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Is there an alternative to Bloomberg for someone who only needs historical data (stocks, futures, indices) as well as what Bloomberg calls 'reference data' - i.e. what is the multiplier of ESU4, what is the ticker of the 3rd VIX future, what is the cost of a given ETF, etc.

Most providers I have found only supply historical price data and not much else.

Thanks in advance!

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Have you tried FactSet and/ or Reuters? They both do things that are similar to Bloomberg in terms of providing data. I am not sure of the pricing, but they should both be slightly cheaper than Bloomberg. – user7360 Feb 25 '14 at 23:46
Why do you need an alternative? Do you need some data that is not available in Bloomberg? Is it a cost issue? – assylias Feb 26 '14 at 0:50
@assylias Yes this is a cost issue. We are trying to reduce costs and seeing as we only use Bloomberg for data access, I am trying to find a suitable alternative for our purposes. – philmo Feb 26 '14 at 15:42
If you have a colleague you could download these (static) reference data once. In terms of the contract table of the futures (Bloomberg: CT) you could program an "algorithmus" that estimates the upcoming contracts. – Markus Feb 26 '14 at 21:00
@Markus Thanks for the tips. In-house solution is definitely a solution, but ideally, I am just looking for an alternative to reduce costs. Just haven't come across anything that fits the bill. – philmo Feb 26 '14 at 21:45

Here is what you can definitely use: Thomson Reuters Eikon

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try also Datastream. but at the end it really depends on the type of financial data that you need.

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