Subscription databases

The UNSW Business School currently subscribes to a variety of financial datasets commonly used by many of the world's top researchers.

These subscriptions provide the necessary infrastructure for UNSW researchers to produce world class research outputs in the financial, accounting, economic and business disciplines. They are listed below along with other useful data sets sourced by UNSW library.

Researchers (postgraduate research degree students and faculty) at the Business School should contact Dr David Simmonds to gain access to many of these datasets. By accessing such data, researchers in the Business School agree to use the data in accordance with the respective vendor license requirements. None of the data sets can be used for commercial purposes of any kind, nor shared with colleagues outside UNSW, and any data set used must be correctly cited in all derivative works. All users of these data must agree to comply with these requirements as a precondition for access and any access by a user will signify his/her acceptance of all these conditions.

 

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Description: An internet-based access point to many of the available financial, accounting and economic research databases. All academic staff (including visiting staff) and PhD students in the the Business School can request an account

Accessing method: Via the WRDS website.

Available databases: Compustat Global, Compustat North America, Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP), Option Metrics, Institutional Brokers Estimates System (I/B/E/S), New York Stock Exchange Trade and Quote (NYSE TAQ and WRDS premium access), Thomson Reuters Share Holdings, Survivor-bias Free Mutual Funds, GovPX, Mergent FISD, RatingsXpress, Execucomp, Corporate Library, KLD, Risk Metrics, Eventus, TRACE and more.

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Eventus

Description: Performs event studies directly from CRSP stock databases but also accepts data from any source. Available to use both on a WRDS server and also on your local UNSW PC.

Coverage: Any source.

Accessing methods: WRDS, contact Dr David Simmonds for access details of the stand alone PC version.

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NYSE Trade and Quote (TAQ)

Description: Provides intraday trade and quote data for all securities listed on US stock exchanges.  An upgraded service now with nano second time-stamping commenced in 2015 when NYSE retired the existing second-based time service.  This has maintained an unbroken service since 1993.

Coverage: United States

Period: From 1993 onwards

Accessing methods: WRDS premium TAQ service, contact Dr David Simmonds for access to monthly CDs/DVDs/HHDs.

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Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) 

Description: CRSP maintains four main data sets, the most famous of which is their US Stock Database containing end-of-day and month-end prices and returns for all listed US common stocks. Daily and month-end US price data starts in December 1925.

CRSP’s Indices Database delivers five groups of indices: Stock File Indexes, Cap-Based Portfolios, S&P 500 Universe indices, Treasury and Inflation indices and Select Treasury indices. CRSP Treasury and Inflation Database begins in 1925 for month-end and 1961 for daily data (not subscribed) for US Treasury Bills, notes and bonds. CRSP Survivor-Bias-Free US Mutual Fund Database is a complete performance record of both active and inactive US mutual funds (see later entry for more details).
Two other data sets include: 

  • CRSP/COMPUSTAT Merged Database, which permits researchers to simultaneously access data from both CRSP’s Stock Database and Compustat’s fundamental data (see Compustat entry below); 
  • CRSP/Ziman Real Estate Data Series

Coverage: United States

Accessing methods: WRDS

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Morningstar Direct 

Description: Delivers all of Morningstar's global databases, which are regularly updated. Complete access is provided to current and historical performance, risk, operations, cash flows, and portfolio holdings data, as well as proprietary Morningstar statistics. Thousands of market indexes are included for benchmarking and market research, plus extensive manager narratives and Morningstar analysts' commentary for a qualitative view. It can be used to select and evaluate managed investments, with Modern Portfolio Theory statistics, either for research or teaching. The financial results of thousands of global companies are also available and comprehensive estimated cash flow and market share data are provided for a variety of global managed investments. A searchable database of public filings is included too. Together, these data permit performance attribution to assess the outcome of a portfolio manager's sector and stock selections.

Coverage: International

Accessing method: Shared accounts on Morningstar servers. Please contact Dr David Simmonds for further details.

