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I was wondering if there are some free ways (applications or programming) to get financial data (either live data, historical data or both), achieving similar function as Bloomberg terminal?

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    There is e.g. the 'Yahoo Finance API', see stackoverflow.com/questions/1763310/yahoo-finance-api Sep 17 '11 at 14:59
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    I think this question should be migrated somewhere else such as quant.stackexchange.com Sep 17 '11 at 15:01
  • ...do not use marketing terms such as bloomberg terminal. Besides that please review this thread here and then ask a question. Yahoo API is trivial, there are packages that handles many APIs! For example, fire up R and library(quantmod); getSymbols("VT"); plot(VT) and you get VT -- but this question is AGAIN-AGAIN asked in quant.SE and money.SE. Unless this term bloomberg termial specified, this question has no value. What the heck this has to do with Unix now? Nothing, dot. -1 until clarified or moved to other site.
    – user2362
    Mar 26 '12 at 21:10
  • Clutter here, more clutter here, less clutter here (repetition) -- and finally read this here (a small warning for this euphoria). There is nothing special really with financial data, detailed data is expensive and restrictive.
    – user2362
    Mar 26 '12 at 21:14
  • I think someone should categorize this mess over SE with financial stuff, it is at the best repetitive (often with flashy new news to make a slight variation but eventually not much difference) -- bad like hxll! I like d this here, perhaps Quant.SE or Money.SE should have some newbie/ignorant question aggregator for similar qs?
    – user2362
    Mar 26 '12 at 21:18
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As Andre Holzner suggested, I would suggest using the Yahoo Finance API. It's what I used for this problem set: http://cdn.cs75.net/2010/fall/projects/2/project2.pdf

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  • Hello, R's quantmod has Yahoo API inside and much more, look this here. Research a bit and do not recommend the first google things. Also a reference to W3.* is not very convincing, diversion perhaps this helps here. -1 because nothing to do with Unix and uneducated response. You may want to trial with R like this library(quantmod); getSymbols("VT"); plot(VT). It is a wrapper but it has much more to offer to build this kind of financila terminals, not just one API.
    – user2362
    Mar 26 '12 at 21:23

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