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Investment Banker

Investment Bankers are generally employed by investment dealers and banks, and usually take one of several specialties. These include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and structured finance.

  • Corporate Finance Specialists assist corporate and government clients to raise capital for financing operations. They evaluate the capital needs of the client, while assessing the readiness of various capital markets for new securities, and then structure an appropriate financing package.
  • Merger & Acquisition Specialists work with companies preparing to acquire or merge with other companies.
  • Structured Finance Specialists create securities, based on other assets, to redistribute cash flows and diversify the portfolio risk of clients.

Investment Bankers are, in most cases, expected to have completed their post-secondary education or earned an MBA. They generally begin their career as an associate within an investment banking department as part of a team working with clients, lawyers and investors. Strong quantitative skills are essential and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation provided by the CFA Institute or the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation from CSI are recommended.

Starting annual salaries for Investment Banking associates can be in the $50,000 to $75,000 range, plus bonuses. Senior Investment Bankers can earn salaries of $150,000 or more plus bonuses.