Capital IQ / Factset Subscription

How much does your group pay for a CapIQ and/or Factset subscription?

Looking for total cost vs number of seats.

Thanks ~

Comments (18)

Aug 27, 2007 - 11:51pm

If you're currently at a decent tier-one or Ivy, they usually subscribe to CapIq - also if you're an alum you're probably able to maintain access to the database.

Jun 19, 2010 - 8:18pm

If our school doesn't subscribe to Capital IQ, is there any other way of having a go on it? Looks like the trial version on their website is for 'companies'.

Jun 20, 2010 - 4:06pm

10-15k per account sounds pricey. I bet you it gets cheaper the more you get.

Another option is FactSet - I'm pretty sure our subscription has a base fee of 25k (which includes 1 account) - each additional user account costs around 2k each. To get international data, beyond ADRs, you have to pay more. Something like 5-10k?

Instead of their data feed from Thomson, you should be able to get the new FactSet data which should be cheaper - Thomson was forced to sell FactSet a data-set for anti-trust reasons (after the Reuters buy-out)

Aug 25, 2010 - 9:07am

The reason people can't get a clear answer on price is because Capital IQ prices bases on firm type, firm size (AUM/Deal flow), how many licenses they want (analysts or seniors), regional location, configuration, use case and delivery of data (they have core products with bolt on portfolio tools and quant products). pricing changes quite a bit.

Send me a message if you want to dig in further.

Dec 6, 2011 - 6:19am

VentureSource is the industry standard for private companies/venture capital, but comes at a price.

I've also seen VM Index which I believe is cheaper

They all vary their pricing according to the client (size, number of seats, contract length) so it's hard to pin down the costs, but some of the bigger names sell packages which sometimes means you end up paying for data you don't need/want.

Dec 6, 2011 - 6:21am

I used Capitaliq, factset, and Pitchbook. Pitchbook was by far the most useless. Ocassionally you get some data for small/private companies but most of it is unreliable.

Capiq was my favorite just because I rarely felt that I had to question the data. But Capiq is the most expensive. I think factset is a fine alternative.

Dec 6, 2011 - 6:24am

CapitalIQ is the most expensive and by far largest of the three providers you list. They are the best for public company information and market data (have real time pricing, research, estimates, etc.), but their private company coverage is spotty. Factset is similar to CapIQ (someone mentioned above).

Preqin and Pitchbook are both focused on private company / fund info. Their pricing is similar and much less expensive than CapitalIQ. I've spent time with both. My impression is Preqin has slightly better fund / LP data, but Pitchbook has the highest quality private company information by far. I would assume you're more interested in company than fund data, so I'd recommend Pitchbook.

You should do a webcast / demo with all three. I think you can get a free demo if you're interested in purchasing.

Dec 6, 2011 - 6:25am


Costs ~$25-27K per seat license (you cannot share, it will boot you off if the same account is accessed by multiple IP addresses). Easy platform to use, solid public data, decent MM transaction data for deals over $250mm. Downside is that some of the screening is not user friendly and requires significant scrubbing to actually get to the data that you want.


Costs $18K per seat. Decent MM transaction data, but not much better than CapIQ (if it gets disclosed, it will be disclosed to multiple sources), slightly better private co. data. Much better with contact information and compiling buyers lists (sell side purposes).

Dec 6, 2011 - 6:28am
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