Most helpful positive review
Dont even think...JUST GET IT!
on July 23, 2001
If you are reading this page, it means that you are interested in derivative securities. I am a person who is "average" on calculus (did it in univ 4 years back), have been a consultant until now since my graduation but wanted to move into i-banking...
I sulked at the thought of (if not dreaded) going back to calculus and all those math-heavy thingies, but among my searches I found this book. It sounded best because rather than a lot of historical and theoretical jazz alone, I wanted to see a compilation of the actual formulae. Believe me, JUST GET IT!!
1. This book gives me all of the above in one neat capsule form! All the introductory derivatives stuff i read sounded like "And derivates can be of the type options, futures etc". That 'etc' always bothered me because I wanted something which told me ALL types of derivatives. This book does it - at least MOST of it. It has BlackScholes, binomials, also has an excellent section on Monte Carlo.
2. This book also made me feel a lot more confident than the average book from my library - right from chapter 1, I did not feel that it has been a long time since I did derivatives and integration. Worth it.
3. Anyone who says that this is too techie for a normal person just does not get it. I am a very ordinary calculus guy, but this made sense ....you of course need to put your head to it..you cannot be watching Seinfeld and reading this book-- and remember, its structured more like a reference book with all the formulas and brief descriptions of why/how/where they are likely to be used. Excellent and efficient scope if you ask me!
4. As I said, if you are looking at this page then you are most likely interested in derivatives, and believe me my friend, just get this book. It is worth EACH PENNY regardless of what other books you may have!
If you are really keen, I would also suggest reading this in conjunction with "Options, futures..." by John Hull (Prentice Hall). And if you are really really keen, take a look at this v. informative website: