Compustat (Capital IQ) is a collection of databases with company data.
|Execucomp||ExecuComp contains data on salaries and compensation of executives.The database starts in 1992 and covers only listed companies from the index S&P 1500.|
|Global||It provides financial and market data on more than 80 countries. The currency of the financial data for each country can be different. The financial data goes back to approximately 1987.|
|North America||North America contains financial information on companies from America and Canada. All data is in US dollars and goes back to approximately 1950.|
Several good manuals are available in the Support section of the WRDS platform. These include an online manual and two specific content guides: ‘Understanding the data’, and ‘Using the data’.
The links below provide some practical information on using Compustat: