Careers in finance by Trudy Ring

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Full-service investment banks also have brokerage divisions that trade stocks, bonds, commodities, and other financial instruments, both for clients and the bank’s own account. ) This chapter will focus on underwriting and its related activities, including mergers and acquisitions. UNDERWRITING An investment bank underwrites a securities issue when it buys the entire issue from its client and resells the securities to the investing public. Underwriting is a huge business. The total amount of public equity 39 Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

The firms underwrite the securities, help to promote them to potential investors, develop new types of securities and advise clients on their uses, and counsel clients on mergers, acquisitions, and other actions that are likely to have an impact on finances. The business contracted somewhat after its heyday in the middle 1980s and gave way to falling stock prices and recession. In the 1990s, however, it made somewhat of a rebound. The field of investment banking continues to attract graduates of top business schools in the United States.

Larger firms usually maintain an in-house legal staff as well. The education required to work in a brokerage firm varies from one job to another. For trading personnel, many of the larger brokerage houses have active recruitment programs at graduate schools of business. Many people, however, have become successful traders without graduate degrees and, in some cases, without undergraduate degrees. This is particularly true of people involved in the futures and options markets. “If a person is intelligent and hardworking, there is nothing in this industry that can’t be learned,” says Seth, a futures portfolio manager who is also familiar with trading issues.

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