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An Introduction to Capital Markets: Products, Strategies, Participants Hardcover – 11 Apr 2002

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (11 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471498661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471498667
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.2 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Capital Markets provides coverage of:
∗ Short–term interest rate products and foreign exchange markets
∗ Government and corporate bond markets
∗ Equity markets and equity valuation techniques
∗ Risk management tools and strategies
∗ Financial futures, swaps, options and option–based strategies

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This book provides an accessible and comprehensive one–volume introduction to capital markets. Based on the author′s many years experience as a trainer in this field, the book is ideal for those who are entering or planning to enter investment banking or asset management. It will also be an invaluable reference tool for professionals already working in the industry who are seeking to extend their knowledge base.

Describing how the key products and markets work, who the principal participants are and their overall goals and objectives, Andrew Chisholm provides a thorough overview of the global capital markets. The book covers both equity and debt instruments as well as the principal derivative products. In a step–by–step fashion, making extensive use of real–world cases and examples, it explains the application of interest rate and equity swaps, financial futures, equity options and options on currencies and interest rates. An extensive glossary explains concisely many of the ′jargon′ expressions used in the financial markets.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By james scobbie on 26 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book as a solid introduction to the capital markets. The main product classes and their derivatives are covered in a simple and direct style. The principal techniques for pricing and the use of sensitivites are explained with a good set of illustrative examples. This book is not nearly as formal as Hull's Options, Futures, & Other Derivatives but it covers a wider field and is much better suited in its billed role as an introduction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the best general introduction to finance I have read. It is written in a very straightforward way and covers all the main concepts without getting lost in complex mathematics. I recommend the book for university students and others thinking of working in the financial markets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a very clear and comprehensive introduction to the main cash and derivative products. I particularly liked the practical examples and illustrations. I throughly recommend the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the best introductions to this subject 23 Dec. 2003
By Laurence Lazarus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best introductions to an area that grows in complexity.
It explains the various types of equities and how they are used. It covers the mathematical aspect of equities that even a non-mathematician would find absorbing, although and I hate to say this, mathematical purists would not find it rigourous enough.
This book goes a long way to demystifying an increasingly important part of world finance.
A good read for both investors and laymen alike.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Capital Markets 19 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent comprehensive introduction to capital markets. It is very clearly written with a lot of practical examples and case studies. I particularly like the fact that the book covers a wide range of debt and equity cash and derivative products. It is less mathematical than a book like Hull and a very good complement to it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Capital Markets 11 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An extremely clearly written introduction to financial markets. I learned a lot. I recommend reading this before tackling something like John Hull's book on derivatives. It would be very useful for people joining an investment bank or for college/MBA students interested in finance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book, Highly Recommended 20 May 2009
By Jason Dowd - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers a broad range of contemporary financial markets in less than 400 pages. The author states upfront that he has taught courses on this subject for years, and it really shows. His explanations are crystal clear, and the markets are presented in a very logical order and from a global prespective. In addition, the text is filled with many examples and case studies that really aid in understanding. There are plenty of formulas in this book, but the level of mathematical sophisticiation never goes beyond algbra.

Downsides? A bit dated and -- for the American reader -- written in British English with many of the examples in sterling. Personally, I felt this gave the book a more global flavor (or flavour) which seemed fitting given the topic.

A last note, Amazon has the page count wrong. Even with glossary, this book is less than 450 pages.

Strongly recommended for anyone interested in global finance either with an eye towards trading financial instruments or just to better understanded the complicated underpinnings of the modern global financial system.

An excellent book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
He does a really good job explaining things 1 Mar. 2009
By Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice description of the equity and debt markets written for a bright college student who wants to understand financial jargon and capital products. There is considerable overlap with his paperback book, Derivatives Demystified, also part of the Wiley Finance series. I have used this latter book in a course at Yale Law School, and I think the students both enjoyed it and profited from it. The Capital Markets book (in hardback) is more comprehensive and broader in scope but retains the same clarity of presentation. I could quibble with a point here or a bit of emphasis there, but overall each book does a very good job. Nice use of charts, graphs, and tables.
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