Global Capital Markets & Financial Institutions Primer

Capital markets recognize and drive capital to the best ideas and enterprises. Capital, raised through equity and debt, can be used to grow businesses, finance investments in new plant, equipment and technology and fund infrastructure projects. This creates jobs and flows money into the economy. Additionally, businesses and individuals can invest in securities to
generate wealth.

In this foundation for the primer series from SIFMA Insights, we provide a fundamental overview of U.S. capital markets and financial institutions including:

  • Overview of Capital Markets
  • Role of Financial Institutions
  • Investment Banking
  • Markets & Securities
  • Research
  • Asset Management
  • Private Wealth Management
  • Banking & Lending

US Capital Markets

The U.S. capital markets are the largest and among the deepest, most liquid and most efficient in the world.

  • U.S. equity markets represent 38% of the $85 trillion in global equity market cap, or $32 trillion
  • U.S. fixed income markets comprise 39% of the $100 trillion securities outstanding across the globe, or $39 trillion

US 38% of Global Equity Markets, US 39% of Global Fixed Income Markets

SIFMA Insights Primers

The primer series from SIFMA Insights goes beyond a typical 101-level brief, breaking down important technical and regulatory nuances to foster a fundamental understanding of the marketplace and set the scene to address complex issues arising in today’s markets.

See our full series here.


SIFMA Insights

Katie Kolchin, CFA
Senior Industry Analyst

Business Policies & Practices

Randy Snook
Executive Vice President