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New Delhi, October 16, 2012
First Published: 17:52 IST(16/10/2012)
Last Updated: 17:58 IST(16/10/2012)
Error-wise: An equity analyst needs to be very sure about the advice he/she gives to clientsdisciplined and improvise his analysis by working on the pitfalls

The lowdown

An equity analyst is a person who researches and reports on the state of securities. They are responsible for analysing the market and finding out the right opportunities for trading. They play a crucial role in helping individuals and organisations  make investment decisions. An equity analyst also considers risk management strategies before advising. S/he should be competent in technical analysis to determine which securities are likely to be profitable. An analyst should also be good at fundamental analysis, if he or she is into long-term investment decisions. It’s a very responsible job, as the investors who can’t judge the market rely on the analyst

8.45am: Check the market scenario and important news
9.15am: Follow up on previous day’s positions, look for new opportunities. Forward tips to clients
3.30pm: Analyse the performance of the day and make records
4.30pm: Prepare reports for the next day and forward them to clients
5.30pm: Market sreening for next day. Take feedback from seniors

The payoff
An equity analyst starts out as a trainee. A trainee with an MBA in finance can get Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh a year initially. One can rise up the ladder to become an equity analyst, product analyst, senior analyst. One can also head a research team. Payoff depends on the experience and the performance

*  Good in technical and fundamental analysis
*  Should have understanding of  risk management strategies
*  Sense of ethics, honesty is key

Getting there
You should have an MBA, preferably in finance. Invest your initial years in understanding the markets and practising technical and fundamental analysis. Apart from this, basic knowledge of the exchanges such as NSE and BSE should be clear

Institutes and URLs
* National Stock Exchange
* Bombay Stock Exchange
* Association of Technical Analysts, New Delhi
* Association of Technical Market Analysts, Mumbai

Pros and cons
* Not much field work is required
* Huge scope of learning
* Pressure is very high
* Change in the market scenario affects the demand for an analyst

No matter how successful an equity analyst has been, he has to prove himself everyday with the ever-changing market situations --Vivek Gupta, head of research, CapitalVia Global Research Limited, Indore

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