Securities Analyst

Securities analysts who are sometimes called “stock analysts” are responsible for conducting research on various securities including both stocks and bonds in order to evaluate their worth. They take into account both the financial stability of the security and overall market and economic trends. Many investors base their investment strategies on security analysts’ evaluations which are considered to be an unbiased source of information. Securities analysts meet regularly with stock brokers and portfolio managers to discuss various securities and they notify these financial professionals of any new information that could affect their investment decisions. The website says that aspiring securities analysts must have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a business field such as finance or accounting. They also need several years of experience working in investment firms in order to learn the principles of credit analysis and develop a deeper understanding of financial models and instruments. Securities analysts in senior positions often have master’s degrees in business (M.B.A.) and some may be chartered financial analysts (CFA). Securities analysts must be highly adept at using the internet to gather information and they must have good word processing and verbal communication skills. They are expected to clearly convey information to stock brokers fund managers banking personnel and employees of government agencies. In some instances they travel to companies and speak with high level management to get a better idea of how to evaluate them. In addition they must be able to meet deadlines and deal with pressure. Most securities analysts are employed by banks brokerage firms corporations government agencies or insurance companies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that salaries for securities analysts depend on credentials experience and employer. On average they earn approximately $73000 annually but those working at large firms can earn well over $140000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $106500
High Salary: $140000
Low Salary: $73000
Tasks: Evaluates securities markets and trends.
Identifies high yielding securities.
Analyzes financial and investment information.
Provides investment advice and recommendations.
Also Called: Financial Analyst
Credit Analyst
Mortgage Analyst
Stock Analyst
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