Now in its third edition, Finance: The Basics is a clear and practical introduction to the world of finance. It thoroughly explains essential financial statements, tools and concepts; fundamental financial instruments and transactions; and global financial participants, markets and systems. This fully revised third edition captures the most important aspects of a changing financial landscape, including:
• Updates on key areas of the financial system, including default experience, corporate finance trends, growth in dark pools, hedge funds, foreign exchange and derivatives, and changes to the international regulatory and central banking framework.
• Further real-world examples/studies that introduce, or expand upon, a range of practical topics; 12 updated studies are supplemented by new cases related to reinsurance, central bank quantitative easing and digital currency and payments.
• A comprehensive glossary containing key terms discussed in the book.
Each chapter is accompanied by an overview and summary, illustrations and tables, real life case studies, and recommended readings. Finance: The Basics is essential reading for anyone interested in the fascinating world of finance.
Table of Contents
I Concepts and Tools 1. The world of finance 2. The financial statements 3. Financial concepts and tools II Instruments and Transactions 4. Common and preferred stock 5. Loans and bonds 6. Investment funds 7. Derivatives and insurance III Participants and Marketplaces 9. Financial participants 10. The global financial markets
Erik Banks is an experienced practitioner and regular contributor to the literature in the field of financial risk management, traded markets, banking and regulation. He has spent over 25 years in international banking, working at major financial institutions in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Munich, and is the author of over 20 books on risk, derivatives, markets and governance.