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FT Guide to Using the Financial Pages, 6th Edition

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FT Guide to Using the Financial Pages, 6th Edition


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  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 6-1/8 X 9-1/4
  • Pages: 376
  • Edition: 6th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-273-72787-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-273-72787-3

This thorough reference guide to reading and really understanding the financial pages shows you where to look for information and how to make best use of it. Designed for a range of users, from corporate managers to individual investors, it shows you how to assess and evaluate information so as to benefit your investing and saving strategies and better understand economic indicators and financial jargon.

Financial Guide to Using the Financial Pages uses real examples from the financial newspapers, case studies of businesses, company reports and electronic information.

This new edition has been fully updated with new features, including:

- A wider range of examples of financial information.

- References at the end of each chapter, rather than at the end of the book.

- Online and ‘new media’ references incorporated throughout the book

- More discussion on financial regulation and govern­mental bodies.

- A glossary of financial terms.

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Table of Contents



The sixth edition



Part 1: Identifying the players

1 Investors
2 Companies
3 Financial institutions
4 Governments

Part 2: Interpreting the markets

5 Stocks and shares: the UK equity markets
6 Indices and aggregates: market indicators
7 NYSE and Nasdaq: the US equity markets
8 European equities: stock markets in the eurozone and beyond
9 Other international equities: emerging stock markets and world indices
10 Trusts and funds: the managed money markets
11 Bonds and gilts: the international capital markets
12 Cash and currency: the foreign exchange and money markets
13 Futures and options: the derivatives markets
14 Primary products: the commodities markets

Part 3: Understanding the economies

15 UK economic indicators
16 The European economy: market integration and monetary union
17 The world economy: trade, growth and international institutions

Part 4: Beyond the financial pages

18 Company and investor lives: the key performance indicators (by Ken Langdon)
19 Sources of information: a brief guide

Appendix 1: The key ratios guide
Appendix 2: The key indices guide


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