Suggestions for a Good Book About Quantitative Analysis

JT asks:

“I’m interested in learning about quantitative analysis. I was wondering if you
might be able to suggest a good book to start with. I’ve read Rule  1# investing and been using it for a little bit. I’m interested getting into finance as a career though. My background is in Computer Science and software development, so I’ve had exposure to Calculus etc… I appreciate any recommendations you might have.”

Hello JT!  I’m glad to hear that you are interested in learning more about quantitative analysis.  I can think of two books you might want to check out.

The first book is Value Investing by Bruce Greenwald et al.  It covers the basics of different types of stock valuation.

The second book is Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset by Aswath Damodaran. This is a comprehensive, more mathematical, text book on valuation.  I learned a lot from it. Damodaran has a website with a lot of material,
lectures, and even manuscripts of some of his books.

By the way, you don’t need calculus for valuation.  Heck, it will likely only get you in
trouble.  I guess it could help in learning some of the mathematical theory of why
certain things work, but that’s about it.

Does anyone else have any suggestions?

2 thoughts on “Suggestions for a Good Book About Quantitative Analysis

  • March 3, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Hello JT,

    I would suggest CORPORATE FINANCE by Aswath Damodaran. A great book to get a solid understanding of Finance. The book covers quantitative and qualitative topics with examples from Disney & Deutsche Bank along of every chapters.

    ( A lot of Graduate school use this book, high intermediate level )

    Enjoy !

  • February 26, 2016 at 3:00 am

    What Works on Wall Street and Contrarian Investment Strategies by David Dreman are also two really good books.

    Also James Montier also write a lot of really good research papers using quantitative techniques. I put all the stuff I could find on James Montier together on this page:

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