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Overview

Financial derivatives-financial instruments whose value depends onother basic instruments, such as stocks or bonds-are one of themost important financial innovations of the last century. Whilethey are unsurpassed as tools for speculation, financialderivatives have also emerged as important risk-management tools inthe corporate world.

If you want to understand derivatives without getting bogged downby the mathematics surrounding their pricing and valuation,Financial Derivatives, Third Edition is the book for you. Throughin-depth insights gleaned from years of financial experience,Robert Kolb and James Overdahl clearly explain what derivatives areand how you can prudently use them within the context of yourunderlying business activities.

Financial Derivatives, Third Edition will introduce you to the widerange of markets for financial derivatives. This invaluable guideoffers a broad overview of the different types ofderivatives-futures, options, and swaps-while focusing on theprinciples that determine market prices. This comprehensiveresource also provides a thorough introduction to financialderivatives and their importance to risk management in a corporatesetting. After each derivative is described and examined, Kolb andOverdahl address the practical applications of these instruments inthe area of risk management.

Filled with helpful tables and charts, informative Q&Asections, and new chapters that reflect an increased emphasis onrisk management, Financial Derivatives, Third Edition offers awealth of knowledge on futures, options, swaps, financialengineering, and structured products. Through the process offinancial engineering you will learn how to apply financialderivatives to numerous risk management scenarios.

As a financial professional, if you are looking to minimize riskand maximize profits, you must understand how to use derivatives.Fully updated and completely revised to reflect today'sever-changing economic environment, Financial Derivatives, ThirdEdition will help you unlock the incredible potential of financialderivatives.

Financial Derivatives provides a thorough introduction to financial derivatives and their importance to risk management in the corporate setting. The book has two principal goals: to offer a broad overview of the different types of financial derivatives while focusing on the principals that determine market prices, and to present financial derivatives as a tool for risk management in a corporate setting rather than as instruments of speculation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471232322
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Series: Wiley Finance Series , #127
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,208,320
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT W. KOLB was John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Financeat the University of Miami until 1995. He is author or coauthor offinance texts on a range of topics including futures, options,financial derivatives, investments, corporate finance, andfinancial institutions. He was founder and president of KolbPublishing Company, sold to Blackwell Publishers in 1995. Hisresearch has been published in Financial Management, the Journal ofFinance, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal ofFinancial Economics, and the Journal of Futures Markets.
JAMES A. OVERDAHL is Chief Economist at the Commodity FuturesTrading Commission in Washington, D.C. Previously, Overdahl workedin the Risk Analysis Division at the Office of the Comptroller ofthe Currency, performing on-site assessments of risk measurementmodels employed by banks to manage their exposure to risksresulting from derivatives trading and dealing activities. Overdahlhas also been a senior economist with the Securities and ExchangeCommission, and an adjunct professor of business at GeorgetownUniversity, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, George MasonUniversity, and Johns Hopkins University, where he taught MBAcourses on investment management, industrial organization, andderivative instruments.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction.

CHAPTER 2: Futures.

CHAPTER 3: Risk Management with Futures Contracts.

CHAPTER 4: Options.

CHAPTER 5: Risk Management with Options Contracts.

CHAPTER 6: The Swaps Market.

CHAPTER 7: Risk Management with Swaps.

CHAPTER 8: Financial Engineering and Structured Products.

APPENDIX.

QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS WITH ANSWERS.

NOTES.

INDEX.

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