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Mastering Investment


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*Principles of Investment *Investment Styles *Trading exchanges *Derivatives *Bonds part 1 *Indices *Estimating investment returns *Stocks and the business cycle *Trading systems *Bonds part 2 *Valuation part 1 *Global equity portfolios *Costs of stock trading *The equity load market *The equity premium puzzle *Portfolio optimisation *Asset allocation *Lifecycle investing *Active stock selection strategies *Valuation part 2 *Risk management *Arbitrage *Introduction to hedge funds *Managing hedge funds *Efficient markets *Behavioural finance *Trading and overconfidence *Efficient markets *Case study 3com/palm *Portfolio management *Shareholder value *Mutual fund performance *Hedge-fund performance *Volatility *Socially responsible investing *International equity investments *Investing in emerging markets *Roles of the investor *Venture capital investment *Private equity *IPO issues *Human capital and investment *Real estate *Investor protection *The case for global investment *Regulation in financial markets *Asset management regulation

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James Pickford is Executive Editor, FT Mastering at the Financial Times.


"Uncertainty creates the opportunity that is fundamental to markets and must be embraced by investors." "Peter Bernstein" "The gains to be had by predicting the economic cycle are enormous. The problem is that economists cannot get their forecasts right." "Jeremy Siegel, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, p.17" "The basic argument for aquiring foreign securities is that rates of return will be higher than on domestic securities, primarily because of theit more rapid rates of growth." "Robert Z. Aliber, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, p.167 " "Hedge funds are increasingly attracting the attention of institutional investors. Falling and volatile equity markets, low bond yields and crisis-prone emerging markets are prompting investors to search for new destinations for their assets." "Kaveh Alamouti, Optimum Asset Management Limited, p.190 " "The difference between investing today and in years past is not only the ease with which individuals access information and build a portfolio, but the fact that financial markets are more intricately tied to our blueprints of the future." "Greg Elmiger, RiskMetrics, p.225 " "During the internet boom, the venture capital model seemed omnipotent. Now after scores of dot coms backed by blue-chip venture capitalists have gone bust, it is time for a sober evaltuation." "Amar Bhide, Columbia Business School, p.292"

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