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How To: Bloomberg Terminal: Home

Information about the Bloomberg database and terminal.

About 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:

Centralized & Decentralized Database graphs

  • Hierarchical nature of information, but not "main" menu.

 

  • Each market is its own "silo."

 

  • With use of a command, you can jump from silo to silo.

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.

Bloomberg Syntax

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 indices lists the benchmark indices 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 economic 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 indices worldwide. 

Take a look at BHL <GO> for Bloomberg Help and Learning to discover the newest functions and guides. 

Help

Bloomberg Help button 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.

 

 

News

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.

Attribution

This is a revised and adapted version of the Cornell University Libraries' How to: Bloomberg: Getting Started guide, used with permission.