Thomson’s Worldscope database has been added to our corporate financial subscriptions.

Worldscope offers fundamental data on the world’s leading public and private companies, including annual and interim/quarterly data, detailed historical financial statement content, per share data, calculated ratios, pricing and textual information.

Components include:

Full constituent coverage of the major benchmark indexes worldwide; as reported and standardized financial data with dynamic data mapping; detailed business descriptions; business segment geographic sales data; interim financial accounts information; multi-share information; pre-calculated ratios and growth rates; exchange rates; fully adjusted pricing and dividends information, including high, low, close, price/earnings ratio, yield, earnings per share, market value, volume traded & shares outstanding. Adjustments for corporate actions are also included and comprehensive annual history dates back to 1980.

Worldscope can be accessed via the Datastream platform, which is available on workstations in the Koerner Library, Wayne Deans Investment Analysis Centre, the David Lam Library, and the Sauder School PhD Lab.

Access to this product has been made possible by funding from the UBC Library and the Sauder School of Business.

Two streaming video databases are available to Sauder School instructors for use in preparing courses.

Films on Demand is a multidisciplinary database of videos on various topics including business.

Instructors can create playlists, easily clip segments from longer videos, embed those segments in Connect, show segments in class, create persistent links, etc.

VAST is Alexander Street’s flagship video subscription, covering a wide range of subject areas including business. VAST is growing to more than 20,000 full video titles (not just clips) in 2013 and currently offers well over 9,000 hours of content. It includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

UBC has a year-long trial to this product, which allows instructors to perform all of the functions listed for Films on Demand.






A trial has been arranged by a Sauder faculty member to the WRDS SEC Analytics Suite via WRDS.

WRDS SEC Analytics Suite simplifies research by allowing researchers to quickly and easily develop tailored datasets from all SEC filings, parsing millions of regulatory reports based on custom criteria. WRDS SEC Analytics Suite is positioned for broad business usage from due diligence and forensic accounting to disclosure research and investment management.
The Suite provides retrieval and export customized subsets of the most common filing reports. Advanced data-mining is supported within the WRDS programming interface – with supplied sample programs that can be modified allowing users to parse and extract any entity that reported to the SEC’s EDGAR database since 1994.
The free trial runs until August 31.

This fall, graduate students will be able to receive one-on-one consultations and workshops related to statistical software support. The UBC Library has equipped Koerner 217 with Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) software on all workstations, which allows the new services to be rolled out beginning in the fall term. Details of workshops and one-on-one consultations will be forthcoming.

Koerner will also offer support in the form of workshops on SimplyMap, the Internet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data. Workshop dates will be announced in September.

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According to The emerging equity gap: Growth and stability in the new investor landscape, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the role of equities in the global financial system will likely be reduced in the coming decade. The reason postulated is that emerging market households tend to spend their newly-earned household assets deposit accounts and fixed-income instruments, more than in equities. the authors predict that by the end of this decade, investors in developing economies will hold as much as 36 percent of global financial wealth, or between $114 trillion and $141 trillion. They say that global equities could decline from 28 percent of global financial assets in 2010 to 22 percent in 2020.
Source: McKinsey Quarterly Member Edition, December 2011.

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