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Bloomberg Professional Introduction: Overview

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Bloomberg Professional is the online financial data service founded back in 1981 by Michael Bloomberg, formerly the mayor of New York City.

The Data and Visualization Services Department of Perkins Library has three Bloomberg Terminals in the Brandaleone Lab for Data and Visualization Services in The/Edge on the first floor of the Bostock Library. The terminals are made possible with the generous assistance of the Duke Financial Economics Center in the Duke Department of Economics.

In the past, West Campus users would need to travel to the Ford Library at the Fuqua School of Business, which is also still available.  This arrangement allows them to access the Bloomberg service whenever Perkins Library is open.  The service is available only to Duke students, faculty, and staff.

What's in Bloomberg

Bloomberg Professional provides current and recent historical financial data on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, futures, and foreign exchange for both international and domestic markets.

It also provides news on worldwide financial markets and industries as well as economic data for the countries of the world.  Additionally, it provides company profiles, company financial statements and filings, analysts' forecasts, and audio and video interviews and presentations by key players in business and finance (the Bloomberg Forum).

The Bloomberg Excel Add-in is a tool that delivers Bloomberg data directly into an Excel spreadsheet for custom analysis and calculations.

Limitations of Educational License

Bloomberg for Education doesn't have the full functionality of the commercial version of Bloomberg Professional.  For instance, there is a lag in stock quotes and data that makes it incompatible for real-time analysis or trading, it has more limited downloading capabilities, and of course there's no online trading.

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