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The handbook of financial market indexes, averages, and indicators
Berlin, Howard M.
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Publication Information:
Homewood, Ill. : Dow Jones-Irwin, [1990]

Physical Description:
xxv, 262 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Central Library HG4636 .B49 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This sourcebook for the major financial markets explains to investors how the various market barometers are computed, what stocks are used to compile them, and how indexes and averages are applied to derivative securities. With illustrative charts, graphs, and formulas, it explains the interaction of variables used in measuring and compiling some 200 financial market averages and indexes in 24 countries. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Berlin's interesting and practical reference is recommended for all academic libraries. The book is a simple and uncomplicated discussion of the composition and estimation procedures used in the construction of more than 200 finanical market averages, spanning 24 countries. Berlin makes abundant use of graphics and formulas that illustrate how the various components are integrated into an index measure. The first chapter is a brief and somewhat sketchy introduction to the mathematics of averages, indices, and assorted indicators. The second analyzes US stock market measures and is perhaps, the book's most important chapter. Other chapters examine the credit market, reviewing various bond and note indices; money and mutual fund averages; commodities; money and dollar indices; miscellaneous indicators; and some whimsical indices. Chapter 7, the longest in the book, is a country-by-country description of various foreign equity indices; this coverage is exceptionally useful given the increased internationalization of investment and trade. A very useful and accessible reference that should be seriously considered for both corporate and academic collections, community college through graduate. -S. P. Ferris, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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