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The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk

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“Bernstein has become a guru to a peculiarly '90s group: well-educated, Internet-powered people intent on investing well--and with minimal ‘help' from professional Wall Street.”--Robert Barker, BusinessWeek William Bernstein is one of today's most unlikely financial heroes. A practicing neurologist, he used his self-taught investment knowledge and research to build a popular investor's website. Now, in the plain-spoken The Intelligent Asset Allocator, he shows independent investors how to build a diversified portfolio--without the help of a financial advisor.

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Pension Fund Investment Management

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Every investment professional who has anything to do with the management of pension funds will embrace this wide-ranging handbook. Consisting of articles by an esteemed panel of contributors, it covers the basics as well as latest on pension fund governace, operations, and value creation.

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Global Asset Allocation : Techniques for Optimizing Portfolio Management (Wiley Finance Edition)

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Discusses the most promising portfolio management strategies in use today—from asset liability forecasting and target asset allocation to the critical time-horizon and implementing overlay strategies. Contains the latest global asset allocation models, forecasting techniques and optimization methods, including passive and active portfolio strategies. Features a special section on chaos theory and its applications to global allocation techniques.

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Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment

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Swensen has been the chief investment officer for the past 14 years at Yale University, where he is responsible for managing and investing more than $6 billion of the university's endowment assets and investment funds. Realizing an annual return of more than 16 percent on his investments, Swensen has added more than $2 billion to Yale's coffers, and his consistent track record has attracted the notice of Wall Street portfolio managers. Here Swensen provides a brief history of endowment funds and explains the purpose of endowment accumulation and the goals for institutional portfolios. One of the strategies behind his success has been to diversify asset classes and move beyond a reliance on domestic marketable securities. He distinguishes between traditional and alternative asset classes, looks at performance evaluation issues and tools, and considers the investment decision-making process. Although its audience will be limited, this book is a necessary purchase for libraries with collections that include the topic of investment management. David Rouse
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Active Portfolio Management: A Quantitative Approach for Producing Superior Returns and Selecting Superior Returns and Controlling Risk

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Mathematically rigorous and meticulously organized, ACTIVE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT broke new ground when it first became available to investment managers in 1994. By outlining an innovative process to uncover raw signals of asset returns, develop them into refined forecasts, then use those forecasts to construct portfolios of exceptional return and minimal risk--i.e., portfolios that consistently beat the market--this hallmark book helped thousands of investment managers. ACTIVE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT, SECOND EDITION, now sets the bar even higher. Like its predecessor, this volume details how to apply economics, econometrics, and operations research to solving practical investment problems--and uncovering superior profit opportunities. It outlines an active management framework that begins with a benchmark portfolio, then defines exceptional returns as they relate to that benchmark. Beyond the comprehensive treatment of the active management process covered previously, this new edition expands to cover asset allocation, long/short investing, information horizons, and other topics relevant today. It revisits a number of discussions from the first edition, shedding new light on some of today's most pressing issues, including risk, dispersion, market impact, and performance analysis, while providing empirical evidence where appropriate. The result is an updated, comprehensive set of strategic concepts and rules of thumb for guiding the process of--and increasing the profits from--active investment management.

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Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets

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William Sharpe's seminal work, Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets, is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1970. This important book synthesized several related areas of portfolio theory and the theory of capital markets, and not only expalined portfolio construction and capital markets, but also discussed the economics of uncertainty (risk) and investments. Today a person cannot study finance and investments without learning about William Sharpe, Portfolio Theory, CAPM, and the Sharpe ratio. Dr. Sharpe has written a new foreword that will help place this important work in a meaningful context in today's financial world. In 1990, Dr. Sharpe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics with Harry Markowitz and Merton Miller for the development of the CAPM (the Capital Asset Pricing Model). Sharpe's theoretical insights into CAPM became the basis for modern portfolio theory, derivatives, and equity-index funds, three of today's most important topics and financial instruments. Dr. Sharpe has continuously crafted several financial tools that portfolio managers and individuals use routinely to better comprehend investment risk, including return-based style analysis (the Sharpe ratio).

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Equity Management: Quantitative Analysis for Stock Selection

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Two pioneers and innovators in the money management field present their choice of groundbreaking, peer-reviewed articles on subjects including portfolio engineering and long-short investment strategy. More than just a collection of classic review pieces, however, Equity Management provides new material to introduce, interpret, and integrate the pieces, with an introduction that provides an authoritative overview of the chapters. Important and innovative, it is destined to become the "Graham and Dodd" of quantitative equity investing.

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Bond Pricing and Portfolio Analysis: Protecting Investors in the Long Run

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"The book can be described as a 'dream' toolbox for any bond portfolio analyst." -- Milad Zarin, University of Neuchâtel 
"Bonds are mathematical securities, and Olivier de La Grandville gives us the economics, the theory, the math, the intuition, and the numerical examples in this wonderfully thorough book." -- Roger Ibbotson, Yale School of Management 

This comprehensive text makes accessible the most important methodological advances in bond evaluation of the past twenty years. With uncommon precision and a strong emphasis on the underlying economic fundamentals, de La Grandville presents a unified framework for understanding the basic tools of bond evaluation, including duration, convexity, immunization, and interest rate derivatives. 

One of the book's most valuable contributions is its detailed demonstration of the Heath-Jarrow-Morton model of interest term structure and its applications to bond portfolio duration and immunization. Other innovative treatments include a discussion of the exact relationship between spot and forward rates of return, formulas for the expected value and variance of the long-term rate of return on bonds as functions of one-year estimates, the introduction of a new concept of duration based on the directional derivative, and a geometrical interpretation of a martingale probability construction. 

Each chapter is followed by a series of questions, problem sets, and projects. Detailed answers to all of them are provided at the end of the book. Although the treatment is thorough and rigorous, the exposition is intuitive throughout.

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