Fundamentals of Investments (Prentice Hall Finance Series)

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9780132926171: Fundamentals of Investments (Prentice Hall Finance Series)

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 bookâ€"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 toolsâ€"presented through discussions on stocks, bonds, and other securities such...

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Written for the introductory course in Investments.

This introduction provides a clear framework for understanding and analyzing securities, and covers the major institutional features and theories of investing. While the text is meant to present a thorough discussion of investments, the authors keep the material practical, relevant, and make the text easy to comprehend.

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GORDON J. ALEXANDER is professor of finance at the University of Minnesota, having recently completed a two-year consultancy to the Office of Economic Analysis at the Securities and Exchange Commission that followed a two-year stint as an in-house senior research scholar. Alexander has published articles in Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Portfolio Management. He received his Ph.D. in finance, M.A. in mathematics, and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and his B.S. in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

WILLIAM F. SHARPE is the STANCO 25 professor emeritus of finance at Stanford University, and chair of the board of Financial Engines, Incorporated, a firm that provides investment advice to individuals via the Internet. He has published articles in a number of professional journals, including Management Science, Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Financial Analysts Journal. Sharpe is past president of the American Finance Association, and in 1990 he received the Nobel Prize in economic sciences. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

JEFFERY V. BAILEY is director of benefits finance at Target Corporation. Previously he was a principal at the pension fund-consulting firm of Richards & Tierney., Inc. Before that he was the assistant executive director of the Minnesota State Board of Investment. Bailey has published articles in the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Portfolio Management. He has contributed articles to several practitioner handbooks and has co-authored a monograph published by the Research Foundation of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. Bailey received his B.A. from Oakland University and his M.A. in economics and his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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