This introduction provides a clear framework for understanding and analyzing securities, and covers the major institutional features and theories of investing. While the book presents a thorough discussion of investments, the authors keep the material practical, relevant, and easy to understand. The latest developments in investments are brought to life through the use of tables, graphs, and illustrations that incorporate current market information and academic research. An international content deals directly with international securities and securities markets throughout the book—along with currency management and interest rate parity. Up-to-date “Money Matters” articles reflect the latest real-world developments and are provided throughout each chapter to give readers a sense of how practitioners deal with various investment issues and use techniques. Other coverage includes an array of investment tools—presented through discussions on stocks, bonds, and other securities such as options and futures. A guide to reviewing, forecasting, and monitoring—for individuals preparing to make investments or take the CFA exam.
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This introduction provides a clear framework for understanding and analyzing securities, and covers the major institutional features and theories of investing in the current economy. Although comprehensive in scope, it avoids secondary extensions and developments of materials.From the Inside Flap:
Writing a textbook is never easy. For a subject as diverse as investments, the task is particularly difficult. The undisciplined writer could fill volumes and never finish. How does an author best go about organizing the many topics that constitute the field of investments? We chose to start by establishing a basic set of principles to guide our development of Fundamentals of Investments.
We sincerely believe that the serious student of investments should acquire a balanced knowledge of both investment theory and practice. Granted, someone desiring only an introductory exposure to investment practice could get by with a minimal discussion of theory and focus almost exclusively on institutional details and personal finance applications. That approach, however, would leave the student unable to appreciate the many subtle and important issues faced daily by the investment professional.
We have structured Fundamentals to present students taking their first course in investments with the basic building blocks of modern investment thought. Although the text is meant to present a thorough discussion of investments, we have constantly tried to remain faithful to three principles:
Keep the material practical and relevant. Make the text easy to comprehend. Design the text for modular use by instructors.
First, we have written Fundamentals to give students a working knowledge of the financial instruments available to investors and the ways in which markets for these instruments operate. We have avoided tangential discussions of issues not germane to the primary subject at hand. Second, we want the text to be accessible to students unfamiliar with investments. Therefore, we have tried to write in a clear, concise style, keeping mathematical notation to a minimum, and including numerous examples to explain the concepts presented. Finally, we want instructors to be able to use the text in a modular fashion. Although we have organized the text in what we believe to be a logical order, some instructors may wish to change that order or skip certain sections or chapters entirely. The organization of the text accommodates such preferences.
This is the third edition of Fundamentals. As any textbook author will attest, a previous work can always be improved. Each time after the first and second editions were published, we received many helpful suggestions from instructors, readers, and reviewers regarding ways in which we could make Fundamentals better. In response, we have made a number of changes that we believe substantially enhance Fundamentals in terms of our goals of practicality, ease of comprehension, and flexibility. Specifically, the third edition contains the following differences from the second:
Updated material. Where appropriate, we have updated the text to keep students abreast of the latest developments in investments. We have revised tables, graphs, and illustrations to incorporate current information. Furthermore, we have added discussions of recent important academic research. Revised Money Matters. In each chapter we have updated and in some cases replaced the Money Matters features, which are topical discussions designed to show students how some of the concepts described in the text are applied in the "real world." Improved the book's focus. We have concentrated on the most important concepts by eliminating those that have become less important over time. Added statistical concepts review section. In order to understand investments it is important for students to have a solid grounding in basic statistics. We have introduced this review section at the end of Chapter 7 to help refresh the reader's memory. Expanded and improved coverage of efficient markets. This concept plays a central role in modern thinking about investing regardless of ones beliefs. We have approached the subject differently than other texts. Instead of treating the subject in one lengthy section of the book, Chapter 4 provides a concise summary of efficient markets concepts. A review of the literature is then placed in chapters where that discussion is most relevant. Added international content. The globalization of investments is occurring at a rapid pace. It is imperative that students become familiar with an increasingly broad array of international investing concepts. Chapter 26 deals directly with international investing. Moreover, throughout the text we have considerably expanded the discussions of research and data on international securities and securities markets. There are also new discussions of currency management and interest-rate parity.
Many people ask us how Fundamentals differs from our other book, Investments. After all, Investments, now in its sixth edition, has been one of the most successful finance textbooks published. Why another version of such a popular text?
Both Fundamentals and Investments are comprehensive, covering all of the major aspects and theories of investing, while avoiding excess detail. Furthermore, both books contain similar features, such as a glossary of terms introduced in the text, and both books offer an instructor's manual and investment software.
Investments, however, is written primarily for students who have stronger backgrounds in economics, statistics, and accounting. We felt that most students in their first investments course could benefit from a textbook designed to provide a less theoretical and technical approach to investments. Therefore, although we have not ignored the quantitative nature of modern investment theory and practice, we have considerably reduced the mathematical content from that contained in Investments. Moreover, we have organized Fundamentals in a different manner. Specifically, Fundamentals is organized in a modular fashion, as mentioned earlier, whereas Investments has a presentation style that is more integrated.
Fundamentals contains several teaching aids that we believe instructors will find valuable. The terms highlighted within the text and noted marginally in each chapter emphasize important concepts. The glossary allows students to quickly reference terms discussed earlier in the text, thereby creating a continuity of concepts across chapters. The point-by-point chapter summaries permit students to easily identify essential thoughts developed in each chapter.
We are particularly proud of the Money Matters articles presented in each chapter. Specifically written for Fundamentals, these articles are designed to give students a sense of how various investment issues are approached by practitioners as well as a glimpse of the techniques that are used. For example, the Money Matters box in Chapter 2 compares the various types of brokers, ranging from full-service to discount to online brokers; Chapter 18 discusses assessing manager skill; and Chapter 26 considers the controversial issue of whether to hedge a foreign investment portfolio. Furthermore, Ann Sherman, a recent faculty member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for six years, wrote the Money Matters feature in Chapter 13 about raising capital in the world's largest emerging economy—The People's Republic of China. In addition, the Chartered Financial Analyst program is described in the Chapter 14 Money Matters. We believe the Money Matters articles provide both interesting reading for students and a stimulating source of classroom discussion material.
An extended supplements package accompanies the third edition of Fundamentals. Included in this package are
Instructor's Manual. Prepared by the authors, the Instructor's Manual contains detailed solutions to all end-of-chapter questions and problems in the text. A set of course outlines designed to accommodate a variety of teaching approaches is also presented. Test Bank. Completely revised and rewritten by Joseph R Greco of California State University, Fullerton, the test bank contains approximately 1,400 multiple-choice and true/false questions. The third edition Test Bank contains more even coverage of topics and provides three levels of difficulty: knowledge, comprehension, and application/analysis. Prentice Hall Test Manager. The Test Bank is designed for use with the Prentce Hall Test Manager, a computerized package that allows instructors to custom design, save, and generate classroom tests. The test program permits instructors to edit, and, or delete questions from the test bank; organize exams; analyze test results; and create a database of student results. PowerPoint Lecture Presentation. Created by Joseph J. Greco, the PowerPoints provide detailed lecture outlines and summaries that can be tailored for individual use. The PowerPoints can be downloaded from the Fundamentals web site at prenhall/financecenter. Financial Engines Investment Advisorsm Service. With every new purchase of Fundamentals of Investments, third edition, students can enjoy a 25 percent discount on a subscription to the Financial Engines Investment Advisor Service. With this service students will receive the following: the ability to forecast their investments and see what their results
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