DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Why do corporations employ investment bankers?
2. Identify the primary market functions of investment bankers.
3. Discuss how investment bankers assume risk in the process of marketing securities of corporations. How do investment bankers try to minimize these risks?
4. Briefly describe the process of competitive bidding and discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages.
5. Explain what is meant by market stabilization.
6. Identify the costs associated with going public.
7. Briefly describe how investment banking is regulated.
8. Describe the inroads into investment banking being made by commercial banks.
9. In 2003, several investment banking firms were fined $1.4 billion for ethics abuses
10. What are some of the characteristics of an organized securities exchange?
11. Describe the types of members of the New York Stock Exchange.
12. Why is there a difference between bid and ask prices at some point in time for a specific security?
13. Describe the differences among the following three types of orders: market, limit, and stop-loss.
14. What is meant by a short sale?
15. Describe the meaning of buying on margin.
16. What is meant by program trading?
17. Describe several differences between the organized exchanges and the over-the-counter (OTC) market.
18. What factors differentiate a “good market” from a “poor mark
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