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Managing Credit Risk, Second Edition opens with a detailed discussion of today's global credit markets--touching on everything from the emergence of hedge funds as major players to the growing influence of rating agencies. After gaining a firm understanding of these issues, you'll be introduced to some of the most effective credit risk management tools, techniques, and vehicles currently available. If you need to keep up with the constant changes in the world of credit risk management, this book will show you how.
Praise for Navigating the Financial Blogosphere"Navigating the Financial Blogosphere is the most enjoyable personal finance book I've ever read. I read it cover to cover within an afternoon, and I didn't want to put it down. It's fresh, practical, and broad in its topic coverage and should be on the top of every person's reading list. Russell Bailyn is a super-talented rising star."-Matthew D. Hutcheson, Independent Pension Fiduciary, expert Congressional witness on retirement plan economics"Financial information on the Internet has exploded in volume; the challenge is to find what's useful and reliable. Russell Bailyn's book does an excellent job of presenting important personal finance topics in a clear and digestible form, and pointing readers to a wealth of high-quality sources on the Internet. Navigating the Financial Blogosphere is browsable, fun, and very useful."-David Jackson, founder and CEO, SeekingAlpha.com"Russell Bailyn not only explains financial decision making, but like a good research librarian, he tells you where to go on the Web for more information. You'll want to be close to your computer as you read this book."-Joseph Hurley, founder and CEO, Savingforcollege.com LLC
A detailed look at how object-oriented VBA should be used to model complex financial structuresThis guide helps readers overcome the difficult task of modeling complex financial structures and bridges the gap between professional C++/Java programmers writing production models and front-office analysts building Excel spreadsheet models. It reveals how to model financial structures using object-oriented VBA in an Excel environment, allowing desk-based analysts to quickly produce flexible and robust models. Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, it skillfully illustrates the art of object-oriented programming for the explicit purpose of modeling structured products. Residential mortgage securitization is used as a unifying example throughout the text.
Praise for Pension Revolution"When Keith Ambachtsheer puts his keen mind to work on a problem, watch out! Here he exposes today's fragile arrangements for the most serious social dilemma of our times--financing retirement. Then he provides a compelling and powerful set of solutions. His writings are essential reading for all who care about the future of American living standards."--Peter Bernstein, founder and President, Peter L. Bernstein, Inc., and author of Capital Ideas and Against the Gods"This book describes one of the most ingenious inventions in the history of mankind: pension funds offering credible promises about old-age income. It reads like a thriller: how can well-governed pension funds be created in an imperfect world in which mortals wrestle with foibles and moral shortcomings? One of the world's leading experts on pensions searches for the answer--and finds it."--Lans Bovenberg, Scientific Director, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement, Tilburg University, The Netherlands"Pension Revolution exposes the inadequacies of current pension systems and persuasively makes the case for the fundamental changes that are needed. It is essential reading for both the pension industry and policymakers."--Elizabeth Bryan, Chair, Investment Committee, Unisuper Management PM Ltd, Australia"Most analyses of complicated issues deal with complexity by simplifying or only looking at one piece-part, and, in doing so, provide limited value. In stark contrast, Keith Ambachtsheer boldly wades into the complexity in Pension Revolution to come up with a valuable integrative solution. He is a most welcome revolutionary!"--Roger Martin, Dean, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada"We have known Keith for over ten years, and consistently over that time, he has constructively and comprehensively challenged conventional wisdom. He has done this so effectively that many of his initial thoughts have now become universally accepted norms. Such is his energy however that he continues to push the boundaries of pension and investment thinking."--Peter Moon, Chief Investment Officer, Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd, UK"Pension Revolution not only explains the shortcomings of the existing pension system and the underlying design features that have resulted in the current pension upheaval. It also offers thoughtful and creative suggestions for prospective pension design. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of retirement finance."--James Poterba, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the TIAA-CREF Board of Trustees
In the updated second edition of Don Chance's well-received Essays in Derivatives, the author once again keeps derivatives simple enough for the beginner, but offers enough in-depth information to satisfy even the most experienced investor. This book provides up-to-date and detailed coverage of various financial products related to derivatives and contains completely new chapters covering subjects that include why derivatives are used, forward and futures pricing, operational risk, and best practices.
