Research Analyst

Position Overview:

Commonwealth’s mission is to help guide clients to financial security. As an independent financial planning firm, our investment process focuses on creating well-diversified portfolios for our clients. We utilize a mix of active and passive investments across asset classes and investment types, including mutual funds, ETFs, stocks, and bonds. The Research Analyst (RA) must be skilled in identifying, generating, and communicating relevant economic, market and security-specific research to aid in our investment process. This is not a sales job. The RA is responsible for compiling research reports and making investment recommendations to the Research Committee as overseen by the Director of Investment Management.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Research Analyst can expect to focus on the following:

  • Create, update and present in-depth due diligence on covered securities for the Research and Investment Policy Committees (IPC).
  • Screen for new stock and fund ideas as well as maintain buy lists.
  • Develop and maintain model portfolios for different asset allocations from the list of buy-rated securities.
  • Develop and maintain stock and fund quant scoring systems.
  • Generate content for advisors, clients, and marketing collateral as needed.
  • Create and present external and internal presentations on our research and economic outlook.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Research Analyst position typically requires the following qualifications:

  • Currently living in or relocating to Charleston, SC. This is not a remote position. Applicants must currently live in, or have plans to move to, Charleston, SC.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in finance, business, accounting, economics, or related experience.
  • Holds or is working towards obtaining the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
  • 0-4 years of experience in the financial services industry (preferably in a research capacity).
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint; experience with CRM and portfolio management software programs a plus.
  • Passionate about investing and helping guide clients to financial success.


Core Competencies:

Job-Specific Core Competencies

  • Must be analytically minded and interested in furthering their investment knowledge
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and able to re-prioritize tasks.
  • Utilizes organizational resources in a manner that encourages commitment and delivers results.
  • Does everything possible to meet goals and deadlines.
  • Is seen as a collaborative team player.
  • Regularly seeks out new opportunities to contribute.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Firm-Wide Core Competencies

  • Recognizes what tasks are most critical and gives those tasks more time, attention, and energy.
  • Is honest, open, and transparent.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to accuracy by delivering high-quality, error-free work.
  • Maintains knowledge in given area of expertise.
  • Demonstrates ability to work successfully in an entrepreneurial, small company environment.
  • Highly adaptable to change and open to new ideas.
  • Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a part of the team and organization.


Applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Heather Wanner at

Résumés without cover letters will not be read. Please include salary requirements and potential start date within.

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