Fundamentals of Investments: Valuation and Management (The Mcgraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate)

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Fundamentals of Investments was written to: 1. Focus on students as investment managers, giving them information they can act on instead of concentrating on theories and research without the proper context. 2. Offer strong, consistent pedagogy, including a balanced, unified treatment of the main types of financial investments as mirrored in the investment world. 3. Organize topics in a way that makes them easy to apply--whether to a portfolio simulation or to real life--and support these topics with hands-on activities. The approach of this text reflects two central ideas. First, there is a consistent focus on the student as an individual investor or investments manager. Second, a consistent, unified treatment of the four basic types of financial instruments--stocks, bonds, options, and futures--focusing on their characteristics and features, their risks and returns, and the markets in which they trade.

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The authors goal for the students is to understand financial instruments and their markets, and to be intelligent consumers of financial information. This class is not training ground for security analysts or portfolio managers. These are more specialized and more intensive subjects. Instead, this book surveys the modern world of investments, familiarizing students with the many different types of instruments, their basic features, and how they are bought and sold.
Attention-Grabbing Openers. Each chapter begins with a 'Did you know'?' type scenario that presents an interesting fact or misconception about investing to draw the student into the chapter.
Check This! This feature presents review questions at the end of each major section so students can check their understanding of the material before going forward.
Investment Updates. These boxed readings, taken from the business press, illustrate content covered in the chapters as it is applied in the real world.
Numbered Examples. Examples are called out and numbered for ease in identifying them. Each example explains step-by-step how to solve the problem or resolve the issue, and the reasoning behind the steps.
Get Real! This section at the end of each chapter explains how this material can be used in real life. This feature supports the practical focus of this text.
Self-Test Questions. In the end-of-chapter material, there are 1-3 self-test questions and worked out solutions for students to review before moving on to the problems.
Test Your IQ (Investment Quotient). These multiple-choice questions (10-20 per chapter) test the students' understanding of key concepts in the chapter. The answers are at the end of the text in an appendix.
Questions and Problems. An average of 20-30 questions and problems are included in each chapter. The questions are categorized as Basic and Challenge.
Stock-Trak Fast Track. A majority of the chapters have a special section at the end that introduces students to an aspect of Stock-Trak, a trading simulation, and includes projects related to this product.
Self Study Software - this self-study CD-ROM is packaged free with every new book purchased from Irwin/McGraw-Hill. An average of 75 multiple-choice and true/false questions per chapter can be found. The questions are patterned after the test bank questions, but are not the actual test bank questions. The CD also contains a financial calculator, FinCalc. This is actually two calculators in one. The first is a stock options calculator based on the famous Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model, and the second is a U.S. Treasury market. Intended to supplement chapters 10 and 15 of Corrado/Jordan, students can easily perform numerical calculations discussed in these chapters. In addition, each calculator has graphing capabilities to help the student better understand the relationships between variables used in these calculations.

About the Author:

Bradford D. Jordan is Professor of Finance and Gatton Research Fellow in the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He has a long-standing interest in both applied and theoretical issues in corporate finance, and has extensive experience teaching all levels of corporate finance and financial management policy. Professor Jordan has published numerous articles on issues such as cost of capital, capital structure, and the behavior of security prices.

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