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Option Metrics

Description: A comprehensive source of historical price and implied volatility data. It contains historical daily prices of options and associated underlying instruments, volumes, option open interests, implied volatilities from American or European models, and standard option sensitivities (delta, gamma, vega/kappa, and theta). Options on a particular underlying security can be tracked over the entire range of historical dates regardless of changes to the underlying ticker symbol or CUSIP. An additional set of standardized at-the-money-forward options is constructed via interpolation for each underlying series every day, and implied volatilities are computed at 30, 60, 91, 182, and 365 day expirations (longer expirations are available for some series)

Coverage: All US exchange-listed and NASDAQ equities and market indices, as well as all US listed index and equity options

Period: January 1996 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS

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CRSP/COMPUSTAT Merged Database 

Description: Simplifies the matching of COMPUSTAT financial data and the security price data of CRSP.

Coverage: United States

Accessing methods: WRDS

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CRSP survivor-bias-free US mutual funds

Description: Historical performance of open-ended mutual funds using survivor-bias-free data. Includes style, fee structure, holdings, and asset allocation. Also included are fund dividends, monthly/daily total returns and net asset values and monthly total net assets. Schedules of rear and front load fees, asset class codes, and management company contact information are provided.

Coverage: United States

Period: From 1962 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS

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Mutual Fund Links (MFLinks)

Description: A reliable means to join CRSP Mutual Fund (MFDB) data covering mutual fund performance, expenses, and related information to equity holdings data in the Thomson Reuters Share Holdings Datasets (formerly known as TFN/CDA S12 datasets).

Coverage: United States

Accessing method: WRDS

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Thomson Reuters Share Holdings Datasets

Description: Contains three separate datasets:

  • Mutual Funds (formerly known as CDA/Spectrum or Spectrum 1.2) provides security holding information for all registered mutual funds reporting to the SEC, plus 3,000 global funds;
  • 13F Institutional (formerly known as CDA/Spectrum 3.4) common stock holdings and transaction information as reported to the SEC on Form 13F by institutional managers with $100 million or more in assets under management.
  • Insider Filings as reported on Forms 3, 4, 5 and 144. This data set also includes indicators of predictive ability of insider trades for subsequent stock returns.

Coverage: United States and Canada global funds

Accessing method: WRDS

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Preqin Private Equity, Infrastructure and Cash Flows

Description: The following services are available from alternative asset class specialist, Preqin

  • Private Equity Fund Manager Profiles: covers more than 6,400 private equity fund managers of all different types worldwide, including industry preferences, funds raised, available capital, and investment preferences
  • Private Equity Buyout Deals Analyst: gives details on over 28,700 deals globally, including all buyout deals from 2006-present, 10 year buyout data for the largest 100 global buyout firms, and potential forthcoming exits and IPOs
  • Private Equity Venture Deals Analyst: reports on more than 34,700 deals globally, includes all venture deals from 2009-present, 10 year venture data for the largest 100 global venture firms, and forthcoming IPOs
  • Private Equity Performance Analyst: fund returns data for over 6,000 private equity funds worldwide, plus data on private equity and venture capital fund performance from 1980-present, market benchmarks, and top performing fund managers and funds of all time
  • Infrastructure Online: a comprehensive overview of the infrastructure industry, for over 640 infrastructure funds (1980-present) and 3,700+ deals globally (1994-present). Also includes information on fund performance (120+ infrastructure funds worldwide, from 1980 onwards), fundraising, fund terms and conditions (anonymously for 90+ funds, including management fees), fund manager profiles (350+ infrastructure fund managers of all different types), investors (profiles for more than 1,700 LPs worldwide) in infrastructure, investment consultants (over 340 globally), placement agents (50+ worldwide) and law firms (70 worldwide)
  • Named Private Equity Cash Flow:  private equity fund cash flow data with fund names, showing full cash flow information for over 2,100 funds globally with over 117,000 data points, including 61,349 cash flow transactions and 56,078 historic NAVs. 

Coverage: International 

Accessing method: small number of online accounts are available. Contact Dr David Simmonds for more details.

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Compustat (Standard & Poors)

Description: A collection of accounting and corporate governance data sets, the principal ones being:

  • North America, which provides financial accounting and market data for active and inactive U.S. and Canadian publicly held companies. More than 300 data items are available for annual reports from 1950 onwards.
  • Global, which covers active and inactive publicly held companies outside North America. Annual reports begin in 1987 and more than 34,000 companies are covered in standardised reports enabling comparisons across national boundaries.
  • RatingsXpress, provides Standard & Poors corporate credit ratings for companies internationally (see separate entry for RatingsXpress).
  • Execucomp, delivers detailed executive compensation information for companies that have ever been in the US S&P 1500 index since 1994 (see separate entry for Execucomp). 
  • People Intelligence, contains profiles of professionals including biography, contact data, education, compensation, affiliations, and corporate board memberships.  Each distinct profile can include contact details, biography, education, job functions and titles, board memberships, compensation, insider activity, and options holdings.

