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MMPA: Integrated Case Competitions Guide

A research guide to support the industry and valuation research associated with the MMPA Integrated Case Competitions

BLOOMBERG: THE BASICS

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Bloomberg offers:

  • close-to-real-time and historical public company, industry, market and economic data;
  • charting and portfolio management applications;
  • real-time news from hundreds of sources, including Bloomberg's own newswire service, and
  • intelligence and market research licensed from hundreds of third-party suppliers.

Bloomberg is normally only available in the FLC on our three terminals.  While the FLC is closed, we are providing remote access to Bloomberg terminals online through a special web-enabled service.  

To access Bloomberg remotely, please follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you have an active Bloomberg Terminal account (see below for details).
  2. Reserve a 1-hour time-slot on the FLC's booking calendar for Bloomberg.
    • Our system for remote access to Bloomberg only supports one user at a time; using Bloomberg without booking in advance may 'bump' other users.  Please respect your fellow users and reserve in advance.
  3. Download Citrix Receiver from here; this is required to access Bloomberg.  NOTE: If using Microsoft Edge, Chrome or Firefox browsers, Bloomberg can only recognize the Citrix client if it is downloaded from this link.
  4. Log-in to Bloomberg at your reserved time. 
  5. Click on the Citrix Receiver file to launch Bloomberg.
  6. Log-off from Bloomberg at the end of your session.

At the start of your reserved session, visit: https://bba.bloomberg.com/ to log-in. 

Remember: Bloomberg will send a validation code each and every time you log in to authenticate you as a user - please check your official University email account or your cell phone for the required passcode.

BLOOMBERG: ACCOUNTS

You will need an active Bloomberg Terminal account in order to access Bloomberg remotely.  Please ensure you have an active existing OR new account BEFORE your session starts.

If you do not already have a Bloomberg Terminal account, please do the following:

  1. Visit the Bloomberg Education Portal.
  2. Sign up for a Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) account with your university email account, i.e. firstname.lastname@utoronto.ca
  3. Log into BMC and click the 'Terminal Access' tab from the top menu bar
  4. Choose ‘Request a Terminal Login’.  After completing and submitting the form, you will receive a call from a Bloomberg Education representative who will verify your information and walk you through the registration process.

If you have an active Bloomberg Terminal account but have forgotten your password, please visit the Bloomberg Education Portal to reset your password.

If you have a Bloomberg Terminal account but it has been inactivated, please contact Bloomberg’s Help Desk at +1 416 203 5788. Other international Help Desk contacts can be found here.

If you experience other account issues, please contact Bloomberg’s Help Desk at +1 416 203 5788. Other international Help Desk contacts can be found here.

BLOOMBERG: COMPANY RESEARCH

Type the company's name or ticker symbol in the top search box (look for the blinking blue cursor) to locate your company.  Bloomberg will auto-suggest matches as you type.  Almost all companies will be listed under 'Securities'. 

Use the menu to drill down to various kinds of information about a company.  These may include:

  • DE: Descriptive company information
    • Click on the 'More...' at the end of the brief description to link to the full Hoover's profile
  • CN: News about the company
    • Use the yellow search-box to search for stories referencing a specific keyword
    • Use the filters above the headlines - 'Sources', 'All Dates', 'Language', 'Time' - to filter your search results
  • FA: Statement and ratio data, together with specialized ESG (environmental, social and governance) data
  • BRC:  Investment research reports that can be downloaded as PDFs
  • BICO: in-depth company profiles available from Bloomberg's Business Intelligence analysts
    • Only large companies are covered by BI

To find mergers & acquisitions involving a company

  • Type MA in the top search bar
  • Enter the company name in the yellow search box; all transactions involving the company will appear
    • To remove join ventures, buy-backs or spin-offs from the deal list, un-select the 'Other' box.
    • To remove private equity or venture capital investments from the deal list, un-select the 'Investments box.
    • To limit results to deals involving a company solely as an acquirer or as a target, select the red 'Edit Search' button and select the criteria listed under 'Selected Search Criteria' to make the appropriate changes.  Additional filters for date, deal status, deal size, premium, deal multiple, can also be applied here.