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An Introduction to Global Financial Markets Paperback – 10 Nov 2006

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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 5th Edition edition (10 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230006353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230006355
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The 5th edition of "An Introduction to Global Financial Markets" represents a welcome update and expansion of information needed by students of the international finance system. It provides much basic knowledge on the workings of stock, bond and currency markets as well as the role of commercial, investment and central banks. This is required reading for my graduate students and a good basic primer for finance professionals." --Delio E. Gianturco, George Mason University "I recently created a new course in Global Financial Markets, which I have been teaching at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and at ICESI in Cali, Colombia. I looked everywhere for a good book and finding nothing I was relying on assorted handouts as readings. That was until I stumbled upon Stephen Valdez' "An Introduction to Global Financial Markets". I like this book because it covers all the topics I want, it does so from an international (not just US) perspective, and it

From the Author

The 5th edition has given me the opportunity to use a linked
web site to provide missing analytical details ( such as Black-Scholes) for
those happy with maths. Two entirely new chapters cover Hedge Funds and the
increasing significance of India and China. Extended coverage has also been
given to topics such as credit derivatives, hybrid bonds and Islamic
This is an increasingly popular basic textbook and one used by top
investment bankers as part of their training programmes. The 4th edition
was translated into Chinese by both mainland China and Taiwan.
All in all I am delighted with the 5th edition and hope that it will be of
great benefit for training needs everywhere.

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Format: Paperback
I was very impressed with the vast spectrum of content covered. I had no previous knowledge of the finanical markets and thanks to this book i now believe i have a reasonably good understanding of them. I would however offer one criticism, from very early on in the book (perhaps even chp.2) Steven begins to clutter the models/paradigms of the global financial markets with copious details about almost every industrialised country and how their system differs from the UK and US. I found this required prior knowledge about how the systems basically work, something i did not have. In short, i understand that it's not simple but laying down the basic skeletal structure of markets before piling it with the harsh complications of reality would have been easier to follow. This being said i still greatly recommend this book, only don't presume (as i did) that 'An introduction to global financial markets' means no prior knowledge is require. I would perhaps suppliment this with 'Finance: The basics' by Erik Banks, if you, as i did, do not know the basics.
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I found this book after searching long and hard for some information about financial instruments in general. Having heard some of the terms described in the book, I was at a loss to know what the heck they were used for. For example SWAPS and Repos where terms I had heard in the financial media but had no idea why they would be used. This book answered my questions and more. It also placed the financial markets into a global context, as the markets are truely world-wide. Thankfully, for me anyway, there are no complex formulae or mathematical terms in the book. It is an "Introduction", therefore high level. Having said that, it still takes some time to put the pieces together, but that is not the fault of the author. Financial markets are complex and hence difficult to understand. In my opinion this book is the best available if you require a high-level, not too detailed, Introduction to Global Financial Markets.
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A FANTASTIC book for all newcomers to finance and a briliant refresher for commercial and investment bankers who need to get a bird eye's view of the markets. How do markets inter-relate? What is the history behind the players, the products and the regulators? Stephen Valdez' years of experience as a financial markets trainer are distilled into a jargon-free guidebook. This book should be recommended reading for all new banking graduate trainees. And anyone selling to the "city" or working in a support role eg: Audit, Regulation, Compliance, Risk, Middle Office, Back Office, Law, HR, Sales/Marketing, Public/Investor Relations etc. Get it ! It's worth every cent.
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