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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (27 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273688669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273688662
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tools enabling managers to carry out financial calculations have evolved in the last 20 years from tables through calculators to programs on PCs and personal organisers. Today, the majority of those in finance have Excel on their desks and increasingly on their laptops or pocket computers.

Mastering Financial Mathematics in Microsoft Excel provides a comprehensive set of tools and methods to apply Excel to solving mathematical problems. Alastair Day clearly explains the basic calculations for mathematical finance backed up with simple templates for further use and development, together with numerous examples and exercises.

Providing an explanation of key financial formulas and subject areas, the book includes a CD which:

·    allows you to work step-by-step through each of the chapters and examples

·    shows the use of formulas using straight-forward Excel templates

·    introduces examples and exercises for extension work

·    provides a menu of basic templates for further development

·    enables you to practise, develop and improve your efficiency and competence with Excel

Mastering Financial Mathematics in Microsoft Excel  will be invaluable in helping improve your Excel skills and understand the underlying financial concepts.

About the Author

Alastair Day has worked in the finance industry for 20 years in treasury and marketing functions. In 1990 he established Systematic Finance as a consultancy and financial lessor concentrating on the computer and communications industries. Alastair has a degree in Economics and German from London University, an MBA from the Open University Business School, and is an associate lecturer in corporate finance with the OUBS. He is the successful author of several books including Mastering financial Modelling, Mastering Risk Modelling and The Financial Director’s Guide to Purchasing Leasing published by the Financial Times Prentice Hall and a range of software products. In addition, he develops and presents public and in-house courses on a range of topics including financial modelling, leasing, credit and cash flow analysis, and other corporate finance topics.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Connell on 22 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this edition together with Day's other book "Mastering Financial Modelling" recently on a trip to London. I was really looking for an Excel modelling book that had a bent on many of the common problems encountered in everyday corporate finance. These two books answered my brief very well.

For this book, the focus is on the various different theories of corporate finance and applied within a standardised Excel modelling framework. The theorectical detail is light, as the book assumes a certain level of academic training, so as to show the reader how such problems can be structured and modified with layers of complexity as needed. In addition to corporate finance principles, the book summarises the key elements of statistics that are used in most financial evalutaions.

The book is marred by some sloppy editing, spelling mistakes and gramatical errors (most unlike his other books). To me the key advantage of the book is how the author highlights and emphasises the sheer power and potential of Excel. As a result my modelling capabilities just reached a whole new level!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Poorly done 3 Oct 2005
By Avid Learner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book that would help me brush up on my financial math and this does not do the job. Day does a poor job of explaining the material, and furthermore, his CD is poorly done. He does not enter most of the formulas, but rather he hard coats his numbers. This makes it just about impossible to follow what he is talking about in his book as the reader must somehow come up with the formulas that he is describing on his own. Day does a great job of protecting his models from being copied as no one would want to recreate the formulas he is using, but in doing so, he prevents the reader from learning. If you are looking for a good book on financial mathematics, this is not it.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A reference book rather than teaching guide 28 Feb 2006
By California reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have an MBA in Managerial Economics and was looking for a review in financial math w/ Excel illustrations. I purchased this book and returned it because it is poorly written and/or a reference book for someone who already knows the material rather than a teaching guide. Another book which appears more suitable for my purposes is 'Finance Guide With Formulated Solutions for Excel' by Roger Bennitt.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Execellent Book for any Learner 3 Mar 2009
By D. Prinsloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used this book to help me understand the complex nature of excel. This book is a topical guide that walks you through step by step many subject basics. As the book advances, the less stepping stones are given. Because the author removes these 'stepping stones' it requires the user to develop thoughts and arrays within their own mind. Much of Excel is a self taught program, as professional users claim, that still truly challenges the Masters of Excel all over the world. The author was very helpful when I was deep in trouble. Courteous, timely, and acurrate. The best purchase you'll ever make.-Dean Prinsloo
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
financial math using excel 3 Oct 2007
By R. McGee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Book does and excellent job in showing how to apply financial formulas in excel. It is not a textbook in financial math and assumes you already know or have access to other sources explaining the math. The book covers basic interest, NPV, IRR, bond calculations and stripping, floating rate securities,swaps,forwards,futures,foreign exchange,option pricing,valuation methods,leasing and basic statistics.

The book does a good job of outlining each concept before explaining how it is used in excel. The author's major contribution is showing how to organize the model layout so that inputs, calculations and model outputs can be easily seen and changed saving time and decreasing model errors.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Super Service 23 Mar 2010
By D. H. Charles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great Customer service and very fast delivery. Definetly worth the price. Text book is outstanding.
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