What is Bloomberg?
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
- Memorize the codes you use most often and
- Know how to get help in Bloomberg to find new codes.
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
|BMC||Bloomberg Market Concepts 8-hour training course covering 70 functions across equities, fixed income, economics, and currencies||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||BHL||Bloomberg Help and Learning for training on launchpad, Excel API, and specific markets|
|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.
Create an Account
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.|
Where is Bloomberg?
There are Bloomberg terminals in the following 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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