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Derivatives Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forwards, Futures, Swaps and Options (The Wiley Finance Series) Hardcover – 16 Jul 2010
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Derivatives are everywhere in the modern world. They are constantly discussed (and sometimes vilified). It is now more important than ever for participants in the banking, investment and finance sectors to fully understand the building blocks, uses and limitations of these important financial products. Fully revised and updated to take into account the many changes the industry has seen over the last few years, "Derivatives Demystified" is a step-by-step guide to financial derivatives, enabling the reader to build a solid, working knowledge of key derivative products. It is based on the author's many years of experience teaching the subject to market practitioners, ranging from the most senior managers in the global banking industry to recent MBA and graduate hires. Adopting a highly accessible and structured approach, the author explains derivative products in straightforward terms and without the complex mathematics that underlie the subject. The focus is on practical...
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Each chapter refers to a particular aspect of the market and an example scenario is given which is worked through the chapter. This helps the reader understand why a particular product may be traded but is general enough to be relevant for any reader. In terms of detail, enough is provided but this is not as strong a reference as Hull's book I mentioned earlier. For example, Black-Scholes method for options pricing is described in good detail but not as much as other references.
For me this is an excellent book to broaden your knowledge and increase your understanding. I would recommend reading it alongside the Hull book as it means you can combine both books to get the greater knowledge but perhaps use this one as a starting point.
The only negative I would say about this book is that it is a little US-centric with its descriptions, although given the main derivatives exchange is American this isn't that much of a criticism.
This is a comprehensive guide that will answer most readers' queries without having to refer elsewhere.
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