, Oxford Economic Papers, and The Journal of Portfolio Management. He has been coeditor of the Journal of Finance. He has been President of the American Finance Association, a Director of the European Finance Association, a Director of the American Finance Association, and a Director of both the Computer Applications Committee and the Investment Technology Symposium of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He was formerly Finance Department Editor for Management Science. Professor Gruber has consulted in the areas of Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management with many major financial institutions. He is currently a director of DWS Mutual Funds, and a Director of the Diawa closed-end funds. He is formerly a director of TIAA, a director and chairman of CREF, and a director of the S. G. Cowen Mutual Funds.

STEPHEN J. BROWN is David S. Loeb Professor of Finance and Coordinator of Undergraduate Finance at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association, was   founding editor of The Review of Financial Studies and is currently a member of the Board of the Society of Quantitative Analysis. He is a Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Finance, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, and other journals. He has published numerous articles and four books on finance and economics related areas. In 1996 he served on the nominating committee for the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice.

WILLIAM N. GOETZMANN is Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies at the Yale School of Management and Director, International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association. His published research topics include global investing, forecasting stock markets, selecting mutual fund managers, housing as investment, and the risk and return of art. Professor Goetzmann has a background in arts and media management. As a documentary filmmaker, he has written and coproduced programs for Nova and the American Masters series, including a profile of the artist Thomas Eakins. A former director of Denver’s Museum of Western Art, Professor Goetzmann coauthored the award winning book, The West of the Imagination.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470050829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470050828
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
For a textbook, this is written in a reader-friendly style. You can almost see the author at the blackboard explaining the concepts AND math in plain English. And yet, very little handwaving at all. On the other hand, this may also present special readability challenges: you may find yourself constantly flipping between text and tables to follow the discussion.
From a pedagogical point-of-view, some of the developments might have been more intuitively presented. For example, the chapter on option-pricing theory should mention the expected-value interpretation. Over all, however, this text does very well on this score.
I particularly liked the survey of empirical studies at the end of each major concept, that discusses the imperfections that other researchers have looked into, and their findings.
This is one of the core reference texts I keep on my desk.
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If you are looking for one textbook on financial investment, this book should be on the top of your list. It has very solid and comprehensive coverage of all the major topics in financial investment, from portfolio construction to CAPM to options to global investing. What I like the most is the detailed discussions on the various pros and cons of each model or technique people use in the real world. This book is a little light on math, but there's enough to satisfy casual readers who want some math but don't want to deal with things like linear algebra or stochastic processes. Another excellent feature is the large number of references the authors provide.

I cannot give this book 5 stars because, due to the multi-coauthorship, the chapters can be a little uneven in both readability and level of treatment. One chapter will give you two pages of algebra from the first grade, and the next chapter is packed with discussions that require a deep understanding of economic theory. The audience of this book is a college senior or a first-year master's or Ph.D. student, which may explain some of this unevenness. The book also tends to be wordy at times.

But overall, this is a good textbook that you can learn from as well as reference in the future.
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I found this book extremely useful for studying Business Finance on BSc level. It is well written and comprehensive. It is very good on 'Mean Variance Portfolio Theory', 'Correlation Structure of Security Returns', 'CAPM' and 'APT'. The book is money well invested for people doing a finance related course at University either at Undergraduate level or at Graduate level. The Maths examples are good, but can be a little tricky at times.
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This was one of the texts I had to read for one of my MBA classes. It provides an excellent theoretical background in finance and the theories that link finance to macro and micro economics. It is not very practical however. Not much in the book can be applied. It is a must, however, for any serious student of finance. The coverage of option models is a little light, however. I highly recommend that people have a background in calculus, differential equations, probability theory, and linear algebra before reading this book.
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Purchased as a textbook for a class. Good enough to explain the topic but not good enough to keep as a reference book.
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