Coverage: International (Compustat Global, RatingsXpress, People Intelligence), Northern American (Compustat North America), S&P 1500 companies (Execucomp).

Accessing methods: WRDS

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CSMAR

Description: CSMAR have databases focusing on a wide range of attributes related to Chinese companies.  The Business School  subscribe to all of the CSMAR data sets delivered via WRDS, plus 23 others sourced directly from CSMAR’s website.
Available from WRDS are Chinese: stock market price (daily and monthly, returns, shares outstanding); financial report (quarterly, interim, and annual; and fund (open and closed-end, with NAV and fund holders for each) data sets.
Delivered from CSMAR’s website are datasets of Chinese: stock market trading; market index; initial public offerings; new issues and rights issues; dividends; volume; block trades; trading suspension and resumption; financial statements; quarterly and interim statements; ratios; corporate governance; mergers and acquisitions and asset restructurings; related party transactions; state-owned share auctions; audit opinions; forecasts; and overseas companies; plus more

Coverage: China

Accessing methods: WRDS and accessing either of the following websites using any computer connected to UNSW’s internet services (it will not function from other locations, such as your home)

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Dealscan

Description: Provides comprehensive historical information on loan pricing and contracts details, terms, and conditions for more than 162,000 loan and bond facilities from around the globe. Contract information is provided for high yield bonds, private placements and hybrid financial structures data, which are compiled from SEC filings and public documents and other sources. Information includes borrower, lender, purpose, amount, fees, covenants, financials and more.  Tearsheets are available up to cessation in 2003.

Coverage: International

Period: 1987 onwards

Accessing method: Secure Business School server or by contacting Dr David Simmonds.

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RatingsXpress (Standard & Poors Credit Ratings)

Description: Full coverage of Standard & Poors (S&P) credit ratings for all S&P-rated corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, sovereigns, structured financings and utilities; for structured finance, such as asset-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed and residential mortgage-backed securities; and for the U.S. Public Finance market including general obligations, project financings, and revenue bonds - approximately 600,000 issues and 20,000 issuers. Credit ratings are at the issuer and the issue level and short and long term. Ratings information includes CreditWatch and Outlook assessments.

Coverage: International but US focused originally

Period: From 1920 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS (under the Compustat tab)

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Audit Analytics

Originally sponsored by Dr Elizabeth Carson and Professor Roger Simnett

Description: detailed audit information on over 1,200 accounting firms and 15,000 publicly registered companies. Know who is auditing whom and how much they are paying for what services.

Coverage: International

Period: From 2000 onwards

Accessing methods: WRDS, Audit Analytics website 

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SeekEdgar

Description:  Available under a one year subscription to April 2019, this is an online service for searching user defined terms in SEC company filings.  A range of powerful search capabilities is available, including proximity searches.  Efficient download services are also provided for filings meeting the search criteria.   Two products are currently available, SeekiNF and FRAANK.

With SeekiNF you can search:

  • about 17 Million SEC Filings and 32.6 Million documents
  • data available for the years 1994-2017 with daily updates

FRAANK gives access to financial statements, especially Balance Sheet, Income Statements, and Cash Flow Statements, of public companies filed with the SEC, including 10K, 10Q, and 20F.  These statements are made available in Excel Spreadsheet format.

FRAANK delivers non-financial information from 10K and 10Q filings too, such as: Audit Report, Summary of Audit Report - auditee, auditor, type of opinion, place and date of audit, and dumps into Excel Spreadsheet, SOX 404 Management and Audit Reports, Footnotes, Items, and MD&A, Signature - obtains names of people who signed 10K with their titles. FRAANK has capabilities to create automatically instanced documents of 10Ks and 10Qs using SEC XBRL Taxonomy.
Several example Youtube videos are available here to help you get started.

Coverage: US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) company filings from the USA and elsewhere that appear in the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR).

Access method: Individual accounts are available.  Contact Dr David Simmonds for more details.

