Hedge Fund Analysts

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Hedge fund analysts perform detailed research on stocks, bonds, and other securities; commodities; currencies; and hard assets (particularly real estate). Hedge fund firms use this research to make investment decisions that translate (ideally) into large profits for the firm and strong returns for investors. Approximately 262,610 financial analysts are employed in the United States; only a small number work for hedge funds. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Buy-Side Analysts
Duties Conduct research on stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments in order to advise on investment decisions
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) New York City; Chicago; Greenwich, CT; Boston; San Francisco; Dallas; Stamford, CT; and other cities with large financial sectors
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience An internship, co-op, or summer job at a hedge fund or in financial research is required for entry-level positions; two to three years of experience as a junior financial analyst required for top firms
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Financial
  • Math
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Investment Officer/Lead Portfolio Manager
  • Head of Research
  • Senior Analyst
  • Junior Analyst

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