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This fifth edition book bridges the gap between the theory and practice of derivatives. It provides a unifying approach to the valuation of all derivatives?not just futures and options. It assumes that the reader has some knowledge of finance and probability and statistics. Topics covered include Determination of Forward and Futures Prices, Interest Rate Markets, Mechanics of Options Markets, and Properties of Stock Options. For individuals who work for banks and other financial institutions, as well as options traders, options analysts, risk managers, swaps traders, financial engineers, and corporate treasurers.
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JOHN C. HULL'S Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives is unique in that it is both a best-selling college textbook and the "bible" in trading rooms throughout the world.
The Fifth Edition continues to offer the most current topics in the field with the addition of seven NEW chapters:
A new version of DerivaGem Software (Version 1.50) comes with every copy of the text. It includes a new Applications Builder module. Updates to the software can be downloaded from www.prenhall.com/hull.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
It is sometimes hard for me to believe that the first edition of this book was only 330 pages and 13 chapters long! There have been many developments in derivatives markets over the last 15 years and the book has grown to keep up with them. The fifth edition has seven new chapters that cover new derivatives instruments and recent research advances.
Like earlier editions, the book serves several markets. It is appropriate for graduate courses in business, economics, and financial engineering. It can be used on advanced undergraduate courses when students have good quantitative skills. Also, many practitioners who want to acquire a working knowledge of how derivatives can be analyzed find the book useful.
One of the key decisions that must be made by an author who is writing in the area of derivatives concerns the use of mathematics. If the level of mathematical sophistication is too high, the material is likely to be inaccessible to many students and practitioners. If it is too low, some important issues will inevitably be treated in a rather superficial way. I have tried to be particularly careful about the way I use both mathematics and notation in the book. Nonessential mathematical material has been either eliminated or included in end-of-chapter appendices. Concepts that are likely to be new to many readers have been explained carefully, and many numerical examples have been included.
The book covers both derivatives markets and risk management. It assumes that the reader has taken an introductory course in finance and an introductory course in probability and statistics. No prior knowledge of options, futures contracts, swaps, and so on is assumed. It is not therefore necessary for students to take an elective course in investments prior to taking a course based on this book. There are many different ways the book can be used in the classroom. Instructors teaching a first course in derivatives may wish to spend most time on the first half of the book. Instructors teaching a more advanced course will find that many different combinations of the chapters in the second half of the book can be used. I find that the material in Chapters 29 and 30 works well at the end of either an introductory or an advanced course.
Material has been updated and improved throughout the book. The changes in this edition include:
A new version of DerivaGem (Version 1.50) is released with this book. This consists of two Excel applications: the Options Calculator and the Applications Builder. The Options Calculator consists of the software in the previous release (with minor improvements). The Applications Builder consists of a number of Excel functions from which users can build their own applications. It includes a number of sample applications and enables students to explore the properties of options and numerical procedures more easily. It also allows more interesting assignments to be designed.
The software is described more fully at the end of the book. Updates to the software can be downloaded from my website: www.rotman.utoronto.ca/~hull
Several hundred PowerPoint slides can be downloaded from my website. Instructors who adopt the text are welcome to adapt the slides to meet their own needs.
Answers to Questions
As in the fourth edition, end-of-chapter problems are divided into two groups: "Questions and Problems" and "Assignment Questions". Solutions to the Questions and Problems are in Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives: Solutions Manual, which is published by Prentice Hall and can be purchased by students. Solutions to Assignment Questions are available only in the Instructors Manual.
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