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Working As An Acquisition Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,620

    Average Salary

What Does An Acquisition Analyst Do

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Duties

Financial analysts typically do the following:

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical financial data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Examine a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company’s prospects
  • Assess the strength of the management team
  • Prepare written reports

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities. They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. Financial analysts are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

Financial analysts can be divided into two categories: buy-side analysts and sell-side analysts.

  • Buy-side analysts develop investment strategies for companies that have a lot of money to invest. These companies, called institutional investors, include mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments, such as some universities.
  • Sell-side analysts advise financial services sales agents who sell stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Some analysts work for the business media or other research houses, which are independent from the buy and sell side.

Financial analysts generally focus on trends affecting a specific industry, geographical region, or type of product. For example, an analyst may focus on a subject area such as the energy industry, a world region such as Eastern Europe, or the foreign exchange market. They must understand how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Investing is becoming more global, and some financial analysts specialize in a particular country or region. Companies want those financial analysts to understand the language, culture, business environment, and political conditions in the country or region that they cover.

The following are examples of types of financial analysts:

Portfolio managers select the mix of products, industries, and regions for their company’s investment portfolio. These managers are responsible for the overall performance of the portfolio. They are also expected to explain investment decisions and strategies in meetings with stakeholders.

Fund managers work exclusively with hedge funds or mutual funds. Both fund and portfolio managers frequently make buy or sell decisions in reaction to quickly changing market conditions.

Ratings analysts evaluate the ability of companies or governments to pay their debts, including bonds. On the basis of their evaluation, a management team rates the risk of a company or government not being able to repay its bonds.

Risk analysts evaluate the risk in investment decisions and determine how to manage unpredictability and limit potential losses. This job is carried out by making investment decisions such as selecting dissimilar stocks or having a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a portfolio.

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How To Become An Acquisition Analyst

Financial analysts typically must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree is often required for advanced positions.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. A number of fields of study provide appropriate preparation, including accounting, economics, finance, statistics, and mathematics. For advanced positions, employers often require a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or a master’s degree in finance. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management are important.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. It requires licenses for many financial analyst positions. Most of the licenses require sponsorship by an employer, so companies do not expect individuals to have these licenses before starting a job.

Certification is often recommended by employers and can improve the chances for advancement. An example is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification from the CFA Institute. Financial analysts can become CFA certified if they have a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of qualified work experience, and pass three exams. Financial analysts can also become certified in their field of specialty.

Advancement

Financial analysts typically start by specializing in a specific investment field. As they gain experience, they can become portfolio managers, who select the mix of investments for a company’s portfolio. They can also become fund managers, who manage large investment portfolios for individual investors. A master’s degree in finance or business administration can improve an analyst’s chances of advancing to one of these positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial analysts must process a range of information in finding profitable investments.

Communication skills. Financial analysts must explain their recommendations to clients in clear language that clients can easily understand.

Computer skills. Financial analysts must be adept at using software packages to analyze financial data, see trends, create portfolios, and make forecasts.

Decisionmaking skills. Financial analysts must provide a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell a security.

Detail oriented. Financial analysts must pay attention to details when reviewing possible investments, as small issues may have large implications for the health of an investment.

Math skills. Financial analysts use mathematical skills when estimating the value of financial securities. 

To be successful, financial analysts must be motivated to seek out obscure information that may be important to the investment. Many work independently and must have self-confidence in their judgment.

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Acquisition Analyst Career Paths

Acquisition Analyst
Investment Analyst Asset Manager
Acquisitions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Controller
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Acquisition Specialist Senior Contract Specialist Contracts Manager
Contracts Director
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Business Development Director
Corporate Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Assistant Vice President Risk Manager
Credit Risk Management Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Development Manager Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Operations Manager Finance Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Management Analyst Senior Analyst Portfolio Manager
Investments Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Management Analyst Logistics Analyst Asset Manager
Manager, Asset Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Asset Manager Business Analyst Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Acquisition Specialist Project Manager Operations Vice President
Vice President, Business Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Asset Manager Portfolio Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Strategy
13 Yearsyrs
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Acquisition Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.2%

