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  1. renrong
    11 June 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Dear Sir

    I have some queries.
    1 where can I find data of board composition (outside directors)?
    2 how to find shares owned and exerciseable options held by CEO?
    3 the number of at least 5% stockholder?
    4 number of 5% stockholders on board of directors
    5 information of institution ownership?
    6 unsuccessful tender offer
    7 I randomly downloaded data containing CUSIP code from WRDS, and noted that the code varies from 6 to 9 digits, why this happens? is it necessary to transform them to have the same length?

    Kind Regards

    • markgreenwood
      21 July 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Dear Renrong

      This comment is quite specific to your research data requirements and that is why we dealt with your identical email on these issues rather than replying to this comment. On reflection however, it seems appropriate to acknowledge your feedback.

      You have highlighted some areas (e.g. executive compensation, board membership, ownership and CUSIPs) where the information available through Manchester Business Answers 24/7 could be improved. We are working towards this.

      It seems that you did not find it easy to find the Business Research Plus post about CUSIPs despite this being one of the most popular that we have written.

      It now seems clear that comments on this blog page are only an appropriate way of discussing a specific FAQ answer, or the lack of an answer on a specific topic. I’ve therefore just updated a couple of “help” answers in Manchester Business Answers 24/7 (FAQ).

      Kind regards,
      Mark Greenwood

  2. Nor
    9 March 2016 at 2:01 pm


    The nature of my study is to use the financial report of firms (dead and active) in 56 countries from the worldscope. As I am investigating the changes in capital structure, I need to make sure that the chosen company are able to provide me the financial report for at least 5 years. How should I filter the datastream to make sure that the system will only list me the companies that have 5 years financial report?.

    Your kind help is much appreciated.

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