Mutual Fund Analyst

Mutual Fund Analyst Job Description

Mutual fund analyst refers to the person who conducts the research of the market or the market analysis, quantitative and qualitative analysis of the mutual funds, reviewing the financial statements of the different entities in order to provide advice to their clients for making sound investment decisions.

Many finance professionals go for financial modeling, investment bankingInvestment BankingInvestment banking is a specialized banking stream that facilitates the business entities, government and other organizations in generating capital through debts and equity, reorganization, mergers and acquisition, etc.read more, and private equity profiles. But if you want to stand out and have a solid understanding of the equity market, you can stand out in the crowd and choose to pursue one of the most lucrative finance career options. Yes, you guessed it right. We’re talking about Mutual Fund Analyst.

The reason we urge you to try this (subject to you’re willing) is that there’s a market crunch for the right talent. There’re more than 200 Asset Management Companies (AMC) who have thousands of mutual fundsMutual FundsA mutual fund is a professionally managed investment product in which a pool of money from a group of investors is invested across assets such as equities, bonds, etcread more. But they’re not enough qualified individuals to fit the bill.

So what do you need to become a mutual fund analyst?

As a mutual fund analyst, you would be working under a mutual fund manager and would be responsible for research and market analysis so that the fund managers can make sound investment decisions for clients.

Now mutual fund analyst is the starting point, not the end. If you have ambition and aspiration for growth, you can become a mutual fund manager in the years to come.

Sounds good?

Mutual Fund Analyst

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Education

You would agree that a qualified mutual fund analyst needs to have required educational qualification to get placed in big or small companies. So, here’s the list of education you can think of if you would like to become a mutual fund analyst. But, remember, your focus would always be to know more about mutual funds.

  • The first criterion to be an entry-level mutual fund analyst is to have a bachelor’s degree in finance or similar discipline. That means if you have a graduate degree in economics, accounting, tax, investment analysis, or finance & accounts, you’re good to go. But don’t stop there. Because to add more value to your organization, you need to add more value to yourself.
  • So go for a master’s degree as well. If you do a Masters in Finance or MBA in Finance (it’s a better option), you will be treated as more qualified for the mutual fund analyst position. Now you would find MBAs in every nook and corner. So try to do your MBA from a reputed B-School to stand out.
  • You may be wondering what more you can do. Here’s the deal. If you can do CA along with an MBA in Finance, it would become a lethal combination. You would be preferred much more than your peers.
  • Suppose you have a desire to not be stuck in a mutual fund analyst. What would you do? First of all, if you have an MBA in Finance from a reputed institute and CA, you’re good to go as a mutual fund analyst. Now, if you want to become a fund manager pretty soon with a few years of experience, you need to go for CFA or CFP exam. These designations will help you stand out if you would like to be a mutual fund manager within a few years.

We’ve given a list of what you can do. Your job is to plan ahead about your career so that when you need to take the plunge, you become ready.

Job Responsibilities

Education is a pre-requisite. But you need to know the detailed job responsibilities to have an idea about what you need to do. Here are the responsibilities you need to handle as a mutual fund analyst.

First, let’s talk about the primary responsibilities, and then we will discuss what else you need to do.

Primary Responsibilities

There’re also some other responsibilities which you need to take care of. Here are they –

  • You need to support the fund service providers.
  • You also need to prepare various valuation reports and perform valuation checks.
  • Often times, you may need to take responsibility as an individual instead of getting the supervision of fund managers. In that case, you need to sit with the fund manager or the person who can guide you and understand what they expect of this job position. And then adhere to whatever s/he says.
  • You will also need to maintain a liaison with global service providers.

These are the job responsibilities you need to perform. Now let’s look at the skill-sets you need to have to be able to effectively perform these responsibilities.

Skill-sets required

There are a total of eight skill-sets. You need to have to be able to perform the above job responsibilities like a rock star. Have a look at these eight skills and if you would like to become a mutual fund analyst, try to work on these –

