Fundamentals of Investments focuses on students as investment managers, giving them information to act on by placing theory and research in the proper context. The text offers strong, consistent pedagogy, including a balanced, unified treatment of the four main types of financial investments: stocks, bonds, options, and futures. Topics are organized in a way that makes them easy to apply—whether to a portfolio simulation or to real life—and supported with hands-on activities.
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Each text includes a FREE subscription to Stock-Trak, a real-world portfolio simulation that gives students $500,000 in an online brokerage account, allowing them to trade stocks, options, futures, bonds, mutual funds, and international stocks. There are Stock-Trak exercises integrated into the textbook that are written to help students apply the topics being learned. This feature is unique to Corrado/Jordan, and is a $17.95 value.
Each new text includes a FREE self-study CD-ROM that contains a tutorial program to provide questions written specifically for this text. Students can choose one chapter, or a number of chapters, and the program will select random questions to be answered. Special care was taken to ensure that these questions are not duplicated in the Test Bank.
Chapter openers, updated for the second edition, are short introductions that present facts and misconceptions that may surprise students. An explanation is fully developed in the respective chapter.
"Check This" boxes conclude each major section in a chapter. They are questions for review that help students test their understanding of the material before moving on to the next section.
"Investment Updates" boxed readings are reprinted from various business press sources that provide additional real-world events and examples to illustrate the material in the chapter. Many articles are from the past two years to highlight very recent events, while others present events of more historical significance.
Separate numbered and titled examples are integrated throughout the chapters. Each example illustrates an intuitive or mathematical application in a step-by-step format. There is enough detail in the explanations so the student doesn't have to look elsewhere for additional information.
"Get Real" boxes are for instructors looking to give their students a taste of what it means to be an investment manager. This feature concludes each chapter (located just before the summary) and explains to students how they can actually apply the material they just learned. They encourage students whether for practice, in a trading simulation, or with real money to choose investments and make investment decisions and also provide some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Each chapter ends with a summary that highlights the important points of the chapter. This also provides a handy checklist for students when they review the chapter.
End of chapter material includes a list of key terms, Chapter Review Problems and Self-Test (with answers to self-test problems), Test your IQ (Investment Quotient) multiple choice questions (many of these are from past CFA exams and are formatted they way they appear on the Level I exam; answers provided in appendix A), Questions and Problems, labeled by subject and level (selected answers appear in appendix B); Stock-Trak Exercises, unique to this text, asks students to perform certain trades as covered in the text.
New Excel Spreadsheet Solutions have been added to help students perform analyses in a spreadsheet format. This is an essential skill for all business majors. Each exhibit uses actual screenshots so that students can see exactly how to create their own spreadsheets. These exhibits are integrated where appropriate.For example, Chapter 15 includes a worksheet illustrating how to calculate Black-Scholes option prices.
New Work the Web boxes are found throughout the chapter, and show students how to research companies using the web so that they can then use the information they find to make trades on Stock-Trak or other portfolio simulations.
Web Links are provided in the margins. These are based on web addresses found in the chapter narrative, and provide students with a quick way to check for current and additional information using the Internet.
Each text includes FREE access to PowerWeb for Investments. PowerWeb is a McGraw-Hill website that brings relevant course-specific articles and current events from the Web to your course. The user searches the site (via the Northern light search engine) by a discipline-specific topic for current articles, weekly course updates, and news. Quizzes, study tips, and interactive exercises are also available for students.
End of chapter problems have been updated, and include more advanced level questions (labeled challenge problems), more self-test questions, and worked-out solutions to multiple choice questions. These improvements are in direct response to reviewer feedback.
Includes a brand new Chapter 19: Performance Evaluation and Risk Management. This chapter includes a discussion of Value-at-Risk. Value-at-Risk has become a widely adopted standard for financial risk management in many financial institutions. This is the first investments text to include an extended discussion of this current topic. Former Chapter 19: International Finance and Investments material is now integrated where appropriate.
Bradford D. Jordan, University of Kentucky
Thomas W. Miller, Saint Louis University
Steven D. Dolvin, Butler University
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