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xchaotic
12th July 2010, 12:07
Hi.

Having acquired a bit of spare time, I'm think of getting some better understanding on how the finance instruments and markets work.
Any good and up to date reading on this, preferably in a book form that can be read on an ipad/kindle?

Moscow Mule
12th July 2010, 12:12
Start with
All you need to know about the City - Stokes.

Then, you'll probably want to have a look at derivatives
All About Derivatives - Durbin

No idea about ebook options but you should be able to work that bit out yourself.

doodab
12th July 2010, 12:48
The Complete Guide to Capital Markets for Quantitative Professionals (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Quantitative-Professionals-McGraw-Hill-Investment/dp/0071468293/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278938641&sr=8-1-spell)

This might be a bit heavy going:

Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives : John C. Hull (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Options-Futures-Derivatives-Prentice-Finance/dp/0136015867/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278938652&sr=8-1)

This one is more of a laymans (Lehmans?) guide.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-City-Really-Works-Definitive/dp/0749442433

xchaotic
12th July 2010, 13:37
Start with
All you need to know about the City - Stokes.

Thank you so much. Albeit at 600+ pages ebook would certainly be far more convenient, I'll browse around for such options...

The only other question is whether it's better to get the second/third editions of the books? (I guess they're post-crash updates)?

Moscow Mule
12th July 2010, 13:44
Start with
All you need to know about the City - Stokes.

Thank you so much. Albeit at 600+ pages ebook would certainly be far more convenient, I'll browse around for such options...

No worries. Spelt the chap's name wrong though - It's Christopher Stoakes. My copy is only 250 ish pages. There's a second edition which covers why the crunch happened which will be the one to get.

xchaotic
12th July 2010, 14:01
Yeah, I'd thought it made sense to get the latest.