Western Michigan University is a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner, joining a select group of universities worldwide that have the designation.
Bloomberg Terminals are available in the Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, located in the Haworth College of Business, with an additional terminal available in the college’s Computer Research Laboratory.
There are several ways that students are benefiting from the Bloomberg technology.
- Students gain experience with the most widely used financial data computer software system.
- With only a few limitations, such as disabled trade execution, students learn to use a primary tool of Wall Street.
- All finance majors and minors in the college earn the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate as part of the Introduction to Financial Markets course.
- The Student Managed Investment Fund uses Bloomberg Terminals to perform market, industry and company analyses of large market capitalization U.S. stocks. This course manages a WMU Foundation investment portfolio of WMU Foundation funds with the goal of outperforming the S&P 500 Index on a risk-adjusted basis. Using tools available from Bloomberg, students build financial models, present to their classmates, and then vote to determine which companies are included in the portfolio.
- Bloomberg skills are incorporated into classroom instruction, homework assignments and make an appearance on examinations.
- With open access to the Greenleaf Trust Trading Room between and after classes, many students use the Bloomberg Terminal to sharpen their finance skills beyond formal coursework.
Faculty in the Department of Finance and Commercial Law look forward to further growing the ways Bloomberg technology can be incorporated into the curriculum.