Bloomberg – getting started
Oct 11 2012 was our first Bloomberg training session of this academic year. A good time to focus on tips for newcomers. ( Nov 15 – After several training sessions an update to this post seems appropriate.)
Bloomberg Professional provides such a wealth of financial market information that it can be difficult to know where to start. (Just look at the range of topics in Bloomberg Professional tagged posts in this blog)
The best way to learn Bloomberg Professional is to try it out. Resolve to spend 30 mins exploring the range of information available. Here are 4 alternative starting points:
- Create a share price graph for a company.
See – Bloomberg – example equity graph (Nov 2010) and Bloomberg new interface … (Mar 2012)
- View the world equity indices.
See – Bloomberg – financial market overview (Nov 2011)
Select a specific index to drill down to sectors and individual equities
- View recent news.
Use Bloomberg function READ, select interesting stories and follow the hyper-links to other information.
See Browsing Business News – for free (Nov 2012)
- Explore the help.
Use function BU for access to training videos and documents. Type “HELP” and select from functions offered by the predictive searching. See - How can I get help using Bloomberg? from Manchester Business Answers 24/7 (FAQ) for more options.
Unable to get to a Bloomberg terminal – then there is some information about Bloomberg online.