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Old 09-20-2008, 08:43 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Good traits would be one who is debt free and has a sense of humor.
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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A good financial analyst has a good grasp of the concepts of finance (revenue, expense, income, debits, credits, etc.), has the ability to build flexibility into models that can be used for decision making, accurate, able to respond to quick changes in assumptions, excellent ability to communicate both verbal and written across levels of management, documents steps taken to arrive at conclusions as well as assumptions. Plusses are excellent software skills, particularly in Excel as that involves spreadsheets, VBA, SQL and/or Access.

Did you pull this from a job resume? I still don't see anything about telling the truth or being objective. Hmm, I guess that is too oldschool and a thing of the past.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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Are you looking for a financial ADVISER or an analyst?
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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I might choose to be a financial analyst one day, and was wondering if I should do that over Artificial Intelligence.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Like the man and the song says -

Know when to hold em.
Know when to fold em.
Know when to walk away.
and know when to run.

Unless you are in an insured account with a trustworthy insurance company (the US gov't no longer qualifies) all investment is a gamble. We are realizing the dealer has been using a stacked deck.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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Other than just being really damn lucky, what are some traits of a successful financial analyst? Also, which is more important on the job, math skills or people skills?

I dont mean this as a smart remark or joke.
Any one smart enough to REALLY understand this economy
would not be one unless he just wanted to cheat folks which
I'm not saying they do.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:01 AM
 
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might want to look into careers in Forensic Accounting... could be a blend of some of the skills from each of those fields...
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:45 AM
 
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Other than just being really damn lucky, what are some traits of a successful financial analyst? Also, which is more important on the job, math skills or people skills?
They have a degree in mathematics and not a MBA. if you went to college look at the population who were "business majors". Would you trust them with analyzing something such as the complex mess that we have for an economy now?
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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I would be embarrassed by the job title of a financial analyst.
So many of them have been wrong for so long that led to the current financial mess. They fail not only in their mission to warn their clients and the general public that something bad was coming, post-mortem data gathered suggest that they didn't miss the damn thing but they caused it.
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