What is some prerequisite book in mathematics or finance that can help me to read "mathematical methods for financial markets"?

I found a lot of difficulties when try to start to read the PDF of this book.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you post a link to the book which you mean? $\endgroup$
    – emcor
    Sep 18, 2014 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ I download it in a chinese finance forum $\endgroup$
    – Victor
    Sep 18, 2014 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ @emcor - if you give me your email address, i may send it to you $\endgroup$
    – Victor
    Sep 18, 2014 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ amazon.com/Mathematical-Methods-Financial-Springer-Textbooks/dp/… $\endgroup$
    – athos
    Sep 19, 2014 at 3:02
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    $\begingroup$ Chapter 1 of the book actually listed the math prerequisite. If that's still deep, try Shreve's "Stochastic calculus for finance" $\endgroup$
    – athos
    Sep 19, 2014 at 3:26

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Shreve's book can really be thought as "calculus of finance".

If you say there should be pre-calculus or high school mathematics of finance.

Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives - John C Hull

A Primer For The Mathematics Of Financial Engineering (Financial Engineering Advanced Background Series) - Dan Stefanica

Of course this is from my perspective of derivatives product. Something more for asset pricing, enter John Cochrane.


Course page

Coursera class

There can be better sources but these are also good enough to start with.


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