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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Portfolio Risk Analytics Quantitative Researcher||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$175,000|
|Senior Quantitative Risk Analyst||Pine River Capital Management LP||Minnetonka, MN||Aug 07, 2015||$155,000|
|AVP, Senior Risk Analyst||VOYA Investment Management LLC||New York, NY||May 08, 2016||$155,000|
|Senior Manager Risk Analyst||Transamerica Life Insurance Company||Baltimore, MD||Aug 01, 2015||$153,192 -
|Senior Manager Risk Analyst||Transamerica Life Insurance Company||Baltimore, MD||Jan 08, 2015||$153,192 -
|Senior Quantitative Analyst, Risk Analystics Group||Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C.||New York, NY||Jul 09, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Risk Analyst||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||New York, NY||Dec 08, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Portfolio Risk Analytics Quantitative Researcher||Bloomberg L.P.||New York, NY||Jan 02, 2015||$150,000 -
|Senior Quantitative Rate Risk Analyst||The Bank of New York Mellon||New York, NY||Dec 10, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Risk Analyst||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||New York, NY||Feb 18, 2016||$142,688|
|SR. Quantitative Risk Modeler||Santander Bank, N.A.||New York, NY||Jun 06, 2016||$135,000 -
|Senior Risk Analyst||AIG Global Asset Management Holdings Corp.||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2015||$132,000|
|SR. Safety In Design Risk Analyst||Riskbytes Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 10, 2015||$131,435|
|Senior Risk Analyst||American General Life Insurance Company||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 24, 2016||$114,837|
|Senior Risk Analyst||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2015||$112,154|
|Senior Risk Analyst||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 24, 2015||$112,000|
|Senior Risk Analyst||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 26, 2016||$112,000|
|Senior Risk Anaylst||Oz Management LP||New York, NY||Dec 10, 2015||$112,000|
|Senior Risk Services Analyst||Prosper Marketplace, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 07, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Risk Analyst||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 12, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Risk Services Analyst||Prosper Marketplace, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 08, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Risk Analyst||American International Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 12, 2015||$93,150|
|Senior Risk Analyst||Hankey Investment Company, LP||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$93,000|
|Senior Risk Analyst||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Jan 09, 2016||$91,000|
|Risk Analytics Senior||Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co.||McLean, VA||Mar 26, 2015||$90,100 -
|SR. Risk Analyst||Elevate Credit Service LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 19, 2016||$90,100|
|Ccar Senior Quantitative Risk Analyst||Santander Bank, N.A.||Boston, MA||Aug 19, 2015||$90,000 -
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