Financial Analyst

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Field of interest: Financial Analysis

I am interested in investing and that means that I am interested in almost all "investment vehicles"; from stocks and bonds to futures and options. However, I am in certain stage of my life where I don't have high income. So I shifted my interest primarily toward options. Because of the simply reason, options in 100 shares will cost much less than actually buying 100 shares. This reason and my today's situation have "forced" me to be more interested in options. But of course options are highly complex and highly leveraged and they require more than just a basic knowledge of the stock market. I have read a lot of books on this topics, trading, value investing, technical and fundamental analysis, and I realised that I will need to have all these things in a "small pocket" if I want to success in this field. That's why I started a little bit earlier. But I would not speak about independent trader, because it would not be realistic for this assignment. So if I expect to work in a firm where I would implement this interest that I mention above, than it would be position of financial analyst. In the further text I would focus myself on the financial analysis and firms that need financial analyst (also called security and investment analyst), like banks, insurance companies, mutual and pension funds, securities firms. However I tried to be realistic, so I didn't look to much into future. I focused my self on today and possible internships in this field.

It is difficult to say how promising it is, because the demand for financial analysts rises and falls with the ever-changing stock market. However when large businesses consolidate some financial analyst positions may be eliminated. By the last expectations of the U.S. government economists, jobs for financial analysts will grow as fast as the average for all careers through 2014. More financial analysts will be needed to help businesses choose between the growing...
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