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Commercial Banking:
Links and Resources

Career Information, Company Profiles and Contacts

A great site for those interested in commercial banking. Access to their jobs database of 18,000+ financial industry career opportunities is free when you post your resume.

Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers
By Derek Loosvelt.

Careers at Wells Fargo
A great site that explains positions in commercial banking for both undergrads and recent MBAs. Also discusses entry level positions for persons without a degree.

Financial Markets and Institutions
By Mishkin and Eakins.

Standard And Poor's Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis
By Ganquin and Biardello.

Careers Opportunities in Banking, Finance and Insurance
By Thomas Fitch.

Careers in Finance
By Trudy Ring, VGM Career Horizons, Lincolnwood, IL., 1999. This book has an extensive section which talks about what work in banking is like and what types of people enjoy banking.


American Banking Association
Largest association of bankers in the United States. Holds a cool conference in Hawaii or some exotic place every year. A powerhouse on Capitol Hill and a publisher of a variety of career materials.

Bank Administration Institute
The BAI is a leading sponsor of professional education in banking. Check out their website to catch up with current issues and questions in banking. You might also look into their widely read magazine called Banking Strategies.

Robert Morris Associates
RMA is also the only financial services trade association that specializes in lending and credit risk information, research, and training. More than 3,000 commercial banks, thrifts, and other financial firms are members of RMA, represented in the Association by some 18,000 financial professionals (called Associates) in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and numerous foreign cities including Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ideas and Know-How

The Bank Analysts Handbook
By Steven Frost

Modern Banking
By S. Heffernan.

The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor
By Ron Chernow.
A thought-provoking book that explains why the world of banking works the way it does today. Power has migrated from the bankers to the customers.

Wharton Financial Institutions Center
An excellent place to read up on academic research on banking. The Wharton Center sponsors an good set of online working papers and other materials on banking.

Magazines and Newspapers (Online and Off)

American Banker.
This magazine carries lists of the largest banks, thrifts etc. in the United States. Good coverage of industry as well. (212) 943-5283.

The Economist
Widely read weekly covers world of banking, politics and art quite well. You have to read this if you plan to go into the field.

New York Times
Sunday classified section in New York edition is reknown for listing ads by investment banks looking for talent. Cost: $1.25 at newsstands. Also look at the Financial Times and CareerPath.

Wall Street Journal.
The most widely read business periodical in the world. And it's on the net! You must register for the net version. Great way to keep up with what's going on in the markets and the world. Following tombstones and ads is also a good way to see which banks are involved in what types of activity this year. You may also be interested in Careers.wsj.com.

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