Have a good head for numbers? Enjoy tracking the ups and downs of the stock market and various other investments? These are the qualities that make a career in financial analysis interesting, challenging, and rewarding.

Broadly speaking, someone who chooses a career in financial analysis manages the various aspects of other people’s money. Some analysts work as investment advisors, either on their own or with a brokerage firm. Depending on the wealth and size of their clients, they may manage portfolios worth millions of dollars. Other analysts work for banks or insurance companies, ensuring that even when a loan defaults or a claim is paid, the company maintains a positive cash flow. Still others specialize in mergers and acquisitions, determining the profitability of two companies combining their forces in a merger or one company buying another company in an acquisition.

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