The capital markets industry is an exciting, fast-paced, and volatile industry. Comprised of investment banks, securities firms, and a variety of other stakeholders, the industry helps companies and governments raise long-term funds on the capital markets. The industry participants deliver various services to their clients, such as underwriting and acting as agents in the issuance of securities (stocks and bonds); assisting and advising companies involved in mergers and acquisition; as well as providing ancillary services including market making and securities trading. With a complex playing field dominated by large, vertically-integrated banks, the capital markets industry suffered a tremendous blow from the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. Since then, the industry has been faced with a more stringent regulatory environment, stronger global competition and an increased need for risk management among other challenges. By consolidating and reorganizing their corporate structures, improving existing risk management processes, deploying new technologies, and by expanding their operations in developing markets, industry players are adopting unique strategies to succeed in the aftermath of the financial crisis. This course is designed to help learners understand key concepts, terminology, issues, and challenges associated with the capital markets Industry, and strategies employed to meet some of those challenges. It will identify the main sectors of the capital markets industry and its business drivers, and review the key aspects of the industry business model, its competitive environment, and the current trends in the industry. This course was updated in 2015.
Consulting houses, industry investors, and all size companies that sell products or services to other sectors and industries; organizations looking for knowledge and key business information in the capital markets industry