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Bloomberg Guide

Learn how to access and use Bloomberg at NYU Libraries.

What is Bloomberg Market Concepts?

Certification of Completion from BMC imageBloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), also known as Bloomberg Certification, is a self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to financial markets and the core functionality of the Bloomberg terminal. It takes ~8 hours to complete and progress is saved automatically. After finishing BMC, Bloomberg provides a "Certificate of Completion". 

BMC Modules Required for Certificate:

  1. Economic Indicators (~1 hour): The primacy of GDP; monitoring GDP; forecasting GDP.
  2. Currencies (~1 hour): Currency market mechanics; currency valuation; central banks and currencies; currency risk.
  3. Fixed Income (~3 hours): The roots of the bond market, bond valuation drivers; central bankers and interest rates; the yield curve and why it matters; movements in the yield curve.
  4. Equities (~3 hours): Introducing the stock market; the nature of equities; equity research; absolute valuation; relative valuation.

Optional BMC Modules: 

  1. Terminal Basics (~2 hours): Using the terminal; analyzing the market; exploring the equity market; discovering the fixed income market; building an equity portfolio.
  2. Commodities: Intro to commodities; commodity fundamentals; commodity players; commodity training.
  3. Equity Options: Intro to stock options; using the language of the options market; the role of a stock options trader; basic multi-leg strategies.
  4. Portfolio Management (~2 hours): Defining a portfolio manager; generating ideas; building an equity portfolio; analyzing a portfolio; assessing portfolio risk.

Enrolling in Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

Any NYU student can take the BMC course at the Bloomberg terminal or on the Bloomberg for Education website at no cost.

On the Web: Navigate to the Bloomberg for Education web portal and sign up with your email address to enroll (if you have not done so already).

At the Terminal:

  1. Run the function BMC<GO> by entering BMC into the command line and hitting "enter".
  2. Plug your headphones into the back of the Bloomberg keyboard.
  3. For further instructions, see Bloomberg's "Instructions for BMC" guide.

At present, please do not take BMC on the terminal in order to reduce congestion.

BMC Help

  • At the terminal: Use BMC <GO> to view FAQs and support materials.
  • On the website: Email support at

Teach with BMC

Professor Accounts and Class Codes: Instructors who would like to require that their students complete BMC for a class can do so by requesting a professor account on the BMC website. A professor account allows you to set up class codes, invite learners to participate, track learner progress, and receive detailed score reports.

Teaching Beyond BMC

Bloomberg ESG analyst in Stern classroom.

Sample Syllabi: Bloomberg maintains a list of syllabi from major research universities to help you integrate Bloomberg into your class.

Analyst-Led Trainings:

  • NYU faculty may request custom, advanced Bloomberg trainings led by an analyst either in-person or via webinar. Reach out directly or ask one of our librarians to assist. Pictured: An ESG data specialist from Bloomberg guest lectures in a Stern sustainability class.
  • Use the <SMNR> command to see if any upcoming trainings might be appropriate for your class. Trainings are held virtually and at Bloomberg headquarters in Midtown (731 Lexington Ave).