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What Does a Financial Analyst Do

What Do Financial Analysts Do?

Financial analysts do several things including: analyze historical financial statement and accounting information, make projections and forecasts into the future, build financial models to value a business or an investment, create charts, graphs and presentations, compare actual results to forecasted resultgs, perform ad hoc analysis, and prepare recommendations for management team of a business or for clients. Other things financial analysts do include: perform industry anlaysis, support marketing initiatives, help with business and corporate stategy, worth with operations teams to set budgets, and generally support the operations of a business.

Analyst Certification FMVA® Program

Below is a break down of subject weightings in the FMVA® financial analyst program. As you can see there is a heavy focus on financial modeling, finance, Excel, business valuation, budgeting/forecasting, PowerPoint presentations, accounting and business strategy.


Financial Analyst certification curriculum


A well rounded financial analyst possesses all of the above skills!


Additional Questions & Answers

CFI is the global institution behind the financial modeling and valuation analyst FMVA® Designation. CFI is on a mission to enable anyone to be a great financial analyst and have a great career path. In order to help you advance your career, CFI has compiled many resources to assist you along the path.

In order to become a great financial analyst, here are some more questions and answers for you to discover:

  • What is financial modeling?
  • How do you build a DCF model?
  • What is sensitivity analysis?
  • How do you value a business?