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Definition: Analyst


Quick Summary of Analyst

An employee of a bank, brokerage, advisor, or mutual fund who studies companies and makes buy and sell recommendations, often specializing in a single sector or industry. Analysts use a wide variety of techniques for researching and making recommendations. The reports and recommendations they publish are often used by traders, mutual fund managers, portfolio managers, and investors in their decision-making processes.

What is the dictionary definition of Analyst?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Someone who analyzes
  2. mathematics a mathematician who studies real analysis
  3. computing a systems analyst

Full Definition of Analyst

Although the term analyst can be associated with a broad range of definitions, in the financial environment an analyst is an individual that analyzes information and data.

An analyst might be a financial analyst, industry analyst, business analyst, or systems analyst. A financial analyst is also known as a securities analyst, research analyst, investment analyst, or equity analyst. An individual employed as a financial analyst works for an investment house, bank, mutual or pension fund, securities firm, or another business type. A financial analyst examines financial statements, assesses lending risks, and analyzes security prices, sales, tax rates, etc. An industry analyst will study trends within a single industry and formulate future assumptions. Unlike a financial analyst, an industry analyst is more concerned with broader market development rather than individual securities or investments. A business analyst is concerned with the business needs of its clients and individual stakeholders. The primary responsibilities of a business analyst include identifying underlying business problems and recommending solutions. A systems analyst is responsible for the analysis and design of information systems. Frequently a programmer will be referred to as a systems analyst.

Synonyms For Analyst

financial analyst
securities analyst

Related Phrases

Chartered Financial Analyst
credit analyst
supervisory analyst
technical analyst
job performance measurement
key ratios
knowledge worker
Parkinson's Law
price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Analyst are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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