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Excerpt from Review in International Journal of Information Management 27 (2007) 301-304
on 16 November 2007
This is the maiden publication in the Business Knowledge and IT Professional series. It is an unusual book
which aims to bridge the perceived gap in business knowledge between IT professionals and the business community. Each chapter is clearly introduced which enables the reader to easily target particular areas of interest.
The initial chapters spend time developing the background of investment banking. This is really
unavoidable in a conversion-type text such as this. Topics such as asset classes, the business environment,
trends in investment banking, foreign exchanges and the trading life cycle are addressed in turn.
This is an ambitious text and almost inevitably ``falls between two stools''.
For the interested reader there is a fairly comprehensive reference list and a set useful
websites to support study in greater depth. Where the book really does succeed is in introducing a lot of new
ideas quickly, in a clear and ordered style. The linking of IT and investment banking is also relatively
successful, but given that it is IT professionals who will supposedly be reading it, this side could have been