Data sources


Financial markets:
  • Bonds and fixed income,
  • Forex and derivatives,
  • Stock markets,
  • Interest rates
  • Macroeconomics
Keywords: equities, bonds, commodities, macroeconomics, futures, options, mutual funds, indices
Accessible to: Aalto users, Aalto Students & Staff
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Data source type

Data vendor


Academic and non-commercial research purposes only

Analysis unit

Financial instrument

Geographical coverage


Time period coverage

1970s to present






Datastream is a comprehensive financial historical time series database, containing over 39 million individual instruments across all major asset classes globally. For equities, Datastream provides access to historical data for more than 107,000 active equities, covering 100 developed and emerging markets. 

The database contains over 3,000 fields, including the following:

  • price
  • volume
  • market capitalization
  • earnings
  • dividends
  • corporate action data. 

For many markets there is full coverage of all traded equity instruments, with over 50 years of history for the key developed markets. Data is sourced directly from exchanges. Coverage of global macroeconomics consists of 12 million economic time series, extending as far back as the 1900s for G7 countries, the 1970s for other major markets and the 1980s for smaller countries. The time series can be downloaded directly from Excel using the Datastream Add-in.




The Datastream subscription is financed by the Department of Finance at Aalto University School of Business.

Cite as

Datastream (n.d.). Refinitiv


Access to Datastream is managed by Nikolas Breitkopf, contact via [email protected].

See the Finance Database Wiki for more information.

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