DEFINITION of 'Security Analyst'

A financial professional who studies various industries and companies, providing research and valuation reports, and making buy, sell, and hold recommendations.

BREAKING DOWN 'Security Analyst'

Be very wary of a broker who calls an investment a "sure thing" or "easy money." There's no such thing!

You can usually trust analysts with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, as they are required to follow a code of ethics.

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