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Financial Analyst

A person who researches and reports on the state of securities. An analyst uses technical or fundamental signals to determine which securities are likely to be profitable, and which are not. Financial analysts help persons and organizations in making investment decisions. See also: CFA.

financial analyst

A person with expertise in evaluating financial investments. Financial analysts, who serve as investment advisers and portfolio managers, use their training and experience to investigate risk and return characteristics of securities. Also called analyst, securities analyst. See also chartered financial analyst.
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In New York, Barbara Coffey and David Lewis, CPA, have joined S&P Capital IQ as software and consumer products (advertising and publishing) equity analysts, respectively.
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Greg Crawford, an equity analyst with Fox-Pitt, Kelton, questioned the high turnover rate in the company's top ranks--saying it's "never ideal.
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Some 190 broker/agency acquisitions took place in 1999, up from 107 transactions in 1997, said Nik Fisken, an equity analyst with Stephens Inc.
This makes Aflac's first-year commissions 50% higher than its nearest competitor and is likely to increase Aflac Japan's sales growth more than 13%, the company's target, said Caitlin Long, an equity analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston.