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Datastream: Datastream Overview

Brief guide to using Datastream to retrieve data from the international equities markets.

What is Datastream?

Datastream is a databank of international securities market data


  • equities & indices
  • bonds & indices; credit default swaps
  • futures, options & warrants
  • interest & exchange rates
  • commodities
  • unit & investment trusts
  • economics


  • 100+ markets/countries
  • time series starting late 1960s
  • frequency: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly & yearly
  • updated daily

Software & Access

Software choices

MS Excel - Datastream add-in

  • Download directly into Excel
  • Retrieve multiple time series & datatypes (variables)
  • Use constituent lists or create custom lists to retrieve data for larger groups of time series


  • Disconnect to enable other users to access Datastream
  • View a one-page current/recent overview or a graph of a single security
  • Create comparison charts of recent data about several series
  • Perform other specialized functions


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