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Execucomp (Standard & Poors)

Description: Detailed executive compensation information (salary, bonus, options and stock awards, non-equity incentive plans, pensions and other compensation) for companies that have ever been in the US S&P 1500 index since 1994. Data from 1992 is mainly for S&P 500 companies.

Coverage: S&P 1500 companies

Period: 1994 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS (under the Compustat link) 

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S&P Capital IQ People Intelligence

Description: provides access to professional profiles for over 2,640,000 private and public company executives, board members, and investment professionals, globally. Each professional in the database has a distinct profile which can include contact details, biography, education, job functions and titles, board memberships, compensation, insider activity, and options holdings. The data set helps you: gain insight on an individual's career history and professional relationships with current and prior information; view committee membership details for board members and executives; and to research individuals based on professional background, title and function, education, compensation, affiliations; and more. 

Coverage: International 

Accessing method: WRDS (under the Compustat link)

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BoardEx

Description: Supplies comprehensive information about the boards of listed companies, including:

  • Executive members of the board: Who are they, where from, experience; history within the board; board tenure; other external board responsibilities
  • Board structure: Stability; attrition rates; succession issues; balance; experience; time in role; independence ratio; diversity
  • Non-executive and independent directors: Backgrounds; experience; other directorships; independence; history within the board; potential conflicts of interest
  • Audit, remuneration and nomination committees: Relevant experience; independence ratio
  • Board Remuneration: Cash, shares and options; changes in value

Coverage: Begins in 1999 and covers 400,000+ people in 14,500+ listed companies. Geographical company coverage is 7,800 North America, 2,600 UK, Europe 2,300, Australasia 718, India 240, ROW 900. The online version is updated daily.

Accessing methods: A limited number of shared accounts are available for online access to the entire dataset. Online access is designed to deliver detailed analysis of individual companies. Systematic downloads are prohibited through this facility and can result in terminated access for all Business School researchers.

Larger scale data needs are served by regular reports we receive. Contact Dr David Simmonds for more access details.

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MSCI GMI Ratings (formerly Corporate Library)

Description: Is a source of corporate governance, compensation and other company information for over 4,000 US companies and more than 40,000 corporate executives and directors. Topics covered include: corporate board structure and independence, director positions and committee assignments, executive and director compensation, audit fees, corporate ownership and takeover defences.

Coverage: USA

Period: 2001 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS

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Institutional Shareholder Services (formerly RiskMetrics)

Description: Comprises three data sets: 1) Governance (describing takeover defence attributes and other corporate governance provisions); 2) Directors (containing director identification, role, expertise and committee participation details); and 3) Voting Analytics (which holds mutual fund voting records – access to this module expires 13 May 2018).

Coverage: USA 

Period: 1992 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS

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FactSet Lionshares

Description: The following data sets are accessible from FactSet:

  • FactSet Premium Workstation, which contains global market data (Equity, Debt, FX, Futures, Commodities); an ability to add additional applications such as Portfolio Analysis (PA), portfolio optimizers etc;
  • FactSet Ownership (Lionshares), which has global equity ownership data for institutions, mutual fund portfolios, and insiders/stakeholders. Both summary and detailed ownership data is available by security or by holder (institution, mutual fund, insider/stakeholder, as well as beneficial owner in the case of UK domiciled securities); 
  • FactSet People’s Db provides personal and professional information for over 850,000 individuals associated with public and private companies.

Coverage: International

Accessing methods: FactSet data is delivered to two specific computers, which the Schools of Banking & Finance and Accounting generously supplied for use by all Business School researchers. Please contact Ms Eve Goonan from the School of Banking & Finance and Ms Lisa Lifman from the School of Accounting to arrange access to the computer in each School and remember to take your UNSW identification with you to demonstrate your eligibility for access.

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MSCI ESG KLD Stats

Description: Provides social investment benchmark indexes such as: Domini SocialSM Index (DS 400 Index), Broad Market SocialSM Index (KLD BMS Index), and the Large Cap SocialSM Index (KLD LCS Index).

Coverage: USA, capitalisation-weighted

Period: 1990 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS

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Mergent Fixed Income Securities Database (FISD)

Description: A comprehensive database of publicly-offered U.S. bonds. FISD contains issue details on over 140,000 corporate, corporate MTN (medium term note), supranational, U.S. Agency, and U.S. Treasury debt securities and includes more than 550 data items. FISD provides details on debt issues and issuers, as well as transactions by insurance companies. 

