Service Overview

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  • Institut für Unternehmensfinanzen und Kapitalmarktforschung e.V.: Business network for students

    Institut für Unternehmensfinanzen und Kapitalmarktforschung e.V.

    Institut für Unternehmensfinanzen und Kapitalmarktforschung e.V.

    University of Mannheim
    L 9, 1–2
    68161 Mannheim

    Exchange between students and business

    The Institut für Unternehmensfinanzen und Kapitalmarktforschung e.V. emerged from the Department of Finance at the University of Mannheim. As an independent association, we promote close exchange between science and business.

    The focus is on the practical exchange between companies, young scientists and talented students. In addition, we act as a point of contact for all questions relating to financial markets and are dedicated to the transfer of international research studies to practice and to the economic policy debate.

    The Institut für Unternehmensfinanzen und Kapitalmarktforschung e.V. sees itself as a link between theory and practice – for the benefit of all.

    Students can register free of charge at the Institut für Unternehmensfinanzen und Kapitalmarktforschung e.V.. Members receive information on job or internship offers from the associated companies, get access to projects and can participate in IUK events free of charge.

    In case you are interested, please register via the institute's website

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the institute: info

  • Policy regarding the revision of corrected exams

    If you believe that your exam was not fairly graded (e.g., a mistake in the correction or unfair allocation of points), you can ask for your exam to be regraded. In such a case, you must provide a written statement in which you request a complete revision of your exam, provide reasons for why you believe to deserve more credit, and ask for regrading. Please note that we will regrade the entire exam and not just the passages for which you request regrading. The revision may also negatively affect your grade (e.g., we spot a mistake that was not previously identified). We will not modify the grade on the day of the exam revision.

  • Plagiarism Policy

    The method of teaching used in Corporate Finance relies on mutual trust between students and instructors. In particular, it is essential that the same teaching materials can be used in successive years of the course and that grading takes place on the assumption that students have not seen solutions to cases. Cases and exercises are difficult to produce and cannot simply be exchanged on an annual basis, so plagiarism questions the very foundations of the teaching approach at the chair of Corporate Finance.

    For these reasons, it is strictly forbidden to pass on teaching materials, especially solutions to cases or any other exercises, or to make them public in any way. This prohibition concerns all other students, no matter whether these are students from the same course, different courses, or even other universities. Clearly, it is also not allowed to obtain or attempt to obtain solutions to exercises or cases from students from previous years. Passing on solutions or obtaining solutions from other students will be considered a clear breach of the examination rules and, consequently, cheating. This has nothing to do with legitimate cooperation or with “helping” other students.

    We will do everything within our means to detect incidents where solutions were passed on or where they were obtained from students outside the study group that produced them. We will pursue any such incident as cheating and proceed accordingly. Specifically, students who are caught with solutions that were obtained from other students, or students who provided the original, will receive a failing grade and will be excluded from all other courses offered at the chair for Corporate Finance. Apart from that, they will also be banned from writing a thesis at our chair. In this matter we will treat all members of a study group alike.

    Therefore, every student who enrolls in our courses has to acknowledge that he/she has been informed of these rules. We will also report all students who were found to violate these rules to the examinations office (Studienbüro).

    Any other form of plagiarism, especially the use of material from internet sources without indicating the origin of such material, will be dealt with in a similar manner.

    You agree that all your assessed coursework (in particular case studies) may be analyzed by using plagiarism detection software (Turnitin). Copies of all papers submitted to the software will be retained as source documents in the iParadigms reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.

    Please help us to establish a sense of mutual trust between instructors and students in our courses.

  • Letter of Recommendation

    If you need a Letter of Recommendation for your application for a stay abroad, a master's degree program, or a scholarship, please contact Mr. Benjamin Pfleger (gutachten She coordinates all requests in that matter for the Business School. Further information about the application process including potential deadlines for requests can be found here. If the dean referes you to our chair, we need the following information to be able to issue a Letter of Recommendation.

    • An up-to-date Transcript of Records
    • A ranking of your individual grades issued by the Student Services (“Studienbüro”)
    • A general ranking of exams you have taken issued by the Student Services (“Studienbüro”)
    • Your CV
  • Learning Agreements

    Students in the MMM can find information on course recognition and learning agreements here; M. Sc. students in economic and business education will find them here. The business school’s undergraduate and double degree students will be informed directly by the dean’s office. Students from other schools with a minor in business should contact Cathrin Rieger at the dean’s office.

  • Evaluation

  • Databases

    • Registration for SDC, Datastream, Bloomberg and Morningstar

      You have to reserve a time slot. In order to coordinate the access to Datastream, SDC, Bloomberg or Morningstar, please enter our Ilias groupFinance Databases (FSS 2014).


    • COMPUSTAT North America

      COMPUSTAT North America (from Standard & Poor's) is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 30,000 active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly data items of income statements, balance sheets, statements of cash flows, and supplemental data. COMPUSTAT North America files also contain information on indices, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings.

