Starting a career as a research analyst, financial services representative or financial consultant is a excellent way to get into the very dynamic world of financial planning and management. A research analyst, financial services or related field is typically a person that has a strong background in accounting skills, has a keen ability to attend to details, and is very organized, logical and can handle many different tasks at the same time.
One of the key responsibilities for a research analyst, financial services consultant is to analyze and monitor the securities, trading, money and stock markets to determine, interpret and summarize market trends either within a specific market or in a general fashion. This helps investors, either person or corporate to make informed decisions on investments either in the short or long term.
Another aspect of the research analyst, financial services advisor is to help clients to understand what the market is doing, and what it is likely to do in to the future. While no one has the absolute ability to foresee all the aspects of a market, with research and a good understanding of micro and macro economic issues a professional research analyst, financial services advisor or investment analyst is often very close to being able to describe trends and movements within the marketplace given the various market trends and conditions that exist.
A research analyst, financial services planner that works with private investors will need to have a good understanding of tax laws, pending changes to tax laws that may effect investment or estate planning, understanding of various types of insurances and investments as well as the skills needed to help people understand the often complicated language and concepts around financial planning.
Most seeking work as a research analyst, financial services planner or advisor will require at least a Bachelor’s level degree in accounting, statistics, finance, economics or business administration. In addition mathematical skills, computer skills and a good understanding of corporate finance, global markets and economics, risk analysis and various markets such as the stock market, commodities market, forex trading and other related markets are all beneficial.
The research analyst, financial services planner or advisors must also have good people skills and be able to communicate very complex ideas in simple, honest and easy to understand ways. A good communicator with a strong desire to work with people and help them learn will have a definite advantage in this rapidly growing field. Since about one quarter of all financial analysts and advisors are self-employed this can also be an ideal career choice for those that what to start their own business or work their own hours.