Female

35.2%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

13.1%

Asian

12.5%

Unknown

4.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.4%

French

16.2%

Mandarin

11.1%

Chinese

8.1%

Hindi

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Hmong

2.0%

German

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Khmer

1.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Igbo

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%
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Acquisition Analyst Education

Schools

Strayer University

10.6%

New York University

6.7%

University of Maryland - University College

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Defense Acquisition University

6.1%

University of Pennsylvania

5.6%

American University

5.6%

Webster University

5.0%

Georgetown University

4.4%

Villanova University

4.4%

George Mason University

4.4%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.4%

Columbia University

4.4%

Boston College

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

Cornell University

3.9%

Syracuse University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

32.8%

Finance

16.4%

Management

6.7%

Economics

6.4%

Accounting

6.3%

Real Estate

4.3%

Political Science

3.1%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Marketing

2.7%

Psychology

2.5%

Law

2.5%

Communication

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Supply Chain Management

1.6%

Public Administration

1.5%

Education

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Real Estate Development

1.3%

International Relations

1.3%

Operations Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

34.8%

Other

12.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

2.7%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Acquisition Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst Vivaro Corporation New York, NY Sep 30, 2010 $157,000
Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst IBM Corporation New York, NY Jan 10, 2014 $138,756
Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst IBM Corporation New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $138,756
Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst IBM Corporation New York, NY May 02, 2013 $137,928 -
$184,860
Acquisitions Analyst Rockpoint Group, LLC Dallas, TX Aug 27, 2010 $100,000
Analyst, Card Acquisitions Barclays Bank PLC Islandia, NY Mar 29, 2012 $100,000 -
$122,200
Acquisition Insights Analyst LYFT, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $95,000
Data Acquisition Analyst Quid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 10, 2014 $93,852
Acquisitions & Retention Analyst Spotify USA Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2012 $93,000
Analyst, Customer Delivery Acquisitions Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Jan 26, 2015 $92,000
Senior Acquisition Analyst Pacifica Hosts Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $92,000
User Acquisition Analyst Barkbox, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $91,000 -
$120,000
Equine Acquisitions Analyst Takter Stables of New Jersey, Inc. East Windsor, NJ Oct 28, 2011 $74,151
Equine Acquisitions Analyst Takter Stables of New Jersey, Inc. East Windsor, NJ Oct 14, 2011 $74,151
Acquisition Analyst Wholesome Realty Management, Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $72,148
Acquisition Analyst Wholesome Realty Management, Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $72,148
Acquisition Analyst Wholesome Realty Management, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $72,148
Analyst, Digital Acquisition Capabilities American Express TRS, Company Inc. New York, NY Mar 10, 2014 $71,000
Senior Energy Acquisition Analyst Peco Energy, An Exelon Company Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2010 $70,000
Analyst-Smarter Planet and Acquisitions IBM Corporation Somers, NY Sep 18, 2015 $64,314 -
$125,500
Analyst-Smarter Planet and Acquisitions IBM Corporation Somers, NY Sep 17, 2015 $64,314 -
$125,500
Acquisition Analyst Howard Hughes Management Co LLC New York, NY Jul 02, 2016 $64,085
Land Acquisition Analyst Toll Brothers, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jun 17, 2015 $64,000
Merger and Acquisition Analyst VACO Holdings LLC Brentwood, TN Mar 09, 2016 $63,800
Acquisition Analyst Pacific Castle Management, Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2009 $62,400

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Top Skills for An Acquisition Analyst

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  1. Financial Models
  2. Due Diligence
  3. Procedures
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  • Produced detailed financial models of potential property acquisitions using ARGUS and Excel.
  • Conveyed information between clients and potential buyers; Performed due diligence as buyers requested and executed Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Applied knowledge of the defense acquisition/procurement process to support customers in the analysis and improvement of acquisition process policy and procedures.
  • Reviewed proposals submitted for basic technical qualifications, then sent qualifying proposals to the technical evaluation board.
  • Developed and presented Professional Development briefings on - Market Research, Materiel Release, and Documentation Management.

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