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Inside the Yield Book: The Classic That Created the Science of Bond Analysis, 3rd Edition

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Praise for the Second Edition of Inside the Yield Book

The seminal book on bond analysis, now with new work on Duration Targeting

"It's pure pleasure to revisit this innovative and authoritative bedrock of modern bond analysis . . . the description of Wall Street's original 'rocket scientist' encountering Salomon Brothers' trading floor is worth the price of admission."
—John Lipsky, Chief Economist, JPMorgan Chase

"This book transformed the markets' understanding of bonds. The new material in this expanded edition extends those insights to equities and other investments—and the investment world is indebted anew to Sidney Homer and Martin Leibowitz."
—Frank J. Fabozzi, PhD, CFA, editor of the Journal of Portfolio Management and Professor in the Practice of Finance at Yale University's School of Management

"Inside the Yield Book may not be where it all began, but it certainly is where it all began to be understood. The clarity and elegance of language and thought is startling. The new material will not disappoint. This book will live forever!"
—Jack R. Meyer, President and CEO, Harvard Management Company

"Every participant in the fixed-income market needs to read and then reread this authoritative work."
—Laurence Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

"The new edition gives us the best of both worlds: the complete classic that helped launch a golden age for fixed-income investing, and completely new sections that show how relevant and essential its wisdom remains today."
—Lewis S. Ranieri, Chairman, Hyperion Partners


MARTIN L. LEIBOWITZ is a managing director with Morgan Stanley Research Department's global strategy team. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was vice chairman and chief investment officer of TIAA-CREF. He is the author of numerous books, and over 200 articles on various investment analysis topics, ten of which have won the prestigious Graham and Dodd Award. Leibowitz has received three of the CFA Institute's highest awards: the Nicholas Molodovsky Award, the James R. Vertin Award, and the Professional Excellence Award. In 1995, he became the first inductee into the Fixed Income Analysts Society's Hall of Fame.

The late SIDNEY HOMER was the founder and general partner in charge of Salomon Brothers' bond market research department. Best known for his pioneering and analytical studies of bond market history and relative values and the economic forces that create bond market trends, he is the author of several books including A History of Interest Rates, The Bond Buyer's Primer, and The Price of Money. He was inducted posthumously into the Fixed Income Analysts Society's Hall of Fame in 1997.

ANTHONY BOVA is an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley Equity Research's Global Strategy team. He won Best Article in the ninth annual Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards presented by the Journal of Portfolio Management for his coauthoring of "Gathering Implicit Alphas in a Beta World." In 2008, Mr. Bova coauthored Modern Portfolio Management (Wiley), which focused on active equity strategies. In 2010, he coauthored The Endowment Model of Investing (Wiley) with Martin Leibowitz and Brett Hammond of TIAA-CREF.

STANLEY KOGELMAN is President of Delft Strategic Advisors, LLC, and a Principal at Advanced Portfolio Management. Prior to founding Delft Strategic Advisors, he served as a managing director at JPMorgan Private Bank and Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is the author and coauthor of more than sixty articles on finance and received two Graham and Dodd Awards and published two books jointly with Martin Leibowitz. In an earlier academic career, he held senior mathematics faculty positions and wrote several pioneering books on mathematics education, including Mind Over Math and The Only Math Book You'll Ever Need.

Preface to the 2013 Edition ix

Acknowledgments xi

PART I: DURATION TARGETING: A NEW LOOK AT BOND PORTFOLIOS (2013 EDITION) 1

Introduction 3

CHAPTER 1 Duration Targeting and the Trendline Model 9

CHAPTER 2 Volatility and Tracking Error 35

CHAPTER 3 Historical Convergence to Yield 51

CHAPTER 4 Barclays Index and Convergence to Yield 63

CHAPTER 5 Laddered Portfolio Convergence to Yield 81

Appendix: Path Return and Volatility 95

References 105

PART II: SOME TOPICS THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT INTO THE 1972 EDITION (2004 EDITION) 107

Contents of the 2004 Edition 109

Foreword by Henry Kaufman 111

Preface to the 2004 Edition: A Historical Perspective 113

Technical Appendix to “Some Topics” 157

PART III: INSIDE THE YIELD BOOK (ORIGINAL EDITION) 171

Preface to the 1972 Edition 173

Contents of the 1972 Edition 175

List of Tables 179

About the Authors 349

Index 353