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Business Tutorial: Bloomberg

Bloomberg Market Concepts Program (BMC)

The Frederick S. Pardee Management Library currently provides students access to the Bloomberg Market Concepts at Boston University. The Bloomberg Market Concepts is designed to provide users with an introduction to the Bloomberg Professional Service. BMC training uses a series of Training Pages to introduce users to basic Bloomberg functionality with the Core Program and a supplementary Market Sector Program to help users become familiar with finding data and market information using Bloomberg.

General Information

Only available to current Boston University students, staff and faculty.

  • Program enrollment: To sign up for the program you must register with Pardee Library at pardstf@bu.edu
  • Prerequisite/requirements: Participation or enrollment in EMBA, Humphrey Fellowship or doctoral program, MBA students, Mathematical Finance students, faculty, and qualified Finance major undergraduates.
  • Program Contact: Kathleen Berger (bergerkm@bu.edu), 617-353-4312, Monday – Friday 9-5. If you need immediate assistance contact Basilio Serna (bserna@bu.edu) at the Pardee Services Desk, 617-353-4304.
  • Time: Students can work on the program at their own pace. Program participants must sign up to book the Bloomberg terminal and can do so up to one week in advance by e-mailing pardstf@bu.edu or at the Pardee Services Desk. Program participants can book one 1-hour session per day.
  • Library Hours: Be sure to check library hours before you drop in. If you come in before or after the Reference Services hours, remember to consult the sign up sheet located next to the Bloomberg terminal.

Create a New Login

Instructions for Creating your Personal Login for Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC):

  1. Double click the Bloomberg icon on the desktop of the machine to launch Bloomberg.
  2. Once Bloomberg is open, click on  <Enter/GO> to bring up the log-in screen.
  3. Select the Create New Login option below the Login Name and Password boxes.

    Bloomberg Log-in screen
     
  4. Follow the instructions on each screen to fill in your personal information including your BU.edu email address and your cell phone number in order to receive your validation code.
  5. Once Bloomberg has sent you a validation code either via SMS text, automated phone call or email enter it in the appropriate field and press Continue.
  6. Create your personal Password and then '“Click here to return to the login screen”. 

Individual Login Name

  • You must create your own Bloomberg Market Concepts User Login and Password. To do so from the Bloomberg terminal, enter BMC into the amber field on the start screen, then click on <GO> and Create a new login on the front page. You will need to either receive an email or an automated call during this process to validate your user name and password, so please have a cell phone with you or open your email in the browser to retrieve the code from the auto-generated email that will be sent when creating the account.

 

Overview

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 10 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides an introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 5 modules – Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, Equities and Getting Started on the Terminal – woven together from Bloomberg data, news and analytics. BMC is no additional charge on the Terminal. It is available on the web for a fee at www.bloombergforeducation.com

By taking BMC, you will:
>> Learn about the financial markets via 27 learning outcomes.
>> Familiarize yourself with over 70 Bloomberg terminal functions.
>> Solidify your knowledge with over 100 interactive questions.

Course Modules

Economic Indicators - 1 hour

• The Primacy of GDP
• Monitoring GDP
• Forecasting GDP

Currencies - 1 hour

• Currency Market Mechanics
• Currency Valuation
• Central Banks and Currencies
• Currency Risk

Fixed Income - 3 hours

• The Roots of the Bond Market
• Bond Valuation Drivers
• Central Bankers & Interest Rates
• The Yield Curve & Why It Matters
• Movements in the Yield Curve

Equities - 3 hours

• Introducing the Stock Market
• The Nature of Equities
• Equity Research
• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation

Getting Started On The Terminal - 2 hours

• Using the Terminal
• Analyzing the Market
• Exploring the Equity Market
• Discovering the Fixed Income Market
• Building an Equity Portfolio

Exams

As you work through the modules,  there are mini quizzes after each section. Each module has a video component and a navigation panel on the right with a progress indicator (orange circle) that displays how much of the program you have completed when you hover over the progress circle.

 

Certificate of Completion

After completing BMC, the "Certificate" link on the start page will be activated so you can download your certificate of completion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to BMC?

Access to BMC is valid for one year from the registration date. After expiration, you will no longer have access to the course modules, but you will still be able to log into your account to review scores and access Talent Search features. Please not that your BMC expiration is independent of your Terminal login expiration. 

Can I access BMC on my personal computer (i.e. on the web)?

Yes. You can upgrade your BMC account to a web version for a fee. This will allow dual access to BMC on the Bloomberg Terminal and on your personal computer. The upgrade option is available after you login. 

Can I pause a module and resume it at a later date?

Yes. When you log back into the module, it will reopen where you left off.

Can I just do one module?

Yes. However to earn the certificate of completion you must complete all modules.

When do I get the certificate?

When you log in at BMC<GO>, your certificate will be downloadable from the course home page as soon as you have completed all four modules.

Do I  need a calculator to complete the course?

Yes. A basic calculator is sufficient.

Is there a pass/fail mark learners need to achieve in order to obtain the certificate?

No. It is a certificate of completion.

Is my score private?

Yes. Per our Privacy Policy, your personal information and score are private.

Can I download the videos?

No. The videos are the property of Bloomberg LP.

Why am I getting a blank screen when trying to play a video?

Please ensure that you have a recent version of Adobe Flash on your computer and that the Flash plugin is enabled on your Internet browser.

Assistant Head, Information Services

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