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Business Tutorial: Bloomberg

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg is a premier financial services industry data integrator providing news and analytics for over 129 countries and 250 exchanges. Offerings include 24-hour historical and 15-minute delayed securities pricing, news, data, and analysis on companies, markets, and economies. Bloomberg market coverage includes: Government, Equity, Corporate, Mortgage, Money Market, Municipal, Preferred Equity, Commodities, Indices, Currency, and Derivatives.

Bloomberg is accessible via a stand-alone terminal in the Pardee Library. During times of peak usage, users can sign up for half-hour sessions; Bloomberg Market Concepts participants can sign up for one hour-long session a day. Please see the Bloomberg signup binder located next to the Bloomberg Terminal.

Bloomberg Keyboard Basics

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The way to navigate on Bloomberg is to use its menu keys in combination with some command based shortcuts.

GREEN KEYS are ACTION keys.

Enter/GO  use the GO key as you would a return or an enter key on a normal keyboard.

F1/Help – use whenever you cannot find a function. Simply type what are you looking for, hit the F1/Help key and view the results. If you still cannot find an answer to your question, hitting F1/Help twice will send an email to the Bloomberg Help Desk.

Menu – use to navigate from any function back to a menu of related functions.

Pg Up/Pg Down keys – use to navigate through pages of data; or, when viewing charts, to see data used to create the chart.

End Back – use to take you back to the previous screen.

Panel  toggles between the 2 most recently used of the 4 Bloomberg screens which appear when you log in. 

Print – use to print a single page; to print multiple pages, type the number of pages to print and then press the Print key.

ESC/Cancel  use to cancel the current function.

Log Off  Press once to log on using your name/password. Press once to log off.

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YELLOW KEYS are Market Sector Keys

F2/Govt – Displays list of bonds that match a ticker symbol, coupon, and/or maturity that you select, e.g. international & US Government bonds (such as T bonds).

F3/Corp – Corporate debt, corporate bond prices, and yields by company may be found with this function.

F4/Mtge – the Mortgage menu includes information about pools and generics.

F5/M-Mkt – Money Markets includes programs, which are records containing specific issue information. Money markets are for borrowing and lending money for three years or less. The securities in a money market can be US government bonds, Treasury Bills and commercial paper from banks and companies.

F6/Muni – the Municipal markets menu contains info about bonds issued by municipalities in the United States.

F7/Pfd – Preferred pre-markets covers both public and private securities offered by countries (US & UK mostly). Types include fixed-rate issues, zero coupon issues, floating rate notes, variable rate issues, convertibles, and warranties.

F8/Equity – Displays actual trades and information about US & global stocks (listed and Over The Counter/OTC). US equity data goes back to 1980.

F9/Comdty – the Commodity menu has all exchange-listed futures & options contracts of underlying financial & physical products, i.e. gold, wheat, etc.

F10/Index – all Indicative and/or statistical data & market monitor functions are grouped here under specific categories. Two main sections include: markets & leading economic indicators.

F11/Curncy – Current markets/monitors for global currencies.

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Bloomberg Help

The F1/Help  key can be used at any screen or menu level.
At the cursor prompt at the top of the screen enter your term and hit the F1/Help  key.
Example: Beta F1/Help 

You can also email the Bloomberg Help Desk with any questions you have. Hit the  F1/Help  key twice. This will initiate an email window which will allow you to type in your question and communicate with Bloomberg’s Help desk. You will receive a response within 24 hours from the Bloomberg Help desk.

Bloomberg Professional Service

Type in BPS <GO> to access the resource center for cheat sheets for many of the Bloomberg functions.

Bloomberg University

Type in BU <GO> to view upcoming seminars and events, view the latest enhancements and access the Bloomberg resource center.

 

Assistant Head, Information Services

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Kathleen Berger
Contact:
bergerkm@bu.edu
Room 318E
Pardee Library
617-353-4312