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Banking data: SNL Financial


Database description

SNL Financial provides data on approximately 29,000 banking institutions worldwide. Ownership information; financial statements; market analysis; filings; maps of bank locations; mergers and acquisitions information; and financial sector news and alerts are provided. An Excel add-in can be used for the selection and elaboration of data variables, geographical coverage and time series. SNL Financial is published by Standard and Poors.


Time period
  • Data coverage for European banks is up to 13 years
  • Coverage for North America is up to 30 years
  • Data coverage for banks in emerging markets averages five years.

Support links


How to access data
First time users of SNL Financial Return users of SNL Finacial
  • Go to the SNL Financial proxied link in the EUI Library catalogue
  • When the SNL homepage opens, click the 'Register' tab
  • Enter an EUI mail account
  • An activation message is sent to the EUI address
  • Open the email and click on the link
  • Complete the registration form
  • A second link is sent by email
  • Click on the link and set a password
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions by ticking in the box provided
  • Complete the registration process. Under Profile, choose the first (Banking Sector-Focused User) and under Industry, choose 'Banking'
  • Click Next 
  • A new screen opens and requests various preferences such as time-zone and topics
  • Go to the SNL Financial proxied link in the Library catalogue
  • When the SNL homepage opens, click the 'Sign In' tab
  • Enter the EUI mail and the password used at registration


Example of European banking data download

  • Go to APPS in the upper left of the top menu
  • Click on 'Screener' (5th in the APPS dropdown menu)
  • To access data, change options as required, eg:
    • Operating Status: operating and/or acquired/defunct
    • Ownership Status: listed and/or non-listed
    • Geography: Europe
    • Industry: Banking
    • Coverage Depth: full and/or summary (both recommended, as 'summary' also contains detailed observations)
    • Parents/subsidiaries: included / excluded
    • Consolidated Status: consolidated and/or unconsolidated.

EUI members can also use the new (beta) SNL interface, by clicking the top tab for 'Try the new SNL.'


Excel 'short-cut' to SNL Financial

SNL Financial can also be accessed directly from Excel on EUI desktops. 

SNL Office is an Excel add-in that allows users to extract data directly from the SNL Financial platform directly into MS Excel workbooks for further elaboration and subsetting. Workbooks can subsequently be updated.

  • Open Excel from Start > Programmes on an EUI desktop computer
  • Click on the 'SNL' tab at the upper right of the top menu.

The user guide for the SNL Excel add-in is on this page.


Managing news alerts

The SNL Financial platform generates daily news alerts. These alerts are generated from the profile selections (eg. sectoral, geographical &c.) used during registration.

To adjust alert settings (or to discontinue alerts) please follow these instructions:

  • Go to 'Account Settings' (top right)
  • Press 'Modify Settings' (bottom of new box)
  • Scroll down and adjust 'Alerts and Portfolios'
  • Click 'Done.'


Related EUI data resources

EUI members also have access to these related databases (full list on the Data Portal):
  • Global Financial Database providing long-range financial data series on stocks, bonds, bills and other observations, covering approximately 200 countries
  • Datastream global financial and macroeconomic platform covering equities, stock market indices, currencies, company fundamentals, fixed income securities and key economic indicators for 175 countries and 60 markets.
  • Amadeus database of comparable financial and business information on Europe's largest 500,000 public and private companies by total assets. 43 countries are covered.

Non-EUI members to do not have access to SNL Financial.


Off-campus access (EUI members only)

  • EUI members can access SNL Financial off campus
  • Off-campus access is only for the 'classic' SNL platform view


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu



Page last updated on 23 March 2017