- Hardcover: 624 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe; 2 ed edition (26 October 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070248826
- ISBN-13: 978-0070248823
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 885 g
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An Innovative Approach to Portfolio Management. Blending the Most Profitable Aspects of Analytical and Quantitative.
Professional acclaim for Active Portfolio Management, 2nd edition. "Active Portfolio Management is a unique reference for understanding the source of value-added by a money manager. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the methodology used in the book, and I highly recommend it to both the professional and academic communities."
-Professor William N. Goetzmann, Director, International Center for Finance, Yale University School of Management.
"This edition of Active Portfolio Management continues the standard of excellence established in the first edition, with new and clear insights to help investment professionals."
-William E. Jacques, Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Martingale Asset Management.
"Active Portfolio Management offers investors an opportunity to better understand the balance between manager skill and portfolio risk. Both fundamental and quantitative investment managers will benefit from studying this updated edition by Grinold and Kahn."
-Scott Stewart, Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Select Equity ® Discipline, Co-Manager, Fidelity Freedom ® Funds.
"This second edition will not remain on the shelf, but will be continually referenced by
both novice and expert. There is a substantial expansion in both depth and breadth on the original. It clearly and concisely explains all aspects of the foundations and the latest thinking in active portfolio management."
-Eric N. Remole, Managing Director, Head of Global Structured Equity, Credit Suisse Asset Management.
"Active Portfolio Management, Second Edition, remains a readable yet theoretically and mathematically rigorous book that one would expect from two such distinguished authors. I heartily recommend this book to any practitioner who wants to refine his or her knowledge of state-of-the-art quantitative money management or who would like a straightforward reference to quickly answer those thorny theoretical questions that hit us now and again."
-Michael Even, Managing Director and Chief of Global Quantitative Analysis, Citibank Global Asset Management.
"A more comprehensive examination of quantitative techniques for portfolio management would be hard to find.Active Portfolio Management is an outstanding treatise on the methods and techniques of measuring performance and risk control that is both rigorous and understandable."
-Jon A. Christopherson, Research Fellow, Frank Russell Company.
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Yes, you actually do need some calculus and linear algebra to read the book. It's written for people who understand math; it's a book on *quantitative* finance -not "seat of pants" trading. Even if you skip the mathematics (and most of the heavy stuff is kept neatly tucked away in appendices, so as not to frighten the MBAs and small children), you're likely to get something out of it: at least you'll have a vague idea of what the propeller heads in the white laboratory jackets are up to. What I find most remarkable about the book is how it rewards upon rereadings. Got a trading problem? There is probably a section in this book which relates to it. When I'm banging my head on a problem, and getting no joy from the google machine, Grinold and Kahn's book often has something which at least points me to the answer. This is a remarkable quality, as the book really was, as far as I can tell, written to help out with the kinds of tasks they face at BGI.
If you're a former physics nerd, the classic physics book it most resembles for me is the Landau & L. (amazon won't let me say the other guy's name) book on classical mechanics. The clarity and density of G&K's book very much resemble L&L. Like L&L, it can be used as a first text on this sort of thing. You may prefer to get your basics elsewhere; I liked learning mechanics from Goldstein for example, but once I knew my p's and q's, I tossed Goldstein and just read L&L when I needed professional insight. G&K is like this; theirs is the book that you'll keep around as a reference once you have a handle on the basics whether you learn the basics from them or not.
Personally, I would have liked a little more meat on non-parametric statistics, maybe some overarching Bayesian framework and some ideas on backtesting, a la bootstrap resampling, but it would probably change the tenor of the book and reduce its utility for what they do at work. Still, they'll probably read this review, and if they take requests, that's mine.
For one, there are typos. The print edition and the kindle version do not match. For example, where the Greek letter sigma is used in the text, the Kindle would replace it with some Latin letters such as "s" or even an "o".
Secondly, the Equations are stored as tiny images. That means, if you increase the text size, the equations still remain tiny. If you change the font and background colour, the equations will still remain the same colour. Also, if you zoom into the image, it becomes blurred.