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Finance

Book Description

Many students want an introduction to finance. Those who are quantitatively-oriented learners can benefit in particular from an introduction that puts more emphasis on mathematics and graphical presentations than on verbal descriptions. By illustrating core finance facts and concepts through equations and graphical material, Finance: A Quantitative Introduction can help people studying business management, marketing, accounting, and other subjects. By using few lengthy verbal explanations and many illustrations, it can teach readers quickly and efficiently.

  • Chapter-concluding questions (with answers) and case studies enhance its utility as a textbook and a reference
  • Mixture of theory and problem-solving contains enough mathematical tools to help readers assess facts and evaluate real data in practical tasks
  • Short, simple presentation is perfect for non-native English speakers

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1: Introduction to Finance and Financial Markets
    1. Abstract
    2. 1.1. Finance
    3. 1.2. Interaction between finance and other branches of science
    4. 1.3. Players on macroeconomic scale
    5. 1.4. Financial instruments
    6. 1.5. Financial markets
    7. 1.6. International institutions
    8. 1.7. International organization
    9. 1.8. European Union (EU)
    10. 1.9. Summary
    11. Further reading
    12. Y/N Questions
    13. Discussions
    14. Situation
    15. Solution
    16. Y/N Questions’ answers
  9. Chapter 2: Market Participants
    1. Abstract
    2. 2.1. Financial intermediaries
    3. 2.2. Business models
    4. 2.3. Initial public offering (IPO)
    5. 2.4. Investment services
    6. 2.5. Government and central bank
    7. 2.6. Stock exchanges
    8. 2.7. Summary
    9. Further reading
    10. Y/N Questions
    11. Discussions
    12. Situation
    13. Solution
    14. Y/N Questions’ answers
  10. Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Financial Instruments Pricing
    1. Abstract
    2. 3.1. Decision-making process
    3. 3.2. Arbitrage
    4. 3.3. Accounting and economic value
    5. 3.4. Group of instruments
    6. 3.5. Valuation – DCF
    7. 3.6. Equity: fundamental analysis of share values
    8. 3.7. Theories of share price behavior
    9. 3.8. Fixed income: the loan, debentures, and loan stock valuation
    10. 3.9. Derivatives
    11. 3.10. Option
    12. 3.11. Forwards/futures
    13. 3.12. Swaps
    14. 3.13. Other derivatives
    15. 3.14. Summary
    16. Further reading
    17. Y/N Questions
    18. Discussions
    19. Situation
    20. Solution
    21. Y/N Questions’ answers
  11. Chapter 4: Hypothesis of Informational Efficiency of Financial Markets
    1. Abstract
    2. 4.1. Efficient market
    3. 4.2. Weak form hypothesis
    4. 4.3. Semistrong form of efficiency
    5. 4.4. Strong form of efficiency
    6. 4.5. The coherent market hypothesis
    7. 4.6. Behavioral finance
    8. 4.7. Summary
    9. Further reading
    10. Y/N Questions
    11. Discussions
    12. Situation
    13. Solution
    14. Y/N Questions’ answers
  12. Chapter 5: Financial Information
    1. Abstract
    2. 5.1. Sources
    3. 5.2. Indexes
    4. 5.3. Data usage
    5. 5.4. General economy
    6. 5.5. Industry analysis
    7. 5.6. Company analysis
    8. 5.7. Financial statements
    9. 5.8. Elements of financial statments
    10. 5.9. Accounting standards
    11. 5.10. Auditing
    12. 5.11. Individual and group financial statements
    13. 5.12. Ratio analysis
    14. 5.13. Summary
    15. Further reading
    16. Y/N Questions
    17. Discussions
    18. Situation
    19. Solution
    20. Y/N Questions’ answers
  13. Chapter 6: Return and Risk Appraisal
    1. Abstract
    2. 6.1. Return
    3. 6.2. Accounting rate of return
    4. 6.3. Simple project assessment
    5. 6.4. Risk
    6. 6.5. Summary
    7. Further reading
    8. Y/N Questions
    9. Discussions
    10. Situation
    11. Solution
    12. Y/N Questions’ answers
  14. Chapter 7: Money Market and Liquidity Management
    1. Abstract
    2. 7.1. Money market
    3. 7.2. Working capital cycle
    4. 7.3. Classification
    5. 7.4. Instruments
    6. 7.5. Rates
    7. 7.6. Pricing
    8. 7.7. Current issues
    9. 7.8. Summary
    10. Further reading
    11. Y/N Questions
    12. Discussions
    13. Situation
    14. Solution
    15. Y/N Questions’ answers
  15. Chapter 8: Fixed Income Instruments
    1. Abstract
    2. 8.1. Classification
    3. 8.2. Credit risk
    4. 8.3. Government bonds
    5. 8.4. Coupon
    6. 8.5. Listing
    7. 8.6. Securitization
    8. 8.7. Term structure
    9. 8.8. Yield to maturity
    10. 8.9. Convexity
    11. 8.10. Yield spread
    12. 8.11. Summary
    13. Further reading
    14. Y/N Questions
    15. Discussions
    16. Situation
    17. Solution
    18. Y/N Questions’ answers
  16. Appendix A: Time Value of Money
  17. Bibliography