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Senior Research Analyst

Job ID: R-002546 Date posted: 03/20/2018 Primary Location SC-Fort Mill

Senior Research Analyst 

LPL Financial is the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer and fourth largest broker/dealer with more than 14,000 independent financial advisors in more than 4,000 branch offices nationwide.  LPL Financial has been ranked the number one broker/dealer in its class consistently over the past 10 years.  Financially strong and growing, its corporate offices are in Boston, San Diego, and Fort Mill, SC.

LPL Financial Research is a 50+ person team that provides market, investment, and portfolio advice to our independent advisors. Our mission is to be a trusted partner to our advisors who provide investors with choices to help meet their financial goals. In this endeavor, our sole motivation is to provide solid due diligence, investment strategy and portfolio management advice — as a partner for those advisors who manage client assets themselves or as a portfolio manager for those advisors who want to leverage our experience. Due to the LPL Financial scale and position, our Research team has direct access to the best active and passive managers in the industry. We combine this access with proprietary quantitative, fundamental and technical research strategies to proactively invest for our advisors and their clients.

Job-specific information:


The Senior Research Analyst will report directly to the Chief Investment Strategist of LPL Financial.  In this capacity, the individual will be required to assist in the charting of economic and market data, while writing summaries/updates associated with the Investment Strategy Chartbook.  As a result, the position necessitates an individual with strong financial market acumen and an ability to write concisely and under the pressure of frequent deadlines for daily blogs and market updates, too.  These efforts will transition from assisting the Chief Investment Strategist to working with the broader Research Team to collaborate on Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual publications, as well as PowerPoint presentation decks. 

To perform these tasks at a high level, the individual need not only be a strong writer with a solid understanding of the global economy and financial markets, but also expert with Bloomberg and Microsoft Office.  Social Media savvy will also benefit the team, and a professional, dedicated demeanor with the confidence to present ideas/updates to analysts and advisors is also preferred.

Finally, the position will need to periodically assist the Chief Investment Strategist in business planning, department goal setting, and slide presentations to apprise Senior LPL Leadership of the Research Department’s efforts to help the firm reach its goals.


The Candidate will ideally possess the following competencies and attributes:

  • Approximately five years’ previous experience within the financial services industry;
  • Five years of experience writing and/or presenting financial/market summaries
  • Expertise working with Bloomberg and Microsoft office
  • Experience working with frequent deadlines
  • Superior communications skills, both verbal and written;
  • Ability to clearly explain and discuss financial information to different audiences;
  • Flexibility to work in a results-oriented, fast-paced and growing environment, while establishing priorities and meeting goals
  • High ethical standards and a strong work ethic;
  • Desire to contribute to the success and growth of an organization;
  • Interest in continued development of analytics to measure effectiveness of team’s efforts;
  • Financial industry or service-related certifications are a plus;
  • FINRA Series 7 and 63 preferred (if not already held, passing exams to obtain licenses will be required soon after hiring);
  • A bachelor's degree and MBA/CFA candidate is preferred

Our Company:

LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer since 1996* and the fourth largest broker/dealer overall, serves as an enabling partner to more than 14,000 independent financial advisors and approximately 700 financial institutions. Since its formation decades ago, LPL has focused on one primary mission -- enabling independent financial advisors to bring objective and un-biased financial advice to millions of Americans. 

Headquartered in Boston, San Diego, and Fort Mill, and powered by more than 3,300 client-centric employees, LPL is financially strong and growing.

Our Culture:

If you join LPL, you will join a culture that believes in delivering a world-class client experience and looks to all employees to contribute to that goal by sharing their creativity, experience, and passion for continuous improvement. As a destination of choice, our top priorities are growth and development, social responsibility, and financial health for our employees. 

We offer competitive compensation and industry leading benefits, including a wellness facility with onsite fitness classes, healthy meal choices, and a walk-in clinic. We support employee financial health through a 401k match, ESPP, and employee discounts. Work/life balance is our foundation and is supported through paid holidays, and paid time off (including time to volunteer). We foster a diverse work environment through Employee Resource Groups and diverse strategic partnerships.  

Join the LPL team and help us make a difference by turning life’s aspirations into financial realities. Please login or create an account to apply to this position. Principals only. EOE

*As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2017, based on total revenue.

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