Equity Analyst, Investment Bank

Chin Wei Zhi, 2002, 5Sc3

As an equity analyst (aka investment analyst), I value companies. What this means, is that:

I issue recommendations to buy or sell
a company’s shares on the stock market

I determine if a company’s share price is under- or over-valued. If it is under-valued, I issue recommendations to buy that company’s shares; this is because I expect the share price to rise over time. The opposite is true for companies that I think are over-valued.

My focus is ASEAN, Hong Kong and China “listed” companies. I conduct thorough quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on these companies.

  • Quantitative: Analysis is based on financial statements
  • Qualitative: Analysis is based on effectiveness of the company’s business model, quality of management and corporate governance etc.

I love my job because it?is challenging and it provides me the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of companies from different sectors such as oil & gas, building material, utilities etc. However, this job can be stressful too, especially when a company’s share price moves against my recommendation. (E.g. I may expect a company’s share price to rise but it FALLS!!!? :shock: ? Therefore those who followed my recommendation would lose money.)

If you enjoy working with numbers and $$$,
you may find that you will like being an investment analyst,
because you will work with these two things daily.

Also, you DON’T have to be a genius mathematician to be an investment banker. All it takes is hard work and initiative to learn. At present, analysts who can speak foreign languages are high in demand (Japanese/Korean especially). Even I have had to learn Bahasa Indonesia to enable me to perform research on Indonesian stocks! All in all, this profession is an exciting and rewarding one. If you are willing to work hard and learn, you can go far in this industry.? ;)


Click here to read about my journey.

My Journey

I attended primary school and secondary school in AMC and chose to do pure science after succumbing to my parents’ will. Post SPM, I was offered scholarships in a few local institutions as well as to New Zealand. However, because I only had SPM qualifications, the only courses I qualified for (with scholarships) in New Zealand were sports management and nursing.

Ultimately, I accepted MMU’s offer to do Financial Engineering
because I knew that my interest lies in the intersection of finance and mathematics.

My parents and teachers questioned my choice because
they thought that I should pursue more traditional career options
(e.g. engineering, medicine, pharmacy).

I tried to explain my reasoning to my parents and fortunately they gave me a free hand in choosing my course. Although I was not able to study abroad, my life in MMU was the most memorable experience of my life.

I am now an equity analyst in a local investment bank. I have been happily crunching numbers for close to 4 years. When I am not at work, I live life to the fullest through my second identity: a food & travel blogger! ;)

When it comes to making a choice regarding college / career, I was lucky in that I knew what I wanted, and I had my parents’ support. However, I realize that it isn’t the same case for some of us and I would like to help. If you want to find out more about a career in investment banking, or about food and travel blogging, feel free to give me a holler!



Wei Zhi, Chin



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