The outlook is quite good for 2012 investment banking salaries in relation to other financial positions. One of the key factors in the salary paid to those working in the field of investment banking will be the country in which they are located. While the economy is a global one, the highest paid investment bankers work in the industrialized world. These are the countries with the largest and most active stock markets. These countries also deal with large retirement and savings accounts as well as the trading of securities. While the market may have suffered in the last few years due to the economic downturn, the salaries of investment bankers has continued to rise.
One of the main reasons the salaries of investment bankers continues to reach six figures and beyond is their ability to make money for their clients, even in a down market. These successful bankers are able to hedge losses for their clients and protect their money from the ravages of both inflation and deflation. Of course, the larger the firm that you are working for, the larger your salary can be as the biggest and most well known firms deal with the most lucrative clients. Smaller and boutique firms can still afford to pay their investment bankers a decent salary if they are successful in placing the money of their clients in areas of the market that continue to grow.
In a troubled economy, the average investor is not only looking for returns but is also seeking to protect their wealth. This is where investment bankers come in, by applying their expertise of the market so that clients can continue to turn a profit no matter which way the market turns. 2012 investment banking salaries stand to be on par or even surpass the large salaries of the past few years.