Essays in Derivatives: Risk-Transfer Tools and Topics Made Easy

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In the updated second edition of Don Chance’s well-received Essays in Derivatives, the author once again keeps derivatives simple enough for the beginner, but offers enough in-depth information to satisfy even the most experienced investor. This book provides up-to-date and detailed coverage of various financial products related to derivatives and contains completely new chapters covering subjects that include why derivatives are used, forward and futures pricing, operational risk, and best practices.

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Praise for Essays in Derivatives

SECOND EDITION

"This is the first book that anyone interested in derivatives should read. Don Chance shows his mastery of the subject through his ability to turn a complex area into something readable and useful. This is also the first book on derivatives that made me laugh out loud . . . and meant to do so. If nothing else, read it just to find out how the Book of Genesis is connected to derivatives history. Thank you, Don, for your years of work that led to this book."
—David R. Koenig, Past Chair, Board of Directors,

Professional Risk Managers' International Association

"Professor Chance's Essays in Derivatives is a brilliantly conceived and executed book. I particularly like the very wide breadth of technical coverage gained through seventy-three essays that provide the essence of what is needed for practice. The essays are short and clearly written, but maintain satisfying depth."
—Dennis W. McLeavey, CFA, DBA, Head of Education,

EMEA, CFA Institute

"This is a great collection of interesting and entertaining essays that takes the topic of derivatives far beyond the models and textbooks. I believe that both quants and managerial types will enjoy Don's unique perspective and insights."
—Moshe A. Milevsky, PhD, Finance Professor, York University,

and Executive Director, The IFID Centre

"As the derivatives market becomes increasingly diverse and complicated, Chance has combined in one source a broad-reaching epic that is a must-read for all investment professionals."
—Bud Haslett, CFA, FRM, Director of Option Analytics,

Miller Tabak + Co., LLC

"Don Chance possesses an unusual combination of sound technical insight and outstanding expositional skill. Essays on Derivatives provides the reader with a solid foundation in the subject while dispelling much of the gratuitous complexity that so often surrounds it. The book requires some diligent attention and perseverance, but it is accessible to curious non-specialists with only a minimum of mathematical training. I recommend it to any business generalist seeking a deeper understanding of this important topic. "
—David M. Rowe, EVP for Risk Management at SunGard and long-time columnist for Risk magazine

From the Inside Flap:

Derivatives can be a painfully difficult subject to master, usually requiring a steep learning curve. As Don Chance points out, "many legal pads are used up, sometimes frustratingly, in working through some of the principles covered in technical derivatives books." This book is different. In the updated second edition of Chance's well-received Essays in Derivatives, the author once again keeps derivatives simple enough for the beginner, but offers enough in-depth information to satisfy the more experienced investor.

This book provides up-to-date and detailed coverage of various financial products related to derivatives in several key areas: derivatives and their markets, the basic instruments, derivative pricing, derivative strategies, exotic instruments, and fixed income securities and derivatives. Chance begins with the basics, defining what a derivative is, outlining four common types—forward contracts, futures contracts, options, and swaps—and explaining the kinds of situations in which one type might be used and preferred over another. From there, he gradually moves on to more complex topics—all presented in the same accessible, down-to-earth style and nontechnical language.

Since the first edition of this book was published in 1998, the derivatives business has become vastly more sophisticated. Recognizing this, the author has eliminated outdated material and, in addition to revising almost every chapter in the book, has added many completely new chapters, covering subjects that include why derivatives are used, forward and futures pricing, operational risk, volatility derivatives, weather derivatives, good and bad practices, and other new topics. In addition, the end of each chapter includes practice questions that allow you to test how much of the material has been retained. Answers are provided at the end of the book.

The material in Essays in Derivatives will appeal to individuals at all levels of expertise. Beginners will find these essays particularly useful in gaining a fundamental grasp of the subject, and experts will appreciate the simple manner in which such seemingly complicated subjects can be presented. Both will agree: a basic understanding of derivatives need not be hard . . . and can even be enjoyable.

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