The pleasure of authoring a textbook comes from writing about a subject that we enjoy and find exciting. As authors, we hope that we can pass on to the reader not only knowledge but also the excitement that we feel for the subject. In addition, writing about investments brings an added stimulant because the subject can affect the reader during his or her entire business career and beyond. We hope that what readers derive from this course will help them enjoy better lives through managing their financial resources properly. The purpose of this book is to help you learn how to manage your money so you will derive the maximum benefit from what you earn. To accomplish this purpose, you need to learn about the many investment alternatives that are available today and, what is more important, to develop a way of analyzing and thinking about investments that will remain with you in the years ahead when new and different investment opportunities become available.