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Investment Banking

The Industry Today

The U.S. investment banking industry includes 4,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $105 billion in 2021, according to Dun & Bradstreet. Worldwide, investment banks generated $132 billion in revenue in 2021. Investment banking is highly concentrated: the cost of capital tilts the competitive playing field in favor of the largest banks. The 50 largest firms generate more than 90 percent of the industry’s revenue, according to Hoover’s, a business research company. Investment banking is capital intensive and labor-intensive industry, yet it delivers a very high-value product.

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