investment analyst

A person employed by stockbrokers, banks, insurance companies, unit trusts, pension funds, etc. , to give advice on the making of investments, especially investments in securities, commodities, etc. Many pay special attention to the study of equity in the hope of being able to advise their employers to make profitable purchases of ordinary shares. To do this they use a variety of techniques, including a comparison of a company's present profits with its future trading prospects; this enables the analyst to single out the companies likely to outperform the general level of the market. This form of technical analysis is often contrasted with fundamental analysis, in which predicted future market movements are related to the underlying state of an economy and its expected trends. Analysts who rely on past movements to predict the future are called chartists

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