Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions. Financial analysts provide analysis and guidance to businesses to help them with their investment decisions. They gather financial information, analyze it, and make recommendations to their clients. Financial analysts assess the economic performance of companies and industries for firms and institutions with money to invest. Financial analysts, also called securities analysts and investment analysts, work for banks, insurance companies, mutual and pension funds, securities firms, and other businesses, helping these companies make investment decisions.