International Financial Markets: Prices and Policies (The Mcgraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate)

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The purpose of this text is to analyze the key financial markets and instruments that facilitate trade and investment activity on a global scale. It spans two key areas: first - the economic determinants of prices, price changes and price relationships in the major financial markets; second - the policy issues that result from private enterprises and public policymakers.

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Includes more discussion of the Financial Crises around the world, using recent cases including the collapse of pegged rates, the ramifications of floating the baht and the contagious possibilities to other world markets.

Expanded discussion of the pricing and policy challenges in the development of the European Monetary Union.
Learning objectives have been added to help students focus on the key goals of the text.
Additional questions have been added to the end of chapter material in each chapter.
Each chapter typically includes a discussion of the historical origins of a market and/or the present institutional organization of the market. The institutional setting is an important part of understanding how a market works, and why the market might not behave in the precise way predicted by an economic model.
Author takes the view that theory can be practical, but that theories require testing. As such, the chapters present the results of empirical regularities in international finance and see what puzzles remain to be solved.
Graphs and real life data are extensively used to visually communicate important information, such as the pattern of cash flows associated with contracts, or to explain the results of a financial strategy or risk management technique.
Real world boxes from the popular press and from actual companies show how concepts are applied.
End of chapter problems are accompanied by extensive references for readers interested in greater information about the subject.

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