The Complete Guide to Capital Markets for Quantitative Professionals

Written on January 2, 2012. Written by .

This is not a book about options pricing and risk analysis as the title may indicate. It is more like an orientation manual for software developers entering a financial firm. It starts out with a great introduction to the important aspects of the financial markets, including the history of the Federal Reserve, how a stock exchange works, how treasuries trade, how the treasury yield curve indicates expectations of future interest rates, and so on. It provides just the right amount of detail to hit the important points without going so deep as to become mundane. It does describe some options pricing theory, but avoids going into the math. The book just aims to get your feet wet in a very broad array of areas. It is not intended to teach you how to be a trader. Like most non-fiction books, the first half is much better than the second half.

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