Business Resources for the Undergraduate Business Minor

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

DUE TO COVID-19 BLOOMBERG IS ALLOWING VU STUDENTS TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND ACCESS BMC VIA THEIR WEBSITE AT NO ADDITIONAL FEE; MUST BE STARTED BY 6/01/2021.

Navigate to the BMC login page, create an account using your VU email address, and use course code 7C9WKBM3QT.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an interactive introduction to financial markets. It utilizes the Bloomberg Professional Terminal and functions, such as LaunchPad, 

  • 14 hours, self-paced, e-learning video course
  • Consists of 5 sections:
    • Core Concepts: 8 hours (4 modules: Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, Equities)
    • Terminal Basics: 2 hours
    • Portfolio Management: 2 hours (launched in August 2019)
    • Equity Options: 2 hours (launched September 2020)
    • Commodities: 2 hours (launched September 2020)
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion (received after completing Core Concepts modules.)
  • Utilizes over 70 Bloomberg Terminal functions

All BMC modules are delivered on the Bloomberg Terminal by video, ear buds required. You do not have to do all modules in one sitting. Having a calculator is handy, you can borrow one from the library.

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Video Modules

Module 1: Economic Indicators: ~ 1 hour

  • Primacy of GDP
  • Monitoring GDP
  • Forecasting GDP

Module 2: Currencies: ~1 hour

  • Currency Market Mechanics
  • Currency Valuation
  • Central Banks and Currencies
  • Currency Risk

Module 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

Module 4: Equities: ~3 hours

  • Introducing the Stock Market
  • The Nature of Equities
  • Equity Research
  • Absolute Valuation
  • Relative Valuation

Module 5: Terminal Basics: ~2 hours

  • Using the Terminal
  • Analyzing the Market
  • Exploring the Equity Market
  • Discovering the Fixed Income Market
  • Building an Equity Portfolio

Module 6: Commodities ~ 2 hours

  • Introduction to Commodities
  • Commodity Fundamentals
  • Commodity Players
  • Commodities Trading

Module 7: Equity Options ~ 2 hours

  • Introduction to Stock Options
  • Using the Language of the Options Market
  • The Role of a Stock Options Trader
  • Basic Multi-leg Strategies

Module 8: Portfolio Management: ~2 hours

  • Defining a Portfolio Manager
  • Generating Ideas
  • Building an Equity Portfolio
  • Analyzing a Portfolio
  • Assessing Portfolio Risk

Quizzes
The program will prompt you to take short three to four question exams throughout the modules.

Certificate of Completion
After all Core Concept modules are complete you will be prompted to download a Certificate of Completion.

Supporting Bloomberg Documents