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Canada: Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions - Financial Data for Banks
Detailed financials for banks operating in Canada, including quarterly BCAR (Basel Capital Adequacy Reporting) data.
USA: FDIC-Bank Industry Analysis
Access financial information on specific banks as well as analyses on the banking industry and economic trends.
USA: FFIEC Central Data Repository's Public Data Distribution site
Reports of Condition and Income (Call Reports) and Uniform Bank Performance Reports (UBPRs) for most FDIC-insured institutions from the (US) Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.
USA: FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
Time series data on banking, interest rates, business lending, and much more. No company-specific data.
Eikon [Currently unavailable due to COVID-19]
Thomson Reuters Eikon + Datastream (aka "Eikon")
Eikon is available on one computer in each SFU Library branch. It offers very detailed financial data at both a company and industry level, with very easy exporting options. This screen capture shows how to find industry data, and this one shows you a company-level menu of information options.
S&P Capital IQ (aka "CapIQ")
CapIQ provides detailed financials -- and it's accessible from home! (As long as you first register for your account while you are on campus...) This screen capture shows how to retrieve industry-specific financial data for a given company (e.g., "non-performing loans"), and this one shows how to retrieve industry average ratios.
TIP: Browse my blog posts about CapIQ first to learn about how to register for an account and where to find training on some of its more complex functions.
More financial data resources
Also try: WRDS, especially the Bank Regulatory file for US data in an easily downloadable format.
For further financial data resources, try the following SFU Library guides:
International news database with strong business/industry content. A simple keyword search can produce an overwhelming amount of information, so consider refining your search by focusing on a specific company, the publications in a specific industry, or articles about a specific industry in any of the 35,000 publications covered by Factiva. Also explore some of the pre-set searches that the experts at Factiva have already created for you.
You can also browse/search articles in single publications in Factiva. For instance, the database includes banking/financial services publications such as:
- The Banker
- Bank Director,
- SNL Financial Services Daily
- and the Wall Street Journal (which isn't solely banking-focused, but certainly does touch on that industry)
TIP: Follow the publication-direct links above, then look for the links through to the Factiva version of each publication. Once you're in Factiva, click on Modify Search, then add search terms to narrow your search.
Nexis Uni is similar to Factiva (both cover international news), but does have some unique content.
For additional news sources, try our general News research guide.
Industry & company reports
IBISWorld Industry Reports
Includes annually updated reports such as:
- Commercial Banking in the US
- Credit Unions in Canada
- Investment Banking & Securities Dealing in the US
- Regional Banks in the US
- Commercial Banking in Canada
- Global Commercial Banks
Plunkett's Banking, Mortgages & Credit Industry Almanac 2020
A broad almanac with recent data on key trends in the industry, as well as overviews of many major firms.
MarketLine: Industry Profiles and Company Profiles via Business Source Complete
Most of these profiles include a SWOT (company) or 5-Forces (industry) analysis. The link for the Industry Profiles will take you to a pre-set search covering a wide range of industries. Add search terms such as bank* or financ* to focus on your target industry.
Hoover's Company and Industry Reports
Hoover's offers basic and in-depth profiles of thousands of companies. Profiles include key financial details as well as lists of top officers and main competitors. Most companies are publicly-traded and based in the USA or Canada, although some non-North American and privately owned companies are also covered. Hoover's also includes basic overviews of key industries.
GlobalData (Global Markets Direct) Company Profiles (via Nexis Uni)
Descriptive information (competitors, products, etc.) on about 8000 companies, plus much deeper information on the largest 1000 companies: Business Strategy, Financial and Operational Data, SWOT Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, etc.
Frost & Sullivan
A good source for reports on key emerging technologies such as FinTech and AI that may be affecting the banking industry. F&S contains such reports as:
- Digital Transformation and Fintech Strategies of Citigroup
- FinTech—Growth Opportunities in the Global Market
For further company/industry reports, try the following SFU Library guides:
Writing, citing, and presenting
a. Writing your report
Research is only half the battle! You also need to communicate your findings in a clear, well-structured paper, Check the SFU Library guides to Business Writing and Writing for University for resources to help with paper structures, grammar, spelling, and more.
b. Citing your sources
APA Style: Start with the SFU Library guide to APA Style and this guide to citing business sources. Note that APA style doesn't provide very detailed guidance on how to cite financial databases of the sort that you may be using. Some interpretation of the instructions in the APA Manual is often necessary -- always be consistent and unambiguous.
Plagiarism: Learning how to properly credit others when you use their ideas is a difficult, but important part of research. Start with the SFU Library's interactive tutorial "Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism" to test yourself and to learn more about plagiarism. Also read the SFU Library Guide on Avoding Plagiarism for further discussion of this critical topic and for links to other plagiarism guides.
Learning to clearly and succinctly present the results of your research is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced as much as financial analysis, report writing, and time management, and it's a skill that is in strong demand in many occupations. Start with the SFU Library guide to Business Presentation resources!
a. You can get help from a reference librarian in person at our reference desks as well as via email, chat, and telephone. Try our Ask a Librarian services.
b. You may also email me: Mark Bodnar email@example.com. Please try to include as much of the following information in your question as you can. This will make it much easier for me to help you quickly.
- What exactly you are after (saying that you need "everything about Capital One" is far too broad - saying that you need to know where to find "the last 5 years of detailed financials for Capital One" is better);
- Where you have looked so far (i.e., Have you tried the sources listed in the Industry Surveys guide? What sources in the Company Information guide have you tried?);
- and what search terms you used.
Good luck with your research!Mark Bodnar
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