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The Global Money Markets

The Global Money Markets

Frank J. Fabozzi, Steven V. Mann, Moorad Choudhry

ISBN: 978-0-471-22093-0

Aug 2002

336 pages

Select type: Hardcover


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An informative look at the world of short-term investing and borrowing

The Global Money Markets is the authoritative source on short-term investing and borrowing-from instruments in the U.S. and U.K., to asset-liability management. It also clearly demonstrates the various conventions used for money market calculations and discusses other short-term structured financial products such as asset-backed securities and mortgage-backed securities.

Steven V. Mann (Columbia, SC) is Professor of Finance at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He has coauthored two previous books and numerous articles in the area of investments and works as a consultant to investment/commercial banks throughout the United States. Moorad Choudhry (Surrey, UK) is a Vice President of structured finance services with JPMorganChase in London. Prior to that he worked as a gilt-edged market maker and Treasury trader at ABN Amro Hoare Govett Sterling Bonds Limited, and as a sterling proprietary trader at Hambros Bank Limited. Moorad is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Mathematical Trading and Finance, City University Business School.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. is proud to be the publisher of the esteemed Frank J. Fabozzi Series. Comprising nearly 100 titles-which include numerous bestsellers—The Frank J. Fabozzi Series is a key resource for finance professionals and academics, strategists and students, and investors. The series is overseen by its eponymous editor, whose expert instruction and presentation of new ideas have been at the forefront of financial publishing for over twenty years. His successful career has provided him with the knowledge, insight, and advice that has led to this comprehensive series.

Frank J. Fabozzi, PhD, CFA, CPA, is Editor of the Journal of Portfolio Management, which is read by thousands of institutional investors, as well as editor or author of over 100 books on finance for the professional and academic markets. Currently, Dr. Fabozzi is an adjunct Professor of Finance at Yale University's School of Management and on the board of directors of the Guardian Life family of funds and the Black Rock complex of funds.

About the Authors.



Money Market Calculations.

U.S. Treasury Bills.

Agency Instruments.

Corporate Obligations:Commercial Paper and Medium-Term Notes.

Debt Obligations of Financial Institutions.

Floating-Rate Securities.

Repurchase and Reverse Repurchase Agreements.

Short-Term Mortgage-Backed Securities.

Short-Term Asset-Backed Securities.

Futures and Forward Rate Agreements.

Swaps and Caps/Floors.

Asset and Liability Management.

Bank Regulatory Capital.

Fabozzi, Mann and Choudhry have written an excellent introduction to the money market. Stigum's (2002) Money Market has long been the standard text for this market, so let's compare. For many readers, Fabozzi, Mann and Choudhry will be the preferred text.

At one quarter the length (328 pages vs. 1250), we might call the new book "Stigum Light." This is not a bad thing. Many people don't have time to read the entire Stigum but can get through the shorter book in a few sittings. If someone has a job interview in a couple days and needs to learn about the money market fast, they are going to read Fabozzi, Mann and Choudhry.

The book achieves its relative brevity with only a modest sacrificing in depth of detail. Where it compromises is breadth. While Stigum devotes 400 pages to discussing the major players before proceeding to discuss the instruments that are traded, Fabozzi, Mann and Choudhry focus primarily on the instruments.

Coverage is broad, including Treasuries, agencies, corporate debt, financial institutions' debt, floaters, repos, short-term MBS and ABS, futures, FRA's, swaps, caps and floors. They also have nice chapters on asset-liability management and on bank capital requirements.

Whereas Stigum has very few formulas, Fabozzi, Mann and Choudhry is modestly more technical, detailing important pricing and yield calculations. These discussions are accompanied by Bloomberg screen shots that show the reader where the information is coming from. As you are reading, you can check the screen to see if an instrument uses an actual/actual or actual/360 basis. You can grab the current swap curve or check when a coupon is next paid. The screen shots put the examples in context and give the reader a sense of being there on a trading floor.

So how should you choose between the two books? Do you want a book you can read in a week or a book you can read in a month? Do you want a definitive text complete with historical insights and wonderful anecdotes, or do you want a practical shortcut? Do you want a book that is mostly non-technical, or do you want one that covers essential formulas accompanied with Bloomberg screen shots? Do you want a book that covers all aspects of the money markets, or do you want one that focuses primarily on the instruments? Both are available. What are you looking for?