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Derivatives for Decision Makers: Strategic Management Issues (Wiley Series in Financial Engineering) George Crawford

Derivatives for Decision Makers: Strategic Management Issues (Wiley Series in Financial Engineering)

George Crawford

Published August 10th 1996
Kindle Edition
240 pages
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A brilliantly conceived and lucidly written exposition of the most important topic on the frontier of modern finance. This book takes the mystery out of derivatives. Bravo!—John H. Langbein, Professor, Yale Law SchoolDerivatives for Decision Makers is a first in explaining derivatives to those who need to understand them. It explains what derivatives are, how they can be used as risk management tools, and what managers and decision makers need to know about the subject. Not only is the technical substance superb, but the form is accessible to all decision makers.—Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss, Director, The World Bank GroupDerivatives for Decision Makers is an excellent resource for both users and providers of derivative products, regardless of the readers level of sophistication. The recent highly publicized derivatives problems are objectively reviewed by the authors who contribute important and sensible recommendations to avoid similar situations in the future.—Dipak K. Rastogi, Executive Vice President and former Head of Global Derivatives, Citibank, N. A.Derivatives can play a critical role in achieving corporate financing and investment strategies. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned practitioner, Crawford and Sen present a superb roadmap with well-chosen, real-world illustrations. Their vivid insights make this book a must-read for corporate and pension fund managers.—Sandra S. Wijnberg, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer, PepsiCo, Inc.Crawford and Sen have done a fine job of making derivatives comprehensible for managers who need to understand the basic features and uses of these instruments. This coverage, together with the books unique emphasis on senior managements fiduciary obligations to the firms shareholders, sets this book apart from other attempts to make derivatives accessible to senior management. This book is an important read.—John F. Marshall, Executive Director, International Association of Financial Engineers and Professor of Financial Engineering, Polytechnic UniversityDerivatives are the power tools that enable users to analyze components of risk and return inherent in an investment or a business. The popularity of derivative use in the marketplace has surged in recent years, spurring financial innovation and better risk management. Yet this popular instrument is double-edged: derivatives are as risky as they are beneficial. In light of recent, highly publicized disasters—the Orange County bankruptcy and the Barings fiasco—it is imperative that business and finance professionals have a current and basic knowledge of this complicated and venturesome field.If you are a shareholder, director, or other decision maker in a company utilizing derivatives, it is important that you know how to maximize the benefits of derivatives and minimize the damage that they can cause. Now, two leading financial experts provide the solid principles you need to understand and properly use derivative products and structured financing. Starting upwards from the ground floor, this straightforward, no-nonsense resource is replete with tables, graphs, and common examples and common sense, offering invaluable information on:The three major types of derivatives-options, futures, and swapsLeverage—what it is, why it is so important, how it is used to increase returns, and how it multiplies riskHedging a stock portfolio and hedging industry risk with synthetic futuresBusiness risks—core and secondary risks- which business risks to hedge with derivativesInvestment strategies using derivativesDerivative risks—market, credit, legal, and systemicFiduciary duties—the duties of loyalty and care, exceptions, the prudent investor rule, business judgment, rule an