“ Hello! Could you explain the difference between an investment banking analyst and a trader? ”

Gio W. asked a question in topic Career Choices
to Charles N. Investment Banking Associate: London, Citi

Gio W.

What could be the elements that somebody having some experience in Forex trading use when applying as Investment banking Analyst?

Investment Banking Associate: London, Citi

Investment banking and trading are totally different. Traders buy and sell shares, derivatives, bonds, commodities, currencies and a number of other securities in the market, while investment bankers help companies and private equity firms buy or sell other companies and assets and together with capital markets, help around financing these transactions. Investment banking really only comes into contact with forex in cross-border transactions, so in those situations some background in forex trading could be useful. However, I'm not a forex trader so I don't really know the full set of skills they could have which could be applicable to investment banking. However, a good investment banker should be able to learn things quickly, have an eye for detail, and be able to mix numerical aptitude with client relationship management.

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