A Course in Derivative Securities: Introduction to Theory and Computation, by Kerry Back provides wonderfully clear explanations without sacrificing mathematical accuracy. I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to understand more about this fascinating and important area.
Professor Kerry Back’s book fills a void in the derivative literature by providing an excellent and much needed book for a second course in derivatives. The clear presentation and the choice of VBA using the software tool make this a perfect textbook for such a course. Using VBA via excel is an excellent choice as it exhibits an “open source” environment that is readily available for users.
A Course in Derivative Securities, by Kerry Back contains a practical introduction to the mathematics of financial engineering. It can serve as an excellent bridge between the introductory books on derivative securities and those that provide advanced mathematical treatments. Computational methods are introduced and the text contains the Excel VBA routines corresponding to the formulas and procedures described in the book.
This is valuable since computer simulation can help readers understand the theory. The book under review succeeds in presenting intuitively advanced derivative modeling. It presents a very wide spectrum of the problems and methods concerned with pricing and hedging derivatives in a quite accessible way. It can be strongly recommended not only to be used as a course but also for those wishing to train themselves in this field.
A Course in Derivative Securities: Introduction to Theory and Computation (Springer Finance) [Paperback]
Springer; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005 edition