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Investment Banking For Dummies


Learn to:

  • Grasp and apply the fundamentals of investment banking
  • Understand post-financial crisis changes
  • Score higher in your investment banking course

The keys you need to know about investment banking

Want to expand your knowledge or learn what you need to know to ace your investment banking course? This in-depth guide takes a comprehensive approach to the topic of investment banking so you can discover everything you’ll need to know to apply your knowledge in the real world.

  • Get started with investment banking — find out what investment bankers do and how they facilitate financing, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Dig in — discover the hidden truth in financial statements, where to find and read the reports you’ll need, and how to perform industry analysis
  • Take it to the next level — dig into the details of discounted cash flow analysis, structuring a leveraged buyout, and determining return on equity
  • Apply investment banking — understand the past of investment banking and new regulations that define the rules of the game
  • Fill your tool box — discover the best online resources for investment bankers, ways to improve your analysis, and other important tools and tips

Open the book and find:

  • What investment banking is and how it works
  • The role of investment bankers in mergers and acquisitions
  • How to use important corporate filing documents
  • The uses of financial statements
  • Details on performing discounted cash flow analysis
  • A thorough overview of fixed income
  • How to determine a company’s return on equity
  • Case studies to help reinforce your reading

Matt Krantz is the stock market and IPO reporter for USA TODAY, covering financial markets and Wall Street. Robert R. Johnson, PhD, CFA, CAIA, is a Professor of Finance at Creighton University, where he teaches in the Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management Program.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Investment Banking 5

Chapter 1: Introducing Investment Banking 7

Chapter 2: The Purpose of Investment Banking: What Investment Bankers Do 23

Chapter 3: How Investment Bankers Sell Companies 43

Chapter 4: How Investment Banking Is Used in Mergers and Acquisitions 61

Chapter 5: How Investment Banking Is Used in Leveraged Buyouts 79

Part II: Digging In: Performing Investment Banking 93

Chapter 6: Finding the Data: Documents and Reports 95

Chapter 7: Making Sense of Financial Statements 113

Chapter 8: Perfecting the Financial Ratios for Investment Banking 133

Chapter 9: Sizing Up the Industry 151

Chapter 10: Understanding Stocks and Focusing on Past Transactions 169

Chapter 11: Applying Investment Banking to Fixed Income 183

Part III: Taking Investment Banking to the Next Level 201

Chapter 12: Doing a Discounted Free Cash Flow Analysis 203

Chapter 13: Structuring a Leveraged Buyout 223

Chapter 14: Determining the Strength of a Company’s Return on Equity 237

Part IV: Applying Investment Banking 253

Chapter 15: Knowing the Rules 255

Chapter 16: Seeing How Some Companies Lie, Cheat, and Steal Their Way to the Top 269

Chapter 17: Understanding Alternative Investments and Asset Management 289

Chapter 18: Trying Your Hand at Investment Banking with a Case Study 303

Part V: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 19: Ten of the Biggest Debacles in Investment Banking History 317

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Improve a Discounted Cash Flow Analysis 325

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) of the Best Online Resources for Investment Bankers 333

Appendix: Where Investment Banking Came From 341

Index 349