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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:
- 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.
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
||Bloomberg Market Concepts 8-hour training course covering 70 functions across equities, fixed income, economics, and currencies
||Bloomberg resource center for quick guides on market sectors and include top functions
||for industry analysis covering a number of industries such as pharma, energy, financials, etc.
||Periodic news and updates from Bloomberg on economics, investing, deals, and regulation.
||the Bloomberg message system
||to retrieve Help desk messages
||to get news from around the world updated constantly and can be filtered by topic, language, and date
||to view job listings
||for key rates
||world equity indices lists the benchmark indices by geography
||for new issues
||Bloomberg Help and Learning for training on launchpad, Excel API, and specific markets
||find upcoming and past economic releases
||for world economic releases
||Global commodity prices & data
||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.
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.
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.