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This is intentionally a very broad question. How much (if at all) has the fixed income securities market changed from say 2005 to present day?

The main reason I ask is because I am debating whether or not to read a book that was written in 2005 on fixed income. What are the chances that the info in this book is out of date or irrelevant to today's markets?

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    I think this question is too localized, since you're asking about a specific date range. The answer won't still be relevant in a year. I'd suggest rephrasing your question as "How quickly does information about Fixed Income Securities become obsolete?" Then it will be relevant for all time. – Flimzy Oct 16 '11 at 9:00
  • A better question would have you name the book. Then we could discuss the merits of the one book instead of books from 2005 generally. – Tom Au Nov 5 '11 at 19:58
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It depends on both the level of the textbook and the markets it covers. If your book covers ordinary government and corporate bonds, I would suspect a book even 10 years old remains highly relevant. Likewise if the book focuses more on the math of fixed income than on the instruments themselves, as the math used today really hasn't changed much since the innovations of the 1980s and early 1990s. Many other very large markets (prime agency mortgages, agency bonds, emerging market bonds) also have not changed much. Even some smaller markets, such as credit card and auto loans, floating rate securities, and inflation-indexed products, haven't changed much.

On the other hand, a few fast-moving markets, such as structured and securitized products, have changed dramatically due to the global financial crisis of 2008. CDOs were a hot topic in 2005, but are virtually a dead market today. CMBS has transformed quite radically. CDS has a host of new conventions and rule changes.

Overall, though, if it's a good book, I wouldn't refrain from reading it out of a fear of learning about products that are no longer popular. If they are in the book, they were probably popular at one time, and it is worth understanding these products and why they failed (e.g., CDOs).

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It depends on whether the book is about fixed income securities GENERALLY or about "fixed income securities in 2005."

In the first case, it will have a lot of material about the PRINCIPLES of fixed income securities. Such principles are "timeless," in which case the book should remain useful.

On the other hand, if the book is a "recap" of fixed income trades or instruments or markets peculiar to 2005, it might not be all that relevant today.

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