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Working As A Risk Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Risk 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 Risk 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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Risk Analyst Career Paths

Risk Analyst
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Accounting Manager/Controller
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Credit Analyst Credit Manager Staff Accountant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Compliance Analyst Compliance Officer
Bsa/Aml Compliance Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Finance Manager Sales Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Office Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Finance Consultant Assistant Branch Manager
Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Investigator Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Controller Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Senior Analyst Team Manager
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Compliance Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Market Manager
Market Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Operations Manager Human Resources Generalist
Senior Compensation Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Underwriter Quality Control Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Business Analyst Product Analyst
Senior Product Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Risk Manager Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Risk Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

50.1%

Female

43.6%

Unknown

6.3%
Ethnicity

White

52.1%

Asian

17.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.2%

Mandarin

12.6%

Chinese

9.8%

French

9.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Hindi

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

German

2.8%

Russian

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Carrier

1.4%

Romanian

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Yoruba

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Polish

0.9%
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Risk Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

University of Houston

6.6%

Wilmington University

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

University of Connecticut

5.8%

Columbia University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Boston University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

New York University

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of Chicago

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Fordham University

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

Franklin University

3.7%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

25.1%

Finance

24.4%

Accounting

7.9%

Economics

5.3%

Management

5.2%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Mathematics

3.1%

Statistics

3.0%

Computer Science

2.7%

Law

2.5%

Communication

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%

Psychology

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Management Science

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Information Technology

1.2%

Applied Mathematics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Masters

34.8%

Other

12.6%

Associate

4.0%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Risk Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Risk Analyst Lead, Model Validation Governance AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $172,037
Risk Analyst 3 EBAY, Inc. San Jose, CA May 04, 2015 $170,000
Financial Risk Analyst MJ Boyd LLC New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $166,000
Financial Risk Analyst MJ Boyd LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2015 $165,000
Risk Analyst King Street Capital Management, L.P. New York, NY Jun 21, 2016 $165,000
Risk Analyst 6 Bill Me Later, Inc. Timonium, MD Jun 15, 2015 $162,000
Risk Analyst Balyasny Asset Management, L.P. New York, NY Oct 02, 2016 $160,000
Risk Analyst Balyasny Asset Management New York, NY Aug 28, 2015 $160,000
Quantitative Risk Analyst, Internal Audit Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $158,300
Risk Analyst Bluemountain Capital Management LLC New York, NY Aug 28, 2015 $155,000
Risk Analyst Saba Capital Management, LP New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $154,690
Risk Analyst-Structured Products Gravitas Technology Services, LLC New York, NY Oct 05, 2016 $154,690
Risk Analyst 5 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 23, 2015 $150,631
Trading Risk Analyst AQR Capital Management, LLC Greenwich, CT Apr 21, 2016 $150,000 -
$170,000
Risk Analyst Balyasny Asset Management Chicago, IL Nov 25, 2015 $98,800
Fraud Risk Analyst Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Islandia, NY Jan 09, 2016 $97,500
Risk & Payments Analyst Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 09, 2016 $96,387 -
$116,387
Risk Analyst Inovant, LLC Austin, TX Jul 09, 2016 $96,250 -
$106,250
Risk Analyst Moore Capital Management, LP New York, NY Dec 23, 2016 $95,200 -
$115,000
Quantitative Risk Analyst OFI Global Asset Management, Inc. New York, NY Aug 07, 2015 $95,100 -
$111,400
Risk Analyst 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 10, 2015 $95,040
Project Risk Analyst Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 25, 2015 $95,014
Junior Quantitative Risk Analyst The Bank of New York Mellon Pittsburgh, PA Jun 30, 2015 $82,000
Junior Quantitative Risk Analyst The Bank of New York Mellon New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $82,000
Risk Analyst Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Apr 29, 2015 $81,058
Enterprise Risk Analyst III Santander Bank, N.A. Boston, MA Sep 03, 2015 $81,000 -
$101,000
Risk Analyst AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Jun 18, 2015 $80,500
Risk Analyst 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 05, 2016 $80,438 -
$105,000
Risk Analyst State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Aug 22, 2016 $80,163 -
$95,163

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Risk Analyst

Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Risk Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Risk Analyst in the United States is $64,418 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $92,000.

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Top Skills for A Risk Analyst

  1. Risk Management
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform quantitative/statistical research on financial data and develop fund manager selection and risk management framework.
  • Perform due diligence Identifying misrepresentation or violations ensuring the completeness and accuracy of consumer financial statements and other supporting documentation.
  • Directed multiple cross-functional Trust and Investment Management projects to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with legal regulations and company policy.
  • Retrieve and review financial transactions to identify activity commensurate with customer relationships that pose a higher risk of fraudulent activity.
  • Assessed existing internal and external risks/processes in identifying GAPS and incorporated effective guidelines in policies and procedures.

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