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<ul><li> 1. Searching BANKSCOPE:<br />An Expert Search<br /></li></ul> <p> 2. Open your browser and type in the Learning Resources web address into the location bar ..<br /><br />Select Electronic Resources<br /> 3. Make sure that you have set your institutional cookie<br />Scroll down to the bottom of the ElectronicResources page and click on to the link<br />Once youve clicked on to the link, a pop-up window will appear and then close automatically you only need to do this once<br /> 4. Log into Athens<br />Athens is an authenticating system that allows students to access Middlesex University databases outside of the university<br />Click on to the Athens link<br />Log in using your IT user ID and your network password and once you have accepted the terms and conditions, you will be presented with a list of databases<br /> 5. Searching BANKSCOPE<br />Scroll down and choose BANKSCOPE from the list of databases<br /> 6. About BANKSCOPE<br />Bankscope is a financial analysis tool, combining information on 11,000 world banks with details such as balance sheet and income statements, ownership information, shareholders and subsidiaries. <br />The data is updated 18 times a year<br /> 7. BANKSCOPE Expert Search<br />Begin by clicking on Expert Search<br />While Expert Search sounds complicated, it actually provides more search criteria with which to search or exclude irrelevant banks<br /> 8. Scenario<br />Imagine that you want to search for Islamic Banks in the UK<br />Select Specialization from the left hand menu<br />Choose Islamic banks <br /><br /> 9. Refine the search<br />Reduce your results by selecting a geographic location, select Geographic, Country and then select United Kingdom<br />Review your results in the Search Summary<br /> 10. Look at the results<br />Click on list to view your results<br />Select Bank Report for extensive financial information for each chosen bank<br />For additional, graphic information, click on the Overview Report icon at the bottom of the screen<br /> 11. Exporting Reports<br />Similar procedures apply whether you are exportinga Bank Report, an Overview Report or just a graph<br />Click on the Export Icon<br />Choose a name for your export, e.g. Islamic Banks<br />Select Word 2000 as your format<br />Select the All Banks option<br />Click on the Export button<br /> 12. Starting a New Search: Searching for a Specific Bank<br />Click on the Search Button and then on New Search at the bottom of the screen in order to clear your previous searches<br />Click on the Bank Name search option<br />Type in Northern Rock PLC<br />Click on the first result<br />Notice the brief banking information at the top right of the screen<br /> 13. Looking at the Graphs Menu<br />Click on the chevron to select the first bank<br />Click on OK<br />Click on list and then on the name/link<br />A Standard Bank Report will appear<br />Click on the Graphs icon at the bottom of the page<br />Click on Export, the graph will automatically download into Word<br /> 14. Performing Statistical Analysis using Bankscope<br />Click on Search and then New Search to clear your previous search<br />Lets assume you are looking for the total assets of large banks in the Cayman Islands<br />Click on Geographic, Country and then select Cayman Islandsfrom the list<br />Select the Large Banks option and then click OK<br />Select the list tab and select the first five banks from your list<br /> 15. The Distribution Analysis<br />Click on the Other Analyses tab and select Distribution<br />The Distribution analysis will show the distribution of a single variable from the group of banks that you have selected<br /><br /> 16. Choosing the Variable<br />From the selection, choose Financial Profile and then Total Assets for 2008<br />Click on Export<br />Choose a name for your report<br />Click on Excel <br />OK<br /> 17. Search by Credit Rating<br />Searching by credit rating, allows you to choose either a very strong performing bank or a very poorly performing one.You can search either on a Fitch Rating or a Capital Intelligence Rating<br />The Fitch Rating, can be searched on either in the long or short term.Fitch Ratings' long-term credit ratings are assigned on an alphabetic scale from 'AAA' to 'D<br />It was first introduced in 1924 and uses intermediate +/- modifiers for each category between AA and CCC (e.g., AA+, AA, AA-, A+, A, A-, BBB+, BBB, BBB-, etc.)<br /> 18. Using the Fitch Rating<br />Fitchs Investment Grade catagories are:<br />AAA: the best quality companies, reliable and stable<br />AA: quality companies, a bit higher risk than AAA<br />A: economic situation can affect finance<br />BBB: medium class companies, which are satisfactory at the moment<br />Any thing else is considered to be a junk bond<br /> 19. Fitchs Long Term Ratings<br /></p> <ul><li>Lets assume that you only want to look at French banks with an AAA credit rating</li></ul> <p>Select Ratings from the left hand panel<br /></p> <ul><li>Select the Fitch Ratings and then the Long-term ratings </li></ul> <p> 20. Select AAA rated banks, click on the chevron so that it appears in the selected options and then click OK to produce a list of 42 banks</p>