What is Bloomberg?
Bloomberg has data on more than 5 million bonds, equities, commodities, currencies & funds. It covers most every publicly traded company in the world, and has profiles on more than a million people.
Navigation in Bloomberg is different from most other databases you use. Bloomberg is a decentralized command driven system. The commands are represented by codes. These codes tell Bloomberg the function you would like the database to perform or the type of information you want on a security or a market for example. The Management Library has posted some of the most popular codes.
Being a decentralized database, there are three things to keep in mind:
With more than 25,000 codes, the key to becoming an expert Bloomberg user is to
- Memorize the codes you use most often and
- Know how to get help in Bloomberg to find new codes.
It may seem awkward at first, but as you use Bloomberg more and memorize some of the codes, you will find that it is a time saver.
Learning how to put a command together in Bloomberg is similar to learning another language. The example below provides the basic structure of a command.
Functions of interest
|N||to get news from around the world updated constantly and can be filtered by topic, language, and date||ECO||find upcoming and past ecomomic releases|
|JOBS||to view job listings||WECO||for world economic releases|
|MSG||the Bloomberg message system||BTMM||for key rates|
|HDSK||to retrieve Help desk messages||WEI||world economic indicies lists the benchmark indicies by geography|
|NIM||for new issues||IBQ||for industry analysis|
|MA||Mergers & Acquisitions search
||BDRG||for information on the pharmaceutical industry such as patents, litigation, et cetera|
||EASY||for quick start tips|
|GLCO||Global commodity prices & data
Check out Bloomberg Markets magazine for additional tips.
Bloomberg help is available 24 x 7. Hit the green < HELP > key twice and a chat window will open. Type in your question and a Bloomberg support specialist will assist you.
To request help from a librarian, contact us and we would be happy to assist you.
Create an Account
|Step 1||Press < GO > without entering a username or password. Select the option to create an account.|
|Step 2||Provide your cell phone number so they can text you a code to start the process.|
|Step 3||Follow the prompts on screen to create your account. This account will work on all of the Bloombergs on campus..|
|Step 1:||Press the red < CONN/DFLT > key in the upper right hand of the keyboard.|
Where is Bloomberg?
There are Bloomberg terminals in the Management, Hotel, and Mann libraries. Each library has its own rules regarding usage.
Check to see if there are sign-up sheets, time limits, or even limits on who can use the terminal at the library circulation desk.
The news feeds in Bloomberg are one of its most popular features.
N < GO > - to get to the main news screen. From here you can specify what kind of news items you want to view.
READ < GO > - to view the most popular news stories on bloomberg.
CN - to view company news. For example JNJ < EQUITY > CN < GO >
Click on the headline to view a story. You can also email or download the stories.