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Datastream: Balance Sheet Data World Scope


World Scope provides 120 different balance sheet data for all traded companies. Text information from annual reports should be retrieved from other databases or from company websites.
Datastream makes it possible to compare balance sheet data in time series.
The principles are basically the same as any search in Datastream.

Data types:. Go to Time Series Search (menu)
. Go to data types

If you are interested in balance sheet data from companies, make certain your are working from equities datatypes.

(It's always a good idea to press the reset button to remove all previous search actions.)
For an overview of all Worldscope datatypes, simply click on Worldscope (see oval)

The total number of datatypes is :

Most of those datatypes don't provide data.

Obviously it saves a lot of work if you can preselect the datatypes that do provide data.
All you have to do is click the Key WS Item Radio Button in the Top Bar:

likewise change the Datatype selection in from 'All' into 'Time Series' and press Filter Search
160 datatypes remain.
Still, not all datatypes provide data.

For 'Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam' students it is possible to download a list a WS datatypes that do provide data from the university Data Center pages on Blackboard:
Enrolling to Data Center on Blackboard is explained on this page: click here

Now select the Company Info TAB and next select 'Datastream'

Within this subject select ' Supplementary Files and download Key World Scope Datatypes.
This document is ordered by industrial branch (banks, industrials, insurance, other financials. The only exception are ADRs, which do not provide any data at all.

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