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A state-of-the art treatment offering scientific procedures that require no special scientific expertise, Murphy's unusual new book provides a unified framework for the evaluation of investment assets and strategies—a particularly useful way to conduct security analysis, portfolio management, and trading, and for other general investment applications. Murphy covers practical methods for credit analysis and demonstrates ways to value equities using a pro forma model that integrates forecasting with the detailed use of financial statements and footnotes.

Scientific Investment Analysis explains how to evaluate both fixed income securities and equities, as well as options, futures, and investment companies. It illustrates the use of practical dynamic software for valuing complex call, conversion, and other option features embedded in security contracts. The valuation concepts he presents are well grounded in theory and empirical investigation and explained within the context of international portfolio management. The effects of trading, tax, and regulatory environments on market prices and investment strategies are thoroughly discussed. This is an important resource for investment analysts, researchers, advisers, and brokers, an as excellent text for students in advanced investment or portfolio management at upper university levels.

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Murphy (finance, Oakland U., Michigan) sees a number of possible uses for his comprehensive treatment of analyzing investments: a reference for investment professionals, a review guide by which analysts can refresh their skills, and either a core or supplementary textbook for a graduate or upper-level undergraduate course in investments. Though he grounds all the material in scientific theory, he strongly emphasizes applied methods for evaluating investments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567203387
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Lexile: 1690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

AUSTIN MURPHY is Professor of Finance, Department of Accounting and Finance, Oakland University, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Exhibits
Pt. I Introductory Portfolio Analysis 1
1 Introduction: Investment Goals and Opportunities 3
2 Diversification and Portfolio Theory 13
3 An Applied Theory of Portfolio Selection 32
Pt. II Fundamental Analysis 47
4 Foundations of Investment Valuation 48
5 Fixed-Income Security Analysis: Introduction 80
6 Fundamental Analysis of Fixed-Income Securities 125
7 Analysis of Equity Investments: Introduction 158
8 Fundamental Analysis of Equity Investments 184
9 Fundamental Analysis of Real Asset Investments 203
10 Fundamental Analysis of Foreign Assets 214
Pt. III A Fundamental Survey of the Existing Investment Opportunity Set 227
11 Spot Assets 228
12 Forward and Futures Contracts 265
13 Options 281
14 Investment Companies 300
Pt. IV The Existing Market Environment 320
15 The Trading Environment 321
16 The Taxation Environment 366
17 The Regulatory and Ethical Environment 378
18 Market Efficiency and Investment Performance 392
Pt. V Specific Portfolio Strategies 415
19 Arbitrage 416
20 The Theory and Practice of Technical Analysis 427
21 Hedging 445
22 A Summary of Portfolio Management Strategies 464
Index 476
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