To be financially literate in today's market, business students must have a solid understanding of derivatives concepts and instruments and the uses of those instruments in corporations.  The Third Edition has an accessible mathematical presentation, and more importantly, helps students gain intuition by linking theories and concepts together with an engaging narrative that emphasizes the core economic principles underlying the pricing and uses of derivatives.
The third edition has been updated to include new data and examples throughout.
Table of Content
Chapter 1 Introduction to Derivatives
PART ONE INSURANCE, HEDGING, AND SIMPLE STRATEGIES
Chapter 2 An Introduction to Forwards and Options
Chapter 3 Insurance, Collars, and Other Strategies
Chapter 4 Introduction to Risk Management
PART TWO FORWARDS, FUTURES, AND SWAPS
Chapter 5 Financial Forwards and Futures
Chapter 6 Commodity Forwards and Futures
Chapter 7 Interest Rate Forwards and Futures
Chapter 8 Swaps
PART THREE OPTIONS
Chapter 9 Parity and Other Option Relationships
Chapter 10 Binomial Option Pricing: Basic Concepts
Chapter 11 Binomial Option Pricing: Selected Topics
Chapter 12 The Black-Scholes Formula
Chapter 13 Market-Making and Delta-Hedging
Chapter 14 Exotic Options: I
PART FOUR FINANCIAL ENGINEERING AND APPLICATIONS
Chapter 15 Financial Engineering and Security Design
Chapter 16 Corporate Applications
Chapter 17 Real Options
PART FIVE ADVANCED PRICING THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
Chapter 18 The Lognormal Distribution
Chapter 19 Monte Carlo Valuation
Chapter 20 Brownian Motion and Ito's Lemma
Chapter 21 The Black-Scholes-Merton Equation
Chapter 22 Risk-Neutral and Martingale Pricing
Chapter 23 Exotic Options: II
Chapter 24 Volatility
Chapter 25 Interest Rate and Bond Derivatives
Chapter 26 Value at Risk
Chapter 27 Credit Risk
App. A The Greek Alphabet
App. B Continuous Compounding
App. C Jensen's Inequality
App. D An Introduction to Visual Basic for Applications
•Concrete Applications complement the pricing discussions. Chapters on financial engineering, corporate applications, and real options all address practical problems.
•An emphasis on core economic principles helps students develop a deeper, more intuitive understanding of derivatives markets and instruments. For example, the idea that options are a form of insurance is presented at the outset.
•Integrated treatment of forward contracts and options. The initial chapters cover both forwards and options, illustrating how they are used and incorporating an extended example of hedging by gold-mining and gold-buying firms. This approach helps to unify option pricing; in particular, it makes it clear that the formula for pricing stock options is the same as the formula for pricing currency options.
•Formulas are motivated, placed in context, and explained intuitively. The goal is to help students build intuition about pricing models through their applications so they can know when a price does not make sense and why. The author provides the student with a framework for thinking about commonality among various derivative instruments.
•The Theme of Applied Computation is emphasized. Using the pre-programmed Excel spreadsheets that are packaged with the book, students can become more comfortable and fluent with pricing models and their use in spreadsheets, even before they understand the precise mathematical underpinnings.