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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

  • $69,877

    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
Finance Manager Controller Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Office Manager Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Manager Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Controller Finance Consultant
Finance Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Controller
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Sales Consultant Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Executive 3.1 years
Control Analyst 2.9 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Finance Consultant 2.7 years
Asset Analyst 2.7 years
Treasury Analyst 2.7 years
Associate Analyst 2.5 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Equity Analyst 2.4 years
Finance Associate 2.3 years
Bank Analyst 2.0 years
Funding Analyst 2.0 years
Finance Internship 0.5 years
Analyst Internship 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 10.5%
Analyst 5.3%
Accountant 4.5%
Associate 4.3%
Consultant 3.2%
Controller 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.0%
Associate 4.7%
Controller 3.8%
Analyst 3.5%
Director 3.3%
Manager 3.3%

Corporate Finance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.4%

Female

34.6%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

72.7%

Asian

16.6%

Hispanic or Latino

7.1%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.8%

French

13.0%

Chinese

13.0%

Mandarin

11.4%

Italian

5.7%

German

5.7%

Cantonese

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Portuguese

2.4%

Korean

1.6%

Turkish

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Swedish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Sindhi

0.8%
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Corporate Finance Analyst Education

Schools

New York University

12.1%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

University of Chicago

6.6%

University of Pennsylvania

5.6%

Columbia University

5.6%

University of Virginia

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

Northwestern University

5.1%

Georgetown University

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

Duke University

4.5%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Boston University

4.0%

Temple University

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Wayne State University

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Finance

26.4%

Accounting

17.8%

Economics

5.2%

Management

4.5%

Law

3.2%

Marketing

2.9%

Political Science

1.7%

Information Technology

1.4%

Communication

1.2%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.1%

Computer Science

1.1%

Project Management

1.0%

Management Science

0.9%

Business Economics

0.9%

Education

0.8%

Management Information Systems

0.8%

Legal Support Services

0.8%

Information Systems

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

45.0%

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

7.3%

Doctorate

3.5%

Associate

2.2%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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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 Sep 01, 2015 $101,712
Corporate Strategy Analyst EPV Corporation Charlotte, NC Apr 15, 2015 $90,000
Corporate Finance Analyst Dixon Advisory USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $90,000
Senior Corporate Finance and Strategy Analyst TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. North Wales, PA Sep 05, 2014 $90,000 -
$115,000
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
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
Analyst, Corporate Strategy Wisdomtree Asset Management, Inc. New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $65,407
Corporate Financial Analyst for International Food Product Grand Bk Corp NY Feb 09, 2016 $65,407
Corporate Financial Analyst for International Food Products Har Northern Inc. NY Aug 09, 2016 $65,407

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Top Skills for A Corporate Finance Analyst

FinancialStatementsEnsureComplianceEquityIncomeStatementAssetDueDiligenceFinancialAnalysisBusinessUnitsPExternalAuditorsMergersGeneralLedgerFinancialModelsStrategicAnalysisCorporateActionsBalanceSheetVarianceAnalysisFinancialReportsAnnualBudgetERP

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Top Corporate Finance Analyst Skills

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Equity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and prepared internal consolidated financial statements.
  • Tested and maintained credit facility debt covenants to ensure compliance and determine interest charges on credit facility.
  • Responded to corporate inquires on Equity, Fixed Income, and International securities.
  • Prepare monthly general ledger journal entries that impact assigned balance sheet and income statement accounts.
  • Implemented support for timely and accurate trade settlement processing for numerous asset types related to corporate actions.

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