A love for financial markets combined with a keen interest in market research and analysis would make a successful investment analyst. Though it is the fund managers who make the investments, it is the investment analyst that collects and provides information regarding different investment plans, based on the recommendations made by the analyst. It is a job that requires patience and a thorough understanding of the market. The analysts have a range of duties to perform and each of them requires great skill. The job seeker must have perseverance, foresight and the courage to make risky decisions. It is true that in the financial market, not all investment decisions bear fruit, so the analyst must be very careful when he makes the decision. Investment analysts work for fund managers, stockbrokers and traders. An analyst with sufficient experience will get promoted to the post of senior analyst or as fund manager.
Based on the implication of his research and analysis, the investment analyst will study the financial market and consider the economic stability of various countries before making the final decision. The decisions made by the analyst will be presented before the stockbroker or the fund manager. While he does analysis of a company's annual reports by checking on the number of employees, size of profits and turnover, he must compare the figures with several other companies as well. This will help him study the performance of those companies and make relevant decisions.
• Swift thinking
• Problem-solving skills
• Skilled communicator
• Numeric and analytic skills