Gone is the old, slightly clunky interface for FAME, now there’s an option to select the all new interface shows us that it compares to the slightly flashier interfaces of Euromonitor and Mintel (we’ve requested to permanently replace the old version on FAME).
We’re delighted that this upgrade has taken place. There’s now a help guide available, as well as being able to compare the profit and loss account of, for instance, supermarkets in the East Midlands under Pivot Analysis. Another feature is being able to see the calculations of a gearing ratio which is absolute gold dust to accountancy and finance students; comparable in usefulness to the SWOT and Porter’s Five Forces Analysis on Marketline. Unlike the old version, there’s a warning if you use the back button so you won’t lose your work. It’s certainly worth exploring in greater depth.
The scoring model and credit limit system on our database, FAME, is more predictive system which incorporates recent economic data (2010- 2013) and credit scoring analytics. The credit score measures “the likelihood of company insolvency in the next 12 months” which is then transformed into a credit limit based on the financial strength of the target company. The credit limit recommends “the total amount of credit outstanding at any one time on the target company” that is based on a portfolio of 3,833,672 companies covering:
- Group, Full accounts and Medium sized companies
- Small companies
- Total exemption full
- Total exemption small
- Balance sheet
Each development sample was statistically analysed to determine the most predictive parameters to be used in each scorecard. The final credit limit is obtained after adjusting the initial credit limit according to the financial health and default risk of a Company. Scores and limits are market leading based on more recent economic data statistics and analytics so is judged more predictive and accurate than the previous model. New parameters in the scorecard include:
- Directors history and associate interest performance
- Auditors qualification
- Improved CCJ analysis
- New treatment of negative
- Shareholders funds
- Improved financial ratio analysis
There’s also a webinar from Ray Ruffels (who might sound like an airline pilot making an announcement) who is the Director of Information at Jordans.
This PowerPoint video includes two videos (FAME & Marketline) that we’ve produced (in Camtasia) on finding company information. Based on an imaginary assignment on British Airways PLC and the UK airline industry, the video is designed to show students how to find financial statements, company profiles and management tool analyses. There is a full screen option on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Fame Reference Guide by Daren Mansfield
This short guide about FAME (Financial Accounts Made Easy) is designed to provide the user with a brief but informative overview of the database.
Daren and myself will be running a series of drop in workshops next week, w/c 24th Sept in arrangement with Siobhan Goggin.
The times are:
Mon 24th Sept – 9 til 10 and 11 til 12
Tues 25th Sept – 11 til 12 and 12 til 1
Weds 26th Sept – 9 til 10, 10 til 11 and 11 til 12
Fri 28th Sept – 9 til 10, 10 til 11 and 11 til 12.
We will be covering the new ‘Find it at Lincoln’ search engine, demonstrating FAME and Marketline Advantage, as well as showing you where to find company reports and journal articles.
A folder has been placed behind the main library desk, so please book on as soon as possible as places are strictly limited to 20 students per session.
The help guide to accompany this session is below:
Finding Information for Accountancy and Finance 12-13
By way of explanation, I’ve produced a step-by-step guide on how to find resources, such as business databases, on the new Library website. It’s a slightly different approach than last academic year, but it is easy to use and should enhance your research.
Simply go to the website address at:
On the right hand side of the screen you will see ‘Find it at Lincoln’
Within this box you can either search for research material such as journal articles and books, or just search the library catalogue (just tick the box underneath the search box). If you want to search specific resources then select ‘more resources’ below the search box. On the left hand side of the screen you will see ‘Resources’:
From the Resources section you will be able to search for a journal title (via the electronic journals a-z) or investigate databases, such as FAME or Mintel, by following the relevant links.
Originally based on the Financial Times website, the annual report service is free, easy to use, and (potentially) hundreds of reports can be posted to your home address on a CD. This site will prove useful for anyone conducting primary research into company information. By way of recommendation, the London Stock Exchanges refers to this website on its homepage.
To make it easier to find FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy) we have added the database to the electronic journals a-z on the Library Catalogue. Search for the financial information of over three million companies in the UK and Ireland by going to the Library Catalogue and selecting Electronic Journals A-Z:
You will be able to access the database from here: