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Investment analyst: job description
Careers | Penn Office of Investments
What does an investment analyst do? Typical employers Qualifications and training Key skills. While fund managers are responsible for making decisions about investments, it is investment analysts who have the responsibility of providing information and recommendations that enable such decisions to be made. The precise nature of the work may vary according to the type of employer. For example, some investment analysts may be employed by investment management companies and offer their expertise to fund managers in-house; others may work for investment banks and stockbrokers, providing portfolio managers or clients with their advice. However, in general investment analysts examine economic trends and their impact on investment potential.
As an investment analyst you will need to be adept in researching and understanding the financial market, and be able to communicate this information to others. An investment analyst provides research and information to help traders, fund managers and stock brokers make decisions about investments. The information you provide ensures investment portfolios are well managed and that potential investment opportunities are highlighted. Some analysts work for investment management companies, providing information to in-house fund managers; others work for stockbrokers and investment banks, where their research is needed by portfolio managers or by clients who make their own investment decisions.
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