To understand what investment banking is, one must first be able to differentiate investment banking from retail or commercial banking. First off, investment banks do not have checking accounts where you can place money into an account and then withdraw it at anytime. Investment banks typically also do not have standard bank branches that feature a teller, branch manager, loan officer etc. Instead investment banks may only have one major corporate headquarters and offices nearby or in other cities and countries. This is because investment banks play a very different role in finances and the economy.
Retail or commercial banks that have checking and savings accounts for example often make money by taking the money from their depositors and loaning it out to other folks in the form of a mortgage, personal loan or business loan. The commercial bank must keep a portion of the deposit within its vaults however according to federal rules. Investment banks play by different rules than commercial banks. They actively invest their own funds into ventures. This may include the stock market, shares in businesses, bonds both domestic and foreign, commodities and loans. Another important differentiating point is that investment banks may actually purchase companies or businesses outright and become their parent companies or manager.
Investment banking can be a tricky game, but the rewards and payoff from investment banking can be very big and lucrative. Martin Lustgarten is an investment banker from Florida who has demonstrated that he is capable of handling the pressures of investment banking. He has shown that he understands the complex dynamics at work in the economy, finance and business.
Mr. Lustgarten has his own firm called Lustgartin Martin. It is named after himself and features his family name followed by his first name, which is in opposite order. Martin Lustgarten has established his firm in the Jacksonville, Florida area. It is now known as a leading firm in dealing with investments in Latin America. Mr. Lustgarten resides with his family in Ponte Vedra Beach, just outside of Jacksonville, Florida. He is fluent in Spanish and has a Soundcloud account.