by Girl Banker
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This is a very likely interview question.
The purpose of a capital markets division is to provide a range of financial products to investors and companies. The sales force specializes by product and will be the first point of contact for clients. Any buy or sell orders are passed on from sales to a trader, who executes and manages the risk associated with such a purchase or sale.
Many traditionally advice-only investment banks have incorporated capital markets activities to their offering because they wanted to offer a fuller suite of products to their clients.
Excerpt from To Become an Investment Banker by Heather Katsonga-Woodward.
The capital markets tend to be less hierarchical than corporate finance. Why?
Some view capital markets as more meritocratic than corporate finance. Why?
Please see these related interview questions:
What is corporate finance or the investment banking division (IBD)?
What is the difference between an investment bank and a commercial bank?
I created my investment banking blog in 2012 as soon as I resigned from i-banking & published my book, To Become An Investment Banker.