Activities of Investment Banks
The primary purpose of an investment bank for its customers is to raise capital and strategic advise on corporate financial.
The activities investment banks pursue to provide the above services include:
Investment banks have also moved into foreign currency exchange, private banking, and bridge financing.
 Raising funds
Investment bankers can raise funds in capital markets in two ways. The first one is by selling a company's equities in the stock market via an initial public offering (IPO) or secondary offering. The other is by selling debt issues.
Private placements are the purchase or sale of corporate securities by private companies or individual. Types of private placement transactions include venture capital investments, strategic investments by companies, private equity investments, private debt placements, acquisitions, divestitures, and merchant banking.
 Value of Investment Banks
Being specialists, investment bankers offer three advantages to companies who use them:
 Major Investment Banks
Some of the major investment banks include: