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Career Story: Investment Advisor And Stock Market Analyst

Investment Advisor And Stock Market Analyst

Job Title: Registered Investment Advisor

Type of Company: My company manages portfolios for high net worth retail investors and institutional investors.

Education: BS, Accounting, Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)

Previous Experience: I was a regional vice president for financial services at a wholesaling company.

Job Tasks: My key responsibility is doing technical analysis to determine where to invest client money. Technical analysis is, basically, looking at charts to determine whether -- and where -- to invest: in stocks, bonds, commodities or cash, or all four. The analyst can also determine where -- i.e. in which market sector -- an investment makes most sense: whether in healthcare, technology, transportation or some other sector of the stock market.

My responsibilities also include managing employees and coordinating their job functions. Those functions include client service, trading, sales, and operations.

Lastly, my job requires me to travel throughout the country periodically to explain our investment management philosophy and techniques to sales representatives and to existing and potential clients.

A typical day involves running chart solutions on the computer, instructing traders how to trade in line with model portfolio objectives, interacting with employees to make sure they're meeting time constraints and talking to clients, explaining where their portfolios stand and the logic behind the strategies we've employed on their behalf.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping clients fulfill their objectives. Those objectives could be saving enough money to help pay for kids college tuition or for saving enough for retirement. In addition, in light of the detrimental stock market over the past year, an important part of my job is helping clients avoid the pitfalls that the stock market can bring. It is not always about what you make in the stock market, but what you keep.

The worst parts of my job involve the stress of handling a client's entire life savings in an extremely difficult market.

Job Tips: Go to college and take courses geared towards economics, accounting or finance. I would also suggest trying to get an internship working in a financial advisor's office. While there, try to get a grasp on as many segments of the business as possible to know where your strengths and weaknesses are. Lastly, I would suggest getting as many licenses and degrees under your belt as early on in life as possible. Education is not a cost, it is an investment.

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