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Investment Professionals

The Job

Investment professionals work in many industries, but most work for investment banking firms, investment service companies, banks, insurance companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Investment professionals study their client's or organization's financial status and make financial and investment recommendations. To arrive at these recommendations, they examine their client's or organization's financial history and objectives, income and expenditures, risk tolerance, and current investments. They identify their short- and long-term goals.

Though the amount of investments will vary according to the size of the client and their holdings, most organizations or clients channel their investments into a diversified portfolio. Investment professionals closely monitor current investments, or active funds. They may make recommendations for selling funds and changing to others in order to protect their clients' investments.

Other duties of investment professionals may be administrative in nature if they work for large firms. In addition to compiling quarterly and annual financial reports, they may be responsible for establishing financial procedures, keeping financial records for operating and administrative expenses, and hiring and training staff members.

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