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The Convertible Bonds (CB) market is growing all the time. To date, over one trillion dollars worth of CBs are in circulation. Corporations are finding this source of fund-raising more and more attractive. And for different reasons, the buyers are finding CBs increasingly attractive investment vehicles. There are few works on the subject of pricing convertible bonds. Most books discussing derivative products cover all details of pricing futures and options in minute detail. Convertible bonds and warrants are usually mentioned as an after thought in the latter chapters. This is the first book to address the very complex issue of pricing convertible bonds. Kevin Connolly, Researcher of complex volatility trading for Refco Overseas Ltd. and Lecturer at City University Business School and London Guildhall University, has put together an excellent treatment of pricing convertible bonds, delving into topics such as: Returns distributions and associated descriptive statistics Modeling the share price process The basic convertible bond model Introducing the complications Convertible bond sensitivities Using equity warrant models to price CBs Refix clauses Fund managers, hedge players/traders, undergraduates and postgraduates will find this book invaluable. Easy to understand software on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is also supplied.
To make a profit, most individual investors and fund managers are forced to take a view on the direction of the price of something. The traditional investment strategy is to study all the aspects of the market place and decide on the value of the instrument under study. If the instrument is cheap, you buy, and if it is expensive, you sell. The traditional view taken is looking at only one dimension of a price sequence - the direction. Options can allow investors to completely ignore the direction of the price and to concentrate on the second dimension - the volatility of the price. It is possible to construct a portfolio containing a given stock and stock options and be completely indifferent to the direction of the price whilst profiting from the volatility of the price. This text explains, with the use of diagrams, how one can profit from the volatility (or lack of it) of the price of an instrument, irrespective of the direction of the price. It discusses the connection between volatility and options without recourse to complex maths.