The role of an Equity Research Analyst involves analyzing a firm’s past and current performance to make predictions for their prospective future. This entails assessing stocks, bonds, and financial statements to create an unbiased and factual report. Any information that measures a company’s success is required for this analysis. Creating this report involves understanding the company’s finances, current market trends, stocks, as well current and future debt.
The individual researching and writing a report must be analytical and critical-thinking. He or she must also be an excellent writer, reader, and researcher.
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Using past stock price data, events from previous fiscal years, KNOLSKAPE has developed eValuation, a cutting-edge software that helps simulate a year in the life of an Analyst who is tasked with making stock recommendations of certain companies from a pre-assigned industry. Learners are rewarded for their decisions based on the returns they provide to their investors and the accuracy of their Buy / Sell / Hold calls. Financial statements and news events that appear from time-to-time keep learners engaged and under pressure to make the right decisions.
eValuation helps deliver the following learning outcomes:
1) Interpret a firm’s financial statements to understand impact on its stock price
2) Discern between high and low impact news events that can cause major fluctuations in a firm’s stock price.
3) Use different valuation methods such as discounted cash flow and price-to-earnings ratio to accurately value the company and at arrive at useful recommendations for virtual investors.
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