Essential guidance for the corporate finance professional -- advisor, Board Director, CFO, Treasurer, business development executive, or M&A expert--to ask the right questions and make the critical decisions. Strategic Corporate Finance is a practical guide to the key issues, their context, and their solutions. From performance measurement and capital planning to risk management and capital structure, Strategic Corporate Finance, translates principles of corporate finance theory into practical methods for implementing them. Filled with in-depth insights, expert advice, and detailed case studies, Strategic Corporate Finance will prepare you for the issues involved in raising, allocating and managing capital, and its associated risks.Justin Pettit (New York, NY) draws on his 15 years of senior advisory experience as an investment banker and management consultant. He advises corporate boards and executives on matters of capital structure, financial policy, valuation, and strategy. He also lectures on topics in advanced corporate finance to graduate and undergraduate students at universities in the New York area.
In Asymmetric Returns, financial expert Alexander Ineichen elevates the critical discussion about alpha versus beta and absolute returns versus relative returns. He argues that controlling downside volatility is a key element in asset management if sustainable positive compounding of capital and financial survival are major objectives. Achieving sustainable positive absolute returns are the result of taking and managing risk wisely, that is, an active risk management process where risk is defined in absolute terms and changes in the market place are accounted for. The result of an active risk management process-when successful-is an asymmetric return profile, that is, more and higher returns on the upside and fewer and lower returns on the downside. Ineichen claims that achieving Asymmetric Returns is the future of active asset management.Alexander M. Ineichen, CFA, CAIA, is Managing Director and Senior Investment Officer for the Alternative Investment Solutions team, a key provider within Alternative and Quantitative Investments, itself a business within UBS Global Asset Management. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIAA). Ineichen is the author of the two UBS research publications In Search of Alpha--Investing in Hedge Funds (October 2000) and The Search for Alpha Continues--Do Fund of Hedge Funds Add Value? (September 2001). As of 2006 these two reports were the most often printed research papers in the documented history of UBS. He is also author of the widely popular Absolute Returns--The Risk and Opportunities of Hedge Fund Investing, also published by John Wiley & Sons.
Fidelity offers investors some of the most innovative financial tools, products, and platforms currently available, and with What Every Fidelity Investor Needs to Know, James Lowell--one of the most trusted names in the investment business and a self-described Fidelity fanatic--will help you get the best out of what Fidelity has to offer; whether it be through taxable accounts, IRAs, or 401(k)s.
Evidence-Based Technical Analysis examines how you can apply the scientific method, and recently developed statistical tests, to determine the true effectiveness of technical trading signals. Throughout the book, expert David Aronson provides you with comprehensive coverage of this new methodology, which is specifically designed for evaluating the performance of rules/signals that are discovered by data mining.
Get professional advice from one of the world's top wedding photographersCreative use of lighting is a hallmark of quality photography. Kevin Kubota has been listed among the world's top 10 wedding photographers by American Photo magazine and named a Legend Behind the Lens by Nikon. This guide features dozens of his unique lighting and post-production recipes and techniques, each illustrated with a spectacular image.Author Kevin Kubota enjoys a cult-like following among professional photographers and has earned numerous accolades for his talentIncludes the author's unique lighting and post-production recipes and techniques that reinforce the theory that good lighting is the key to quality photographyPresents a number of shooting scenarios with behind-the-scenes setup, a description of the photographer's objective, the equipment used, and the resulting image for eachFeatures a companion app that will enable the photographer to search and find lighting suggestions by subject, style, budget, equipment, and other guidelines, all while in the fieldKevin Kubota's Lighting Notebook for Digital Photographers is almost like having the famous photographer sharing his secrets with you one on one.
Understand and use digital SLR cameras with this complete photography courseIf you're making the switch from simple point-and-shoot cameras to more complex dSLRs and hoping to enhance your photography skills along the way, make your next purchase this value-packed eLearning kit. This complete dSLR photography course includes a full-color printed book and a Dummies interactive eLearning course on CD. You'll find a wealth of information on such topics as how to set your camera's exposure controls, composition do's and don't's, and how to apply what you're learning so you take better pictures.Follow the material sequentially or jump in and out as you wish?it's set up so you can learn at your own pace. Throughout, you will benefit from illustrations, animations, voiceover explanations, and the option of closed captioning if you find you learn better when you can read the instructions.Helps self-motivated learners master digital SLR photography equipment, concepts, terms, and picture-taking basics Includes an easy-to-follow, full-color book and an interactive Dummies eLearning Course that corresponds with the book on CD Allows you to follow the material sequentially or choose separate sections at your own time and pace Offers chapter summaries, practice exercises, discussions of concepts and essential terms, and much more Get the very most out of your dSLR camera and your photography with Digital SLR Photography eLearning Kit For Dummies.NOTE:CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
Ditch traditional corporate branding to create a powerful, recognizable brandBrand Against the Machine offers proven and actionable steps for companies and entrepreneurs to increase their brand visibility and credibility, and to create an indispensable brand that consumers can relate to, thus becoming life-long customers. Discover the aspirational currency that makes your brand one that people want to be or want to be friends with. Learn how to be real with your audience and make strategic associations to establish credibility. Brand Against the Machine will help you stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. Brand Against the Machine is the blueprint for how to market your brand to attract better clients and stand out from the clutter that is traditional corporate branding and marketing.Instant Positioning Method: How to instantly stand out from the crowd and position yourself as a resource, not just another service providerThe 20/60/20 Rule: Why it's important to take a stand and why it's okay to have haters--because it creates a stronger bond with those who love youDitch your traditional corporate branding and marketing, and exchange it for something memorable. Your customers will thank you for it.
