How to become an Investment Analyst
Do you know the difference between NASDAQ and EuroNext? Then becoming an Investment Analyst could be your true calling…
You could call investment analysts the hidden faces of investment; they provide financial data, advice and recommendations to stockbrokers, fund managers and traders, so they know how to best manage their clients’ investments.
Investment analysts are employed by a range of companies, such as investment management companies, investment banks, private equity firms and stockbrokers. An Investment Analyst may also choose to be self-employed and work with a range of clients. The tasks an investment analyst performs can typically include:
- Researching a company’s financial history
- Analysing a company’s financial data, including accounts, profit and loss and cash flow
- Creating financial models to produce financial reports on companies that could be potential investment opportunities
- Keeping up-to-date with economic and political developments that affect the financial markets worldwide
- Presenting research back to fund managers, stockbrokers and traders
- Ensuring all work and research undertaken meets strict financial regulations
You don’t have to be cut-throat and willing to do anything to get the deal done to be an investment analyst. In fact, the job is mainly research and analysis based. You’ll have to be confident interpreting complex data and working with numbers as you’ll be spending a large proportion of your time researching companies, looking at their trading history and analysing their accounts.
An interest in economics, politics and business will help, as you’ll also need to keep an eye on situations that are happening or developing around the world that could potentially affect investment markets, for example, fluctuations in currency, recession and political instability.
Other key skills for an investment analyst include:
- Written and verbal communication
- Research skills
- Analytical skills
- An interest in world economics and politics
- IT skills
Junior financial analyst
Up to 32,000
Up to 40,000
Up to 80,000
You’ll usually need a degree in finance to become an investment analyst. However, you may also be able to work your way up through more junior finance positions, with the right level of training and experience.