The Global Financial Database provides long-range historical data on stocks, bonds, bills and other instruments, covering approximately 200 countries from the early modern period to the present. EUI members can create an account by following the instructions below at 'How to access data.' The GFD platform is called 'Finaeon.'
Financial and economic data series are assigned nine metadata descriptors: Series ID; Description; Start date; End date/most recent; Periodicity; Country/territory; Currency; Series type (eg. government bond yields) and GFD sector designation (eg. equity). Series include:
- Asset Allocation from the 1800s to present
- National accounts and GDP from 1790 to present
- Equities from 1694 to present
- Economic, commodity and exchange rate data from 1200 to present
- Fixed income and inflation from the late 13th century to present.
Global Financial Data coverage is for approximately 200 countries from the early modern period to present - varying by series and country.
Global Financial Data Inc. provides the following online training resources:
EUI members can access the data as follows:
First time EUI users of Global Financial Data
|Returning EUI users of Global Financial Data
- Create an account with an eui.eu mail address at the 'Register' link on the GFD platform
- Log on to GFD using the instructions at right.
- Enter the user name (EUI mail address) and GFD password on the GFD login page
- Data can be accessed via the GFDatabase search engine in the left menu; select country, series category, series type and indicator
- Users can create workbooks via the AutoTRAC link in the top bar (beside 'Home').
Example of series
||Italy 10-year Government Bond Yield
||Monthly from Nov. 1807 to Nov. 1983; Weekly from Dec. 1983 to Dec. 1988; Daily From Jan. 1989 to Dec. 2022
||Government Bond Yields
Data collated by Global Financial Data is compiled from multiple archival sources including financial reports, news periodicals, sectoral journals and other publications. "Finaeon GFD has produced continuous chain-linked data sets by appending the current data series with the historical data which have been verified, cross-referenced and transcribed prior to their inclusion."
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Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]
Page last updated on 24 August 2023