Bloomberg has data on more than 5 million bonds, equities, commodities, currencies, and funds. It covers most every publicly traded company in the world, and has profiles on more than a million people.
Navigation in Bloomberg is via a decentralized, command driven system. Securities are organized by market silos and can be access via drilling down a series of menus or by entering a command. Commands to retrieve information are represented by 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
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.
|BESS||Bloomberg essentials for training on the terminal||BPS||Bloomberg resource center for quick guides on market sectors and include top functions|
|BI||for industry analysis covering a number of industries such as pharma, energy, financials, etc.||BRIE||Periodic news and updates from Bloomberg on economics, investing, deals, and regulation.|
|MSG||the Bloomberg message system||HDSK||to retrieve Help desk messages|
|TOP||to get news from around the world updated constantly and can be filtered by topic, language, and date||JOBS||to view job listings|
|BTMM||for key rates||WEI||world equity indicies lists the benchmark indicies by geography|
|EQS||Equity screening||SRCH||Bond Search|
|EVTS||Events calendar||NIM||for new issues|
|LEAG||League tables||DMON||Deal monitor for M&A, debt, and equity offerings.|
|ECO||find upcoming and past ecomomic releases||WECO||for world economic releases|
|GLCO||Global commodity prices & data||FXGN||Foreign exchange rates|
These functions provide a market level view or are not tied to one specific security. Because of this, you do not use a yellow market key with them. For example, WEI <GO> will take you directly to a listing of major indicies worldwide.
Take a look at BHL <GO> for Bloomberg Help and Learning to discover the newest functions and guides.
Bloomberg help is available via email. Hit the green < HELP > key twice and a window will open with an option to type in your question and send it to a Bloomberg support specialist.
To request help from a librarian, contact us and we would be happy to assist you.
All students and faculty must create a Bloomberg login to access the system. To create an account, go to any Bloomberg terminal on campus and follow the steps below.
TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT:
|Step 1:||When the system is logged out, 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 Bloomberg terminals on campus.|
|Step 1:||Press the red < CONN/DFLT > key in the upper right of the keyboard.|
|Step 2:||There is no step 2. You are good to go.|
There are Bloomberg terminals in the Management, Hotel, and Mann libraries. Each library has its own rules regarding usage. Johnson students can also access Bloomberg in the Parker Center.
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.
TOP < GO > - to get to the top 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.
The attached questions will navigate you through the different ways you can find information in Bloomberg as well as give you a sample of what types of information is available.
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