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DEFINITION of 'Analyst'

A financial professional who has expertise in evaluating investments and puts together "buy", "sell" and "hold" recommendations for securities. Also known as a "financial analyst" or a "security analyst".

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Analyst'

Analysts are typically employed by brokerage firms, investment advisors, or mutual funds. Analysts do the grunt work for brokers, preparing the research that brokers use. The most prestigious certification an analyst can receive is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Analysts usually specialize in specific industries or sectors to allow for comprehensive research.

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