The essential premise of this book is that theory and practice are equally important in describing financial modeling. In it the authors try to strike a balance in their discussions between theories that provide foundations for financial models and the institutional details that provide the context for applications of the models. The book presents the financial models of stock and bond options, exotic options, investment grade and high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, mortgage-backed securities, liabilities of financial institutions--the business model and the corporate model. It also describes the applications of the models to corporate finance. Furthermore, it relates the models to financial statements, risk management for an enterprise, and asset/liability management with illiquid instruments. The financial models are progressively presented from option pricing in the securities markets to firm valuation in corporate finance, following a format to emphasize the three aspects of a model: the set of assumptions, the model specification, and the model applications. Generally, financial modeling books segment the world of finance as "investments," "financial institutions," "corporate finance," and "securities analysis," and in so doing they rarely emphasize the relationships between the subjects. This unique book successfully ties the thought processes and applications of the financial models together and describes them as one process that provides business solutions. Created as a companion website to the book readers can visit www.thomasho.com to gain deeper understanding of the book's financial models. Interested readers can build and test the models described in the book using Excel, and they can submit their models to the site. Readers can also use the site's forum to discuss the models and can browse server based models to gain insights into the applications of the models. For those using the book in meetings or class settings the site provides Power Point descriptions of the chapters. Students can use available question banks on the chapters for studying.
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Thomas S.Y. Ho,is president of Thomas Ho Company. Previously he was Executive Vice President of BARRA, Inc. He founded GAT, a financial software company that had over 200 institutional clients globally. He served as a professor in finance at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Investment Management, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, and Journal of Derivatives. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Sang Bin Lee, is a professor of finance at the School of Busines Administration, Hangyang University in Seoul, Korea and President of the Korean Securities Association. Previously, he was an assistant director Ministry of Finance, Korea and an Independent Director and a member of Risk Management Committee, Hana Bank. Currently, he serves as a member of Primary Dealers Screening Committee, Ministry of Finance, Korea and a member of Unfair Trading Examination Committee, Financial Supervisory Service, Korea. Professor Lee received his Ph.D. in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business. Dr. Ho and Professor Lee have published extensively in major journals. They are the authors of the Ho-Lee Model, the first and widely cited arbitrage-free interest rate model.
"This book showcases Dr. Ho's tireless journey into the frontier of finance over the years. It clearly demonstrates how various rigorous financial models can be practically incorporated into companies' strategic decision making and enterprise risk management. The book challenges our conventional thinking in capital structure theory, interest rate behavior and default risk pricing. It should provoke debate for many years to come." --Tony Kao, Managing Director, Global Fixed Income, General Motors Asset Management
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