Basic information on financial databases: cook books, tips and tricks & economic news

This blog contains schematic easy to grasp - hands on - help in performing searches in economic databases, making work sets and making them inter-exchangeable between the databases.

* Disclaimer. I am not a finance professional. Most posts are the result of personal findings.

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Date of incorporation

The date the company was founded.
Not all databases at Vrije Universiteit do actually provide this item, although it seems like they do. For instance Datastream datatype WC182173

Databases that do provide data are
Amadeus or
Lexis/ Nexis (company information)

Switch to English (if desired) by pressing the flag symbol on the right

Press the TAB Company Information

Fill in the required/ desired fields

Result: when just search by key word dat of incorporation and e.g. "North/South America Company Information Sources" (scroll down) results in many records (+ 3000). A fine feature is that the dates of all subsidiaries are listed as well:

Open a record:

Means of saving keeping (top right of screen)

Amadeus (through Wharton or Bureau van Dijk)


A screen pops up, fill in desired date range

The left menu priovides many selection criteria.
E.g., do the same for region (country and city)

The selection in three steps:

Show the actual records by pressing one of the options in the top bar.

List: list of all companies from the selection.
Company report, a report of all companies in the selection (893) etc.
(Peer analysis is limited to 500 companies.)

Amadeus in Wharton Portal

Choose: Bureau van Dijk (drop down selection)

Open link financial (left hand menu) and search for "incorporation" (CTRL-F)

As for submiting the query (save as TAB-delimited txt file) and opening the results, I refer to this section

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