Last week I got a call from Amit Chawla (name changed) who was doing MBA(Finance) in a reputed institute in Mumbai.
He wanted to make a career in stock market research and had a few queries about stock market research.
He was completely unaware of stock market research as a career and wanted me to clear his doubts.
So, here’s a synopsis of what we discussed on equity research career.
Basics of stock market research Career
Stock Market Overview:
If you have a knack of financial modeling and really passionate about analyzing companies and have a right attitude of putting time and efforts, stock market research career is for you.
If you get a real high when you think of having your name on an equity research report, then start working towards it. Get the right skill set, start reading annual reports, and interpreting financial statements and valuing businesses.
What Do stock market research Analysts Do?
Stock Investment Research:
Stock market research analysts work on both—the buy side and the sell side.
What’s sell side? Sell side typically indicates investment banks and independent research companies.
On the sell side, researchers develop earnings models and carry out detailed company analysis and valuation.
So, for example, equity research analysts working on sell side typically would like to know whether TCS is better than Infosys for investment. They are assigned a particular industry/sector and know more about that sector and the players in that sector.
On the contrary, buy side analysts do not publish Stock Market Research Reports as sell side analysts do. They focus on 20-40 companies for investments.
Stock Research Tools
As a stock market research analyst, you need to study economy, industry and company to see macro and micro trends. There are two main frameworks in equity analysis—one is E-I-C and the other is C-I-E, based on the methodology.
Pay package of stock market research analysts include salary plus bonus. Bonus depends on the performance of the analyst.
Amit wanted to know the difference between investment banking and stock market research work hours. So, I told him the work hours one needs to put are less in stock market research, but 10 hours is the average in stock market research.
Graduates/Postgraduates in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, MBAs, CFAs, and CAs are preferred for stock market research role. You need to be proficient in MS-Office Suite, mathematics, analyzing companies, financial analysis, web searching, and writing reports are some of the skills required for this job.
That was the outline of my discussion with Amit.
With these details, Amit was very clear to make a career in stock market research.
Do you have any queries about stock market research career?