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Create value while you manage risk
Today's increasingly volatile financial markets have caused an explosion of new financial instruments designed to transfer risk—from collateralized mortgage-backed securities to swaptions that trade directly between financial actors. And now these complex financial instruments have become standard operating procedure at most large and mid-sized businesses. Managers overseeing any substantial business, financial or non-financial, must thoroughly understand these financial instruments and their value in hedging and diversifying to succeed.

With this unique casebook, you'll have the opportunity to gain the analytical, institutional, and functional knowledge you need to use these instruments to solve new problems. Featuring cases from the authors' MBA and Executive Education level courses at Harvard Business School, the book covers the basics of financial instruments, from terminology to pricing, and the markets in which these instruments trade. Throughout, the emphasis is on how these securities accomplish risk transfer from actors who do not want risk to those who are willing to take it on—for a fee of course.

These cases include:
* Deutsche Bank: Finding Relative Value Trades
* Ticonderoga Capital: Inverse Floating Rate Bonds
* 100-Year Liabilities at Prudential Insurance
* Swedish Lottery Bonds
* The Enron Odyssey: The Special Purpose of SPEs
* Building Hedge Funds at Prospero Capital
* Dell Computer Corporation: Share Repurchase Program
* First American Bank: Credit Default Swaps
* Morgan Stanley and TRAC-X: The Battle for the CDS Indexes Market
* and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471737674
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/13/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

George Chacko joined the Harvard Business SchoolFaculty in the Finance Area in 1997. He currently teaches asecond-year course on Capital Markets in the MBA Program, and heteaches a Ph.D. course on Asset Pricing that is jointly offered bythe Business School and the Harvard Economics Department. He hasalso taught Corporate Financial Engineering in both the MBA programand the Executive Education program at HBS, as well as a first-yearcourse on Corporate Finance in the MBA program.

Professor Chacko holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics fromHarvard University, and dual Master's degrees in Business Economics(Harvard University) and Business Administration (University ofChicago). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineeringfrom the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Chacko'sexperiences prior to HBS have included work at a major financialservices firm, and a large consulting firm. He currently consultswith with financial institutions ranging from commercial/investmentbanks and insurance companies to hedge funds.

Professor Chacko's research has focused on three areas: (1) thestructure of fixed income markets and the design of instrumentsthat trade in those markets; (2) the study of portfolio choice byindividuals and institutions; and (3) the analysis and applicationof derivative securities.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

1. Introduction.


Module FI-1: Fixed-Income Securities: Concepts. 

2. Reading Note—Note on Bond Valuation &Returns.            

3. Case—Deutsche Bank: Finding Relative ValueTrades.              

4. Reading Note—Note on Duration and Convexity.            

5. Case—Ticonderoga Capital: Inverse Floating RateBonds.                                         

6. Case—100-Year Liabilities at PrudentialInsurance.

Module FI-1: Fixed-Income Securities:Applications.

7. Case—Deutsche Bank: Discussing the Equity RiskPremium.

8. Case—Swedish LotteryBonds.                                    

9. Case—Bank Leu’s Prima Cat Bond Fond.

10. Case—Catastrophe Bonds at SwissRe.                                

11. Case—Mortgage Backs atTiconderoga.                           

12. Case—KAMCO and the Cross-Border Securitization ofKorean Non-Performing Loans.

13. Case—Nexgen: Structuring Collateralized DebtObligations (CDOs).

14. Reading Notes—Forward and SwapContracts.                                          

15. Case—The Enron Odyssey (A):The Special Purpose ofSPEs.


Module DS-1: Equity Options: Concepts.

16. Reading Notes—Note on Basic OptionProperties.                                            

17. Dell Computer Corporation: Share RepurchaseProgram. 

18. Reading Notes—Note on Option Valuation.

19. Sally Jameson—1999.

Module DS-2: Equity Options: Applications.

20. Case—Pine Street Capital.

21. Case—Tribune Company: The PHONES Proposal.

22. Case—Cox Communications, Inc., 1999.

23. Case—DigaMem Inc.

24. Case—ALZA and Bio-Electro Systems (A): Technologicaland Financial Innovation.

Module DS-3: Credit Derivatives.

25. Reading Notes— Note on Credit Derviatives.

26. Case—First American Bank: Credit DefaultSwaps.                         

27. Case—Morgan Stanley and TRAC-X: The Battle forthe CDS Indexes Market.

Module DS-4: Interest Rate Derviatives. 

28. Reading Note—Introduction to Interest RateOptions.                                       

29. Case—Advising on Currency Risk at ICICIBank.               

Module DS-5: Equity and Options Exchanges. 

30. Case—DeutscheBorse.                                                        

31. Case—The Chicago Board OptionsExchange.       

32. Case—The International Securities Exchange: NewGround in Options Markets.

Module DS-6: Real Options. 

33: Case—RTY Telecom: Network Expansion.


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