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Finding data



Software to access FactSet data is available on computers at the School of Business and Economics. Software can also be installed on your own laptop or desktop computer. It is necessary to apply for a FactSet account to receive access to the data. Please fill out this form. The software and installation manuals can be downloaded from the FactSet website. FactSet software is available on computers at the following locations:

When logging on for the first time, you need to take some additional steps.

  1. Start the FactSet software (not the Excel add-on)
  2. Enter your FactSet login and the code you received by email, and click continue.
  3. Check your VU email for an email from FactSet with a new code.
  4. Type in this new code as password, and click the button to continue.
  5. Choose the Desktop or Laptop option from the popup and click continue.
  6. You should now be logged in and can start using the FactSet application.

You need to follow this procedure only once.

Please note:

  1. The FactSet Excel Add-in is separate software and will only work if you first log on with the FactSet software application.
  2. If you are working on a VU laptop through Wi-fi internet access you may have to change a setting of the VU home drive folder H:\FactSet. To change it you right-click this folder and set the properties to Always available offline(screenshot).


FactSet offers a wide range of financial, economic, and company data. This includes accounting data, ownership data, mergers and acquisitions, stock prices, market indices, exchange rates, and many other series. Geographic coverage is global, but the main focus is on the US and on Europe.

Documentation and manuals

FactSet data be accessed through the FactSet application, and through an Excel add-in. Use the application to quickly look up what data is available, and to build lists that you can use for screening. The Excel plugin is most convenient option for bulk downloads of data.

Documentation and tutorials on a number of topics are available from within the application. You can also use the chat function in the application to contact the FactSet Support helpdesk.

Some interesting links with background information: