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Working As A Trade Analyst

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Trade 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 Trade 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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Trade Analyst Career Paths

Trade Analyst
Analyst Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Analyst Manager Vice President
Group Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Vice President
Vice President And Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Vice President Senior Vice President
Chief Risk Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Planning Manager
Business Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Portfolio Manager
Investments Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Supply Chain Analyst Planning Manager
Manager-Strategic Planning
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Finance Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Pricing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Senior Accountant Plant Controller
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Accountant Accounts Payable Manager Credit Manager
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Reporting Analyst Fund Accountant
Mutual Fund Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Management Consultant
Manager, Strategy
8 Yearsyrs
Investment Analyst Finance Consultant Finance Associate
Manager, Corporate Development
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$47,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BP America Inc.
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Trade Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Trade Analyst in the United States is $77,068 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Trade Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quantitative Trading Analyst Viking Global Investors LP New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $275,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Viking Global Investors LP Greenwich, CT Aug 24, 2014 $175,000
Trade Capture Analyst (Volcker Program) Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Mar 02, 2015 $165,000
Trading Analyst Odeon Capital Group LLC New York, NY Jan 13, 2016 $155,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Bex, LLC Chicago, IL Dec 20, 2015 $150,000
Volatility Trading Analyst Arrowgrass Capital Partners (Us) LP New York, NY Dec 01, 2013 $142,438 -
$242,438
Algorithmic Trading Analyst Vatic Operations Ny LLC New York, NY Nov 23, 2015 $140,000
Algorithmic Trading Analyst Vatic Operations LLC New York, NY Oct 28, 2015 $140,000
Trading Analyst Freepoint Commodities LLC Stamford, CT Sep 30, 2014 $131,000
Electonic Trade Analyst Bunge Global Markets, Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 31, 2016 $126,670
Trading Analyst Societe Generale New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $125,000
International Trade Analyst Yankee Clipper Distribution of Brunswick, Inc. North Brunswick, NJ Oct 02, 2013 $122,650
Senior Fixed Income Trading Analyst Franklin Templeton Investments San Mateo, CA Oct 16, 2014 $86,341 -
$100,000
Trade Desk Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $86,000
Sales & Trading Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Aug 28, 2016 $85,000
Analyst, Trading Strategy Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Feb 16, 2016 $85,000 -
$105,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Cutler Group LP San Francisco, CA Aug 02, 2016 $85,000
Trading Services Analyst Y-Axis, Inc. New York, NY Jun 24, 2016 $85,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Cutler Group LP San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Sales & Trading Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Quantitative Trading Analyst Lee Johnson Capital Management, LLC Fort Worth, TX Jan 10, 2016 $69,000
Trading Analyst Quasar Trading, LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $67,200
Quantitative Trading Analyst Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 30, 2014 $67,142
Trade Analyst Christian DIOR Perfumes LLC Miami, FL Oct 01, 2014 $67,000 -
$80,000
Gas Trading Analyst Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Baltimore, MD Mar 22, 2013 $66,186
Officer; MO Trade Cntrl Analyst Mkts Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Dec 10, 2016 $65,749 -
$85,000
Trade Settlement Analyst Van Eck Associates Corporation New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $65,700

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Top Skills for A Trade Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. International Trade Data
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed financial statements of publicly traded companies.
  • Conducted analysis of import data to ensure compliance with U.S. trade agreements, tariff provisions, or other established import controls.
  • Collected, analyzed, edited and reported international trade data for the textile industry.
  • Work closely with senior management on the validation and enhancement of existing equity surveillance reports.
  • Cultivated strong alliances with Customer Service and Sales Business Units, producing strong relationships by Business Networking with cross-functional senior leadership.

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Top 10 Best States for Trade Analysts

  1. New York
  2. Texas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Minnesota
  7. Colorado
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Alabama
  10. North Carolina
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Trade Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

53.6%

Female

33.7%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Asian

15.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.1%

Mandarin

12.3%

French

10.4%

Chinese

10.4%

Portuguese

9.0%

Japanese

4.7%

Italian

3.8%

German

3.3%

Russian

2.8%

Cantonese

2.4%

Hindi

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Bulgarian

1.4%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Telugu

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Trade Analyst Education

Schools

New York University

10.5%

Columbia University

10.5%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

University of Houston

6.6%

Fordham University

5.0%

DePaul University

5.0%

Villanova University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Florida International University

4.3%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Nova Southeastern University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

American University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.5%

University of Chicago

3.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%

Pace University - New York

3.1%
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Majors

Business

30.4%

Finance

26.5%

Accounting

8.0%

Economics

7.2%

International Business

3.6%

Management

3.6%

Marketing

3.1%

Political Science

2.5%

Supply Chain Management

2.2%

Law

2.1%

International Relations

1.6%

Mathematics

1.5%

Computer Science

1.2%

Communication

1.1%

Business Economics

1.0%

Management Science

0.9%

English

0.9%

Psychology

0.9%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.8%

Education

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Masters

33.0%

Other

9.7%

Associate

3.0%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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