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Financial Modeling [Hardcover]

Simon Benninga
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13 Feb 2008
Too often, finance courses stop short of making a connection between textbook finance and the problems of real-world business. Financial Modeling bridges this gap between theory and practice by providing a nuts-and-bolts guide to solving common financial models with spreadsheets. Simon Benninga takes the reader step by step through each model, showing how it can be solved using Microsoft Excel. The long-awaited third edition of this standard text maintains the "cookbook" features and Excel dependence that have made the first and second editions so popular. It also offers significant new material, with new chapters covering such topics as bank valuation, the Black-Litterman approach to portfolio optimization, Monte Carlo methods and their applications to option pricing, and using array functions and formulas. Other chapters, including those on basic financial calculations, portfolio models, calculating the variance-covariance matrix, and generating random numbers, have been revised, with many offering substantially new and improved material. Other areas covered include financial statement modeling, leasing, standard portfolio problems, value at risk (VaR), real options, duration and immunization, and term structure modeling. Technical chapters treat such topics as data tables, matrices, the Gauss-Seidel method, and tips for using Excel. The last section of the text covers the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) techniques needed for the book. The accompanying CD contains Excel worksheets and solutions to end-of-chapter exercises.

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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 3Rev Ed edition (13 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262026287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262026284
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Endorsement from the 2nd Edition:

"This is applied finance theory for the professional at its best. As a student, I and countless others learnt the intricacies of Lotus and financial theory from Professor Benninga's first book--Numberical Techniques in Finance. Now, as a professional, I do not have to `re-invent the wheel' in Excel. An invaluable guide. A must for all financial analysts." -- -Vikas Nath, Global Strategist, Emerging Equity Markets, Union Bank of Switzerland, London

Endorsement from the 2nd Edition:

"Financial Modeling belongs on the desk of every finance professional. Its no-nonsense, hands-on approach makes it an indispensable tool." -- -Hal R. Varian, Dean, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley

Review from the 1st Edition:

"Financial Modeling is highly-recommended to readers who are interested in an introduction to basic, traditional approaches to financial modeling and anaylsis, as well as to those who want to learn more about applying spreadsheet software to financial analysis." -- -Edward Weiss, Journal of Computational Intelligence in Finance

Review from the 2nd Edition:

"Benninga has a clear writing style and uses numberous illustrations, which make this book one of the best texts on using Excel for finance that I've seen." -- -Ed McCarthy, Ticker Magazine

Review from the 2nd Edition:

"The author describes this as a `cookbook' and that is a good analogy.... Its breadth is extensive, covering simple present valuing and cost of capital ... to the likes of real options and early exercise of American-style options. ...A worthwile acquisition." -- -Paul Dentskevitch, Risk Magazine

About the Author

Simon Benninga is Professor of Finance and Director of the Sofaer International MBA program at the Faculty of Management at Tel-Aviv University. For many years he was a Visiting Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 6 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is great, it sets up many different calculations on Excel and is a very good learning tool. My only criticism is that it's a fairly basic grad-level book about financial modelling. I would have liked more Time-series analysis and some applications of new research.
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Format:Hardcover
This book is very good in presenting basic financial calculations in Excel, and Visual basic. It could be a bit better at portfolios, but then there is no real competition in the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Great book. Using this as part of my studies and it is easy to understand and follow with great excel worked examples. Contacted the author to get access to materials and received a very quick response. Will be purchasing the 4th edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick refresher, and a useful tool 5 April 2013
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book following the advice of my finance teacher in order to create advanced tools for my personal portfolio. This book has proven useful and handy. The format is rather big, and an electronic version would be greatly appreciated
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