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  • This guide provides a general overview of the content of S&P Capital IQ.
  • It does not cover everything available.
  • Capital IQ also provides access to a number of video tutorials you can watch.
  • Capital IQ provides in depth help within the database by clicking the Help link in the upper right side of the screen.

Briefly about S&P Capital IQ

Capital IQ was founded in 1999 and started as a provider of software and analytics related to the financial markets. Capital IQ grew very rapidly to become one of the leading providers of software, data and analytics to the financial services community. It was sold to the publishing company McGraw-Hill Financial in 2004. 


Standard & Poor’s traces its history back to 1860 but was established in 1941 in its present form. Since then it has grown to become one of the world’s leading index providers and independent credit rating 


S&P (Standard & Poor’s) Capital IQ was formed in 2010 from offerings previously provided by Capital IQ and elements of S&P including Global Credit Portal and MarketScope Advisor, enterprise solutions such as S&P Securities Evaluations and Compustat.

Components of S&P Capital IQ’s offering include data on public companies, private companies, auditable company financials, M&A/financing transactions, public offerings, corporate executives and board directors, compensation, news, filings, screening tools, chart builder, Excel Plug-In modeling tool, real-time market data and news, relationship tree, macroeconomic data, industry analyses and investment research reports.

Lindauer, W. B., Benbow-Pfalzgraf, T., Gasbarre, A., & Laursen, E. (2010). The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. In D. Jacques & P. Kepos (Eds.), International Directory of Company Histories (Vol. 115, pp. 304-314). St. James Press. (accessed January 3,2022)



Content of this Guide

Capital IQ is a web and Excel-based financial research application. It organizes current and historical information on companies, markets, transactions, and people worldwide, providing the data to analyze company fundamentals and build financial models. Some user-friendly features are its chart builder, screening tool and Excel Plug-in modeling tools.

This Libguide focuses on the basics of Capital IQ and aims to provide a guide for the beginner user and act as a reference for the experienced user. In this guide Capital IQ is organized by some Top Menu options (but you can always customize your own Top Menu):

  • My Capital IQ
  • Companies
  • Research
  • Markets
  • Screening
  • Charting
  • Coverage.

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