An expanded new edition of the bestselling system dynamics book using the bond graph approachA major revision of the go-to resource for engineers facing the increasingly complex job of dynamic systems design, System Dynamics, Fifth Edition adds a completely new section on the control of mechatronic systems, while revising and clarifying material on modeling and computer simulation for a wide variety of physical systems.This new edition continues to offer comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of bond graphs, using these important design tools to help readers better understand the various components of dynamic systems. Covering all topics from the ground up, the book provides step-by-step guidance on how to leverage the power of bond graphs to model the flow of information and energy in all types of engineering systems. It begins with simple bond graph models of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems, then goes on to explain in detail how to model more complex systems using computer simulations. Readers will find:New material and practical advice on the design of control systems using mathematical modelsNew chapters on methods that go beyond predicting system behavior, including automatic control, observers, parameter studies for system design, and concept testingCoverage of electromechanical transducers and mechanical systems in plane motionFormulas for computing hydraulic compliances and modeling acoustic systemsA discussion of state-of-the-art simulation tools such as MATLAB and bond graph softwareComplete with numerous figures and examples, System Dynamics, Fifth Edition is a must-have resource for anyone designing systems and components in the automotive, aerospace, and defense industries. It is also an excellent hands-on guide on the latest bond graph methods for readers unfamiliar with physical system modeling.
The App Store extends to the Mac desktop! Developers: here's how join the funIf you love your desktop Mac and want to enjoy the fun and challenge of developing Mac apps for the App Store, here's your chance to get started. This fun, full-color guide shows you how to create killer Mac apps on, and for, a desktop Mac. The book takes you step by step through the development of two apps while you get up to speed on the Mac App SDK, Xcode 4, how a Mac app runs, cryptography, views, and much more.Shows you how to download the Mac App SDK, set up Xcode 4, and how Mac apps runTakes you step by step through the development of two Mac desktop appsExplains views, view controllers, interface objects, gesture recognizers, cryptography, security, network awareness, and much moreThe App Store for the Mac desktop is the next big thing for developers! Be ready with this book at your disposal.Note: Apple's iOS SDK tools are only accessible on Intel-powered Mac and MacBook devices.
The gold standard for measuring financial progress, updated for today's marketFrom Ross Levin, a trusted financial planner, comes Implementing the Wealth Management Index. The new edition of the book Investment Advisor called a "landmark opus," this revised and updated volume expands upon his legendary Wealth Management Index tool. A benchmark system that, through a series of questions and evaluations, enables advisors to score their performance for individual clients, the tool is used by firms around the world. In this new edition, the index looks at asset protection, disability and income protection, debt management, investment planning, and estate planning. The new edition adds more how-to information, as well as actual client examples and case studies to show how Levin's firm successfully uses the index as a daily strategy.Asks the important questions, like "Did you use all reasonable means to reduce your taxes?" and "Have you established and funded all the necessary trusts? Have you made your desired gifts for this year?Newly revised and expanded for the first time since 1997Essential guidance from a top man in the game, Implementing the Wealth Management Index is the one-stop resource for measuring client financial progress.
Discover the properties and real-world applications of the Fibonacci and the Catalan numbersWith clear explanations and easy-to-follow examples, Fibonacci and Catalan Numbers: An Introduction offers a fascinating overview of these topics that is accessible to a broad range of readers.Beginning with a historical development of each topic, the book guides readers through the essential properties of the Fibonacci numbers, offering many introductory-level examples. The author explains the relationship of the Fibonacci numbers to compositions and palindromes, tilings, graph theory, and the Lucas numbers.The book proceeds to explore the Catalan numbers, with the author drawing from their history to provide a solid foundation of the underlying properties. The relationship of the Catalan numbers to various concepts is then presented in examples dealing with partial orders, total orders, topological sorting, graph theory, rooted-ordered binary trees, pattern avoidance, and the Narayana numbers.The book features various aids and insights that allow readers to develop a complete understanding of the presented topics, including:Real-world examples that demonstrate the application of the Fibonacci and the Catalan numbers to such fields as sports, botany, chemistry, physics, and computer scienceMore than 300 exercises that enable readers to explore many of the presented examples in greater depthIllustrations that clarify and simplify the conceptsFibonacci and Catalan Numbers is an excellent book for courses on discrete mathematics, combinatorics, and number theory, especially at the undergraduate level. Undergraduates will find the book to be an excellent source for independent study, as well as a source of topics for research. Further, a great deal of the material can also be used for enrichment in high school courses.