      For more detailed information on the COMPUSTAT files, see the COMPUSTAT documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

    • COMPUSTAT Global

      COMPUSTAT Global provides authoritative financial data and market data covering publicly traded companies in more than 80 countries, representing over 90% of the world's market capitalization, including coverage of over 96% of European market capitalization and 88% of Asian market capitalization. Hundreds of data items, ratios and concepts and up to 12 years of annual history is included. International data sets have been designed to reflect the varieties of actual reporting practices used across the globe, while allowing for minimal normalization and establishing consistency on an item by item basis.

      For more detailed information on the COMPUSTAT Global files, see the COMPUSTAT documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

    • COMPUSTAT Execucomp

      Standard and Poor's Execucomp provides executive compensation data collected directly from each company's annual proxy (DEF14A SEC form). Detailed information on salary, bonus, options and stock awards, non-equity incentive plans, pensions and other compensation items are available.

      For more detailed information on the Execucomp files, see the documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.

    • CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices)

      CRSP maintains the most comprehensive collection of security prices, return, and volume data for the NYSE, AMEX and Nasdaq stock markets. Additional CRSP files provide stock indices, beta- and cap-based portfolio, treasury bond and risk-free rates, and mutual fund databases. The University of Mannheim has currently subscribed to the CRSP stock and indices database.

      A detailed data description and definition guide can be obtained via  WRDS.


      AMADEUS is a pan-European financial database containing information on over 10 million public and private companies from 41 countries, including all EU countries and Eastern Europe. That is to say up to 10 years of detailed information (consolidated statements are also provided when available) comprising 24 balance sheet items, 25 profit and loss account items and 26 ratios. The descriptive information includes: official national identification number, address, telephone, fax, website, legal form, year of incorporation, senior managers, auditors, number of employees, quoted/unquoted indicator, industry and activity codes and, when available, a trade description in the local language and English.

      A detailed data description and the definition guide can be obtained via WRDS.

    • I/B/E/S

      The Institutional Brokers Estimates System (I/B/E/S) provides consensus and detail forecasts from security analysts, including earnings per share, revenue, cash flow, long-term growth projections and stock recommendations.

      For more detailed information on the I/B/ES files, see the documentation and manuals page available via WRDS.


    • Worldscope Global Database

      The Worldscope Global Database is the financial industry'’s premier source of detailed financial statement data and profile data on public companies domiciled outside of the United States of America. It also contains complete coverage of US company filings with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), with the exception of closed end investment companies.

      The Worldscope database can be accessed via the Datastream terminal located in the business library (“BWLer Bib”). The research staff of the University of Mannheim can obtain a direct access link. For details, please contact Stefan Scharnowski at the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen). A data description and the definition guide can be found here.

    • Datastream

      Thomson Datastream’s Global Databases hold time series information on over two million financial instruments, securities and indicators for over 175 countries and 60 markets worldwide, with up to 50 years of historical depth for some series, and over 8,000 different fields, totalling over 100 million time series. 

      Access to the database is provided via a Datastream terminal located in the business library (“BWLer Bib”). The research staff of the University of Mannheim can obtain a direct access link.Please contact Stefan Scharnowski at the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen) for the link. A datatype description can be found here.

    • SDC Worldwide Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances

      SDC Worldwide M&A provides data regarding worldwide mergers, acquisitions and alliances, and stock repurchases. The data covers approximately 672,000 global M&As from 1985 to the present (data for the U.S. is available since 1979). Corporate stock repurchase programs are recorded from 1994 to the present.

      The database can be accessed at the Chair of Corporate Finance. A short user guide can be found here.

      A detailed user guide in German can be found here and in English here.

    • Hoppenstedt Databases

      The Hoppenstedt databases provide detailed information on the 250,000 most prominent companies and 1,100 largest banks in Germany. In addition, Hoppenstedt provides German fund data.

      The Hoppenstadt databases can be accessed via the database information system (DBIS) available at Mannheim University Library.

    • Morningstar Direct

      Morningstar Direct provides detailed portfolio holdings, performance track records, flexible currency conversions, cash flow data, and the Morningstar Rating. Leverage the tools across mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, variable annuities, separate accounts, and hedge funds domiciled in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and fully experience the power behind Morningstar Direct. The database can be accessed at the chair of International Finance (Prof. Ruenzi).


    • BoardEx

      BoardEx is an online system that allows users to analyze current and historical connections between companies, individuals, not-for-profit organizations and other private associations. For example, it is possible to receive information on an individual's professional network (historic and current) as well as on the board of a company and on management positions within that company. BoardEx contains in-depth profiles that provide detailed information on employment, not-for-profit and educational affiliations of approximately 500,000 business leaders from all over the world. Networks of business leaders are mapped out based on the time they spent at an organization. Geographical areas covered include Europe (including the UK) and North America.

      If you want to access the BoardEx database, please contact the chair's student assistants

    • Bloomberg

      The Bloomberg Terminal brings together real-time data on every market, breaking news, in-depth research, powerful analytics, communications tools and world-class execution capabilities.

      Bloomberg has a broad range of research offerings including direct access to sell-side and independent research from more than 1,500 sources, as well as proprietary, analyst-driven research that provides a comprehensive view of industries and their key constituents with unsurpassed depth and breadth at the sector, industry and company levels.

      The terminal lies in Room 406, L9, 1-2.