Financial Analyst

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A financial analyst is a professional whose job is to assess companies’ financial situations. They are responsible for carrying out in-depth studies of companies in order to assess their future prospects.

The financial analyst uses financial and economic data to generate observations. When completed, they synthesize their findings in a report and provide an investment recommendation.

Analyst recommendations are based on a company’s expected performance and its risk profile. The average of the recommendations of a number of analysts is called a consensus, and usually takes the form of one of the following five categories: Strong buy, Buy, Hold, Sell or Strong sell.

Most financial analysts are employed by brokers who need their expertise to advise their clients.

Synonyms: Investment Analyst, Securities Analyst

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  • About The Author: Edouard

    Edouard is a financial analyst at Hardbacon. He is responsible for compiling lists of securities that our users can find in the "Explore" section of the application.

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