Business and Financial Data: Basic Sources

CANSIM (Statistics Canada)
Key Statistics Canada time series database - starting point for any statistical research on Canada. 

A version of the CANSIM database that allows for easier bulk download.

Statistics Canada Data from the Data Liberation Initiative. Access through ODESI at Scholar's Portal.
Microdata from many of Statistics Canada's surveys, data is more detailed than that in CANSIM but with different coverage. Includes consumer surveys, trade data and summary data on businesses.

FRED: data from the St. Louis Fed
Key source of U.S. and international time series data.

World Bank Data
Key source of international finance and development statistics.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Data
The IMF publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators.

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)
Platform for accessing finance data, particularly stock trades and balance sheets. Our subscription includes the CRSP stock database and COMPUSTAT as well as a number of smaller databases.

OECD Library
Financial indicators for OECD member economies.