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A numbers tale: ORBIS & private company financials around the world

Published by Mark Bodnar

<My apologies in advance: this post is full of numbers. It's hard to avoid -- the numbers tell quite a story... one that I think is worth hearing.>

I was just browsing through the help files in our ORBIS database (that's what a bus/econ librarian does for fun -- seriously!) when I came across an amazing spreadsheet.  Screen capture of part of a spreadsheet showing the ORBIS coverage by country. Click to download the spreadsheet.

Okay, I'll freely admit that not everyone will see the amazingness behind those numbers.  Let me explain...

The sheet outlines the coverage of ORBIS across different countries.  More specifically, it tells us the depth of the coverage of companies based in almost every country in the world.  That is, it lists how many companies ORBIS is tracking in each country, and how much information it has on those companies (detailedlimited, or no financials).  

Still with me? Great! Here come the numbers... <more>

Deep dive into research methods: CARMA Short Courses in Detroit

Published by Mark Bodnar

Image of the logo for CARMA: Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis

I've mentioned our CARMA video library and live webcasts a few times in the past, but I don't think I've talked about their in-person, Short Courses.

SFU is a member of CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis), which means that our faculty and students get deep discounts on any in-person courses that CARMA arranges... and I see there are couple such sessions coming up in early June at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan... <more>

Free webinars & training videos: Thomson Reuters Eikon+Datastream

Published by Mark Bodnar

I heard today that Thomson Reuters is going to be offering some free webinars for subscribers of their Eikon & Datastream databases. Fortunately, that means all SFU researchers are eligible to join in! 

Read on for details on the three webinars they've got queued up, as well as for details on some "on demand" online training options that will help you make the most use of our newest resource. ...<more>

Webinar this Wednesday: NYU Prof. Damodaran on Narrative and Numbers

Published by Mark Bodnar

Image of the book cover of "Narrative and Numbers" by Prof. Damodaran.

My apologies for the last-minute notice on this one... I've just heard about a webinar that may be of interest to students and faculty in accounting and finance.  

This Wednesday (April 12, 2017), from 2:30-3:30 Pacific time, Professor Aswath Damodaran from NYU Stern will discuss his new book on valuation “Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business” and answer questions.

"The webinar will include segments on how to value a range of companies, from start-ups like Uber to established firms like Ferrari... <more>

Work-life balance, ecosystem accounting, & causes of death: A few recent Statistics Canada Daily highlights

Published by Mark Bodnar

When you think of Statistics Canada, is the population census the first thing that comes to mind? I suspect that's pretty common -- the census is, after all, a huge undertaking that touches on (and measures) all of us.

But Statistics Canada is about so much more than just the quinquennial counting of citizens!  Here are just a few of the cool things they've published in the last few months (and yes, I'm aware that my definition of "cool" may need some work!):