Larry Schrenk, Instructor

Materials

Textbook:
Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane, and Alan J. Marcus. *I**nvestments*.
McGraw-Hill: You may use either the new
10th edition or the previous
9th edition. (Publisher
Website)

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Note that this is the *
Investments* text, not the *Essentials of Investments* text, and that
you will save a considerable amount of money by purchasing the earlier
edition...used copies of the 9th edition are about $20 on
Amazon.com.

Three Recommended, but Optional, Books :

Peter L.
Bernstein. *Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk*. Wiley, 2008.
(An enjoyable discussion of risk–financial and otherwise)
Kindle

Peter L.
Bernstein. *Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street.*
Wiley, 2009. (A serious chronological account of recent investment theory)
Kindle

Peter L.
Bernstein. *Capital Ideas Evolving*. Wiley, 2009. (A continuation of
Capital Ideas)
Kindle

Calculator: You will need a calculator with financial functions for this class. *If you
already have a TI-83 or 84 Plus graphing calculator, you do not need to buy anything
else*. If not, you will need to get a financial calculator. (Unfortunately, basic
scientific calculators normally do not have financial functions. If in doubt,
contact me.) Do not spend a lot of money on a fancy model. A basic financial
calculator should cost $30-$40 at many department stores (maybe cheaper if you
get it online). The most common models are the HP 10bII, HP 10bII+ and TI
BAII Plus. A financial calculator has many financial functions (so you
won't need to memorize a lot of formulae for the exams), and we will go over the
use of a financial calculator in the course. You can download a
Financial Calculator Guide for the course. Either of the following are good
choices: