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Exchange Traded Funds and E-mini Stock Index Futures


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Preface. Acknowledgments. PART I: FROM RANDOM WALK TO A TRILLION-DOLLAR PHENOMENON. From Random Walk to a Trillion-Dollar Phenomenon: Why Indexing Works So Well. The Players. The Indexes. PART II: EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS. ETFs: Beginnings, Advantages, Attributes. Details: ETF Structures, the Creation-Redemption Process. General Strategies Using ETFs. ETF Highlights. PART III: THE FASTEST-GROWING INDEX PRODUCTS: E-MINI S&P 500 AND E-MINI NASDAQ-100 FUTURES--APPLICATIONS AND CASE STUDIES. E-Mini Stock Index Futures: The History and Basic Nomenclature. E-mini Stock Index Futures: Contract Highlights, Trading Fundamentals, Basis, and Fair Value. Short-Term Strategies Using E-mini Stock Index Futures and ETFs. PART IV: ADVANCED TOPICS AND THE ROAD AHEAD. Longer-Term Strategies: Asset Allocation with ETFs. Risk: The Most Ignored Four-Letter Word. ETFs Beyond the United States. The Future of ETFs and E-mini Stock Index Futures: The Road Ahead. Frequently Asked Question (and Answers) About ETFs and E-Mini Stock Index Futures. Appendix 1: Electronic Trading Considerations. Appendix 2: ETFs and Small-versus Large-Cap Cycles. Appendix 3: Index Arbitrage and Program Trading. Endnotes. Glossary. Suggested Reading. Recommended Web Sites. Timeline. Answers to Quizzes. Index.

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DAVID LERMAN is the Associate Director of Equity Index Products Marketing at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. Lerman was previously a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, where he traded futures and options on U.S. Treasury Bonds. He was also Senior Portfolio Manager at Zavanelli Portfolio Research, a Park Ridge, Illinois, investment management firm. Lerman taught investment management at Harper College and has lectured at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He received his BA in biochemistry from the University of Chicago.


?The publishing of Exchange Traded Funds and E-mini Stock Index Futures provides investors, retail and institutional alike, great insight as to the structural advantages and applications of these two innovative investment and trading instruments. The launch of these products continues the trend of democratization of index investing empowering more investors to capitalize on the virtues of indexing. Mr. Lerman?s book is a great reference tool to gain a better understanding of these exciting products.? (Nick Lopardo, Vice Chairman, State Street Corporation, and Chairman & CEO, State Street Global Advisors) ?This book is a must-read for anyone thinking of investing/trading in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and E-mini stock index futures! Lerman combines excellent research with practical examples to provide a comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing products in all of finance.? (Jay Baker, Vice President of Exchange Traded Funds Marketing, Spear, Leeds & Kellogg) ?David is one of the most powerful communicators in the industry. His succinct style and practical examples make this book a must-read for anyone thinking of investing in ETFs and E-mini stock index futures. Standard & Poor?s is proud to have played a role in the success of these innovative and exciting new products.? (Shirley Petersen, Vice President, Global Licensing, Standard & Poor?s Corp.) ?Here?s a great guide for those looking to get started in index investing and to learn how by using Wall Street?s most successful new investment vehicles?exchange traded funds and E-mini stock index futures.?(Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer, Barron?s magazine) ?The ownership of index funds is a must for all long-term investors. David Lerman has done a terrific job of explaining everything you need to know in order to take advantage of the broad array of index fund products on the market. He shows just how simple it is to be a participant in funds that routinely outperform nearly every money manager in existence.? (Lawrence G. McMillan, author of McMillan on Options and President, McMillan Analysis Corp.)

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