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Investment Analyst

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The DSI Investment Analyst register lists professionals who study businesses, political situations and economic developments to issue prognoses based on their analysis. The analyst’s profession is complicated, and their interpretations have major consequences for the financial sector. The constant innovations and changes in equity and financial markets can make them even more complex.

As an Investment Analyst, you must therefore meet certain requirements for professional expertise and skills. A listing in the DSI Investment Analyst register shows that the analyst meets the strict requirements stipulated by the sector.

The DSI Investment Analyst register is intended for professionals who study businesses, political situations and economic developments to issue prognoses based on their analysis.

What does the Investment Analyst register entail?

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Which professionals are listed in the register?

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Which conditions does DSI place on admission to the register?

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Investment Analyst

For professionals who study companies, political situations and economic developments and make forecasts based on them.

What does the register entail?

A listing in the DSI Investment Analyst register indicates that the professional possesses sufficient knowledge and skills to arrive at a correct interpretation of the financial data and market developments. These interpretations are then used to issue a prognosis regarding the purchase and sale of securities by investors and investment advisors, and therefore have a major influence on the stability of the financial markets.

Registered professionals may have one of two statuses: Certified Professional or Candidate Certified Professional. Both must comply with the Code of Conduct drawn up by DSI. The difference is in the level of education or work experience the professional has acquired. A professional can receive the status of candidate certified if they do not meet all of these requirements.

Certified Professionals listed in the DSI Investment Analyst register have successfully completed examinations for knowledge and skills. During a 12-month period (fulltime equivalent) over the past five years, they have spent a substantial portion of their time on register-related activities, and have participated in the annual DSI Continuing Professional Education program.

Who is listed in the register?

The DSI Investment Analyst register lists professionals employed by a financial institution, such as a bank, pension fund or insurance firm. They are often employed by a company or work for the company as an independent contractor.

What must a registered professional know?

The knowledge that a professional registered in the DSI Investment Analyst register must possess has been determined by the DSI advisory committees and the DSI Accreditation Committee. A professional listed in the DSI Investment Analyst register has acquired sufficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • the value of financial instruments, plus the factors that express and influence that value;
  • the basic principles of relevant forms of analysis and valuation;
  • the organisation and operation of securities markets in relation to demand and consumer behaviour, supply and production factors;
  • the macro-economic variables that can influence the trade in securities, options, and futures;
  • the various forms of business financing;
  • assessing developments in international and financial markets, in relationship to past and present socio-political factors;
  • the risks of various investment opportunities over the short and long term;
  • the methods and models for analysing and interpreting financial and economic data;
  • the requirements that financial reports must meet;
  • which activities are prohibited by law or code of conduct, and why;
  • familiarity with fiscal regulations;
  • the rules for trading on exchanges, and can indicate when data are not in accordance with regulations;

Registration conditions

Which conditions does DSI place on admission to the register?

Admission to the register and maintenance of the certification status are subject to a variety of requirements. These requirements vary from admission standards to the obligation of participating in a Continuing Professional Education programme. A list of the various requirements and information about the Continuing Professional Education Programme are provided below.

Admission requirements

  • General admission requirements
    • The employer or client must be a DSI participant;
    • The candidate must complete a registration screening, unless previously screened by AFM/DNB for current position;
    • The candidate must agree to, and abide by the DSI Code of Conduct;
    • The candidate must maintain their level of knowledge of legislation and regulations;
    • Since 2020, DSI-certified investment professionals must participate in an annual programme to maintain their professional expertise: the Continuing Professional Education Programme. For more information, click here.
  • Integrity

    The DSI General Integrity Program must be successfully completed. This program consists of the following 2 elements:

    • E-learning Institutional from the Dutch Compliance Institute (Integrity Module)
    • Workshop Integrity and critical judgment (retail variant) of Nyenrode.

    If you have a CFA level 1 or VBA diploma, you are exempt from the Workshop element. You then only have to do the E-learning module. For more information and registration, click here.

  • Knowledge

    If you want to certify yourself for the DSI Securities Trader register, you must have completed one of the following courses:

    • VU-VBA: training investment management; the blocks of Fundamental Analysis & Valuation and Alternative Investments;

    OR

    • CFA level I or other foreign equivalent;
  • Work experience

    During a 12-month period (fulltime equivalent) over the past five years, the Certified Professional has spent a substantial portion of his/her time on register-related activities, whether in the current position or in previous positions.

  • Certification fees

    You can find the fees for DSI Certification here.

Continuing Professional Education: keeping your DSI Certification up to date

As a DSI (Candidate) Certified Professional listed in the Investment Analyst register, you are required to successfully complete the Continuing Professional Education program each year. To follow the program, you can register with The Ministry of Compliance:

Educational Institutions

Successful completion of the DSI Continuing Professional Education programme indicates that you have met all of the legal requirements for certification. More information about the Continuing Professional Education programme can be found here.

Please note: You are free to choose your preferred provider. We recommend that you ask your employer if the organisation has made any collective agreements with the education providers.

More information

If you have any questions about the DSI Investment Analyst register, and cannot find the answers in the FAQ page, please contact one of our DSI associates. We would be happy to help you! You can contact us by e-mail via certificering@dsi.nl or by calling 020-6201274.