Investment Firms Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 2/6/2017
SIC Codes: 6719
NAICS Codes: 551112
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Companies in this industry take equity positions in target companies, typically owning a controlling interest. Major companies include Bain Capital, Berkshire Hathaway, Icahn Enterprises, Platinum Equity, and Sun Capital Partners (all based in the US), along with EXOR (Italy) and SoftBank (Japan). The industry also includes the investment arms of major banks, such as JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Deutsche Bank.

Activity in emerging markets in Asia and Africa has attracted the interest of companies seeking new investment opportunities. Political uncertainties in some emerging regions, such as the Middle East, can pose risks that outweigh potential returns and cause investors to look elsewhere.

The US investment firms industry includes about 6,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies).

See the Venture Capital profile for information on that industry.


Demand is driven by the movement of capital throughout the economy. Profitability depends on the ability to identify targets for investment. Large firms have advantages in access to capital. Small firms can compete by specializing in market segments.

Investment firms compete with other entities seeking investment capital. Competing organizations may include sponsors of public and private investment funds, real estate development companies, and other organizations within the global investment management industry.


The main revenue sources for investment firms are interest and dividends (about 50%), sales of goods and services (20%), administrative and management services fees (12%), and ...

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