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About Career as a Research Analyst

Stock research comes in two principal varieties: sell side and buy side.

Sell side stock research analysts are employed by stock brokerage firms to offer recommendations to their brokers and clients. The name derives from their place in facilitating brokers' efforts to sell securities to clients. Recent scandals have highlighted the conflicts of interest that can influence sell side stock research analysts' judgment.

It has been noted for many decades that stock research analysts at Wall Street firms give positive ratings to many more securities than those that get negative opinions. Because the large firms on "The Street" also tend to have substantial investment banking business, there is pressure on sell side analysts (overt or subtle) not to anger large corporate clients by issuing negative opinions on their securities.

By contrast, buy side analysts advise money managers on what securities to hold in their investment portfolios. Their reports and opinions are not generally released for public consumption. There normally are far fewer conflicts of interest in this branch of securities analysis, giving the analyst greater freedom to render independent opinions.

Career Prospects of Career as a Research Analyst

There are wide areas of exciting career opportunities for CFAs. Options are available in Banking, Insurance, Corporate Sectors and Leasing Companies. Even organisations like Railways, Reserve Bank of India and Financial Institutions like ICICI, IDBI, IFCI and UTI have given due recognition to the CFA programme. Most of the CFAs professional receive offers for challenging positions with attractive emoluments. Besides this, CFAs can pursue any specialized function. Corporate Finance and Control is one of them. It revolves around mobilization and utilization of domestic and overseas resources for short-term as well as long-term purposes with an objective to maximize returns. International Finance & Risk Management is another specialized function open to CFAs. Their task is to understand the international finance, international capital markets and to manage risk involved in business to its lowest level. Investment Management option is also available to CFAs. Many investors particularly in mutual funds seek their expertisation to maximize the return on investments through skillful shuffling of the portfolio. Moreover, CFAs can provide valuable advisory services to corporate clients on the field of Investment Banking and Financial Services which, includes restructure of capitals, raising funds through IPO's and other means, advice and negotiation in matter of merges and acquisition, rehabilitation of sick units, stock brokering, credit rating and providing venture capital assistance. Above all career opportunities for CFAs with IT skills are increasing at a very rapid pace particularly those who are trained in high-end packages like SAP, Oracle application and Baan.
 

Skills & Education Required for Career as a Research Analyst

Stock research tends to be fast-paced, pressure-packed and highly remunerative. The CFA is necessary to advance in this field.To be a CFA a graduate required to clear three levels of exams covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis. Nevertheless, before that he requires a minimum of three years of investment/financial experience. The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts regulates and conducts the Chartered Financial Analyst programme. This programme is offered through distance learning and is open to all eligible applicants throughout the year. There is no Admission Test for enrolling into the CFA programme of ICFA.

Comments/ Reviews on Career as a Research Analyst

  • hello sir]madam i want do different and effort fully please cordinat me how can i do well as like research analyst regards anirudh 9970180078 Posted By : anirudh kulkarni, on 12-02-2012 23:05:04 Report Abuse

  • hello sir]madam i want do different and effort fully please cordinat me how can i do well as like research analyst regards anirudh 9970180078 Posted By : anirudh kulkarni, on 12-02-2012 23:04:46 Report Abuse

  • Respected sir I am Balram Ghediya.I have done my MBA(Finance). I Have 2 years Experience from finance company.I have also clear NSDL (DEPOSITARY) Exam with 77%. I want to apply in BSE / NSE.How can i will get this opportunity.Give your Feedback .Thank you! Posted By : balram, on 30-11-2011 16:46:19 Report Abuse

  • i done mba marketting looking research analyst job plz send related job profile to mail id Posted By : ROOPA R, on 02-09-2011 10:26:45 Report Abuse

  • pls send me more information about this course.. Posted By : avilash paul, on 18-07-2011 16:26:34 Report Abuse

  • Dear sir, i finished my graduation and i want to know about research analyst..please give me the details Posted By : divya, on 11-04-2011 15:26:53 Report Abuse

  • Sir I completed my pgdbm in Finance and marketing in 2005 andam having experience in fundamental and technical analysis of commodities for about 2 years.currently i m working with a financial institution as customer service manager. Is there any certification course which i can do while working and can also help me in changing my job profile. as i want to make my career in research.. Kindly help me with this. thanks a lot Posted By : asmita anand, on 11-02-2011 07:02:01 Report Abuse

  • Dear Sir, I am right now working as outsource in one of leading banks. I wish to know more about furure prospects as Research Analyst and careers in BSE/NSE. Regards Divya Posted By : Divya K Menon, on 23-11-2010 10:40:12 Report Abuse

  • Sir i am Pabitra Kuamr Rana, i passed my graduation in 2003 and now i am workig as a accountant in a privet co. now i want to know about capital marker Research Analyst . so i want some course avialble please some advice me. Thank You Pabitra Kumar Rana Posted By : Pabitra Kamr Rana, on 15-10-2010 08:34:22 Report Abuse

  • Dear Sir, I am an Msc.Bio-chemistry graduate and I have family with 2 children and working as a teacher and I joined MBA course and I unable to complete assignments in time due to job pressure and family. In these circumstances I would request can any professor can assist us to make assiagnment and I would pay the cost involved for their effort for making my assignments. Kindly Let us know Thanks. Shanthi Srikumar 09869044321 Posted By : Shanthi Srikumar, on 22-01-2010 00:08:34 Report Abuse

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