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Fundamentals of Investments is aimed at the introductory investments class with students who have relatively little familiarity with investments. The text is written in a relaxed, informal style that engages the student and treats him or her as an active participant rather than a passive information absorber. Fundamentals appeals to intuition and basic principles whenever possible because the authors found that this approach effectively promotes understanding. The text also makes extensive use of examples, drawing on material from the world around us and using familiar companies wherever appropriate. Throughout, the text strikes a balance by introducing and covering the essentials while leaving some of the details to follow-up courses. Topics are organized in a way that would make them easy to apply—whether to a portfolio simulation or to real life—and support these topics with hands-on activities. This ninth edition provides a terrific framework and introduction for students looking to pursue a career in investments—particularly for those interested in eventually holding the CFA charter.
Ch. 1 A Brief History of Risk and Return
Ch. 2 The Investment Process
Ch. 3 Overview of Security Tips
Ch. 4 Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies
PART TWO: Stock Markets
Ch. 5 The Stock Market
Ch. 6 Common Stock Valuation
Ch. 7 Stock Price Behavior and Market Efficiency
Ch. 8 Behavioral Finance and the Psychology of Investing
PART THREE: Interest Rates and Bond Valuation
Ch. 9 Interest Rates
Ch. 10 Bond Prices and Yields
PART FOUR: Portfolio Management
Ch. 11 Diversification and Risky Asset Allocation
Ch. 12 Return, Risk, and the Security Market Line
Ch. 13 Performance Evaluation and Risk Management
PART FIVE: Futures and Options
Ch. 14 Futures Contracts
Ch. 15 Stock Options
Ch. 16 Option Valuation
PART SIX: Topics in Investments
Ch. 17 Alternative Investments
Ch. 18 Corporate and Government Bonds
Ch. 19 Projecting Cash Flow and Earnings
Ch. 20 Global Economic Activity and Industry Analysis
Ch. 21 Mortgage-Backed Securities
A Answers to Test Your Investment Quotient Questions
B Answers to Selected Questions and Problems
C Key Equations
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