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Radical developments in financial management, spurred by improvements in computer technology, have created demand for people who can use modern financial techniques combined with computer skills such as C++. Dr. Brooks gives readers the ability to express derivative solutions in an attractive, user-friendly format, and the ability to develop a permanent software package containing them. His book explains in detail how to write C++ source code and at the same time explains derivative valuation problems and methods. Entry level as well as experienced financial professionals have already found that the ability to understand and write C++ code has greatly enhanced their careers. This is an important hands-on training resource for practitioners and a clearly presented textbook for graduate-level students in business and finance.
Dr. Brooks combines object-oriented C++ programming with modern derivatives technology and provides numerous examples to illustrate complex derivative applications. He covers C++ within the text and the Borland C++Builder program, on which the book is based, in extensive appendices. His book combines basic C++ coding with fundamental finance problems, illustrates traditional techniques for solving more complicated problems, and develops the reader's ability to express complex mathematical solutions in the object-oriented framework of C++. It also reviews derivative solutions techniques and illustrates them with C++ code, reviews general approaches to valuing interest rate contingent claims, and focuses on practical ways to implement them. The result is a book that trains readers simultaneously in the substance of its field, financial derivatives, and the programming of solutions to problems in it.
Introduction to C++
Tools of the Trade
Valuing Forward Contracts and Interest Rate Swaps
Valuing Stock Options
Building Interest Rate Trees
Mortgage-Backed Securities and Monte Carlo Simulation
Value-At-Risk and Summary
Posted May 20, 2000
There is no shortage of books on financial derivatives these days. By and large, there are few that can really be called unique. Bob Brooks has found a nice niche that distinguishes this book from most others, specifically the programming of financial derivatives code in C++. Based on his successful course at the University of Alabama, Brooks takes the reader through a variety of problems in financial derivatives and shows how to solve them using C++, specifically the Borland C++Builder package. The book does give a brief overview of C++, but it would be helpful to already be fairly familiar with it. Once the basics are mastered, however, Brooks takes the reader on a journey through the world of swaps, options and mortgage-backed securities with clear examples laid out in the text, followed by the C++ code. Can you think of any other book in financial derivatives with more practical use? If you are looking for a glorified and mathematically elegant treatment of financial derivatives, don't look here. But if you want to learn financial derivatives, there's no better way to do so than programming them. This book packs a lot of information in just 200 pages and, though based on a masters-level course, it works well as a textbook or not. So my advice is, before you spend another cent on one more book by a formula-loving mathematician who has never priced a real derivative, try this one.
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