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"Excellent introductory finance text" - by C. Ang (Chicago, IL)
For the most part, this looks like a standard investment text. The major topics for a course on investments is covered. To be fair, any investment text you get from the past decade or two will likely have most of the same major topics. It is well-written and well-organized, which is helpful.

In my opinion, there are two areas that this text adds value. First, the discussion on technical analysis is very good. Second, since this book has a 2011 copyright, some of the data is updated relative to older texts. This latter is my main reason for getting new finance texts.

Therefore, if you are a finance newbie, you will benefit from this text. However, for intermediate or advanced finance students, you will likely have read other texts that cover pretty much the same topics. In my opinion, unless those texts are old ... full review

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"Good" - by George (LuoYang, HeNan)
Very good tool to learn about investment, it covers almost every basic aspect and the whole book is well organized.

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"Great book easy to follow" - by Arturo Cuevas Toscano
This book is a great tool for someone looking to learn how to build a full scale valuation of a company the same way it is done in Wall Street. The way it is written makes it very easy to follow if you have basic accounting knowledge you surprise yourself ending up by building a full model. Everyone having a serious intention to learn how investment banking and valuation methods are all about, this is a great place to start.

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"Like other reviewers that likes this book" - by Francophone Music Lover (San Jose, California)
Like other reviewers that likes this book, I did too. I am a newbie to RECF and private equity real estate investing. I too very much like the conservative advice and definition of the terms someone like me will run into. The chapters on evaluating both the sponsor and the deal will be invaluable to me moving forward. All in all, a great book to get started with from an author who is not selling you anything besides the book, as he says. He seems genuinely interested in helping us.

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"Excellent Content" - by S.Zoellick (Chicago, IL)
Great comprehensive book covering variety of topics for investment banks, hedge funds and private equity. Excellent balance of factual information and real world examples as to how the recent financial crisis has changed the industry. Service Co case is a great way to understand the fundamental concepts of valuation methods used by Investment banks to determine their "football fields"

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"and Hogue explains how to best take advantage of them without sugar-coating the risks" - by X2099 (California)
A clearly written "how to" manual for the next big thing in investing. The opportunities here are huge, and Hogue explains how to best take advantage of them without sugar-coating the risks. If you're nervous about the lofty valuations in the stock market, investing in startups before they go public can provide a good hedge -- but you have to know the ground rules. This primer explains equity crowdfunding in detail and shows you how to increase your chances of success.

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"Strongly recommend" - by Yiz Yang
Professor Leeds has the most extensive experiences and in-depth understanding of Private Equity in Emerging Market. A very interesting and useful book for either investment professionals or students.

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"A steady guiding light to the world of investing" - by Amazon Customer (Atlanta, GA United States)
Investing is normally confusing, opaque, arcane, etc. Once you get pas the idea that investing is all about "I like Google, here's my money", you realize how many poor tools, methodology and such there are out there. It is hard to avoid snake oil, and to really understand what's going on at all, and this book cuts through all of it.

It first starts at the beginning: how to actually get started investing, complete with how to open a brokerage account. That done, he goes through proven methodologies that outperform over the last half-century or so, and then describes how to use those building blocks to build your strategy and understand it well enough to stick with it. Along the way, he steers past the pit traps, and debunks myths.

I particularly liked his discussion of value investing, and how technical analysis works -- or doesn't. ... full review

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"Great overview of how PE works" - by Robert R. Webster
This is a great read for those wanting a comprehensive overview of how private equity works, from doing deals, to post-money value creation, to fund raising, to LP strategies, etc. In my view, it has just the right amount of detail for its overview purpose, providing references/links to resources for more detail. I use it as an exercise prize for ANDE's Investment Management Training course and it's always well-received. There won't be much here for established PE hands, but great resource for newbies and those needing to round out their PE understanding. I enjoyed it myself!

