Companies are required to release a certain amount of financial information on a regular basis. How much information they disclose depends on a number of factors, including:
Publicly listed companies must release more information than private companies, which can make it a challenge to find certain types of financial data for private companies.
The Business Library provides access to a wide range of financial data for both public and private companies. It's accessible across a range of platforms on site and from your own computer.
On site: at one of the Financial Resources sites - at the Business Library:
At Northampton Square, Financial Resources Suite
If it's on site, you will need to either use credentials or create your own. If it's off-site, then you can access financial databases on your own computer, often your own City username and password are all you need.
Sometimes database require specialist access arrangements. You can find these on the Business Library Moodle page.
Support for Financial Databases on site can often be found on the desktop or in the database instructions next to the terminal. Bloomberg, Eikon and Morningstar run certification training.
Training on these databases is held periodically during term and can be booked on the Library Training and Workshops calendar. Training sessions focuses on specific areas for particular student groups, as laid out in the description. Training on the Library Training and Workshops calendar is open to all City students.
Bloomberg Certification is run through a module called Bloomberg Market Concepts. It consists of four modules, is self-paced and free when taken on a Bloomberg terminal. To begin, login to a Bloomberg terminal type BMC and press <GO>. Alternatively, BMC can be taken on your own computer. Bloomberg estimates it takes eight hours to complete. You can stop at any point and pick up where you left off. For support follow the Bloomberg Market Concepts getting started instructions (PDF, 81 KB).
Morningstar certification can be found on the Morningstar terminal under Learning Center.