What do Financial Analysts do?

Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

  • Draw charts and graphs, using computer spreadsheets, to illustrate technical reports.
  • Inform investment decisions by analyzing financial information to forecast business, industry, or economic conditions.
  • Monitor developments in the fields of industrial technology, business, finance, and economic theory.
  • Interpret data on price, yield, stability, future investment-risk trends, economic influences, and other factors affecting investment programs.
  • Monitor fundamental economic, industrial, and corporate developments by analyzing information from financial publications and services, investment banking firms, government agencies, trade publications, company sources, or personal interviews.
  • Recommend investments and investment timing to companies, investment firm staff, or the public.
  • Determine the prices at which securities should be syndicated and offered to the public.
  • Prepare plans of action for investment, using financial analyses.
  • Evaluate and compare the relative quality of various securities in a given industry.
  • Present oral or written reports on general economic trends, individual corporations, and entire industries.
  • Contact brokers and purchase investments for companies, according to company policy.
  • Collaborate with investment bankers to attract new corporate clients to securities firms.
  • Conduct financial analyses related to investments in green construction or green retrofitting projects.
  • Determine the financial viability of alternative energy generation or fuel production systems, based on power source or feedstock quality, financing costs, potential revenue, and total project costs.
  • Evaluate financial viability and potential environmental benefits of cleantech innovations to secure capital investments from sources such as venture capital firms and government green fund grants.
  • Forecast or analyze financial costs associated with climate change or other environmental factors, such as clean water supply and demand.
  • Identify potential financial investments that are environmentally sound, considering issues such as carbon emissions and biodiversity.
  • Research and recommend environmentally-related financial products, such as energy futures, water rights, carbon credits, government environmental funds, and cleantech industry funds and company stocks.

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Necessary Skills

  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Speaking

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