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Financial Quantitative Analysts

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Two to three years of experience as a junior financial quantitative analyst is required for quantitative analyst positions. Strong research, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills are essential for this position. Analysts conduct in-depth research, gathering information from a wide variety of sources and then analyzing and organizing this information into charts, tables, reports, and presentations that clients and employers can understand. Analysts must be able to compare data, study numbers, and arrive at conclusions in order to make recommendations for investment options that are in the best interest of companies. They must be detail oriented, accurate, and able to share their findings and ideas effectively. Strong reading comprehension is needed as much of the work involves reading reports and data and retaining this information. The work can be stressful, with long work hours, massive amounts of information to wade through, and deadline pressure. A flexible approach to work is helpful. Analysts work independently as well as with teams of people, so good interpersonal skills are also important.

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