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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Mar 2007
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Michael Burgess (UK) - See all my reviews
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I have not yet completed this book - however, as someone outside of finance wanting to bridge a gap of knowledge in this area, I found this book to be the only one written in a clear and concise manner.

I've only had to re-read a couple of early sections to get over confusion and in the main found most topics sunk in pretty quickly.

In terms of pages for money, it's expensive. However, I'd rather pay for this and understand what's going on than have a 1000 page monster that serves as nothing more than confusion.

Would highly recommend this to anyone wishing to get an understand of derivatives and their associated products. The fundamentals are actually clear once they sink in and you soon see how they relate to trading in the real world.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and clear introduction, 14 July 2004
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This is a really good introduction to derivative products. I have tried a lot of other books in this field and ended up thinking that they were far too complicated and obscure. This book is written in a very clear and simple way, and finally I have a real understanding of what is going on derivative products, a subject I need to understand for my job in banking.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says in the title, 21 Mar 2005
This book cuts through the jargon and the mystique surrounding derivatives. It explains the essentials in a very simple and intuitive way, with lots of examples and cases. The writing style is very polished. I would strongly recommend it to people working in banking and financial services generally. It would also serve as a good introductory text on options and derivatives for students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got to grips with derivatives, 10 Jun 2009
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I struggled over this subject for a long time but this book really helped me to get to grip with derivatives. It uses a sort of case study method based on lots of examples to show how derivatives are used in practice. Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 18 Mar 2010
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Vladimir Tikhomirov "Upsss" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book starts from explaining major types of derivatives, then moves to risks addressed (IR, FX, etc.) and OTC/exchange traded. Then in several chapters it step by step explains greeks and trading/hedging strategies and ends with chapter on structured products. The book is full of examples and moves from simple to not so simple.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand derivatives. Wiley Finance series is very diverse in quality and this book is one of the best - no irritating errors, very well structured. Author is lecturing on the subject for many years and you can feel that the book is built on this experience and feedback from numerous participants. It is very likely that you will find answers to your questions.
The only minor disadvantage is that it is slightly outdated. Second edition is out in July 2010!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Breakdown, 3 Aug 2013
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J. Pearson - See all my reviews
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I just started working in FX structured products so I knew a reasonable amount of the listed, but it's great to have such a clear and concise compilation as a reminder when required.
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