Issuer specific information includes: Industry codes, S.I.C. codes and N.A.I.C.S. codes; ticker and exchange listings; issuer names and parent relationships; bankruptcy and default detail.

Issue specific data includes: Full call, put and sinking fund schedules and call frequency codes; structured security flags and detailed information; floating rate formulas, current rates and coupon schedules; Fitch IBCA, Moody's, S&P and Duff & Phelps credit ratings; U.S. Treasury auction information; convertible debt information; underwriters, trustees and fiscal agents; unit deals and warrant information.

Transaction information includes: All bond acquisitions reported since 1994 by insurance companies; all bond disposals (sales, redemptions) since 1995 by insurance companies.

Coverage: United States

Accessing method: WRDS

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ICAP GovPX 

Description: A comprehensive display of tick by tick pricing and volume for all active US Treasury issues, including bills, notes, bonds, STRIPS and TIPS; trade volume representing ICAP global electronic and voice activity; as well as US Treasury market intra-day commentary from Ried, Thunberg ICAP and Wrightson ICAP.

Coverage: United States

Period: From 1991 onwards

Accessing method: WRDS

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Institutional Brokers Estimates System (I/B/E/S)

Description: Provides analyst forecasts on company earnings, cash flows, and other important financial items. Forecasts are provided from both individual analysts and summaries from all analysts combined. 

Coverage: International (but mainly USA)

Accessing methods: WRDS, Datastream, Eikon

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Thomson Reuters Eikon

Originally sponsored by Professor Baljit Sidhu and Professor John Roberts

Description: Available under a one year subscription, this interface delivers the following services:

  • Company Overviews: Financial data for more than 55,000 public companies around the world; key ratios, capital structure, latest deals, top holder, events and credit ratings from Moody’s and S&P (where available); data for over one million private companies globally; access to private company profiles including business descriptions, key executives, private equity investors and fund names
  • Streaming Reuters news and quotes: Delivers market moving stories and analysis on companies, industries and market trends from 2,500 journalists across 197 bureaux worldwide
  • Deals: Comprehensive M&A and capital markets transaction data with quick access to analysis and reports on deal activity and trends such as M&A by industry sectors. Includes industry-leading league tables
  • Market Awareness Summaries: World indices, currencies, LIBOR, benchmark bond yields and Treasury rates; key economic indicators and a calendar of upcoming indicators affecting market sentiment
  • Comparables: Allows comparisons of market data, price multiples and key ratios for a company relative to others in their peer group
  • Filings: International filings with 9 million documents that 58,000 companies filed with stock exchanges and regulatory agencies such as the LSE and the SEC. Searchable by industry, location, exchange and document type
  • Officers and Directors: 500,000 public company officers and directors, reports job titles, employment history, committee affiliations, age and education
  • Analyst research (embargoed): In-depth research reports from over 1,400 investment banks and independent research firms with over 9 million reports online
  • Broker estimates: Analyst estimates and expectations for more than 20,000 active companies from the Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S database, for items such as sales, EPS, pre-tax profit and EBITDA
  • Company Events: Source of corporate information and market moving events, such as corporate conference calls
  • Ownership: Coverage of global share ownership data, investor profiles and contacts enabling identification of strategic relationships between companies

Coverage: International

Accessing methods: Generic accounts are available on a dedicated computer in each of the Schools of Banking & Finance and Accounting.  Please contact Dr David Simmonds for more details.

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SDC Platinum

Description: Provides data on public equity issues (including IPOs, secondary offerings and private equity), bond issues (including private debt), syndicated loans, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures/alliances and repurchases.

Coverage: International

Accessing method: Can be installed on an academic staff member's computer.  Also available via an Eikon service.

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Datastream

Description: Datastream is a platform delivering a wide range of data on most international financial products and economics. Financial products or data categories include equity, bond, index, future, option, commodity, warrant, trust, exchange rate, interest rate and economics.

Coverage: International

Accessing methods: Dedicated accessing software can be installed on UNSW computers of authorised academic staff. Access is also available to honours students through a dedicated computer in each School.  Also available via an Eikon service.  Please contact Dr David Simmonds for details. 

