Datastream macroeconomic analysis


Identify trends, generate and test hypotheses, and develop viewpoints and research. Loaded with 120 years of information, Datastream is the world’s most comprehensive financial time series database.

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Why choose Datastream?

The foundations for building your own macroeconomic analysis, creating market scenarios, and testing investment strategies should be deep and rock-solid.

Welcome to Datastream, our historical financial database with over 35 million individual instruments or indicators across all major asset classes, including 8.5 million active economic indicators. It features 120 years of data, across 175 countries – the information and tools you need to interpret market trends, economic cycles, and the impact of world events.

Unique content includes I/B/E/S Estimates aggregates, Worldscope Fundamentals, point-in-time data, and Reuters Polls.

Data spans bond indices, bonds, commodities, convertibles, credit default swaps, derivatives, economics, energy, equities, equity indices, ESG, estimates, exchange rates, fixed income, funds, fundamentals, interest rates, and investment trusts.

Datastream can be accessed as a data feed, via an API, or integrated into Eikon, with a Microsoft Office add-in for dynamic updates. APIs for Matlab and Eviews are also available for back-testing.

  • 120+
    years of historical data
  • 9,000
    pre-built charts
  • 175
    countries covered

Features & benefits

What you get with Datastream

A comprehensive historical financial database

Build and test investment strategies with 120 years of data and 35m+ instruments or indicators across all major asset classes.

Unique content

Includes I/B/E/S Estimate Aggregates, Worldscope Fundamentals, point-in-time data, and Reuters Polls.

Powerful analytical tools

Explore relationships between different asset types with a library of fully customizable analytical functions.

Integrated with Microsoft Office

Automatically update your reports, tables, charts, and presentations using the Datastream add-in for Microsoft Office.

Flexible API access to data

Access Datastream through industry standard programming languages via APIs using Python or R. Or access content from Matlab and EViews.

Consistent point-in-time data

Back-test, build, and validate your models with economic and company fundamentals data as originally reported and as it evolved.

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See Datastream in action

Develop macroeconomic insights and accurate forecasting

Articulate what market events mean for your forecasts or investment strategy. Enhance your reports with pre-built charts from leading economists with insights into countries, regions, and trends.

Chart of Datastream Reuters poll insights showing Euro area unemployment.
Compare revised economic data from 1st release and polling forecasts
Screenshot of Datastream research chart showing US trade with selected countries

 Illustrate your research with insightful charts (data as of September 2018)

Create insightful charts 

Create sophisticated charts to better present your insights using charting features such as correlation, slicing, recession bands, interactive annotations, and more.

Update your reports rapidly and accurately 

Create and refresh charts in PowerPoint presentations, Excel, and Word documents with one click.

screenshot of Datastream OECD showing rent price index in selected countries.
  1. Update your Excel tables with the latest data at the click of a button
Datastream economy research comparison

Visually compare economies with standardized data sets

Easily compare economies in your research

Standardized versions of 51 key indicators across 130 countries. Originally published by national sources, data is adjusted to equivalent statistical form and released on the day of the relevant event. (Image illustrates Datastream in Eikon.)

On-demand webinar

Content enhancement for Africa

We continually grow our data to ensure that Refinitiv will have the largest emerging market economic content of all providers – We have undertaken a large exercise for Africa content in 2021, similar to our huge China expansion in 2019, which covered a unique combination of economic and financial indicators. We are also expanding Southeast Asia covering Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia with delivery expected in 2021.

Listen to our on-demand webinar to get insights into the complete picture of the current African macro environment. We will also present an overview of the Africa economics expansion for Refinitiv Datastream, the largest emerging market economic content available.

Datastream Data Loader (DDL)

Datastream Data Loader (DDL) offers fast, flexible, bulk delivery of our premium content. It covers:

  • All Datastream markets worldwide
  • Over 360 million time series
  • And over 17,000 different fields.

DDL allows you to customize the data you need from our full-range of Datastream content and retrieve it when the latest updated data becomes available or at a scheduled time of your choice.

This simple, yet powerful FTP-based solution is the most flexible, easy-to-implement, and cost-effective method of delivering large amounts of referential data.

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