Visual Guide to Financial Markets

Book Description

A highly visual look at major investment opportunities from the minds at Bloomberg

The essential guide for anyone trying to get a handle on the fundamentals of investing, the Bloomberg Visual Guide to Financial Markets distills 30 years of Bloomberg expertise into one straightforward, easy-to-read volume. The book teaches readers about three basic investment options—governments, companies, and real assets, including gold and other commodities—and offers valuable insights into money-market securities, bonds, stocks, derivatives, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and alternatives.

Designed to help financial professionals, students of finance, and individual investors understand the markets in which they're investing, the book begins with simple investments before moving on to more complex choices.

  • Explains bonds, stocks, derivatives, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and alternatives such as hedge funds

  • Explores the three Rs of returns, risks, and relative value that are associated with each type of investment

  • Provides a highly visual presentation with an emphasis on graphics and professional applications

The Bloomberg Visual Guide to Financial Markets gives the reader a clear picture of what underlies market structure, instruments, and dynamics and how to capitalize on these elements.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. How to Use This Book
  3. Visual Guide to Financial Markets
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Part I: Direct Investing
    1. Chapter 1: Overview
      1. Quotations
      2. Three Rs
    2. Chapter 2: Government
      1. Currencies
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Bills
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
      7. Notes and Bonds
      8. Quotations
      9. Three Rs
    3. Chapter 3: Companies
      1. Money Markets
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Notes and Bonds
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
      7. Stocks
      8. Quotations
      9. Three Rs
    4. Chapter 4: Hard Assets
      1. Gold
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Commodities
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
      7. Real Estate
      8. Quotations
      9. Three Rs
    5. Chapter 5: Indexes
      1. Currency
      2. Debt
      3. Equity
      4. Hard Assets
    6. Chapter 6: Government Revisited
      1. Municipal Bonds
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Mortgage-Backed Securities
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
    7. Chapter 7: Companies Revisited
      1. Preferred Stock
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Convertible Securities
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
      7. Bank Loans
      8. Quotations
      9. Three Rs
    8. Chapter 8: Hard Assets Revisited
      1. Master Limited Partnerships
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Real Estate Investment Trusts
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
  10. Part II: Indirect Investing
    1. Chapter 9: Overview
      1. Quotations
      2. Three Rs
    2. Chapter 10: Derivatives
      1. Futures and Forwards
      2. Quotations
      3. Three Rs
      4. Options and Warrants
      5. Quotations
      6. Three Rs
      7. Swaps
      8. Interest-Rate Swaps
      9. Quotations
      10. Three Rs
      11. Credit Default Swaps
      12. Quotations
      13. Three Rs
    3. Chapter 11: Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds
      1. Quotations
      2. Three Rs
      3. Alternative Funds
      4. Quotations
      5. Three Rs
    4. Chapter 12: Indexes Revisited
      1. Futures
      2. Options
      3. Swaps
      4. Funds
  11. Appendix: Bloomberg Functionality Cheat Sheet
  12. About the Author
  13. Index

Product Information

  • Title: Visual Guide to Financial Markets
  • Author(s): David Wilson
  • Release date: July 2012
  • Publisher(s): Bloomberg Press
  • ISBN: 9781118233252