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"Where can I find data for international financial markets?"


Bloomberg is the most comprehensive source for international financial market data, including commodities, currencies, indices, etc. Bloomberg has a variety of displays that provide extensive data coverage of the financial markets worldwide, and use graphical presentation and detailed help screens to present its data.

For more extensive historical data for international financial markets, use Datastream.

"Where can I find information on cultural differences related to doing business in countries other than the United States?"


The Management Library maintains a section of reference books called the Multicultural Learning Collection, which contains a variety of books describing different cultures and how to conduct business in a foreign country. This collection is located on the first floor of the library.


In addition, you can use the Library Catalog to search for items pertaining to business culture such as:

"How can I obtain foreign trade statistics?"


A number of government and official bodies collect and disseminate trade data. A good place to start for foreign trade statistics is the World Trade Organization's (WTO) International Trade Statistics web site which contains country trade profiles, the annual publication International Trade Statistics, and links to other trade statistics web sites.


The United Nations' Trade Statistics Branch provides data in three main areas of international trade: International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS), Statistics of International Trade in Services (SITS) and Distributive Trade Statistics (DTS). Additional UN databases include the Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade), UNdata, and the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics.


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) publishes Direction of Trade Statistics, Balance of Payments Statistics, and the International Financial Statistics database.


For data on trade between the US and foreign countries, has information and links to government and official trade databases such as TradStats Express, and International Trade and Economic Statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau publishes Foreign Trade Statistics reports.


USA Trade Online (avaliable online and at Electronic Text Center locations in Olin Library; ask at the Olin Reference Desk) provides U.S. export and import information on more than 18,000 commodities presented in the Harmonized Tariff Classification System for current month and previous month; cumulative year to date, current year and prior year; and annual two year and historical data.

"What are good sources of information on emerging markets?"


Bloomberg has an emerging markets display (EMKT) where you can obtain a variety of emerging markets information, including news, country statistics, economic statistics, country risk ratings, and more.


Use the Library Catalog to search for items pertaining to emerging markets. Here are a few suggestions:

The IMF Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) examines the global financial system and identifies potential weaknesses with the presumption that this information will help to prevent these weaknesses from disrupting the financial market stability of the IMF member countries. The GFSR replaced the quarterly Emerging Market Financing as well as the annual International Capital Market Report; it contains information on both mature and emerging markets.

The International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, is an investor and advisor to emerging capital markets with the aim of creating socially responsible and sustainable growth.


The World Bank's World Development Indicators  and the Microfinance Gateway are two other sources that are useful in getting a picture of foreign markets.

"How can I locate articles in a language other than English?"


Factiva and LexisNexis are two databases that allow for you to search for news and articles in over 20 different languages. In the Factiva Search Builder, open the language box in the Intelligent Indexing section and select your language of preference. In LexisNexis, use the Guided News Search option and select Non-English language news.

"How can I identify international companies with operations in the U.S. and vice versa?"


Uniworld allows you to create a list of companies with international operations and download your list. You can filter by country, region, company size, industry and number of employees. The Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the United States and the Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries.

"How do I find an overview of a country's business climate?"



  • EIU Country Reports, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, provide analysis of histories, political situations, infrastructures, and economies. These annual reports analyze current trends, make two-year forecasts and are updated monthly.
  • The Handbook of Country Risk  contains short synopsis and risk ratings of countries around the world.
  • The Political Risk Yearbook (HD2755.5 .P655 8 volume set, latest editions in ILR reference), published by PRS, has in depth historical and current information on the political and business climate of countries around the world.

"Where can I find macroeconomic data (GDP, CPI, unemployment, etc.) for countries other than the United States?"


  • Bloomberg is an excellent source of international macroeconomic data. The shortcut CBQ (Country Directory) is a good starting point for any type of international research, and ECST (World Economic Statistics) will focus on macroeconomic data. Historical data on Bloomberg is relatively narrow and downloading options are limited.
  • For historical data, both Datastream and CEIC Data collect data from individual countries (central banks and other data-gathering agencies) as well as from third-party data providers.
  • International Financial Statistics Online is a web-based database from the IMF that contains national accounts, government finance, and other macroeconomic data.

"Where can I find information about international industries?"


  • Mergent Online provides industry reports for two international regions, Europe and Asia Pacific, in several industries.
  • Passport GMID covers more than 180 countries. It contains reports and statistics which include current and forecasted data on market size and market share and profile the leading competitors in an industry.
  • The International Trade Administration provides industry sector analysis. These reports are a detailed analysis of those industries in which U.S. business have strong interests. They discuss current trends in industries, provide appropriate market/demographic data, outline potential opportunities, discuss local regulations affecting industries, and give key contacts.