Competency Title:

Investment Research and Analysis

Competency Type:


Competency Description

This competency refers to the ability to gather data and conduct appropriate analysis with the purpose of assisting clients to make informed investment decisions. The scope includes research on economy, sectors, and companies to identify suitable investment options and opportunities.

Level 1 - Awareness

Level 1

• Identify the steps in conducting research and analysis.
• Identify the various sources of information and methods to access information.
• Recognise when information provided is sufficient for analysis.
Level 2 - Knowledge

Level 2

• Outline the key stages in investment research projects.
• Identify appropriate investigative methods to obtain industry and economic data.
• Select appropriate methods and analytical tools for a research project.
• Identify the key elements of a research report or paper.
Level 3 - Skill

Level 3

• Conduct research on the economic performance and trends of key sectors.
• Select appropriate investigative methods to obtain industry and economic data.
• Conduct data analyses using appropriate analytical methods and tools.
Level 4 - Mastery

Level 4

• Implement research initiatives to discover opportunities and investment options in emerging sectors.
• Establish a framework for evaluating standards and methods used in investment research.
• Validate that conclusions drawn from analyses are accurate and based on publicly available data.
• Edit contents of report or paper for accuracy and appropriateness to research objectives.
Level 5 - Expert

Level 5

• Formulate strategic direction of research and the development of methods used within the capital market industry.
• Evaluate effectiveness of methods and strategy deployed against the research design.
• Construct research protocol to analyse factors that have direct relevance to the capital market.
• Determine the outline and structure for reporting research findings and analysis.