Financial Transcription: Everything You Need to Know

Financial Transcription: Everything You Need to Know
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


Transcriptionists work on a wide range of projects from clients in diverse industries.

The most common projects are general transcriptions, which do not require any special skills.

However, there are some types of transcription projects that are better suited for transcribers with particular skills.

A good example of these projects is financial transcription.

What is Financial Transcription?

As the name suggests, financial transcription is the transcribing of audio or video content that is related to the financial industry.

Financial transcription mainly involves transcribing financial reports, annual general meetings (AGMs), sales reports, business surveys, interim reports, and other business-related content.

Financial transcription projects are a little bit different from general transcription, not in the way they are transcribed but in the type of content that is transcribed.

Financial transcription content typically features financial jargon.

How Does Financial Transcription Work?

Financial Transcription services involve creating quality transcripts dealing with financial data from audio files or recordings.

With financial transcription, transcribers do not transcribe each recorded word.

The work may require creating different documents, such as company reports and analyses, based on the data provided in audio or video files.

Who Requires Financial Transcription?

Generally, financial transcription is beneficial to companies that are in the finance or trading sector.

However, firms in other non-related sectors may benefit from the service for various reasons.

Among the organizations that regularly request financial transcriptions include:

  • Schools
  • Finance advisers
  • Investment counselors
  • Advisory bodies
  • Mutual fund firms
  • Investment agencies
  • Trading firms
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Merchant banks
  • Finance related websites

Corporate firms may need financial transcripts at annual meetings, seminars, and business meetings to know their financial health.

The transcripts may also be required for internal company announcements, keynote speakers and seminars, Q&A sessions, conference calls, media releases, and investor briefings.

Benefits of Using Financial Transcription Services

Companies are using financial transcription for different reasons. Some of the benefits of using financial transcription services include:

  1. It helps firms to save on effort that they would have used to transcribe their files in-house. This way, companies can be sure of getting accurate transcribed content fast, even when dealing with tight deadlines.
  2. Access to professional and experienced transcriptionists that work as an extension of the firm. The professionals sign NDA and can transcribe a huge amount of work fast.
  3. Eliminate the monotonous task of transcribing content by using experienced transcriptionists from reputable firms. This frees a firm’s employees, allowing them to use their specialized skills in areas that can improve profitability.

Business transcription comes with many challenges. Therefore, it’s best for companies to use a professional transcription services organization for their needs.

The transcription firm should have expert transcribers that are experienced in transcribing audio or video content for the financial industry.

Financial Transcription Process

The financial transcription process generally follows the same route as general transcription.

First, you have to select a financial transcription company to work with.

Then, our GMR Transcription team, a team of financial transcriptionists, will handle your finance-related transcription project quickly and accurately.

From there, you may want the transcription company to sign an NDA before the project commences.

Since you would be handing the transcribers access to your firm’s financial information, the last thing you want is for it to fall into the wrong hands. This is why signing an NDA is important.

Finally, you should provide clear instructions on how you would like the transcription to be done. Some of the things you may want to consider include:

  • What format would you like to receive the final transcripts in?
  • Are there any special formatting guidelines that the transcriptionists should follow?
  • What about charts and tables, how should they be handled in the project?
  • How soon would you expect the final transcription work?

Most transcription companies will assign a project manager to you. This professional will be the liaison between the company and your firm.

The manager will ensure you get accurately transcribed content that adheres to your requirements to the latter.

Skills Required to be a Financial Transcriptionist

Financial transcriptionists require the core skills of general transcriptionists. The skills include having a good listening ear, accuracy, and fast typing speeds.

Apart from this, the professionals should be comfortable with financial jargon such as NPV, IPO, and others.

Financial information is critically sensitive. Therefore, financial transcriptionists need not only to be accurate but also adhere to confidentiality clauses in their contracts.

Other important factors to be adhered to include data protection such as privacy policy, client Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and best practice data security measures, among others.

Work with GMR Transcription

GMR Transcription is a leading financial transcription company headquartered in Tustin, CA.

Our team of financial transcriptionists have experience in all types of financial transcription and adhere to client deadlines. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.