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Finance: Bloomberg - Online help and training

What is Bloomberg?

Bloomberg Professional is a leading source of detailed market data, news and analytics that is used in trading markets and financial institutions globally. Content includes current (real-time) and historical financial data on currencies and commodities, individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. 

Bloomberg Certification 

Please contact library@aston.ac.uk for the access code.
For schools with 3+ billable terminals we have extended the free access to sign up for BMC via the web until Aug 15th. This means an unlimited number students can sign up to complete BMC in their own time via web access. From the sign up date they have 1 year to complete BMC. We will be conducting an update to our Education website https://portal.bloombergforeducation.com on Tuesday, 23rd June. The purpose of this update is to migrate away from the third-party system that hosts our BMC videos because we will start to host them internally. The goal is to create a more user friendly experience. You can see a quick demo (2 min) of the changes here: https://vimeo.com/429704700

How to access Bloomberg

OFF CAMPUS 
Bloomberg are offering off campus access to University students worldwide. Please navigate to https://portal.bloombergforeducation.com.  Create an account and choose "Terminal" from the toolbar.  The request will be sent to the contact in the College of Business & Social Sciences and they will switch on the access for you.

 

Where are the Bloomberg terminals?

Aston Business School
The main location for the Bloomberg terminals is in the Business School trading room Main Building, Room 214.  The requires swipe access via your UNIcard.  Access is guaranteed to ABS MSc students on financial programmes that have received training on this database.  All other students will need to speak to their supervisor to request access.

 

Aston University Library
There are two Bloomberg terminals in the Library Building.  Each terminal is recognisable by the Bloomberg keyboard.

  • Ground Floor Computer Lab (the terminal is on the first row next to the window)
  • First floor computer by the Library offices. 

The first floor terminal can be booked online to guarantee access to Boomberg.  You can book for two hours at a time.

Bloomberg Certification

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to capital markets. BMC is recognized world wide, and will signal to prospective employers that you have attained a high level of competency in using the Bloomberg Professional Service as well as optimize job performance.

The BMC course consists of 4 modules:

  • Economics,
  • Currencies,
  • Fixed Income,
  • and Equities.

In order to receive your Acknowledgement of Completion, take and pass, with 75% or better, the core exam as well as at least one market sector exam.  You may retake each exam one time.

Bloomberg Keyboard

Colour codes for keys
RED KEYS are STOP keys
GREEN KEYS are ACTION keys
YELLOW KEYS are MARKET SECTOR keys

 

Bloomberg Training Webinars

Bloomberg Student Monthly Webinars

Sign up and gain insight in to how to use the Bloomberg terminal.  The dates and times are (GMT) 

Commodities & Economics

  • 30th October    12:00 - 13:00
  • 27th November 12:00 - 13:00   

 

Equities

  • 29th October    12:00 - 13:00
  • 26th November 12:00 - 13:00

 

Fixed Income

  • 30th October    13:00 - 14:00
  • 27th November 13:00 - 14:00

 

FX

  • 29th October    13:00 - 14:00
  • 26th November 13:00 - 14:00

 

Portfolio Management

  • 31st October    12:00 - 13:00
  • 28th November 12:00 - 13:00

 

Islamic Finance

  • 31st October     13:00 - 14:00
  • 28th November  13:00 - 14:00

 

Bloomberg Query Language
This is useful if you download data reqularly as BQL allows you to do this efficiently

  • 31st October     12:00 - 13:00

Keyboard Tips

Keyboard Tips
            

<GO> is equivalent to ENTER and should follow every function / command to
activate a page.

Menu takes you to the previous screen.
Scroll back within a screen that contains multiple pages.
Scroll forward within a screen that contains multiple pages EX-To move from page 2 to page 15, type 13 and press <Page Fwd>
Manually type LAST to review the last 8 functions used.
Press print once to print the current page.
# is the number of pages you wish to print. So, if this is a 5 page function press 5 and Print.
Press <Help> key once to display the online Help and description of how to use the current function.
Press <Help> key twice to instant message the 24 hour Bloomberg Help Desk.
To see a list of Bloomberg tips and shortcuts.
To see a list of all your historical questions and answers sent to / received from the Bloomberg Help Desk.
Display a graphic of the Bloomberg terminal.
This key appears to the left of the space on your keyboard.  Combine it with:
 

Key +E to open a new file "Explorer" window

Key +D to minimise / restore windows