The Bloomberg Lab at UTC brings the real world of finance into the classroom, exposing students to the industry-leading Bloomberg Professional® service and giving them an edge when they enter the workplace. The Bloomberg Professional® service is the most powerful and flexible platform used by financial professionals who need real-time data, news and analytics to make more informed business decisions. The system provides news, financial analysis, and historical data for over 67,000 publicly traded companies in over 129 countries and 250 exchanges. Bloomberg market coverage includes: governments, corporate, mortgages, money markets, municipals, equities, commodities, indices, currency, and derivatives.
Where is the Bloomberg Lab located?
To access Bloomberg, you must use the terminals in the Bloomberg Lab in Fletcher Hall 321. The Lab provides terminals, detailed instruction manuals, and live customer support 24/7 from Bloomberg Financial Data Assistants, in more than 15 languages. The Bloomberg Lab also has student proctors available to assist you one-on-one during lab hours.
Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8-hour, self-aced e-learning course that provides an interactive introduction to the financial markets. BMC consists of 4 modules- Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities- woven together from Bloomberg data, news, analytics and television. The course is available through the Bloomberg Professional Service at BMC <GO>. Understanding the resources available through Bloomberg is an invaluable tool for finance and other business majors, greatly enhancing class work. Students can use Bloomberg to perform research on companies, markets, countries, and economies, while learning how to analyze financial markets, assess economic scenarios, and interpret developments that impact the global economy.
Why Get Bloomberg Certified?
With at least 250,000 Bloomberg terminals being used by investment professionals around the world, it’s important for students to have a broad and deep understanding of trading, investing and economics. Corporate recruiters are seeking candidates with competitive technical and financial technology skills, and in an increasingly competitive market Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) gives them the information and insight necessary to contribute as securities professionals right from the beginning.
Faculty, staff, and students currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are eligible to use the Bloomberg Professional® service and enroll in the free Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) certification.
Undergraduate students in FIN3210, FIN4120, and FIN4210 will be required to complete one or more sections of the Bloomberg Market Concepts during the semester in which they are enrolled in the course. Graduate students in FIN5180 will be required to complete the certification process in its entirety. Other students in any major may receive Bloomberg training at his or her pace. To complete the training, students may access the terminals in the Bloomberg Lab in Fletcher Hall room 321, during lab hours. A detailed manual giving step-by-step instructions on the self-paced training is available at the terminal at BMC <GO>.
You have the option of obtaining an Acknowledgement of Completion in up to four market sectors: Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income, and Equities. To earn an acknowledgement in any of the four market sectors, you must log in at a Bloomberg Terminal at BMC <GO>.
To become Bloomberg Certified in all four market sectors, you must complete the 8 hour self-paced e-learning course that provides a visual introduction to the financial markets.
To earn your certification in all four market sectors, it will take approximately 8 hours.
A grade of 75% or greater must be achieved on each exam in order to pass. If your score is lower than 75%, you cannot retake an exam. You are strongly encouraged to take the time you need to explore the system and practice before taking the exams.
The Bloomberg Lab will be closed for the Summer 2016 term. It will reopen for Fall 2016 Semester.
For general computer lab, Fletcher 111 will be open from 8:00-5:00 M-Th and 8:00-3:00 Fridays during the Summer Term. The UTC Library is also a great resource for computer lab use.
The Lab is sometimes closed to students if it is being used for class use or reserved meetings.
Usage is on a first come basis, second only to faculty and departmental use. Sessions are limited to two hours per student, unless there are no other students waiting for a terminal.
If Lab access is needed during closed hours, please see the Dean's Office Receptionist or contact Scott Lyons, IT Administrator for the College of Business, for an arranged appointment. Mr. Lyons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-425-2360.
Bloomberg Lab Proctors are available to offer a brief introduction on the use of the terminal. They are not available to provide extensive hands-on assistance to each Bloomberg user, but will attempt to give limited assistance when possible.
For further information about the Bloomberg Lab, please contact:
Scott Lyons, College of Business IT Administrator