Simply the easiest way for visual learners to get up and running with Mac OS X LionOS X Lion is the latest version of the Mac desktop operating system, offering cool new features for more than 25 million Mac OS X users. For visual learners who are switching to a Mac, upgrading from an earlier OS, or just getting started with computers, Mac OS X Lion Simplified provides all the necessary information in the simplest way possible. Task-based spreads provide step-by-step instructions with full color illustrations that show exactly how to accomplish a wide variety of tasks with Mac OS X Lion.Looks at Mac OS X Lion, the latest Mac desktop operating system that features support for the new multi-touch trackpad and other enhancementsOffers visual learners the easiest way to get going with Mac OS X Lion, using step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots that show exactly what each step looks likeExplains how to use the new trackpad, customize the desktop, work with files and folders, and use the latest versions of iPhoto and iMovieFor those who learn best when they see exactly how something is done, Mac OS X Lion Simplified is the quickest and easiest way to get up and running on Mac OS X Lion.
The must-have guide for anyone considering entering the exciting world of trading from home The biggest stumbling block for people looking to launch their own trading businesses from home is a failure to understand the complexities of the "back office" operations needed to be successful. Survival Guide for Traders is here to help. Packed with strategies for building a successful home trading business, and featuring answers to questions most up-and-coming traders would never think to ask, Survival Guide for Traders is required reading for anyone who wants to start and sustain a trading business from home. Explains how to create a trading business plan, set up an office, implement a trading system, use margin, deal with legal and financial issues, and keep appropriate records Examines the opportunities and challenges of handling a home-based trading business Details the process of setting up and organizing your trading business Includes a comprehensive "Trading Business Plan Template" that you can customize Written by Bennett McDowell, a highly regarded trader and trainer of traders The book for anyone even thinking about entering the exciting world of trading, the Survival Guide for Traders offers practical solutions that anyone can use in order to build a lasting, thriving home trading business.
Switching from a PC to a Mac is a breeze with this book Anyone considering making the move to Mac from the Windows world will find this book smoothes the way. While Macs are famous for ease of use, there are fundamental differences in Mac and PC ways of thinking, plus there?s the hassle of moving files, calendars, and other essential data from one platform to another. This guide lays out all the information, explains basic Mac procedures for the newcomer, offers great tips on data-sharing (including running Windows applications on a Mac), and provides everything the new Mac user needs to move forward with confidence. Mac sales have recently surpassed the sales of new PCs, and many new Mac users are trying to adjust to a different way of working with the computer and struggling to transfer essential data from an old PC to the Mac Portable Genius books focus on the most accessible, useful information and deliver it in the most direct way: exactly what these users want Covers the basics that new Mac users need to get started, intermediate-level information to help them make the most of the Mac, and plenty of advice on transferring important data, running Windows applications on the Mac via Boot Camp, maintaining a Mac, and more With help from Switching to a Mac Portable Genius, Second Edition, former PC users will find themselves comfortable in the Mac world in no time.
The bestselling Mac guide, updated for the latest Mac OS X and now in full color! Mac OS X Lion represents a new era in the Mac operating system. This friendly guide is fully updated for the latest Mac OS X and provides everything new Mac users and users upgrading to Mac OS X Lion need to know. A bestseller in previous editions, Mac OS X Lion For Dummies covers all the cool stuff and prepares you for the quirks. So whether it's your first Mac or just an OS upgrade, you'll learn to tame your Lion with the expert advice of Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus and Dummies. Covers using the Finder, customizing Lion, adding widgets to the Dashboard, organizing and managing files and folders, searching with Spotlight, and working with Spaces Explores browsing the web with Safari, using Apple Mail and iCal, connecting a printer, performing backups with Time Machine, troubleshooting, and setting up a network Walks readers through the new features of Mac OS X Lion, including FaceTime, Photo Booth, Launchpad, Mission Control, Full-screen apps, and more Gets you up and running with iTunes, downloading fun apps from the Mac App Store, and staying entertained with videos, photos, and other multimedia You'll make your Lion roar with the friendly advice in Mac OS X Lion For Dummies.