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Worldscope

Description: Worldscope's fundamental data on the world's leading public and private companies representing over 95% of global market value. Worldscope provides annual and interim/quarterly historical financial statement content, per share data, hundreds of calculated pre-calculated ratios, pricing and textual information. Standardized formats are applied across various country standards for 57,000 companies in over 70 countries. Four major templates are available for Industrials, insurance companies, banks, and other financials to facilitate comparisons between companies and industries, within and across national boundaries. Up to 20 years of historical data are available, with annual histories of up to 1,600 data items beginning in the late 1980s for firms in developed markets, and from the early 1990s for firms in emerging markets. Some annual records date back to 1980. Interim histories of 250 items begin with 1998 for U.S. companies and of 180 items from 2001 for non-U.S. companies. Worldscope includes product and geographic segment data, textual profile data, such as address, web address, major shareholders business descriptions, plus restated data from 2004, in addition to original accounts.

Coverage: International

Period: Up to 20 years of historical data

Accessing method: Delivered as part of the Datastream service

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Bloomberg

Description: Bloomberg is a comprehensive platform providing complete coverage of global equities, fixed income, derivatives, foreign exchange, debt markets, M&A, metals, soft commodities, energy, economics, news, research, earnings estimates, etc.
Coverage: International

Accessing methods: Via two dedicated terminals.  One is in UNSW Library and the other is in the School of Banking & Finance.  UNSW's licence permits limited data downloads from Bloomberg.

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United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics (UN Comtrade) 

Description: Contains detailed imports and exports statistics reported by statistical authorities of close to 200 countries or areas. Annual trade data begins from 1962. It is the most comprehensive trade database available with more than 1 billion records. An example of the kind of record it delivers is the exports of cars from Germany to the United States in 2004 in terms of value (US dollars), weight and supplementary quantity (number of cars). The database is continuously updated with trade data received from national authorities and standardized by the UN Statistics Division before being added to UN Comtrade.

Coverage: International

Accessing method: Clicking on this link from any computer connected to UNSW’s internet services, gives access to this data set. Access is not available from computers connected via any other internet service, such as your home internet service provider.

Data can be accessed directly from the site’s home page or by using one of the query tools under the "data query tab". The shortcut query (same as the home page) and the basic query are probably most useful for people looking for information about trade of a particular product or between a particular pair of countries. The express query is best for downloading multiple country/multiple product data.

Researchers searching for help can find useful information at the United Nations International Trade Statistics knowledgebase.

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Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA)

Description: SIRCA is a not-for-profit financial services research organization. It provides financial data, a flexible cloud-based processing environment and some programming support to universities across Australia and New Zealand. Databases include: ASX Daily Data, ASX Intraday Data, ASX Derivatives Data, SFE Daily Data, SFE Intraday, Chi-X Intraday, Australian Company Announcements Signal G, Australian Corporate Governance, Share Price and Price Relatives (SPPR), CoreLogic benchmark property indices and sales outcomes for Australia and New Zealand, Morningstar Fundamentals (Australia, New Zealand and USA), Morningstar appointments,resignations and trades of ASX Directors,  Morningstar notices from substantial shareholders of ASX listings, Morningstar end of day prices and returns for Australia, New Zealand and USA (coming in 2018).  SIRCA also helps researchers obtain access to CoreLogic property transaction data in Australia and NewZealand, and funds performance data from Financial Express.

Accessing method: Requests for facilitation services can be made directly to enquiries@sirca.org.au.  Other services are delivered via SIRCA’s DataBricks Gateway website, which is a cloud-based environment with high speed processing capabilities.  Please contact Dr David Simmonds to request a researcher account with SIRCA.

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Thomson Reuters Tick History

Description: Thomson Reuters Tick History (TRTH) is a unique data base of tick level price, market depth and other information spanning the world’s markets. It dates from January 1996 and is updated four times each day, as the world’s new data unfolds. TRTH is a faithful record of information reported moment by moment through Thomson Reuter’s world-wide real-time Integrated Data Network (IDN).

