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The Practical Guide to Wall Street is an indispensableresource for anyone who aspires to a front-office sales or tradingposition on Wall Street and an essential desk reference for marketpractitioners and those who interact with this exciting but widelymisunderstood industry. Written by an experienced trader in aclear, conversational style and assuming no previous background infinance, The Practical Guide to Wall Street provides a thoroughschooling in the core curriculum of the equity and equityderivatives sales and trading business - exactly what you wouldlearn from sitting beside the traders at a tier-one Wall Streetinvestment bank (except that in practice, traders rarely have timeto provide such detailed explanations!) Topics covered include:

  • Clear, detailed and intuitive explanations of all majorproducts, their function, pricing and risks (several of which areunavailable anywhere else despite producing billions of dollars inannual revenue for Wall St.)
  • The layout of the trading floor, the roles and responsibilitiesof the different sales and trading groups and how they interact toservice the client business
  • An overview of the structure of the macro-economy and thetrader’s perspective on the significance of economic datareleases and their impact on the financial markets
  • A review of those concepts from fundamental valuation andfinancial statement analysis of greatest relevance on the tradingfloor (as opposed to abstract valuation models)
  • Practical details of the structure and functioning of theequity and derivative markets including translations of traderjargon, Bloomberg tips, market conventions, liquidity and riskconsiderations and much more…

This book provides the first comprehensive explanation of allaspects of the functioning of the equities division, withinformation, details and insights previously only available tothose who already worked on a trading floor. The availability ofthis material in a format accessible to non-professionalsfundamentally changes the level of industry knowledge employers inthe financial services industry can expect of new hires.

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