Being an Investment Analyst, Risk Manager, or Trader


Is it right for me?

Being a trader, investments analyst, or risk manager requires you make decisions very quickly, and use strong reasoning and analysis skills in high-pressure situations.  You should have a high tolerance for risk and uncertainty, and be prepared to cope with unpredictable outcomes. While an extremely lucrative career choice, those students wanting to be a part of TRIP must be willing to put in the time and effort to succeed.

Being an investment analyst

An investments analyst tracks pricing movements, changes in the economic environment, and values of current investments. They use their analysis to advise their organizations on current and future investment opportunities that may present themselves in the economy. An investments analyst studies information to draw conclusions about the future of a company or industry using macroeconomic or microeconomic indicators.

Being a risk manager

A risk manager evaluates and measures business risks and then takes action to control for those perceived risks. Risk management is often part of the compliance function, but also may be part of a specific business unit, such as securities trading desks or loan origination departments. They must be able to analyze data and take decisive action to safeguard the company from overexposure to market threats. 

Being a trader

A trader buys and sells securities to create value for the firm. Traders typically work for brokerage or asset management firms and may be involved in hedging practices, which minimize risk, for the company. They must be able to use quantitative modeling processes and forecasting tools to assemble data used in the decision-making process; traders must then use this data to make informed decisions about the future of the markets.