What are the Bloomberg Terminals?
They are computers on campus that have a Bloomberg Professional software program installed and also have unique keyboard. They allow you to access all the news, analytics, communications, charts, liquidity, functionalities and execution services that you need to find relevant financial data.
Where are the Bloomberg Terminals located?
We have 11 Bloomberg Terminals located within the School of Business Building. Upstairs in the United States Steel Corporation Computer Lab Room 210, there are 8 Bloomberg Terminals. Downstairs in the PNC Trading Center Room 118, there are 2 Bloomberg Terminals located in the back of the room near the window, and the instructor computer is also a Bloomberg Terminal for faculty use. There is also 1 Bloomberg Terminal located on the second floor of Massey Hall for Graduate Assistant use.
How do I logon to the Bloomberg Terminals?
To use the Bloomberg Software, logon to one of the Bloomberg Terminals with your RMU username and password. Then, click the Bloomberg icon located on the left-hand side of your desktop to launch the Bloomberg Application.
Once the Bloomberg Application opens, hit the red "DEFAULT" key on your keyboard. Then, if you are a first time user, hit the green "GO" or "Enter" key, leaving the Login Name and Password fields blank.
You will then be prompted to fill out some information to create your account and login. Follow the instructions in the top left-hand corner of the Bloomberg window.
*Make sure you are near a phone, the Bloomberg Application requires a phone call or text message for account verificaiton.
After following the instructions, you are now ready to start using all the resources and data that Bloomberg has to offer.
How do I navigate the Bloomberg keyboard?
The Bloomberg Application is designed to work with a unique keyboard made specifically for the applicaiton. The keyboard is similar to a standard keyboard, however it includes a few extra keys and colors to make using the Bloomberg Application easier.
In the below table, the names of the keys referred to are those names in all capital letters on the keyboard.
For example, the Escape key is labeled with "Esc" and "CANCEL", this key would be named the CANCEL key.
| CONN DEFAULT
|| Login/Logoff |
|| Cancels what you are doing and Returns you to main page|
|| Global law and regulation, litigation, legal analysis, news, etc.|
|| Worldwide sovereign and agency securites|
|| Corporate Debt|
|| Mortgage markets instruments|
|| Continuously issued and short-term dated paper|
|| U.S. municipality issued debt|
|| Preferred securities|
|| ADRs, mutual funds, rights, stocks, options, warrants|
|| Commodities, futures, options, spot rates|
|| Global equity indices, economic indices|
|| Spots, futures, options, forex on over 100 currencies|
|| Portfolio Functions|
|| Rotates between Bloomberg windows|
Pressed after a command to run a function
(Equivalent to an Enter key)
||Returns you to the previous screen|
(Equivalent to a Back key)
Scroll forward within a screen
(Equivalent to a Page Down key)
Scroll backward within a screen
(Equivalent to a Page Up key)
||Press once for the help pages including How Tos and FAQs|
Press twice for live help from the Bloomberg Help Desk
||Perform a keyword search|
||Main News menu|
||Sends the current screen to the Release Station.|
Bloomberg Essentials Training Program
After creating a login, you have access to Bloomberg Essentials or BESS, which includes on-line training videos to become more comfortable with the software. There are both Core Videos and Market Videos offered. Once you have completed a video, you have the option to test your knowledge by taking a Core Exam that covers all of the Core Videos, a Market Exam for each Market Video. If you you pass these Exams with a score of 75% or better, you can earn the Acknowledgement of Completion.