Book for a newbie

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Book for a newbie

Postby Jade » Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:58 pm

Hi Mark,

I am a newbie to Mathematical Finance. I just brought your book "The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance". First, do I need to read Hull before I start reading your book? I don't want to waste money on buying lots of books explaining the same concepts. I want one solid book to start my journey into world of Mathematical Finance. I do have decent background in Probability theory and Calculus

Second, is your second book 'More Mathematical Finance' intertwined with your first book to get an deeper overview of Mathematical finance as a subject or can I skip your second book before I start my Master in Financial Engineering program

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Re: Book for a newbie

Postby mj » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:25 am

My second book is a sequel to the first one -- useful but not essential.

Some people like my first book straight off. Some don't. A lot depends on background. If you have done a lot of maths or similar you should be fine with it. If not, you may need something easier eg Neftci or Wilmott.
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Re: Book for a newbie

Postby Jade » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:04 pm

Thanks Mark for the reply

I liked your writing style so much that I could not stop myself from ordering the sequel.

I am in the third chapter of the first book and enjoying it.

By the way, what should be the mathematical prerequisite to get most out of your books? I saw your recommended list, but it is too long. Any suggestion on two to three mathematics books that would help me get most of your books.
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