Equity Analyst

Job Description:

An equity analyst evaluates and analyses financial data, market trends, and company performance to provide insights and recommendations for investing in stocks and securities.

Job Category:
Financial Services

What you will do:

As an equity analyst, you will be:

  • Analysing financial statements and reports of companies to assess their financial health, profitability, and potential risks
  • Studying market trends, industry dynamics, and economic factors that might impact the performance of stocks and securities
  • Evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) of companies to estimate their growth potential
  • Determining the intrinsic value of stocks and securities using various methods such as discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios, and other valuation metrics
  • Predicting future earnings, revenues, and stock prices based on historical data and market conditions
  • Identifying risks that could affect a company’s financial performance, including industry-specific risks and broader economic factors
  • Providing insights and recommendations on buying, holding, or selling stocks and securities to investors and fund managers
  • Creating comprehensive reports and presentations that summarise research findings, investment analyses, and recommendations
  • Interacting with clients, fund managers, and institutional investors to discuss research findings and investment strategies
  • Ensuring that research reports and recommendations comply with relevant regulations and ethical standards
  • Staying updated with market trends, industry news, and financial innovations to make informed investment decisions
  • Collaborating with other analysts, traders, portfolio managers, and professionals within the financial industry
  • Utilising quantitative models and tools to assess stock performance and risk factors
  • Understanding broader economic indicators and trends to gauge potential impacts on investment decisions
  • Leveraging data analysis software and financial modeling tools for efficient research and decision-making


You will need:

  • knowledge of financial concepts, data analysis and technology tools
  • knowledge of investment analysis techniques and financial modelling
  • knowledge of market trends, industry specifics
  • knowledge in risk assessment

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become an equity analyst, a strong educational foundation is important. While specific requirements can vary, the following subjects are generally beneficial:

  1. Mathematics: Proficiency in math is crucial for analysing financial data, calculating ratios, and understanding investment metrics.
  2. Business Studies or Economics: These subjects provide insights into economic concepts, market dynamics, and business fundamentals.
  3. English: Effective communication skills are essential for writing research reports and conveying insights to colleagues and clients.
  4. Statistics: Understanding statistical concepts helps in interpreting data and drawing meaningful conclusions.
  5. Additional Science or Computer Science: These subjects enhance analytical thinking and quantitative skills, which are important for financial analysis.

Post School

Start with a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business, accounting, or a related field.

Master’s Degree (Optional)

While not always required, a master’s degree in finance, business administration (MBA), or a related area can enhance your prospects, especially for advanced roles.

Internships or Experience

Gain relevant experience through internships, entry-level positions, or participation in investment clubs.

Certifications (Optional)

Consider certifications like Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for added credibility and skill validation.

Working Hours and Environment:

Equity analysts generally work standard office hours, analysing financial data and conducting research in office settings, with potential for longer hours during earnings seasons and market events, and occasional travel for industry conferences or meetings.

Career Path & Progression:

The typical equity analyst career path involves starting as an entry-level analyst, advancing to junior and full analyst roles, potentially specialising in a sector, and progressing to senior analyst, portfolio manager, or leadership positions. Career growth depends on expertise, accuracy, communication skills, and potential moves to portfolio management, consulting, or entrepreneurship.