An investment bank is a brokerage unit linked to financial-related services for businesses and institutions. Investment banks help in the creation of capital by underwriting new debts or acting as client’s agent in the issuance and placement of stock. They also assist companies involved in restructuring, sales, and mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, an investment bank may provide ancillary services such as equity securities, derivatives trading, and market making.
Upon the passage of Glass-Steagall Act of 1993, the United States maintains a separation between commercial and investment banking. Nonetheless, industrialized countries such as G7 countries have historically not separated the two entities. Unlike commercial banks, investment banks do not accept deposits. As part of Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the United States asserts some institutional separation between the two banking sectors.
Investment banking may be subdivided into the sell side and the buy side. The sell side involves the promotion and exchange of securities for cash or other securities. Conversely, the buy side specializes in the provision of advisory services to businesses and institutions involved in investment services. Some of the buy side entities include hedge funds, mutual funds, unit trusts and life insurance.
Investment banking may also be split into public and private units. The public unit deals with publicly disclosed information such as data analysis while the private unit deals with insider information. The United States requires all its investment advisors to be licensed as broker-dealer and subject to FNRA regulations and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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