Introducing Investments
A Personal Finance Approach


By Keith Redhead
Financial Times / Pearson Education
June 2003
ISBN: 0-273-67305-X
348 Pages, Illustrated, 7 1/2" x 9 3/4"
$87.50 paper original


Introducing Investments offers a broad yet concise UK-based entry into the subject of Investments. This text addresses the needs of MBA students and undergraduate students on business degrees. It is also highly relevant for those studying for qualifications as a financial advisor. Keith Redhead provides an accessible overview of investment alternatives coupled with an introduction to the relevant analysis. This open invitation into the world of investments will equip students with the knowledge required for informed decision-making. This work offers a broad yet concise UK-based entry into the subject investments suitable for MBA students, undergraduates and those studying for qualifications as financial advisors. The author provides an overview of investment alternatives coupled with an introduction to the relevant analysis thereby offering students the knowledge required for informed decision-making.

Contents
Introduction. Money market investments. Institutional (collective) investments Some types of institutional investment fund Tax advantaged investment scheme The rationale and conduct of regulation Investing in bonds Stock exchanges Financial anomalies Stock options Option related investments Stock indices Stock index futures Stock index futures prices Portfolio diversification Capital market theory: the Capital Asset Pricing Model Capital market theory: alternatives and criticisms Evaluating the performance of fund managers Investment analysis: discount models Investment analysis: ratios Investment analysis: technical methods Market efficiency - concepts and weak form evidence Market efficiency: semi-strong and strong forms Styles of portfolio construction Hedging with stock index futures Hedging with options Bond prices The risks of investing in bonds Bond price convexity Yield curves and bond portfolio construction


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