All of the world’s major asset classes and markets are covered. Data on all traded equity instruments is available from over 250 regular stock exchanges around the planet. Most over-the-counter markets are covered too. Price, quote and other data is stored for the world’s markets in Futures, Options, Commodities & Energy, Foreign Exchange, Money, Fixed Income. Also available are global data on Indices, Funds and Economic Indicators. TRTH comprises more than 35 million different instruments.
Information can be delivered direct from TRTH as intraday tick data, which displays all trades and every movement in the best bid and ask quotes, every moment through each day; or it can be aggregated by TRTH through the day into seven intervals ranging from 1 second to 1 hour; or it can be delivered as end-of-day data. Bid and ask limit order books, or the market depth of each order book, are also available for many exchanges. TRTH permits users to easily select the most appropriate data type and frequency for their research.

Complementing the traditional GUI access to TRTH are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Coverage: Global

Accessing method:  To apply for an account please contact Dr David Simmonds.

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Australian Equities Tick History

Description: Provides intraday (trade and quote, full order book) ASX data from 1987 onwards.

Coverage: ASX (Chi-X data is available outside the AusEquities interface)

Accessing method: Via the SIRCA Gateway platform. To apply for an account please contact Dr David Simmonds.

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Australian Share Price and Price Relatives (SPPR – SIRCA)

Description: End of month records for fully paid shares listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Available records include: share prices; dividends; capitalization adjustments; franking credits; price relatives (with and without franking credits); issued share numbers; market capitalizations; volume traded; industry classifications; ticker codes; foreign company status. Each series correctly links across all name and ticker code changes which are separately recorded in a name/ticker history table. Value-weighted indices derived from the complete dataset are provided for the entire market and various industry classifications.

Coverage: Full coverage since December 1973 of fully paid shares listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), with some price relatives back to February 1958.

Accessing method: Via the SIRCA website. To apply for an account please contact Dr David Simmonds.

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Australian Company Announcements (ACA – SIRCA)

Description: Complete record of announcements issued to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) by its listed companies, in accordance with their listing obligations. Original announcements are held in this collection, together with corresponding text conversions, which allow users to search the entire collection for key words of interest within individual announcements. Other search parameters include: company names and tickers; date ranges; and listing rule reporting categories. Users can choose to download actual announcements or event-study friendly summary files containing ticker codes, announcement dates and listing rule categories.

Coverage: Announcements since 1992 by ASX listed companies. 

Accessing method: Via the SIRCA Gateway platform. To apply for an account please contact Dr David Simmonds.

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Australian Corporate Governance (CG – SIRCA)

Description: Corporate Governance attributes from annual reports for companies that have been among the largest 500 ASX listings since 2001. Data continues for old top 500 members and data is recovered for new top 500 members so that almost 1,500 companies are covered. Recorded attributes include: compensation structure of a company, which breaks down remuneration into twelve categories; equity compensation structure, such as shares, options, performance rights and other equities granted; directors and executives of a company, their biographical details and committee memberships; personal shareholdings of directors and senior executives; previous expertise of directors and executives; substantial shareholder information, as well as combined holdings by the largest 20 shareholders; audit information, such as audit opinion, auditor name and fees; committee details for each company, including details of the committee charter; committee details for each director and their attendance record.

Coverage: 2001 onwards

Accessing method: Via the SIRCA Gateway platform. To apply for an account please contact Dr David Simmonds.

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Aspect Financial: DataLink (Morningstar) 

Description: Provides financial accounting data of Australian firms from 1989 onwards.

Coverage: Australia

Accessing method: Via CSV file with monthly CSV file updates of the full collection. FinAnalysis provides access to some of these data via the UNSW Library (see FinAnalysis (Morningstar) below)

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ASX Directors and Substantial Shareholders (Morningstar)

Description: Three separate data sets covering ASX listed companies.

Director appointments and changes

Included in this data set are director's name, year of birth, gender, directorship, ASX company name and ticker code, dates of appointment/change/cessation. Data exists from 1998 (105 records) and steadily increases in quantity through to 2010 (10.313 records). 42855 records exist for 3827 companies are covered over 8605 company years.

Director trades

Shows share and option trades by directors. The quantity and value of each trade and director's post trade holding is shown with a brief description of the nature of the change. Significant coverage begins in 2005 and extends to 2011.

Substantial shareholder notices

Records the commencement, changes and cessation of substantial shareholdings. Other fields include the number of relevant interest shares held and their proportion of the number of listed shares. Significant coverage begins in 2003 and extends to 2011.

Period: Various to 2011. No updates are scheduled for this data set.

