Banks and their data are integral to the world economy. Unlike other industries, trust in financial institutions have far reaching effects on all sorts of economies, politics and societies. It's for this reason that the stability of banks is closely monitored through analysis, rankings and credit ratings.
CBS Library gives access to some more specialized databases on banks and financial institutions.
Bank Focus is a database of banks worldwide. The information is sourced by Bureau van Dijk from a combination of annual reports, information providers and regulatory sources. Bureau van Dijk is now part of Moody’s Analytics Company
BankFocus offers detailed, standardized reports and ratios for over 55,000 banks across the globe (30,000 US and 25,000 non-US).
Highlights from the content:
Access to current and historical credit ratings by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. Rating data are non-exportable but available on-screen and can be used as search and analysis criteria.
Access to data from 1990 and forward. The chronological coverage varies from bank to bank. In general, the coverage is more comprehensive when it comes to US banks.
You can access Bank Focus through the following two databases:
SNL (via WRDS)
SNL Financial Institutions and Bank Data (provided by S&P - Standard & Poors) contains detailed data for around 27,000 banks and 11,000 insurance companies worlwide.
Access: through Compustat (via WRDS)
Banks Regulatory Database (via WRDS)
Contains five databases providing accounting data for bank holding companies, commercial banks, savings banks, and savings and loans institutions. The source of the data comes from the required regulatory forms filed for supervising purposes.