"Harry Kat has done a masterful job explaining the world of exotic options and the role that these options play in building structured securities. Dr Kat conveys the essence of these products from the perspective of a very experienced financial engineer but in a fashion that the less experienced reader can easily follow and understand. In this, Dr Kat has shown himself to be a marvellous teacher. I′m confident that this book will prove to be one of the classics to be read by future generations of financial engineers." –– John F. Marshall, Principal, Marshall, Tucker & Associates, and Founding Executive Director, International Association of Financial Engineers
"This is a refreshingly new and different book about putting together structured equity products. It is not a book about deriving formulas but a book about applying formulas. The emphasis on hedging costs and alternative ways of reducing those costs by modifying the structure will be appreciated both by those who actually manufacture and sell these products and those who buy them." –– Don Chance, First Union Professor, Virginia Tech
"This book is about applications, about solving real business problems with derivatives.... Contrary to many other books in the field, the approach is managerial rather than abstractly mathematical, aimed at practitioners instead of applied mathematicians. Professor Kat′s book contains all the mathematics required. However, the mathematical aspects play a purely supportive role, not the starring role. Bravo!"
–– Anthony F. Herbst, University of Texas at El Paso, Founding Editor, The Journal of Financial Engineering
"It is certainly a unique book, much more useful that most new books on derivatives. In a nutshell, this book is very creatively done and a great resource for professionals."
–– Mark Rubinstein, Paul Stephens Professor of Applied Investment Analysis, University of California at Berkeley
The General Framework.
Stocks and Stock Market Indices.
Special Contract Features.
Index–Linked Cash Flows.
Pricing and Hedging.
Reducing the Costs of Buying Options.
Equity–Linked Bull Notes.
Raising the Participation Rate.
Market Timing and Non–Bullish Views.
Digital and Coupon Bearing Notes.