An encyclopedic reference that offers those with an interest in either securities or futures markets an impressive amount of information. To begin, there are authoritative briefings that evaluate the pros and cons of 30 different investment possibilities ranging from annuities through zero-coupon issues. Next come knowledgeable rundowns on getting the most from financial news and corporate annual reports. At the heart of the text is a 2,500-entry lexicon that translates financial/investment lingo into language intelligible to the lay public. Equally helpful are listings, complete with addresses and telephone numbers, for: major financial/investment publications; advisory services; sources of computer software and databases; commercial banks; thrift institutions; life insurance companies; Federal Reserve branches; mutual fund groups; brokerage houses; accounting firms; sponsors of limited partnerships; and the world's principal securities and commodity exchanges. In addition, there are detailed tabulations for 4,700-odd publicly held corporations which trade in North American markets. Finally, there's a wealth of charts and statistical data that puts the domestic economy as well as capital markets in graphic historical perspective. To a probably unavoidable extent, Downes and Goodman have been overtaken by events. Fotomat, Genstar, Key Pharmaceuticals, and Sperry, to illustrate, have become casualties of the takeover wars since their exchange listings were compiled. Such quibbles apart, a well-nigh indispensable guide and directory for anyone with a stake in any area of the financial/investment field.