Post the Financial Crash, the role of regulation and the impact of regulation on all aspects of the financial industry has broadened and intensified. This book offers a comprehensive review of the operations of the industry post-financial crisis from a variety of perspectives. This new edition builds upon the authors’ predecessor book, Fundamentals of Investment: An Irish Perspective.
The core of the original text is retained particularly concerning fundamental concepts such as discounted cash flow valuation techniques. Changes in this new text are driven by two important factors. First, the long shadow of the Global Financial Crisis and the ensuing Great Recession continues to impact economies and financial markets. Second, the new text adopts a more international perspective with a focus on the UK and Ireland. The authors present the reader with a clear linkage between investment theory and concepts (the ‘fundamentals’) and the practical application of these concepts to the financial planning and advisory process. This practical perspective is driven by the decades-long fund management and stockbroking experience of the authors.
Investment knowledge is a core competence required by large numbers of organisations and individuals in the financial services industry. This new edition will be an invaluable resource for financial advisers, financial planners and those engaged in advisory and/or support functions across the investment industry. Those taking investment modules in third-level educational institutes will find this book to be a useful complement to the more academically focused textbooks.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction Part I Assets and investment returns Chapter 2. Securities markets and the investment assets Chapter 3. Investing in bonds Chapter 4. Investing in equities Chapter 5. Alternative assets Chapter 6. Historical investment returns Chapter 7. The real economy and the markets Chapter 8. Derivatives Part II Investment risk and capital market theory Chapter 9. Investment, investors and risk Chapter 10. Portfolio theory Chapter 11. Modelling prospective returns Part III Investment management in practice Chapter 12. Fund Management Chapter 13. Pension fund investment Chapter 14. Pension fund structures and regimes Chapter 15. The retail investor’s choices Chapter 16. Performance measurement and style analysis
Brian O'Loughlin has worked in various roles in the investment management industry, including economist, investment manager and stockbroker. He began his career as an economist with the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. In the 1980s and 1990s he held senior positions with Irish Life Assurance plc and ABN Amro Stockbrokers, Dublin. From 2000 to date he has been running his own investment advisory business and has been providing investment training and research services with Investment Faculty Ireland Limited. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Frank O’Brien has over 50 years’ experience of investment markets as an investment analyst, fund manager, chief investment officer and consultant. He maintains his involvement in investment markets as a non-executive director of a number of investment companies and as a trustee of a number of Irish pension funds. He is a founding member and former chairman of the Society of Investment Analysts in Ireland, a predecessor organisation of CFA Ireland. He is a Certified Accountant and a former president of ACCA Ireland.