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Working As A Corporate Finance Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate Finance 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 A Corporate Finance 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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Corporate Finance Analyst Career Paths

Corporate Finance Analyst
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Accountant Senior Cost Accountant
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Finance Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Office Manager Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Accountant Manager Vice President
Vice President, Corporate Development
12 Yearsyrs
Accountant Budget Analyst
Budget Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accountant Cost Accountant Plant Controller
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Analyst Planning Manager
Manager-Strategic Planning
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Assistant Controller Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Business Analyst Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Credit Analyst Treasury Analyst
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Budget Analyst Finance Systems Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Senior Auditor Plant Controller
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Finance Associate
Manager, Corporate Development
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Executive 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Revenue Analyst 2.7 years
Asset Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Corporate Finance Analyst
Internship 10.2%
Accountant 5.9%
Analyst 5.2%
Controller 3.4%
Associate 2.6%
Consultant 2.2%
Top Careers After Corporate Finance Analyst
Consultant 5.7%
Controller 4.6%
Associate 3.9%
Analyst 3.6%
Manager 3.3%
Director 3.3%

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Corporate Finance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.6%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

13.1%
Ethnicity

White

56.2%

Asian

15.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.9%

Chinese

13.2%

French

12.7%

Mandarin

11.1%

Cantonese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Italian

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Japanese

3.2%

Russian

2.6%

Urdu

2.6%

Hindi

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Korean

1.1%

Swedish

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%

Sindhi

0.5%
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Corporate Finance Analyst Education

Schools

New York University

12.2%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

DePaul University

6.9%

Columbia University

6.6%

Northeastern University

5.3%

University of Pennsylvania

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Pace University - New York

4.3%

Northwestern University

4.3%

Cornell University

4.3%

Boston University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Chicago

3.8%

Saint John's University - New York

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Fordham University

3.6%

Duke University

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%
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Majors

Finance

29.9%

Business

29.2%

Accounting

17.5%

Economics

5.9%

Management

4.0%

Marketing

2.5%

Political Science

1.4%

Law

1.1%

Management Science

0.9%

Psychology

0.8%

Computer Science

0.7%

Business Economics

0.7%

Communication

0.7%

Information Technology

0.7%

Education

0.7%

Project Management

0.7%

Real Estate

0.7%

International Business

0.6%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Human Resources Management

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Masters

42.2%

Other

6.7%

Certificate

2.1%

Associate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$75,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Bank of New York Mellon
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Corporate Finance Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Corporate Finance Analyst in the United States is $75,181 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Corporate Finance Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Corporate Analyst American Century Investment Management, Inc. New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $200,000
Corporate Analyst American Century Investment Management, Inc. New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $200,000
Corporate Financial Analyst Aryzta, LLC. Brea, CA Jan 01, 2014 $195,000
Corporate Finance & Investment Partnership Analyst Goodman Birtcher North America Management LLC Irvine, CA Jun 25, 2014 $180,000 -
$240,000
Analyst, Corporate Finance Group Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Feb 12, 2016 $153,546
Financial Analyst/Corporate Development Chargeitspot, LLC Philadelphia, PA Dec 30, 2013 $151,161
Financial Analyst, Corporate Development Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Feb 24, 2015 $150,758
Corporate Financial Analyst Citrin Cooperman and Company, LLP New York, NY Aug 01, 2014 $116,000
Corporate Resource Allocation Financial Analyst Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO Jun 20, 2016 $114,460
Corporate Finance Analyst, Manager Track General Motors Company Detroit, MI Aug 28, 2015 $114,204
Corporate Finance Analyst, Manager Track General Motors Company Detroit, MI Sep 01, 2015 $104,400
Corporate Financial Analyst Blue Sky Living Wilmington, DE Nov 16, 2015 $102,086
Corporate Finance Analyst, Manager Track General Motors Company Detroit, MI Jun 02, 2015 $101,712
Corporate Strategy Analyst EPV Corporation Charlotte, NC Apr 15, 2015 $90,000
Manager, Corporate Financial Analyst Collabera Inc. Morristown, NJ May 15, 2014 $90,000
Corporate Strategy Analyst Designline Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 27, 2014 $90,000
Corporate Finance Analyst RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jul 15, 2014 $90,000
Senior Corporate Finance and Strategy Analyst TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. North Wales, PA Sep 05, 2014 $90,000 -
$115,000
Corporate Finance Analyst Dixon Advisory USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $90,000
Analyst, Corporate Strategy TYCO Electronics Corporation Middletown, PA May 24, 2016 $87,550
Analyst, Corporate Finance Seabury Capital Management LLC New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $86,000
Analyst, Corporate Development Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2013 $67,300 -
$95,000
Corporate Strategy Analyst Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jun 30, 2014 $67,122 -
$81,300
Corporate Analyst Santander Bank, N.A. New York, NY Apr 09, 2015 $66,019 -
$86,019
Corporate Analyst Santander Bank, N.A. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $66,019 -
$86,019
Corporate Financial Analyst Grand Bk Corp. NY Jan 09, 2016 $65,970
Corporate Financial Analyst for International Food Product Grand Bk Corp. NY Sep 13, 2016 $65,407
Corporate Financial Analyst for International Food Products Har Northern Inc. NY Aug 09, 2016 $65,407
Corporate Financial Analyst for International Food Product Captain Blue LLC. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $65,407

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Top Skills for A Corporate Finance Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Business Units
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  • Prepared journal entries, analyzed financial statements and ledger activities, and provided written variance analysis.
  • Tested and maintained credit facility debt covenants to ensure compliance and determine interest charges on credit facility.
  • Collaborated with different business units on financial control, financial reporting and managed the consolidation process of ME close, forecast/budgeting.
  • Interfaced with internal and external auditors to ensure all protocol was met and reported accurately.
  • Produced monthly executive management report for senior management committee and presentations for Board of Directors and Equity Analysts.

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