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Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

Bloomberg Market Concepts is an overview of financial markets.

Bloomberg is offering free access to Bloomberg Market Concepts via the web, in lieu of a Bloomberg terminal connection, until December 31st, 2021. Starting in January 2022, students will need to be on campus to complete the course on the terminals in the Walker Management Library.

Sign up for a Learner account using your Vanderbilt email address here(A pay screen may appear, but the amount will be $0). Please enter the class code FVRDBHN75G

Students can regularly login to complete the course here: ​



What is BMC

  • Twelve hours, self-paced, e-learning video course
  • Can earn a Certificate of Completion if you complete the Core Concepts (Modules 1-4.)
  • Utilizes over 70 Bloomberg Terminal functions

BMC has six modules, detailed below. Earbuds required. You do not have to complete all modules in one sitting. Having a calculator is handy.

Video Modules

Module 1: Economic Indicators

  • Primacy of GDP
  • Monitoring GDP
  • Forecasting GDP

Module 2: Currencies

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

Module 3: Fixed Income

  • 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

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

Module 5: Getting Started on the Terminal

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

Module 6: Portfolio Management

  • Describe the role of a portfolio manager
  • Generate ideas and perform extensive research on investment ideas for a portfolio
  • Create a portfolio using screening tools
  • Use PORT to analyze historical performance and risk metrics
  • Use PORT to evaluate future risk and opportunities for a portfolio

The program will prompt you to take short three to four question exams throughout each module.

Certificate of Completion
If you complete all four Core Concept modules (1-4) you will be prompted to download a Certificate of Completion