Investment Analyst vs Research Analyst

I've noticed that in Asset Managers that they are some individuals with the title of "Investment Analyst" and some with the title of "Research Analyst."

What is the difference? (I am assuming the Investment Analyst works more closely with the PM in managing the portfolio, while the Research Analyst is fully committed in financial analysis)

Does one position rank higher than the other one in the grand scheme of things?

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Nov 22, 2008 - 12:05pm
big unit, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Investment analysts refer to buy-side companies making actual investment decisions, while research analysts give investment analyst their information.

This is at least my experience with these two titles.

The biggest exit opp of research analyst is an investment analyst position (ie buyside research analyst at a hedge fund or mutual fund).

Jan 20, 2009 - 4:53am
aedsys, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Dec 23, 2008 - 11:38pm
vishwa, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Investment analysts use spreadsheet and statistical software packages to analyze financial data, spot trends, and develop forecasts. On the basis of their results, they write reports and make presentations, usually making recommendations to buy or sell a particular investment or security.


vishwa....

Make Money

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Dec 24, 2008 - 8:09am
MezzKet, what's your opinion? Comment below:
vishwa:
Investment analysts use spreadsheet and statistical software packages to analyze financial data, spot trends, and develop forecasts. On the basis of their results, they write reports and make presentations, usually making recommendations to buy or sell a particular investment or security.

vishwa....

Make Money

That's a research analyst... Usually you find the research analyst at a bank, generating research to sell to institutions so they could trade that security with the firm and generate some fees. Investment analysts manage a pool of money and determine where it is best placed for whatever the scope of investment is...

Dec 28, 2008 - 8:00pm
LAWM, what's your opinion? Comment below:

investment analyst looks at client asset allocation relative to investment objectives, horizons, risk tolerance etc...They will advise on modification and possibly carry out due diligence on potential investment vehicles.

Research is research

Feb 4, 2009 - 3:07pm
drexelalum11, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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