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ESTABLISHING A FRAME OF REFERENCE.; From "Dumb" Barter to Intelligent Agents.; Point--Counterpoint.; Confronting Information Overload.; STOCKS AND EQUITY MARKETS.; Varieties of Stocks.; Stock Markets.; Three Views of the Numbers.; Where to Find Information of Stocks and Financial Markets.; How to Buy and Sell Stock.; MUTUAL FUNDS AND INVESTMENT COMPANIES.; A History and Overview of the Mutual Fund Business.; Advantages of Mutual Funds.; Disadvantages.; Sources of Information on Mutual Funds.; Related Instruments.; BONDS AND OTHER FIXED--INCOME SECURITIES.; Seven Characteristics of Bonds.; How the Other USD12 Trillion Is Invested.; OPTIONS, FUTURES, AND OTHER DERIVATIVES: ENGINES OF FINANCIAL INNOVATION.; Options.; Futures.; Other Derivatives.; SUMMING UP RISK AND RETURN.; How Well Are My Investments Doing?; Coming to Grips with the Many Dimensions of Risk.; A Crescendo of Change.; Glossary.; Index.
MARC M. GROZ is a leading authority on financial markets. He is Vice President of Research for OptiMark Technologies, Inc.