"Buy this if you want a head start to equity research modeling" - by Silver Lightfoot
Great training aid for aspiring analysts or experienced hands who want to re-think how they're modeling companies. Great step-by-step walkthroughs on building models of varying complexity, equipping the reader with a rounded-out toolbox for future modeling tasks.

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"Good Book but Too Brief On Topics" - by Norman (Virginia United States)
I am not a professional options trader but learning. The concept of comparing options trading to an insurance company makes a lot of sense when you think about it. My main complaint is that the book often rushes through a topic without adequately explaining it. I kept getting the feeling that this book was just thrown together. Most of Part III is actually postings from Sebastian's blog. The book covers some topics such as unit options that are new and potentially very useful to me. Aso some of the blog postings are very useful. However, the book was originally listed as being over 300 pages long; it would have been better to me if the authors had kept writing with more examples.

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"Clear, concise, captivating, well-written primer. Well worth every penny." - by Math Geek
This is a fantastic book that delivers exactly what it promises: a primer on hedge funds and private equity. Imagine a cram session on the very basics of these mysterious fields, with plenty of wit, humor, and friendliness. The author gives the information in an easily understandable and friendly manner, in a tone that you would expect from a mentor or career counselor. Imagine a veteran financier pulling an intern aside during a lunch break, smirking, and saying "hey kid, lemme tell you how finance really works."

There were a couple of typos, but nothing egregious. The chapters are laid out in an excellent sequence, and there is a definite flow from one concept to another. The author clearly and concisely explains fundamental principles in a memorable and succint manner. After reading this book, you'll understand the gist of how hedge funds and private equity work. Every college student aspiring to ... full review

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"it is now possible for me to better understand that investing is more than just “buy low" - by Philip Levine, CPA, Esq
Seldom can it be said that a book has “something for everyone” and yet it can be said of this book, Equity Management, the Art and Science of Modern Quantitative Investing, 2nd edition, authored by Bruce Jacobs and Kenneth Levy.
Dealing with investing and portfolio management, Equity Management provides something for the scholarly, whether Finance professional, Economist, Statistician, or Mathematician. This is attested to by the thirty-plus endorsements from Nobel Laureates, Business School Deans, Academics, and Captains of the Investment Industry. This is in keeping with the backgrounds of both authors, which include credentials of advanced degrees in finance, economics, statistics and business economics. Both are well published in leading investment journals. Their 30 years of practical investment management experience has brought untold insights, which they share in this volume.
In addition, Equity Management has much to offer the non-scholar reader, whether that be the investment professional, everyday traders, or just ... full review

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"Thorough and Readable" - by R. Perez (New York, NY United States)
I purchased this book to focus on two broad areas: portfolio construction and backtesting. I was not disappointed--both sections were excellently presented. Written in clear, precise prose (no theory obfuscation) and then illustrated with rigorous formulas and copious examples. I found the treatment of factors especially well done from identifying their suitablity to their use in screening and modeling. The book is well organized; individual chapters can be read on a stand alone basis or a group of chapters taken together for a more comprehensive view. It's a volume that's exceptionally well suited for individuals with a solid grasp of fundamental analysis and a strong command of basic statistics.

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"Nice book for hardcore quants" - by Thomas Pan
In this Great Recession, quants have become notorious again, since Black Money, October 19th, 1987. At that time, it is called "program trading". Fast forward to May 6th, 2010, the "flash crash" happened, causing Dow to drop more than 1000 points in couple of minutes. Now, it is called high-frequency trading, which accounts for 40% to 70% of all trading on every stock market in U.S.. Regardless of program trading or high-frequency trading, it is based on quantitative techniques, which makes the book "Quantitative Equity Investing -- Techniques and Strategies" interesting, particularly so for these who want to understand what these "crazy" quants from Wall Street are doing and outsmart the markets or market makers.

Modern quantitative techniques are based on modern portfolio theory, introduced by Harry Markowitz in 1952,

in which he suggested that investors should decide the allocation of their investment funds on the basis of the trade-off between portfolio ... full review