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Bloomberg Guide: Bloomberg Certification (BMC)

Learn how to access and use Bloomberg at NYU Libraries.

What is Bloomberg Market Concepts?

Screenshot of the certificate of completion.

Bloomberg 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 and Subsections:

  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.
  5. 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.
  6. Coming soon: Portfolio Management: A new module focused on the portfolio (PORT) command will debut in August 2019.

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 @nyu.edu email address to enroll.

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 the "Instructions for BMC" guide.

BMC Help

Use BMC <GO> to view FAQs and support materials.

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

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.
  • Use the <SMNR> command to see if any upcoming trainings might be appropriate for your class.