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Laura West
West Financial Advisors, LLC
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Parkway
Nevada, IA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. Darren C. Gauck, CFP®
(515) 232-3042
328 Main St
Ames, IA
Firm
Midwest Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

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Ms. Shelley K. Magnani, CFP®
(515) 232-0228
414 S 17th St Ste 102
Ames, IA
Firm
LPL Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Laura Kay Brannen West, CFP®
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Pkwy Ste A
Nevada, IA
Firm
West Financial Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Ms. Tamra A. Shadlow, CFP®
(515) 733-5113
530 Broad St
Story City, IA
Firm
Edward Jones Investment

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Mr. James E. Dickson, CFP®
(515) 232-5160
PO Box 322
Ames, IA
Firm
James E. Dickson, CPA, CFP
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Paul M. Caspersen, CFP®
(515) 294-4407
2505 University Boulevard
Ames, IA
Firm
University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Non-Profit Employees

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Mr. Richard Schany Nelson, CFP®
405 5th St
Ames, IA
Firm
LPL Financial

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Mr. Randall V. Hertz, CFP®
(515) 382-6596
PO Box 500
Nevada, IA
Firm
Hertz Associates

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Clark Grinde
1028 Lafayette Avenue
Story City, IA
Company
Title: President, Financial Advisor
Company: CG Financial Consulting, LLC
Education
Iowa State University, BA
College for Financial Planning, CRPS [Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist]
Years Experience
Years Experience: 14
Service
Life Insurance,Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Investment & Portfolio Management,Retirement Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning

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Financial Analyst

How to become a Financial Analyst

At minimum, a bachelor's degree in some kind of business area is usually required. Many financial analysts also have advanced degrees in business or finance. Beyond university education, there are a variety of professional designations and licenses that various types of analysts can obtain, depending on how the analysts intend to apply their trade. For example, there are very detailed requirements to become an investment consultant, which is an area where financial analysis becomes important. Continuing education is required to maintain these licenses and designations, and due the market always changing and being a dynamic, large place, financial analysts are known to frequently attend seminars and trainings in their field.

What does a Financial Analyst do?

Financial analysts measure the performance and health of companies, which is research often used in the investment industry. In fact, they often work for investment houses and other companies that keep track of companies, risk, and success, like insurance companies, media companies, financial services companies and professional services firms. This data goes into helping investors make sound decisions. The data the analysts study are a number of significant financial numbers and figures, like company revenues, growth/shrink rates, expenses and costs, tax rates, future prospects, merger and acquisition activity, etc. All these in turn feed into an assessment of the company's overall value and the value of an investment in that company.

This information on the value of a company can be utilized in various ways. For example, financial analysis features heavily in the decisions of whether or not to acquire or liquidate companies themselves, if they are owned by another company or firm, which is another environment where financial analysis is important. It is also used by consultants who counsel people and companies on their investments.

Financial analysts tend to focus on a particular segment of the marketplace, not the whole marketplace. This can be done by focusing o a particular industry or geographic region.

The tools financial analysts use today are all software and internet based.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Financial Analyst?

An investigative curiosity is a good trait to have, as well as skill with math and quantitative analysis. A thorough knowledge and feel for business is also important, as are communication skills, as much of the day to day activity of analysis has to do with report and summary writing. People skills are important if the analyst intends to go into a consultative kind of role. Finally, comfort and skill with technology in general and new technology that is constantly developing is important.

How much do Financial Analysts make?

In 2007, the wage range for financial analysts was from $42,000 - $137,000+. The salary varies depending upon location, experience, and many ...

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