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Working As An Associate Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate 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 Associate 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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Associate Analyst Career Paths

Associate Analyst
Analyst Manager Vice President
Group Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Project Manager Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Manager Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Pricing Analyst
Pricing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Business Manager Business Operations Manager
Senior Manager Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Portfolio Manager
Investments Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Credit Analyst Treasury Analyst
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Staff Accountant Finance Systems Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Buyer Planning Manager
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Account Manager Corporate Account Manager
Corporate Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Finance And Reporting Analyst Manager, Finance Analysis
Director Of Market Analysis
9 Yearsyrs
Credit Analyst Bank Officer Vice President & Sales Manager
Associate Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
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Associate Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

45.8%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Asian

16.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.6%

French

14.8%

Mandarin

10.5%

Chinese

9.1%

German

6.2%

Cantonese

4.8%

Hindi

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Korean

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Turkish

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%

Marathi

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%
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Associate Analyst Education

Schools

New York University

14.3%

University of Phoenix

9.9%

Columbia University

9.3%

University of Chicago

5.5%

Cornell University

5.2%

University of Pennsylvania

4.9%

Temple University

4.4%

Northwestern University

4.1%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

Georgetown University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Fordham University

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

27.9%

Finance

21.2%

Accounting

6.8%

Economics

6.5%

Marketing

4.6%

Computer Science

3.8%

Management

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Political Science

2.6%

Psychology

2.3%

Information Technology

2.2%

Mathematics

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Communication

1.7%

Management Science

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

English

1.6%

Information Systems

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.5%

Law

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

36.2%

Other

9.3%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Associate Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Analyst in the United States is $71,499 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Associate Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategist/Analyst Emerging Markets (Associate Director) Babson Capital Management LLC Boston, MA Sep 05, 2015 $209,998
Associate, Analyst Solutions Team, Research Division Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC New York, NY Jun 10, 2015 $160,000
Associate, Analyst (E&P) Castleton Commodities Management Services LLC Stamford, CT Mar 25, 2016 $150,000
LAF Analyst Associate HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $150,000
Associate, Valuations Analyst Fortress Capital Finance III (A) LLC New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $124,592 -
$154,003
Associate, Strategy Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $120,000
Associate Analyst QRI International, LLC Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $120,000
Associate, Strategy Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $115,000
Associate Analyst I Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $112,000
BI Analyst Associate Inflection.com, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 22, 2016 $110,000
Associate, Analyst Developer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 23, 2016 $110,000
Associate Analyst 1 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $110,000
Associate Analyst 1 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $108,808
Associate Analyst 2 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2016 $83,720
Associate Analyst 2 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $83,720
Associate Analyst III Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 09, 2016 $83,387
Junior Project Owner-Associate/Analyst Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Nov 16, 2015 $82,500
Associate Analyst Acxiom Corporation New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $80,995 -
$89,378
Associate Analyst Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 27, 2016 $80,018 -
$96,866
Associate Analyst Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 08, 2016 $80,018 -
$96,866
Associate, Analyst Dunnhumby USA, LLC Cincinnati, OH Sep 19, 2015 $68,786 -
$80,000
Associate, Analyst Dunnhumby USA, LLC Cincinnati, OH Sep 16, 2015 $68,786 -
$75,000
Associate Analyst 3 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $68,775
Associate Analyst National Economic Research Associates, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 25, 2016 $68,640 -
$78,000
Associate Analyst 2 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $68,400
LD&T Associate Analyst Pepsico, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 31, 2015 $68,000
Associate Analyst National Economic Research Associates New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $67,500 -
$80,000
Associate Analyst Greenfield Advisors, LLC Seattle, WA Dec 22, 2016 $66,784 -
$85,567

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Top Skills for An Associate Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Data Entry
  3. Procedures
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  • Analyzed financial statements, updated models and opinions, developed alternative valuation models, communicated with management and initiated coverage.
  • Reviewed cross tabulations for accuracy before data entry.
  • Developed operational procedures detailing program features and functions, customer communication materials, and conducted program training for NYC Transit departments.
  • Performed complex audit of data to ensure compliance with corporate and government regulations resulting in accurate reflection of business activity.
  • Reconcile presentation data with the General Ledger to ensure consistency of multifamily portfolio activity assessments.

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