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Essentials of Investments (The Mcgraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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Zvi Bodie is Professor of Finance and Economics at the Boston University School of Management. He is the director of Boston University’s Chartered Financial Analysts Examination Review Program and has served as consultant to many private and governmental organizations. Professor Bodie is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he was director of the NBER Project on Financial Aspects of the U.S. Pension System, and he is a member of the Pension Research Council of The Wharton School. He is widely published in leading professional journals, and his previous books include Pensions in the U.S. Economy, Issues in Pension Economics, and Financial Aspects of the U.S. Pension System.

Alex Kane is professor of finance and economics at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He was visiting professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo; Graduate School of Business, Harvard; Kennedy School of Government, Harvard; and research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. An author of many articles in finance and management journals, Professor Kane’s research is mainly in corporate finance, portfolio management, and capital markets, most recently in the measurement of market volatility and the pricing of options. Professor Kane is the developer of the International Simulation Laboratory (ISL) for training and experimental research in executive decision making.

Alan Marcus is professor of finance in the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He received his PHD in Economics from MIT in 1981. Professor Marcus recently has been a visiting professor at the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration and at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has served as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also established the Chartered Financial Analysts Review Program at Boston College. Professor Marcus has published widely in the fields of capital markets and portfolio management, with an emphasis on applications of futures and options pricing models. His consulting work has ranged from new product development to provision of expert testimony in utility rate proceedings. He also spend two years at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), where he developed models of mortgage pricing and credit risk, and he currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Currency Risk Management Alliance of State Street Bank and Windham Capital Management Boston.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ec1b87c) out of 5 stars 47 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e6debac) out of 5 stars fine book - paper back way cheaper 21 Dec. 2011
By dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like many of you, I didn't really have the option to not buy the book. I thought it was well written, and fairly easy to follow. It is some fairly challenging material. If you haven't noticed there is a paper back edition of this book which is kinda difficult to fine on amazon. Same title and edition but doesn't have all the same authors listed in the amazon listing (even though it is the same). It costs about 1/5th as much as the hard cover book. Here is a link to the paperback edition Essentials of Investments
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e6dec00) out of 5 stars Knowing your subject and knowing how to teach it are different things 21 May 2006
By Daniel J. Warme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The authors no doubt know Investment analysis. Unfortunately they don't communicate that information too well. Frequently happens when Phd's forget they are writing to students, not other Phd's. Bought this book for a senior level finance course, required to complete my major in finance.

Even my Prof. started the course with, "the textbook is difficult to read but just follow my notes and you should do ok". Not too good of an endorsement for a textbook. Now, after completing the course, I am searching for another text on the subject to keep as a reference. Even after the lectures, this book's explinations of the same topics are difficult to follow.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93d6b0d8) out of 5 stars Worst Finance Book Ever... 17 April 2006
By Idifie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a person who likes to learn stuff mostly on my own. I've basically taught myself subjects such as Accounting, Operational Management, and many other courses just by reading textbooks (along with a little bit help from professors). Most textbooks I have read are clearly written and easy to understand. This book is by far the most BORING and DIFFICULT textbook I've ever read....and I had the toughest time of teaching myself any essentials of investments with this book.

Essential of Investments is poorly written with complicated sentences, which make it much harder to understand the already complicated subject of Finance. I sometimes find myself reading the same sentences for 15 minutes and still don't get what it's trying to say. When I finally do get it, I can always think of at least 10 other ways to reword them so that the readers won't have to scratch their heads and say, "Ehhh, what...?" Finance is not an easy subject and it is probably hard to write about, but so is subject like Accounting, which is probably even more boring than Finance. But the Accounting books that I have read were really easy to understand and I really taught myself Accounting with the textbook.

Seriously, if it's not required for some class, DON'T buy this book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Ranil W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a poorly written finance text. It is not organized and unclear in some sections. I have a degree in Finance, and I would never recommend this book to anyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e747054) out of 5 stars Confusing, poorly written 17 Nov. 2007
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Part ONE provides a good base for the material to be covered later and chapters 9 and 10 on bonds and bond portfolios are decent (although the explanation of duration and horizon analysis could use some work). The latter half of chapter 6 and all of chapter 7 are horribly written. My professor's lectures on this material weren't really driving the point home, so I decided to read chapters 6 and 7 hoping to gain some insight and clarification. I'm not having much luck. It's going to take a lot of re-reading and memorization of these concepts before they start to click.
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