This book is ideally suited for an introductory undergraduate course on financial engineering. It explains the basic concepts of financial derivatives, including put and call options, as well as more complex derivatives such as barrier options and options on futures contracts. Both discrete and continuous models of market behavior are developed in this book. In particular, the analysis of option prices developed by Black and Scholes is explained in a self-contained way, using both the probabilistic Brownian Motion method and the analytical differential equations method. The book begins with binomial stock price models, moves on to multistage models, then to the Cox-Ross-Rubinstein option pricing process, and then to the Black-Scholes formula. Other topics presented include Zero Coupon Bonds, forward rates, the yield curve, and several bond price models. The book continues with foreign exchange models and the Keynes Interest Rate Parity Formula, and concludes with the study of country risk, a topic not inappropriate for the times. In addition to theoretical results, numerical models are presented in much detail. Each of the eleven chapters includes a variety of exercises.
Explains basic financial and mathematical concepts used in modeling and hedging. Each topic is introduced with the assumption that the reader has little to no previous exposure to financial matters or to the activities that are common to major equity markets. Contains chapters on financial markets, binomial trees, tree models for stocks and options, using spreadsheets to compute stock and option trees, and continuous models and the Black-Scholes formula. Other chapter topics are hedging, bond models and interest rate options, computational methods for bonds, currency markets and foreign exchange risks, and international political risk analysis. Includes exercises and selected answers. The authors are affiliated with Indiana University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)