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by John C. Hull

This fifth edition book bridges the gap between the theory and practice of derivatives. It provides a unifying approach to the valuation of all derivatives?not just futures and options. It assumes that the reader has some knowledge of finance and probability and statistics. Topics covered include Determination of Forward and Futures Prices, Interest Rate Markets, Mechanics of Options Markets, and Properties of Stock Options. For individuals who work for banks and other financial institutions, as well as options traders, options analysts, risk managers, swaps traders, financial engineers, and corporate treasurers.
Download Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (5th Edition) epub
ISBN: 0130090565
ISBN13: 978-0130090560
Category: Business
Subcategory: Investing
Author: John C. Hull
Language: English
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (July 3, 2002)
Pages: 744 pages
ePUB size: 1223 kb
FB2 size: 1787 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 813
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Dry subject, but a very thorough book that teaches you everything you need to know about Derivatives.
I started not knowing a "put" from a "call," but I needed to know a fair bit about how financial engineers (coming from a family of PEs, I'm still not used to that term) use math. This has been the introduction I wanted - not the advanced stuff, but enough to help me understand that material.

Methodical pacing leads the reader gradually through the basics, from just what a derivative is on through the brief story of how futures markets work - in short, they abstract buying and selling into buying and selling the right to buy and sell. I tend towards the concrete, so many of these transactions seemed a bit airy to me. Oh, I can follow the reasoning well enough, but I just never saw where the satisfaction of the thing solid and completed comes in. As it turns out, it doesn't. Once you've really got that in the pit of your stomach, then Hull's presentation follows smoothly.

He gradually derives models of increasing complexity. Diligent reader with a little calculus or a lot of trust will follow along easily. Later chapters draw on more advanced concepts in probabilistic modeling, but present the reader with only the aspects needed for the discussion at hand - a mercy, considering the size of the specialized vocabulary involved in the rest of the explanation.

This book ends when the foundation has been built. More advanced needs must be met with other sources - not a problem with this text, just a matter of its chosen scope. I needed that foundation, however, so I recommend this book to anyone with reasonaable math skills and a need to know the material.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the 6th edition
Although John Hull's book "Options, futures, and other derivatives" is considered by many to be the bible for understanding derivatives , I think this book took the same shortcut that many books on this topic have taken. That is, they've focused on options where the underlying asset are stocks, exclusively. I suppose Hull's reason was to simplify an already complex topic. Yet, as a recent graduate with a degree in economics, I was hoping to find more information on options with commodities future contracts as the underlying asset. The book is fairly easy to follow. the dialogue is interesting without being boring. However, if your interested in a beginning book about derivatives, look somewhere else. If your interested in a book about derivatives that offers strategies, some useful math, and bases most of the discussion around stocks, this book might just be for you.
One cannot fully understand the quantitative aspects of risk management without having this book in your reference library. It's thorough, easy to read and has all the necessary mathematics for reproduce the risk measures, pricing and valuation for most exchange traded securities out there. I fails only in the introduction to cover the requisite history of risk management but that's not so important for the work. I particuarly like the Merton model descriptions for pricing corporate bonds, the options pricing methods because it makes binomial pricing for options really easy to program yourself. This is one book you need in your library and also one you must read too.
Very well written. Not a easy read if you do not know about options. But covers the concepts very well , and not just on surface,. The end of the chapters problems are pretty helpful too.
There are many exercises after each chapter of Hull's book and they help a lot in understanding the chapter's content and many questions are very classic. You've got to have this solution manual to know the answers! More importantly, many of the homework questions and even exam questions in my class were very similar to the exercises and I benefited a lot from having this solutions manual! Thank you!
If you are into investing in options, you should buy this book. It is a hard book but is worth it. This book explain the concept, foundation, and details about options. It explains everything you need to know and learn about options. I used it as a reference.
This book as ordered for my son and he does not live nearby, but he likes it.