Skip to main content



MBAB 5P42: Equity Investments, Markets, & Instruments

A guide to library resources related to equity investments, markets, and instruments

Getting Started With Investment Research

Charging Bull by kdinuraj, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  kdinuraj 

This guide is targeted at Brock University students enrolled in MBAB 5P42: Equity Investments, Markets & Instruments and contains information about the financial news and data sources available at Brock University, as well as core research tools used to research finance and investment topics.

COVID-19 Update & Bloomberg Disaster Recovery

  • Due to the closure of the Library during the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Bloomberg Professional Terminals are not available for in person use. However, students have been given free access (until December 31, 2020) to the web-based version of the Bloomberg Market Concepts online training and certification modules. Please see the Bloomberg Market Concepts page of this guide for further details.
  • Bloomberg Disaster Recovery has been set up by the Goodman School of Business which will enable remote access to Bloomberg Terminals for faculty or students who require access for teaching or research purposes.

New  Bloomberg Disaster Recovery

Information for GSB Faculty:

The Goodman School of Business is pleased to announce that 12 Disaster Recovery (DR) Terminals are available for school use to mitigate the loss of the Bloomberg Lab while the school remains in Stage 3.

  • Access to the DR Terminals is available for both faculty and students needing terminal access to complete research or course work in the fall term with all request approvals being handled directly by the Associate Dean’s office.
  • Please direct your requests for approval to nthongpapanl@brocku.ca
  • Registration for the DR Terminal is handled through the Bloomberg for Education Portal https://portal.bloombergforeducation.com/ (the same site used for access to Bloomberg Market Concepts). Step by step instructions are attached.
  • An online booking calendar for the shared DR Terminals is now available. 
  • When students request access please refer them to the University’s Guide to Academic Computing Behaviour

Research Projects - Suggested Starting Points

American Depositary/Depository Receipts (ADR)

Public Company Bankruptcy (Canada)

Delisted Companies (Canada)

Initial Public Offering (IPO)

  • for Canadian IPOs, look for company filings in SEDAR such as the "Long-form prospectus".
  • for U.S. IPOs, look for company filings in EDGAR such as "Form S-1 Registration Statement" (a preliminary prospectus).
  • Most companies will also post these filings on their corporate websites in an area for Investors.
  • If you need to verify the IPO date for a specific company, you can look in the Mergent Online company research database.
  • Bloomberg has a function called ECDR (equity offering details).

Additional resources on IPOs and Valuation can be found on the Finance research guide.

Share Repurchase (Issuer Bids)

  • Companies announce share repurchase programs via press releases. Consult the Investor Relations section of a specific company's website for such notices. You can also locate them via newswire services available in Library Databases such as Factiva, or Nexis Uni.