Investment Analyst

Investment analysts study financial information and on the basis of their analyses of both economic conditions in general ongoing political and economic events and a company or industry’s financial information they provide recommendations about whether investments should be made. Their decisions are based on charts graphs and summaries of various indices and market trends as well as on the financial statements and quarterly semi-annual and annual reports of a particular company. Fund managers usually rely on the research of investment analysts when they are trying to decide whether or not to invest in a particular sector of the economy or a particular company in that sector. Investment analysts forecast what economic conditions are likely to be at various points in time both in the near and in the more distant future. Investment analysts usually specialize in a particular type of investment such as equities bonds commodities or currencies. They may also focus on national or international companies. They are often employed by investment firms because in-house managers often need access to information on a regular basis. They may also work for investment banks insurance companies or for mutual or pension funds. Some work as analysts for the media and make regular appearances on television or write columns for newspaper and magazines. According to the website www.samplejobdescriptions.org investment analysts need at least a bachelor’s degree with a specialty business finance accounting statistics or economics. A master’s degree in business administration is advantageous with regard to job opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that over the coming decade jobs for investment analysts will grow. Investment analysts earn a median annual income of approximately $73000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $73000
High Salary: $76000
Low Salary: $70000
Tasks: Analyzes financial information.
Forecasts business, industry, and economic conditions.
Creates financial reports and summaries.
Keeps a close watch on the changing economic trends.
Also Called: Financial Analyst
Investment Banking Analyst
External Investment Analyst
Investment Research Analyst
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