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Understanding Credit Derivatives and Related Instruments (Academic Press Advanced Finance) Hardcover – December 20, 2004
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"This enjoyable book on credit derivatives will be useful to both students of finance and practitioners. Bomfim does for credit what Hull does for options, futures and other derivatives."
--Kay Giesecke, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University
"Antulio Bomfin's exploration of the pricing and valuation of credit derivatives is extraordinarily accessible and therefore will serve as an essential primer for those unfamiliar with credit derivative markets. At the same time, the depth of discourse in Understanding Credit Derivatives will be appreciated by experts who seek a better grounding in the fundamental principles of this complex market."
-- Heidi Mandanis Schooner, Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
"Comprehensive in coverage, economical in exposition, very accessible, and a pleasure to read - this book covers the gamut of issues in modern credit modeling in a manner that will appeal to practitioners, academics and students."
-- Sanjiv Das, Professor of Finance, Santa Clara University
"...offers a comprehensive introduction to the credit derivatives market. Rather than presenting a highly technical exploration of the subject, the book offers intuitive, yet rigorous summaries of the major subjects. Its centerpiece focuses on pricing and valuation issues, especially discussions of different valuation tools and their application to credit models."
-- Gunter Dufey, Prof. em., The University of Michigan; Prof. of Banking and Finance, Nanyang Technological University - NBS, Singapore
"Understanding Credit Derivatives and Related Instruments" is a most valuable offering in this rapidly expanding area of finance. The book provides an introduction to the credit derivatives market for the uninitiated and then addresses the pricing and valuing of these instruments, as well as describing valuation tools and their use in credit models. The book also provides a most useful description of the documentation of credit derivative transactions under the ISDA forms that govern these transactions."
-- Jerry Markham, Professor of Law, Florida International University
"...this is an outstanding book. I can't recommend it highly enough."
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the main isues in the credit derivatives market, including an accessible introduction to valuation methods.
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"J.C.Hull - Options, Futures...", as remarked by a reviewer.
This book is also at the level of, but better than the recent text
"Credit Derivatives - A primer on credit risk..." by Chacko et al.
The chapters are short (less than 10 pages mostly),
well organized, clear, gives a good overview, just enough mathematics
and simple numerical examples to fix ideas.
1. Part 1 is chapter 1 to 3, introducing credit derivative (CD) market
and uses of CD.
2. Part 2 is chapter 4 to 14, each describing a type of CD.
Each chapter describing that CD is organized as
a. How does it work ?
b. Common uses.
d. Variations of the basic structure
3. Part 3 is chapter 15 to 18, describing basic elements of credit risk
modeling like valuing defaultable bonds, CDS premium to hazard rates,
structural/reduced form modeling etc.
4. Part 4 is chapter 19 to 23, addressing valuations of portfolio credit
risk (baskets default swaps, portfolio swaps, CDO's ..)
5. Part 5 is chapter 24 & 25 giving CD documentation/regulatory issues.
If you are looking for a more technical and comprehensive book on credit modeling (which forms the basis of most CD valuation) then I recommend Jeff Bohn's "Active Credit Portfolio Management in Practice" which has in depth discussions about many of the issues in Bonfim's book as well as much more.
Nonetheless, having read and purchased many books on CD this one is one of the best due to its brevity, concision and practical robustness.