Global Financial Database (GFD) provides access to financial and economic time-series data with more than 6500 series covering 150 countries worldwide. Two key characteristics of GFD:
- Long historical time-series data – e.g. for most countries GFD provides GDP data going back 100+ years. (screenshot below)
- Ease of access – available on any University of Manchester PC (and off-campus using VPN)
GFD Search Engines – GFD Filter Search – GFDatabase: Country-ALL, Series Group-ALL and Main Indicators-GDP
The web interface of GFD contrasts with other specialist databases providing both financial and economic data, e.g. Bloomberg and Datastream, which are only licensed for specific PCs.