What Does an Investment Analyst Do?

An investment analyst is a financial professional who analyzes available data in order to make predictions about the financial future of a given entity. 

What Does an Investment Analyst Do?

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Essentially, their job is to take an enormous amount of information and distill it down into evidence and trends that can be used to make educated inferences about the future. 

An investment analyst looks at both the broad and specific financial information available to them in order to make their reports to their clients. 

In general, investment analysts look at how much a stock price has changed, how much of a given stock has been bought and sold, and how much the market cap of a company has changed. 

They also look at company specifics, such as sales figures and internal financial projections. 

Another source of information for investment analysts is the broader economic pictures, such as figures for a given industry at large, or for the competitors of a given company. 

All of that information helps them predict what types of results are likely for a company in the future.

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