Accessing method: Ongoing updates for these services are now also supplied by SIRCA as Gateway platform data sets.  Contact Dr David Simmonds for further details.

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DatAnalysis Premium (Morningstar)

Description: Information on corporate details including business summaries, directors and management, company history and listing details, operational history, takeovers, capital table and history, dividend history, shareholder information, directors' interests, controlled entities, segmental performance, company announcements - Signal G, company announcements - image signal and annual reports. Also included now are 12-year histories of more than 400 data items of financial information taken from annual reports.

Coverage: Companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange

Period: 1989 onwards

Accessing method: Via the UNSW Library website

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Mergent Online

Description: worldwide database of publicly listed companies containing full company profiles, detailed financials and supporting original documents from the reporting companies. Includes over 55,000 companies (delisted companies from 1996 onwards) and contains more than 300,000 annual reports, with as much as 25 years of full and detailed financials for each company. Also provided are historic equity prices, both adjusted and unadjusted. Other inclusion are: US SEC and Canadian SEDAR filings; detailed biographies on all US company executives, quarterly financials on all US and Canadian companies; and interim financials for Australian companies. Information can be downloaded for up to 500 companies at a time. Use the help function on the top right corner of the Mergent Online screen for webpage specific assistance.

Coverage: Global, with particular focus on North America. Full coverage for USA, Canada, China and Australia and 95% by market capitalization for the rest of the world. 

Accessing Methods: Via the UNSW library website.

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D&B Hoovers Industries

Description: (formerly OneSource Global Business Browser and Avention). Includes information on the top 90,000 global private and public companies, 260,000 in the Asia Pacific region and top 21,000 ANZ companies. Information includes detailed financial analysis and screening on 35,000 global public companies plus simplified financial screening on over 300,000 private companies, plus Analyst reports from Investext, 2,500 Industry reports from Datamonitor, corporate family structures, executive contacts and biographies, news and articles. Generate lists of executive contacts or companies by industry, location or size.

Coverage: Asia Pacific for private company data and global for public companies.

Accessing method: via the UNSW Library website under their Database search tool

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Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX) (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Description: the only USA survey providing information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. Survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau and consists of two parts: the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey. The CEX has been described as the US equivalent of Australia’s HILDA Survey (see separate entry for HILDA).
The CEX is used by economic policymakers examining the impact of policy changes on economic groups, by the Census Bureau as the source of thresholds for the Supplemental Poverty Measure, by businesses and academic researchers studying consumers' spending habits and trends, by other Federal agencies, and to regularly revise the Consumer Price Index market basket of goods and services and their relative importance.

Coverage: USA 

Period: The entire back history is available, covering all data between 1972 and 1999. Data from 2000 onwards is freely available from this website, http://www.bls.gov/cex/csxmicrodoc.htm. A copy of the data between 2000 to 2013 has been kindly captured from the website by Dr Konark Saxena and is included with the rest of the collection described above.

Accessing method: Secure Business School server or by contacting Dr David Simmonds.

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Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) 

Description: The HILDA (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) Survey is a household-based panel study. It provides insight into economic circumstances over time and the persistence of income disadvantage for individual households.

The survey began in 2001 and collects information regarding economic and personal well-being, labour market and family dynamics. For more information about the HILDA Survey, go to the HILDA survey page on the Melbourne Institute's website.

Coverage: The wave one panel consisted of 7,682 households and 19,914 individuals.

Accessing method: Access to the HILDA datasets is only available to current UNSW academic staff and postgraduate researchers. Information on how to register for HILDA is available at: dataverse.ada.edu.au/dataverse/ncld

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Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)

Description: A longitudinal study exploring family and social issues that can be used to gauge critical periods for the provision of services and welfare support and to identify the long-term consequences of support policies. For more information visit the Growing Up in Australia website.

Coverage: Australian children born March 1999 - February 2004

Accessing method: Contact UNSW University Librarian  and successfully complete a deed of confidentiality. 

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UNSW Library Business Subject Guide

Description: Created by UNSW Library to help researchers find the most relevant information for particular disciplines and subject areas. In addition to peer-reviewed journals, content includes information on companies, industries and countries from various data resources, such as DatAnalysis, Mergent Online, IBISWorld and more.

Accessing method: Via the UNSW Library website