I am new to sql server 2005 and I am wondering if you can suggest any alternatives to the sql I have listed below. (Note: The sql does run and it does give me the correct results, but the part I have in question takes along time to run and I get the same results in last left outer join). The problem that I have with the following sql, is that I need to list the j3.maxReceiveDate for every record that is selected. My problem is the part where I need to determine what the ReceivedRequests count is by comparing the rec_date >= Z.MaxReceiveDate. Thus I am basically determining what the max date is again in the same query. Is there anyway to use the j3.MaxReceiveDate instead of having to come up with the MaxReceiveDate again in the J2 part of the query? (Also, note all tables I am using are history tables and the contain lots of rows.) select distinct J1.gnun, j1.MthSinceEffectDate,j2.ReceivedRequests, j3.maxReceiveDate from (select distinct P.gnum, DateDiff(Month, effectivedate,ltrim(rtrim(str(month(dateadd(month,0,getdate()))))) + '/01/' + ltrim(rtrim(str(year(dateadd(year,0,getdate())))))) as MthSinceEffectDate from dbo.table1 P group by P.gnum,P.effectivedate ) as J1 left join (select distinct Z.gnum,count(distinct recs) as ReceivedRequests, from dbo.table2 r1 LEFT JOIN (select distinct r2.gnum, MaxReceiveDate = Max(Received_Date) from dbo.table3 group by r2.gnum ) Z On Z.HNumber = r1.Hnumber where rec_date >= Z.MaxReceiveDate group by Z.gnum, Z.MaxReceiveDate ) as J2 on J1.gnum =J2.gnum Left join (select distinct P.gnum, MaxReceiveDate = Max(Received_Date) from dbo.table4 group by P.gnum ) as J3 on J1.gnum=J3.gnum order by 1,2,3,4 Thank you very much in advance!