About this Database

Data on public and private companies, investment firms, capital transactions, and people. Provides sophisticated retrieval and personalization tools to create numerous reports.

Request a Capital IQ account

  • (Please use Chrome or Firefox when requesting an account. Not available to MBA students during the internship period)

Go to Capital IQ (Individual account holders. Uses HBS intranet credential).

Important notices on Capital IQ

Capital IQ limits the number of remote access accounts that are available to academic subscribers. In order to make sure that our allotted accounts go to individuals who would use their account regularly, we ask the HBS community to use library workstations for one-time or infrequent use. From the library workstations you can easily get help, download your data, and email or save it to a USB drive.

If you expect to use Capital IQ regularly and would like to request an individual account, please fill out this form with your HBS email account. (Request form not available to MBAs over the summer.) Requests that do not supply an HBS email will not be honored.

Our license with Capital IQ does not allow it to be used at all in conjunction with any outside organization, including for internships and field studies. Accordingly, Capital IQ access for MBA students ends June 1. Access for returning students begins on the first day of the fall term.

An Excel Add-on is available in the Financial Databases Room (FDR-4). Excel Add-ons are not available for individual MBA accounts.

We have access to the CIQ Key Developments, CIQ People Intelligence, and CIQ Capital Structure datasets via WRDS. Use the Compustat-CIQ link within WRDS to access these datasets (also available to Harvard users and authorized Baker visitors).

  • Key Developments provide structured summaries of material news and events that may affect the market value of securities. It monitors over 100 Key Development types including executive changes, M&A rumors, changes in corporate guidance, delayed filings, SEC inquiries, and many more. Each Key Development item includes announced date, entered date, modified date, headline, situation summary, type, company role, and other identifiers. History depends on the specific event but generally back to the early 2000's. (Key Developments Codes)
  • People Intelligence covers over 4.5 million professionals and over 2.4 million people including private and public company executives, board members, and investment professionals, globally. Each professional in the Capital IQ database has a distinct profile which can include contact details, biography, education, job functions and titles, board memberships, compensation, insider activity, and options holdings.
  • Capital Structure provides extensive debt capital structure for over 60,000 global public and private companies and equity capital structure data on over 80,000 active and inactive companies worldwide.