REMOTE ACCESS HAS ENDED: Remote access to the Bloomberg Terminals via Bloomberg Disaster Recovery ended June 30, 2022. Users will need to access Bloomberg Professional using a terminal at the IU Bloomington/ IUPUI campuses. Reserve a time here.
Bloomberg is a media syndicate (similar to the Fox Corporation) specializing in finance and finance software. This guide primarily concerns Bloomberg terminal, or Bloomberg Professional® service, one of the most powerful and flexible platforms for financial professionals who need real-time data, news and analytics.
However, Bloomberg might refer to other things, such as:
Blooomberg can only be accessed via the Bloomberg terminals. There are three terminals in the Business/SPEA Library.
Investopedia's Beginner's Guide to the Bloomberg Terminal
Keyboard Shortcuts (on the terminal)
Ask the reference assistant or email libbus @ indiana.edu
If you're encountering data limits while using the Bloomberg Terminal please note:
You can have no more than 3500 real time fields open at the same time. If you exceed this limit you will see "NA Limit" as error message and you need to delete some securities/fields in order for the error message to disappear and to see the values.
We also have a daily limit. The daily API limit is 500,000 hits/per day. A "hit" is defined as one request for a single security/field pairing. Therefore, if you request static data for 5 fields and 10 securities, that will translate into a total of 500 hits so try to refresh just the portion of the spreadsheet that really needs to be refreshed and avoid refreshing it all or reopening it many times a day.
There is also a monthly limit, however only about 0.4% of the user database ever go over this limit. The limit is based on unique securities and depends on the type of data being downloaded.
Please see the document below for information on managing data usage limits.