analyst

noun
an·​a·​lyst | \ ˈa-nə-ləst How to pronounce analyst (audio) \

Definition of analyst

1 : a person who analyzes or who is skilled in analysis

Examples of analyst in a Sentence

My analyst felt that I was making good progress.
Recent Examples on the Web As analyst Benedict Evans pointed out in a recent presentation, YouTube has recently overtaken Netflix for daily time spent consuming video among teens. Navneet Alang, TheWeek, "Why YouTube is the true successor to TV," 7 Feb. 2020 Sarah Pierce, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, told me. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Are the Courts Beginning to Move in Favor of Trump’s Immigration Policies?," 6 Feb. 2020 During a conference call in October, Chief Executive Officer John Morikis told analysts that the company’s search for space was being driven by its need to keep and attract talent. Michelle Jarboe, cleveland, "Sherwin-Williams will stay in Cleveland, move R&D to Brecksville, sources say," 5 Feb. 2020 In recent weeks, hotel occupancy in China has fallen by 45% year-on-year, according to analysts at Citigroup, a bank. The Economist, "Daily chart Airlines will be hit hard by coronavirus," 3 Feb. 2020 Hygge is a feeling and an atmosphere, says Rebekka Andersen, an analyst at the Happiness Research Institute, a think tank in Copenhagen that explores why some societies are happier than others. Paul Nicolaus, Popular Science, "What the happiest cold-weather countries on the planet know about winter," 31 Jan. 2020 The company also on Wednesday told analysts its China factory in Shanghai had been temporarily shut by Chinese officials to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Tesla stock zooms on "game changing" earnings," 30 Jan. 2020 Su told analysts that the chips had begun shipping at the end of the fourth quarter. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD soars to record Q4 earnings on Ryzen, Epyc sales," 29 Jan. 2020 Steven Simon is an analyst at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby. The New York Review of Books, "Contents," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of analyst

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analyst

French analyste, from analyse analysis

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analyst

noun

Financial Definition of analyst

What It Is

An analyst gathers and interprets data about securities, companies, corporate strategies, economies or financial markets. Analysts are sometimes called financial analysts, securities analysts, equity analysts or investment analysts (although there is a distinction among these titles).

How It Works

Much of an analyst's job involves gathering data from publications, researchers and other sources; creating financial models; and writing reports or making presentations. Analysts are heavily involved with mergers and acquisitions, consulting, corporate strategy, bankruptcy, and myriad other financially important processes. Thus, their projects can be wide-ranging, and can include creating a company's budget for the coming years; deciding what sort of buy-or-sell advice to give clients; evaluating the prospects for a particular security; or deciding how much to pay to acquire a certain company. Securities analysts in particular usually write research reports for clients and offer buy and sell recommendations.

Analysts work for public and private companies, nonprofit organizations, investment banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, government entities and nearly any other organization that is concerned about making sound financial decisions. They must be able to work well with clients, peers and their bosses; explain their ideas quickly and precisely; have presentation skills; and be extremely confident with spreadsheets and numbers. Some travel a lot. Analysts typically work considerably long work weeks, particularly early in their careers.

Analysts often have undergraduate or graduate business degrees, but many investment firms train entry-level analysts, which means an undergraduate degree in business is not always necessary if a candidate shows aptitude. Some analysts also enter the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program to further their credentials. Many analysts go on to become senior analysts, investment bankers, consultants, advisors and chief financial officers.

Why It Matters

An analyst helps people make decisions. Analysts gather and interpret data to do this, and quite often they have to project future events. To do this well, an analyst has to stay on top of industry and company trends, market trends, economic trends, new regulations, changes in accounting rules, and a host of other information.

For this reason, analysts carry a great degree of responsibility. The results of their analyses frequently determine the course of major decisions, and a mistake in a spreadsheet or an overlooked piece of information could mean inadvertently making the wrong decisions, which could have far-reaching effects on client portfolios, stock prices, corporate strategies or even a company's solvency.

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English Language Learners Definition of analyst

: a person who studies or analyzes something

analyst

noun
an·​a·​lyst | \ ˈa-nə-ləst How to pronounce analyst (audio) \

Kids Definition of analyst

: a person who studies or analyzes something a financial analyst

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analyst

noun
an·​a·​lyst | \ ˈan-ᵊl-əst How to pronounce analyst (audio) \

Medical Definition of analyst

1 : a person who analyzes or who is skilled in analysis

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