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Investment Mathematics for Finance and Treasury Professionals: A Practical Approach



Investment Mathematics for Finance and Treasury Professionals: A Practical Approach

Gregory Kitter

ISBN: 978-0-471-25294-8 November 1998 288 Pages


For Finance and Treasury professionals to effectively pitch, sell,and comprehend the true appeal and relevance of a particularsecurity, there is nothing more important than knowing how thevalue of said security has been determined. While punching numbersinto a computer may provide the information needed, it isnevertheless essential to have a firm grasp of the valuationconcepts in order to make the best, most informed decisions.Offering a straightforward, accessible approach not found anywhereelse, this comprehensive new book provides a clear-cut road mapthrough the mathematical concepts associated with the investmentssector of Treasury management.

Written by an expert in the field, Investment Mathematics forFinance and Treasury Professionals explains the principles andformulae used in the fixedincome cash markets. It presents anin-depth, yet practical look at the applications associated withthese money and capital markets instruments. The book also coverscalculations and applications in the foreign exchange and equitiesmarkets. The same in-depth coverage is applied to the variousfixed-income and foreign exchange derivatives markets used as bothspeculative and hedging tools. Spanning the spectrum fromprice/yield changes to risk/return, and packed with numerousexamples that illustrate key concepts, this exhaustive resourceincludes:
* Yield spread analysis--methods of price/yield quotation, yieldspreads by maturity, off-the-run vs. on-the-run
* Price/yield sensitivity--hedge ratios, basis point value, dollarduration, convexity
* Term structure of interest rates different yield curvestructures, zero coupon yield curve, Treasury trading STRIPS
* Foreign exchange--crossrates, spot rates, forward points, coveredinterest arbitrage
* Options--plain vanilla vs. exotic options, over-the-counter options, understanding option valuation models, andoption hedging and trading strategies
* Interest rate swaps, swaptions, caps, floors, collars, inversefloaters
* Risk/return--valuation theory, capital asset pricing model, valueat risk

Complete with supporting appendixes that contain statisticalinformation on such essentials as historical interest ratepatterns, conversion factors for Treasury bond futures, thestandard normal distribution, and day count basis for differentbonds, Investment Mathematics for Finance and TreasuryProfessionals is an indispensable reference for anyone involvedwith corporate and municipal treasury functions.

Providing Finance and Treasury professionals the fundamentalinformation necessary to understand the mathematical concepts andapplications used in investment decisions, this in-depth andaccessible resource explains and clarifies the concepts behindinvestment mathematics. With numerous examples and comprehensiveappendixes containing important statistical data, InvestmentMathematics for Finance and Treasury Professionals coverseverything from price/yield changes and yield spread analysis toterm structure of interest rates, derivatives, and risk/return.
Instruments in the Band.

The Concept of Yield.

Yield Spread Analysis.

Price/Yield Sensitivity.

Term Structure of Interest Rates.

Securities with Contingent Cash Flows.

Interest Rate Futures Contracts.

Foreign Exchange.


Exotic Options, Interest Rate Swaps, and Other Interest RateDerivatives.


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