An investment associate reviews company financial data, suggests investment strategies, oversees issuing of stocks for companies, and analyzes risks for business mergers. This individual also mediates agreements between companies during takeovers, manages stock inventory, sells stocks, and details all financial transactions. In the course of these duties, an investment associate communicates a company's viability to other companies and individual clients. Working with other associates, supervisors, and managers, an investment associate spends many hours alone gathering and interpreting data for diverse clients. These professionals may work for banks, investment companies, and/or individual clients.