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Investment Banking Explained: An Insider's Guide to the Industry Hardcover – 1 Aug 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071497331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071497336
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A Comprehensive Ground-Floor View of Investment Banking

Everything from key terms to advanced strategies

Investment Banking Explained provides a clear overview of this complex industry. It covers the history, key terms, structures, and strategies of investment banking and breaks the business down into its respective specialties--from traders, brokers, and analysts to relationship managers, hedgers, and retirement planners--illustrating how each contributes to the industry as a whole.

Written by a high-level investment-banking veteran, this comprehensive guide examines the operations of the world's most successful firms and their shifting approach to risk. It then travels to capital markets around the world to explain how investment banks are forging their international strategies.

Investment Banking Explained is the first step to gaining a clear and complete understanding of one of the most complicated, rapidly expanding, and critically important industries in the world today.

About the Author

Michel Fleuriet, Ph.D., was the Harry W. Reynolds International Adjunct Professor of Finance, Wharton School of Finance, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a professor in Paris University's Masters program in investment banking. Prior to his career in academics, Fleuriet served as chairman of HSBC France, chairman and head of investment banking at Merrill Lynch France, CEO of Chase Manhattan France, and director of M&A at Worms & CIE.


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Format: Hardcover
This book doesn't act as a clear step-by-step explanation of the industry and what it does. The writer flicks between irrelevant historical information, detailed examples of specific areas & transactions, and odd lists of statistics, all without a clear overall structure, and without a gradual build up, or "learning curve", as you might expect from the title. For example, the writer will introduce something like "trading" and tell you that it involves "executing security trades for clients, market making, and proprietary trading", and then the sentence will just end, without any further elaboration. This recurs again and again, throughout the book.

So I don't really know what purpose this book serves. I had to turn to other books to understand the concepts in this book, and when I came back to this book, I wasn't learning anything new.
If the writer bothered to edit and structure the information properly, build up the info steadily, and update it (most of the info is up-to-date for 2005-7, with some clumsy "bolt-ons" for 2008), then it could make a decent overview of the basics and recent history. As it is, it's a clumsy mess with pockets useful info hidden throughout. Not recommended for beginners: maybe best as a refresh for someone interested in the recent history of IB?
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Format: Hardcover
I wanted a book that could introduce me to the world of Investment Banking as I had picked up an assignment back in March 2010. Having read the book and now having spent almost a year in the area, here are my thoughts.

This book is not that well structured and talks more about what happened in the banking world however fails to relate that to specifics of the instruments/counterparties/how it relates to the details involved. Felt like reading case studies with little understanding given of the conclusions drawn from it. If the chapter talks about a topic, it assumes that you already know the basics of it and aware of how the asset class operates (which was not the case in my situation). If you are new to investment banking then this might not be the book for you.
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This is not a good book. It is a combination of poorly curated historical facts, and totally banal anecdotes - lacking much needed clarity and analysis into key themes. It is full of "cut and paste" from corporate websites and is either blatant propaganda or just seriously lazy. It is totally devoid of structure, cohesion, analysis or insight - it just doesn't bother to try.There is simply no element of "insider" here - it is clearly an outsider looking in an providing very cursory view based on the most readily available and worthless sources.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Not engaging. Very badly written. Very basic. Some goes into deep detail, other sections are barely anything. Would definitely not recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
This book made me eventually understand why Merrill Lynch was forced to take 40 billion $ of write-down over the last 12 months while Goldmam Sachs was thriving. A brilliant and clear insider view of this so complex world !
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