  • Solid knowledge of accounting fundamentals: Accounting is the first step toward any lucrative finance job position. Yes, accounting and finance are different in relevance, but accounting is part of finance. In this case, also, you need to have solid accounting knowledge. You need to know how to look at balance sheets, how to do ratio analysis, how to draft income statement and cash flow statementCash Flow StatementA Statement of Cash Flow is an accounting document that tracks the incoming and outgoing cash and cash equivalents from a business.read more. Without these fundamentals, you won’t be able to perform responsibilities like the review of financial statementsFinancial StatementsFinancial statements are written reports prepared by a company's management to present the company's financial affairs over a given period (quarter, six monthly or yearly). These statements, which include the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flows, and Shareholders Equity Statement, must be prepared in accordance with prescribed and standardized accounting standards to ensure uniformity in reporting at all levels.read more prepared by fund accountants.
  • Knowledge of Mutual Funds & Capital Markets: This is obvious. As you would like to be a mutual fund analyst, you need to know all about mutual funds, its markets, industry, which one is fetching good returns, and why. You need to do in-depth and understand each key-indicator so that you can help your fund manager create the same.
  • Sound analytical skill, reasoning, and detail-orientation: As you can see in the job responsibilities, a major chunk of your activities would be reviewing different statements and charts. If you’re not good with numbers and don’t have detail-orientation, you may miss out on important details, which later may cost your company a lot more. So you need to develop a pixel view (detail orientation) as well as the ability to analyze the reports, statements, and charts.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills: Many finance guys ignore this part. But if you would like to be a mutual fund analyst, you need to develop strong verbal and written communication skills to be able to write reports, author columns, and create special reports for particular requirements of the clients. You may also need to deal with clients over the phone or face-to-face. If you don’t have both verbal and written skills, it would be difficult for you to perform at your maximum level.
  • Great knowledge of advanced excel: The importance of excel in the professional world can’t be over-emphasized. You know that already. But only excel will not do. You need to be a master of advanced excel to be able to perform all your job responsibilities.
  • Strong team-work ethic: You would be working in an environment where everybody would be interdependent on each other. Without reliance on one another, the common goal wouldn’t be achieved i.e., the satisfaction of clients. So you need to let go of individual ego and be focused on the common objective so that you can take a significant role in achieving the desired goal.
  • Taking adequate measures to mitigate risks: The clients who would be depending on you and your team for maximum benefits should be served in a way that their risks are minimized. Thus you need to mitigate risks at all levels and scrutinize every document diligently to reduce errors. You also need to be updated with investment suggestions, portfolios, and possible conclusions.
  • Precision and accuracy: This is the secret of this trade. You can’t be perfect in everything, but your goal should be to tend toward as much accuracy and precision you can achieve.

If you would like to be a qualified mutual fund analyst, the above eight are mandatory. You need to work hard to develop them.

Compensation

Now, this is the most lucrative part. Let’s talk about the compensation of mutual fund analyst.

The compensation you would get as a mutual fund analyst would depend on what sort of experience you have. Are you a fresh graduate? Or do you have a few years of experience in the other domain of finance? Or have you worked as a mutual fund analyst for a few years? For every case, the salary would be different.

If you’re in the USA, then the salary would be drastically different. The average annual salary of mutual fund analysts in the USA is around the US $65,000 to $75,000 per annum.

If you have experience of 1-2 years as an analyst in finance, you would be able to get around INR 5-6 lakhs per annum in India. If you have more experience (5+ years), then you may get around INR 10-15 lakhs per annum, depending on the organization you’re with.

Beyond Mutual Fund Analyst

Many of you would like to aspire to be more than a mutual fund analyst. Yes, you can be. There’re certain things you need to adhere to –

As a mutual fund manager, your main responsibility would be to invest investors’ money in worthy investments like stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments. You need to work as an individual and also within a periphery of other analysts and fund accountants who will feed you the data you need to take the final call.

The job of a mutual fund manager is hectic, but you would be respected by everyone in the team, and you will have a lot of autonomy for your experience in a mutual fund.

In the final analysis

Now you know what you need to know to become a qualified mutual fund analyst. All you need to do now is to take the first steps. If you’re finance students, you should learn more about mutual funds and can enroll yourself in a master’s degree in finance or an MBA in Finance. If you aspire, plan and take action, the goal is not far ahead from your reach.

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  1. Marcos Bridezilla says

    Good source of information. This was really something interesting that I have read about mutual fund analyst. Thanks for providing such valuable information. Do have any information on mutual fund types and what re the actual benefits of investing in mutual funds?

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      thanks and happy to know you found this interesting. Yes I do have a detailed post, in which I have done the complete analysis on mutual funds, types, investment approaches and many more interesting things – Mutual Fund

  2. Keegan Courter says

    Thanks for sharing this complete beginners guide. This was really very helpful for me n I hope for many others have also liked this. I have heard about close ended mutual fund schemes but I actually don’t know what this actually means. Sir please if can you tell me what are the close ended mutual fund schemes?

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      thanks for your note. I am glad you liked this. Well close ended mutual fund schemes are nothing but the schemes that have stipulated period and in which the investors can invest only during the period of New Fund Offer that too for limited time only. These are also called as protective mutual funds which invest and also guard the capital at the same time.