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Working As An Asset Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Asset 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 Asset 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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Asset Analyst Career Paths

Asset Analyst
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Consultant Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Cost Accountant Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Office Manager Finance Manager
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Fixed Asset Accountant Cost Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Fixed Asset Accountant Cost Accountant Plant Controller
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Fixed Asset Accountant Accounting Supervisor Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Functional Consultant Functional Lead
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Property Manager Asset Manager
Manager, Asset Management
10 Yearsyrs
Account Payables Analyst Billing Analyst Project Accountant
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Planning Manager Manager-Strategic Planning
Manager, Corporate Development
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Asset Analyst 3.0 years
Tax Analyst 2.9 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Revenue Analyst 2.7 years
Treasury Analyst 2.7 years
Associate Analyst 2.4 years
Risk Analyst 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Asset Analyst
Accountant 10.6%
Analyst 6.7%
Internship 5.8%
Associate 3.0%
Consultant 2.3%
Manager 2.3%
Top Careers After Asset Analyst
Accountant 8.6%
Analyst 7.0%
Consultant 4.0%
Associate 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BNP Paribas
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Asset Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Asset Analyst in the United States is $68,559 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Asset Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Multi-Asset Analyst Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $150,000
Advisory Asset Analyst Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco) Newport Beach, CA Nov 21, 2011 $125,000
Securitized Asset Analyst Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. Boston, MA Jun 27, 2016 $110,000
Data Asset Analyst Prezi, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 05, 2011 $107,000
Multi-Asset Analyst Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $95,000 -
$160,000
Hedge Assets Analyst Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia, PA Mar 05, 2015 $94,266 -
$130,000
Analyst, Asset Backed Finance Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $90,000
Analyst, Asset Backed Finance Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Asset Resolution Analyst The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Apr 10, 2016 $83,400
Analyst, Asset Information Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC Newport Beach, CA Jan 09, 2016 $81,000
Acquisition and Asset Analyst Spruce Capital Partners LLC New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $80,000
Analyst, Asset Backed Securities and Credit Structuring Barclays Bank PLC New York, NY Dec 15, 2014 $80,000 -
$90,000
Analyst, Global Mrkts/Asset-Backed Secs&Credit STR Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 06, 2013 $70,000
Analyst, Global Mrkts/Asset-Backed Secs&Credit STR Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $70,000
Analyst, Complex Asset Solutions Duff & Phelps, LLC New York, NY Aug 30, 2016 $66,100 -
$80,000
Analyst, Asset Optimization Constellation Energy Commodities Group Baltimore, MD Sep 07, 2011 $65,000
Hedge Assets Analyst Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia, PA Apr 04, 2014 $64,000 -
$130,000
Asset Analyst Pei-Genesis, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 07, 2011 $63,398
Analyst, Global Commodity Assets Gerald Metals LLC Stamford, CT Aug 18, 2015 $62,317 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for An Asset Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Asset Management
  3. Loan Portfolio
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  • Evaluated prospective borrowers/principals financial statements and organizational documents to determine credit worthiness, viability, ownership interests, and liquidity.
  • Tracked and managed software assets from time asset is received to retirement Resolved complex asset management problems and critical account situations.
  • Identified the credit risk within the $1 billion commercial loan portfolio of the bank holding company through financial analysis.
  • Performed annual field visits to ensure compliance with Section 42 Tax Credit Guidelines of HUD and to avoid tax credit recapture.
  • Balanced all general ledger accounts and maintained a budget of $40MM.

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  3. New Jersey
  4. California
  5. Virginia
  6. Massachusetts
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Asset Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

47.2%

Female

41.5%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

10.2%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Chinese

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Vietnamese

7.4%

Cantonese

7.4%

Portuguese

3.7%

French

3.7%
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Asset Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.2%

University of Houston

9.0%

Strayer University

5.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

San Jose State University

4.9%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

Roosevelt University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

University of Chicago

4.1%

University of South Florida

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

University of North Florida

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

32.7%

Accounting

21.3%

Finance

18.0%

Management

4.2%

Economics

3.4%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Marketing

2.1%

Psychology

1.8%

Law

1.8%

Political Science

1.5%

Computer Science

1.3%

Information Technology

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Supply Chain Management

1.1%

International Business

1.0%

General Studies

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Human Resources Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Masters

24.3%

Other

11.8%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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