It all started with files…..

​Tracing the roots of the Handelsblatt Research Institute takes you back more than 60 years. It all began in the 1950s as the documentation section , which was responsible for cutting out articles and filing them by persons, companies and topics.

Apart from collating and researching information,checking facts has long been a second mainstay. For example, all the facts contained in Ludwig Erhard’s classic “Wohlstand für Alle” (prosperity for all), which he wrote in collaboration with the Handelsblatt journalist Wolfram Langer in1958, were checked for accuracy by Handelsblatt’s documentary specialists.

The digitalisation of media saw the documentation section become the department for information and research. Electronic media archives and data banks replaced paper archives, and the section became the research service provider, supplying the Handelsblatt and WirtschaftsWoche editorial departments with facts and data.

By preparing key company figures, industrial data, financial market information and economic climate indicators, the researchers do the initial work for lead stories, key topics and information graphics.

And in 2013 it was this department, so rich in tradition, which formed the nucleus of the new Handelsblatt Research Institute.

That means: you can now benefit from its expertise and experience.