To Become an Investment Banker: Girl Banker®'s Bullet Point Guide to Highflying Success

 
9781475169614: To Become an Investment Banker: Girl Banker®'s Bullet Point Guide to Highflying Success

So, you want to be an investment banker, huh? Well, you're looking in the right place. This is the ONLY book on the market that guides you right through the process from where and when to apply, to the most likely interview questions and even how to impress your boss from day one ensuring you keep that job.

Job applications to investment banks have shot up due to all the media attention that the industry has received but there are fewer jobs available:

  • The unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds has risen sharply in the current recession, from 15% in 2008 to 19% in 2009 and then to 20% in 2010 (poverty.org.uk).
  • Just 54% of Americans aged 18 to 24 currently have jobs. That's the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. (Pew Research Center)
With the top investment banks now combing the world over to find the very best person for the job, you need to stay a step ahead. To help you succeed, To Become an Investment Banker gives you all the information you need to have at your fingertips as well as extra advice to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Much of the information is presented in a bullet point format ensuring clarity and absolute ease of access. In addition, the laid-back, chatty tone of this semi-autobiographical book makes it an enjoyable read as well as an essential guide.

Heather Katsonga-Woodward started her investment banking journey in 2004 with an internship at Goldman Sachs. Since then, she has picked up a mass of useful tips that helped her survive, even during the whirlwinds of the 2007-2009 credit crunch. With input from four other investment bankers, To Become an Investment Banker encompasses 25 years of collective banking expertise.

This book is the perfect starting point if your sights are set on working in any major financial center.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction

CHAPTER 1: FIGURING OUT WHAT'S WHAT
Commercial / Retail Banking
What Is Investment Banking & What Do Investment Bankers Do?
A Typical Day in the Life of An Investment Banking Analyst
Asset Management

CHAPTER 2: GETTING INTO AN INVESTMENT BANK
Networking
Deciding Where, When and How to Apply
What Degree Will Get You In?
The Application Process
Alternatives to the Standard Hiring Process
Application Enhancers

CHAPTER 3: INTERVIEW BASICS
Interview Behavior
Interview Dress Code
Rules on Answering Interview Questions

CHAPTER 4: COMPETENCY-BASED QUESTIONS

CHAPTER 5: BASIC ECONOMICS
Fiscal Policy
Monetary Policy

CHAPTER 6: BASIC TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
Credit Risk
Brainteasers

CHAPTER 7: TECHNICAL QUESTIONS FOR CORPORATE FINANCE AND EQUITY CAPITALS MARKETS (ECM)
Financial Reporting
Valuation
Cash Equities
Equity Derivatives

CHAPTER 8: TECHNICAL QUESTIONS FOR DEBT CAPITAL MARKETS (DCM) OR FIXED INCOME CURRENCY AND COMMODITIES (FICC)
Bonds and Loans
Foreign Exchange (FX)
Rates
Credit
Commodities

CHAPTER 9: ON THE JOB
Tips That Will Help You to Hit The Ground Running
Personal Habits to Watch Out For
Email Etiquette
Dealing with Tiredness

CHAPTER 10: GIRL BANKER®'S INSIGHTS
On Handling Money
On Being from an Ethnic Minority
On Being a Girl
On Lawsuits
On Resigning
Resources (including Recommended Books)
Headhunters

Appendix 1: Currency Codes
Appendix 2: Banking Lingo and Acronyms
Index

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Review:

Packed with essential information, practical advice and insider tips, and written in an engaging, conversational style, this book tells you everything you need to know about becoming an investment banker - and more. Debi Alper, Author

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