Users may wish to use an alternative to Bloomberg to avoid non-compliance with the Bloomberg Terminal conditions or to bypass the data download restrictions on the API. The Capital IQ and Thomson One  Excel plugins are viable alternatives for most Bloomberg API functionality. Datastream also offers fast downloads of market data. The table below can be used for finding alternative sources of specific data types.


Data TypeAlternatives
CommoditiesCommodities: How do I find data on futures, options, and commodities?
Corporate DebtFast Answers search for "bonds"
FundamentalsBaker website search for "fundamentals" (databases only)
Stock PricesStock Prices: Current and Historical
Exchange RatesExchange Rates: Current & Historical
Interest RatesHistorical Interest Rates
Mutual FundsDatabases by Topic: Funds
Stock OwnershipStock Ownership: How do I find who owns a stock currently and historically?
Sovereign debt ratingsSovereign debt ratings