Locating Financial Statistics at the Library

Legal professionals working in business and securities law, will, from time to time, be required to do research on business and finance, and the business library at the University of Wisconsin is a great place to begin your research.   The University of Wisconsin Business Library is located in Room 2200 of Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave., and  provides several online databases for business and economic research.

To view a list of their database, go to the Business Library's home page and select the drop down menu, Business Databases A to Z.   A description of each database from this list is located in a separate drop down menu below Business Databases A to Z.

 Financial News

Factiva
is a major online source for business and financial news. It provides access to almost 9000 business, trade, and general publications, including same day, full text access to the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. ACCESS: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff; available from campus libraries, home or office.

Financial Reports

Fintel - provides financial metrics for over 2500 industries. The database includes 3 reports: income statement and balance sheet data reported as a percent to sales revenue, income statement and balance sheet data reported in dollars, and 15 corporate ratios. ACCESS: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff; available from campus libraries, home or office.

International Finance

International Financial Statistics -
consists of approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas. It contains "current data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions (including balance of payments and international investment position), government finance, and national accounts. Information is presented in tables for specific countries and in tables for area and world aggregates." ACCESS: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.

Federal Statistical Abstracts and Reports

LexisNexis Statistical -
contains abstracting and indexing data for more than 5,000 federal statistical publications per year from 1973 to the present contained in ASI (American Statistics Index). It also contains the full text of more than 800 U.S. government statistical publications from 1995 to 1997, including the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Starting in 1998, monthly updates add up to 650 full-text statistical publications each year. In addition there are many links to full-text documents on government Web sites (verified daily). Information and tables are frequently available in a variety of formats, including GIF, XLS, CSV, and PDF. ACCESS: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff; available from campus libraries, home or office.

Securities Filings/EDGAR filings

Mergent Online -
is a fully searchable database of corporate information on 15,000 U.S. public companies, 20,000 non-U.S. companies, both active and inactive, as well as data for companies that were acquired, went backrupt, liquidated or merged out of existence from 1995 onward. Company records include annual reports, SEC filings, company history, mergers, acquistions, disposals, joint ventures, description of business, property, subsidiaries, officers and directors, news reports, long-term debt, bond ratings, capital stock, annual stock price ranges, stock splits, dividend payment history, income and cash flow statements, balance sheet, auditors and the qualified auditors' report. ACCESS: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff; available from campus libraries, home or office.

OneSource - has market research on industry trends and analysts' reports in addition to detailed company information. ACCESS: Licensed access for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff; available from campus libraries, home or office.

Financial Data Sites Available on the Web:

Free Lunch requires registration and offers free economic, demographic and financial data.  Free Lunch is a free service provided by Moody's Economy.com.

FRED  - The  United States Federal Reserve Board offers Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) which provides an economic time series database. 

The Stock Exchanges now post their fact books on the Web.  You can view the NYSE Facts & Figures at this site.  You can also view financial information on the American Stock Exchange and Euronext on this site.

Submitted by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian on October 1, 2009

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