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FI 414 Investments

This LibGuide provides information sources to assist with FI 514.


Use this guide to find and explore business sources for financial investments.

Guide Contents

Industry - Companies are part of, or comprise, something bigger, i.e. Industries.  Use this page for links to databases with a wealth of industry-related information.

Company - This page is composed of sources that provide profiles of companies.  Financial information for publicly traded companies is easier to find b/c of regulations.

Other important information -  Use this page to learn more about financial terms and tools.

Bloomberg, articles, etc.     - Use this page to find general information about our Bloomberg terminals.  One must physically be in the Bruno Library or Bashinsky Computer Lab to use this resource.

Learning Objectives


Learning Objectives
After this presentation you should 
  • know where to get a macro/micro view of the economy.
  • know how to define the following: Industry, Industry classification (name two systems), Company, 
  • know what UA Libraries' (UAL) database(s)* have industry/company information, be able to recognize (by name) some of the associated databases.
  • be able to use Industry/Company databases to locate company profiles, financials and their associated industries. 
  • know about some free, online sources that have excellent business information content.
  • be able to use some UAL databases to locate articles from 1000s of publications.
  • be able to explain what the Bloomberg Information Service is and what opportunities it can provide for students.
  • know what entities such as FINRA, AAII, ICI and have to offer for investors.
  • be better informed about UA Libraries, our subscription databases, some of our services and who to call upon for additional assistance.

General Information

All sources shown are UA subscription databases unless otherwise noted.  The online sources can be found on the Bruno Library Databases page.  To gain remote access to these sources be sure to use your myBama password and login.

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Economic Data


FOMC: - this link will take you to the Federal Reserve page that contains a description of the FOMC, meeting calendars, transcripts, FAQs and more. - Investopedia is a good, business information reference source. - If you are ever in St. Louis vist the Federal Reserve. They have an excellent, interactive exhibit area called Inside the Economy Museum. It's free!

One can search UA Libraries' holdings---both physical and digital---using Scout and set parameters such as eBooks. Here is one eBook that was retrieved with this search tool.

US Economy


Check out these sites to get a gauge on the US Economy:

US Bureau of Economic Analysis

Common Acryonyms


AMEX or ASE   American Stock Exchange
CD Certificate of deposit
DJIA    Dow Jones Industrial Average
EBT Earnings before tax
EDGAR SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system
EPS Earnings per share
ETF  Exchange traded fund
IPO Initial public offering
IRA Individual Retirement Account
NASD National Association of Securities Dealers
NASDAQ    NASD Automated Quotation
NAV Net Asset Value
NYSE New York Stock Exchange
OTC    Over-the-counter
ROI Return on investment
SEC U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission