Investment Pricing Methods: A Guide for Accounting and Financial Professionals / Edition 1

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Practical, expert coverage of investment pricing methods for financial professionals

This book on investment pricing methods offers accounting and financial practitioners and academics a solid understanding of the techniques and methods investment analysts use to price common financial investment instruments, such as commercial mortgages, private placement-bonds, mortgage-backed securities, private and public equities, derivatives, and joint ventures. Clarification of important terminology and an overview of fundamental concepts are provided for less experienced professionals, while in-depth and up-to-date discussion of technical matters offers experienced professionals expert dissection of more complex material. This authoritative and reliable guide features:

  • PowerPoint(TM) presentation for teaching purposes available online at
  • In-depth and up-to-date pricing models
  • Verbal and formula explanations for all mathematical equations
  • Tips on reviewing investment prices for accuracy or flaws
  • Investment type characteristics such as contractual provisions, cash flows, and risks for applying Statement 133 hedge effectiveness guidelines
  • Basic building blocks of investment pricing methodologies including present value methodologies used for pricing and evaluating common investment types
  • Coverage of complex issues including term structure of interest rates, determinants of bond yields and stock risk premiums, estimation of free cash flows for valuing a business entity, and more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471177401
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK CASABONA, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting and Taxation at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John's University and a consultant to various business organizations.
ROBERT M. TRAFICANTI is Director of Accounting Policy at a major investment bank. He coauthored this book while he was a project manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

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Table of Contents



1 Pricing Concepts and the Term Structure of Interest Rates.


Present Value Formula.

Duration and Other Fixed-Income Pricing Concepts.

Concluding Remarks.


Appendix A: Calculation of U.S. Treasury Bond Yield Curve.

Appendix B: Eurodollar Futures Yields.

2 Fixed-Income Pricing Matrix and Decomposing Yields.


Determining the Discount Rate.

Credit Rating Categories and Determination.

Processes for Decomposing Bond Yields.

Normalized-Yield Pricing Matrix.

Concluding Remarks.


3 Public Corporate Bonds, Private-Placement Bonds, and Whole Commercial Mortgages.


Key Terminology.

Publicly Issued Corporate Bonds.

Public Corporate Bond Pricing.

Private-Placement Bonds.

Valuing a Private-Placement Bond.

Pricing Bonds that Have Sinking-Fund Payment Requirements.

Pricing Defaulted Bonds.

Whole Commercial Mortgage Loans.

Valuing a Whole Commercial Mortgage Loan.

Monetary Default Scenarios.


Appendix C: Bloomberg-Yield to Call Data.

Appendix D: Selected Portions of BondCalc (r) Brochures.

4 Mortgage-Backed and Asset-Backed Securities.


Evolution of the Mortgage-Backed Securities Market.

Mortgage-Backed Securities.

Collateralized Mortgage Obligations.

Bloomberg Median Prepayments.

Stripped Securities.

Private-Placement Asset-Backed Securities.

Concluding Remarks.


5 Privately Held Equity.


Equity Volatility.

Pricing Equity Issues.

Common Equity Pricing Models Used by Investment Analysts.

Price-Multiple Equity Pricing Models.

Discounted Cash Flow Approach Equity Pricing Model.

Basic Framework of Private-Equity Investing.

Accountant's Review of Private-Equity Valuations.

Concluding Remarks.


6 Public Equity Pricing.


"Fox Rocks" Valuation Illustration.

Discounted Cash Flow Model.

Concluding Remarks.


Appendix E: "Fox Rocks" Valuation Illustration.

7 Derivatives.


Forward Contracts.

Futures Contracts.

Option Contracts.


Credit Derivatives.

Forward Rate Agreements.


Appendix F: Using Pricing Concepts of Fixed-Income Investments and Derivatives to Illustrate How to Hedge the Base Rate of Interest.

Appendix G: Fixed Income Option Strategies.

8 Partnerships.


Surfside Condominium Partnership.

Concluding Remarks.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Investment Pricing Methods: A Guide for Accounting and Financial Professionals

    A very useful guide for both accounting and financial professionals who must tackle valuation issues on a regular basis. Casabona and Traficanti explain the basics of pricing various types of fixed income securities, equity securities, and the whole gamut of derivatives. I was particularly impressed by the fact that Casabona and Traficanti do not limit themselves to publicly traded instruments; they choose instead to consider both the public and the nonpublic (i.e., private) markets for securities. To those of us involved in private equity--such as venture capital--this material is a godsend. This book is well thought out, well organized, and easy to follow. . . I can easily see it becoming a primary resource for the accounting profession and for Boards of Directors of both issuing institutions and of the investment companies that represent the target investment market for many of the instruments discussed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Investment Pricing Methods: A Guide for Accounting and Financial Professionals

    This book explains and illustrates (with real world examples) how to estimate the value of financial instruments that are traded on listed securities exchanges, as well as some that are not actively traded. It provides valuable demonstrations of how wide range practical sources of information can be used to compute prices for commercial mortgages, private-placement bonds, mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, joint ventures, and other financial instruments. Casabona and Traficanti also provide 340 slides to expedite learning on the John Wiley & Sons website (

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