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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Mary Jackson, Mike Staunton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA

This is probably the best book written on financial modeling in excel, definitely worth the $50. Comes with a great CD-ROM. The books strength is its illustration of financial models and implantation in Excel. Since the models focus on static solutions the book is probably of greater use in academics than in industry. It would be great if there was instruction about how to input real time data into Excel and implement the models dynamically. Of particular interest to me is the great VBA code given on the CD, namely the code to calculate autocorrelation, cubic spines, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. This alone was worth the 50 bucks.
There are some major deficiencies in this book. Noticeably absent topics include: bond portfolio immunization; swap pricing; forwards and futures hedging; the ARCH, GARCH and CHARMA models.
My background is in finance, mathematics and computer science. Unlike the guy above, I don't see any need for advanced mathematics in order to study this book. In fact I am sure you don't. The point is to make excel do it for you. However it will a lot easier for those who understand the finance and mathematics behind what they are telling excel to do. I am assuming that those who are considering this book most likely have taken at least one college level calculus course and one statistics course. But I don't think even that is necessary and definitely not stochastic calculus.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great book on a complex subject

I have to say that i was quite impressed by the content of this book. I started with David Chappell's book on COM and ActiveX and this took me a bit deeper into this somewhat complex subject. I would recommend it to anyone. One caveat - you must at least understand the basics of C++ to get any serious value from it as this is the authors language of choice. Nice book, though

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Decision Support Systems and Intelligent Systems (7th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Efraim Turban, Jay E. Aronson, Ting-Peng Liang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I found this book to be extremely insightful and helped me in understanding DSS's. The authors must be commended on their style and logical approach to this textbook. The book successfully take a complex system and presents it in an interesting format with real-world examples. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about DSS's.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows 98 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, but a little dilute

The book lives up to its brag of providing information on Windows 98 that is comprehensible to people who are not techno-geeks. It also addresses the kinds of questions that can be urgent to newcomers (e.g., "Where did all my stuff go?" or "Why won't my computer respond?") However, the information is diluted with more chat and cuteness than is needed; I think twice as much information could have been provided in this number of pages (and at this price) without compromising understandability. Perhaps then there wouldn't have had to be so many recommendations to go get "More Windows 98 for Dummies" and other "Dummies" books. In short: I recommend it for anyone confronted with Windows 98 and feeling a little helpless about it (as I was after upgrading from Windows 3.1), but don't expect to become very proficient based upon this book alone.