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Working As A Summer Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $99,760

    Average Salary

What Does A Summer 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 Summer 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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Summer Analyst Career Paths

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Assistant Corporate Controller
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Assistant Treasurer
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Senior Analyst Assistant Vice President Risk Manager
Chief Risk Officer
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Market Analyst Product Manager Business Development Director
Corporate Development Director
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Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
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Research Analyst Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Trade Analyst Trader
Fixed Income Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Investment Banking Analyst Finance Analyst Controller
Group Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Credit Analyst Investment Analyst
Investments Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Office Manager Accountant
Management Accounts Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Senior Business Analyst Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager, Corporate Development
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
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Investment Analyst Senior Analyst
Manager, Strategy
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Finance Analyst Operations Manager Property Manager
Portfolio Manager
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Senior Portfolio Manager
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Treasury Manager
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Investment Banking Analyst Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
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Vice President Research
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Vice President, Corporate Development
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Summer Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.4%

Female

24.5%

Unknown

14.1%
Ethnicity

White

40.8%

Asian

35.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.8%

Mandarin

19.3%

Chinese

16.5%

French

11.8%

Cantonese

4.3%

Hindi

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

German

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Korean

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Russian

2.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Urdu

1.6%

Hebrew

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Swahili

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Indonesian

0.5%

Polish

0.5%
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Summer Analyst Education

Schools

Cornell University

13.7%

New York University

9.7%

Columbia University

8.7%

University of Pennsylvania

5.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.2%

Georgetown University

5.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.8%

Fordham University

4.7%

Duke University

4.5%

Harvard University

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.7%

Boston University

3.5%

University of Chicago

3.4%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.2%

Lehigh University

3.1%

Princeton University

3.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%

Boston College

3.1%
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Majors

Finance

35.4%

Economics

18.3%

Business

13.8%

Accounting

4.8%

Mathematics

3.8%

Political Science

3.6%

Statistics

2.3%

Computer Science

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Management Science

1.7%

Applied Mathematics

1.7%

Real Estate

1.6%

History

1.2%

Law

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Operations Research

1.0%

Business Economics

0.9%

Industrial Engineering

0.9%

Agricultural Business

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.5%

Masters

27.2%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

1.7%

Certificate

1.2%

Associate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Summer Analyst

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  2. Equity
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  • Developed a working understanding of financial modeling, financial statements and financial ratios.
  • Performed research-driven, value-oriented equity research for an independent investment management firm offering long-only and long-short strategies.
  • Produced quarterly account monitoring reports in order to review ongoing creditworthiness of portfolio companies.
  • Performed due diligence and created long-term performance forecasts on potential acquisition targets and researched prospective synergies between targeted firms
  • Helped with developing investment strategies and portfolio allocation for current and prospective clients.

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