Take your electronics skills to the next level! If you're looking for a solitary resource that covers everything you need to know about electronics, then look no further. This friendly-and-straightforward guide introduces the basics of electronics and enhances your learning experience by debunking and explaining concepts such as circuits, analog and digital, schematics, voltage, safety concerns, and more. Packed with nearly 900 pages of detailed information, this book shows you how to develop your own breadboard, design your own circuit, and get savvy with schematics. Covers the basics of electronics and demystifies a variety of electronics concepts Encourages you to dive in and design a variety of fun and interesting entertainment, electronics, mobile, and automotive projects Offers troubleshooting advice for common electronics challenges Reviews circuits, schematics, voltage, safety concerns, and much more So, get plugged in and start your next electronics project today with this book by your side!
An insider's perspective on the pharmaceutical industry It's easy to hate Big Pharma. After all, they charge a lot of money for life-saving drugs. You could argue that Big Pharma's incentive to generate income is antithetical to the needs of society. But, if you set costs aside, no reasonable person could argue against the industry's accomplishments. The pharmaceutical industry has cured many infectious diseases and some cancers, delayed the onset of heart disease, enabled AIDS patients to live long and productive lives, controlled the progression of arthritis, and reduced pain. Any thoughtful discussion on the pharmaceutical industry must be guided by the facts. Author John LaMattina, a thirty-year veteran and former president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, takes you through the realities and the myths surrounding the pharmaceutical industry, offering concrete illustrative examples. Rather than innuendo, he offers facts, answering your questions about the process and costs of pharmaceutical R&D in a compelling narrative focused on the discovery and development of new medicines. Divided into four parts, this book dispels common misconceptions, helping you arrive at your own informed conclusions: Part One, A Matter of the Heart Part Two, The Role of Pharmaceutical R&D in Healthcare Part Three, The Profit Motive Part Four, The Future With its emphasis on fact, John LaMattina's book is indispensable for anyone interested in understanding, advocating, or setting pharmaceutical policy, including general consumers, pharmaceutical executives, regulators, pharmaceutical researchers, and students. "This is an important and timely book. " -Dr. Richard A. Lerner, President of the Scripps Research Institute "Drug Truths is an authoritative, clear, and accessible exposition of the realities of drug discovery and development. " -Professor E. J. Corey, Nobel Laureate, Harvard University
This book addresses the use of ionic liquids in biotransformation and organocatalysis. Its major parts include: an overview of the fundamentals of ionic liquids and their interactions with proteins and enzymes; the use of ILs in biotransformations; non-solvent applications such as additives, membranes, substrate anchoring, and the use of ILs in organocatalysis (from solvents to co-catalysts and new reactivities, as well as non-solvent applications such as anchoring and immobilization).
A complete guide to the role of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in new and emerging therapies With high-density lipoproteins (HDL) playing an increasing role in cardiovascular disease prevention, there is a growing need for an in-depth look at HDL and its clinical value. This book summarizes the current state of knowledge in the field, providing for the first time a comprehensive, systematic, stylistically coherent, and up-to-date review of the composition, structure, heterogeneity, metabolism, epidemiology, genetics, and function of HDL. Divided into three main parts, High-Density Lipoproteins first examines normal HDL particles, then describes defective HDL, and finally addresses the therapeutic normalization of subnormal levels and defective biological activities of this lipoprotein class. The book highlights the functional properties of HDL, which are relevant to the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and thrombosis, and discusses the compositional and metabolic heterogeneity of HDL particles. Readers will come away with a clear understanding of the role of HDL in biological processes, the potential value of functional HDL as a therapeutic target, and how current and emerging therapies are poised to influence the treatment of heart disease in the future.
This books format follows an applications-oriented text and serves as a training tool for individuals in education and industry involved directly, or indirectly, with chemical reactors. It addresses both technical and calculational problems in this field. While this text can be complimented with texts on chemical kinetics and/or reactor design, it also stands alone as a self-teaching aid. The first part serves as an introduction to the subject title and contains chapters dealing with history, process variables, basic operations, kinetic principles, and conversion variables. The second part of the book addresses traditional reactor analysis; chapter topics include batch, CSTRs, tubular flow reactors, plus a comparison of these classes of reactors. Part 3 keys on reactor applications that include non-ideal reactors: thermal effects, interpretation of kinetic data, and reactor design. The book concludes with other reactor topics; chapter titles include catalysis, catalytic reactors, other reactions and reactors, and ABET-related topics. An extensive Appendix is also included