November 2006

http://bloomberg.com

http://bloomberg.com

Bloomberg.com is an online provider of up-to-the-minute financial news, data, and analysis. Because it is part of the larger Bloomberg Media group—which includes news, publishing, television, and radio broadcast services—the site offers access to a wide range of sources in many types of formats. There are links to written content like news articles and editorials, but there are also audio and video reports, charts and graphs, customizable investment tools, and even RSS feeds and podcasts. The site does cover topics like politics, sports, travel, art, and culture, but the focus is definitely on the world of global capitalism, with information on financial markets in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

The menu options are straightforward, providing access to categories like:

  • News, with submenus linking to articles on global, regional, economic, political, industrial, editorial, sports, and cultural news and information.
  • Market Data, which includes sections on stocks, rates and bonds, currencies, mutual funds, ETFs, commodities, and a calendar of upcoming economic indicators and events.
  • Investment Tools, consisting of a chart builder, portfolio tracker, market monitor, fund center, calculators, tutorials, and a glossary.

As these examples suggest, Bloomberg.com is intended for those with a strong interest in the forces driving the world economy. The site assumes its readership has a fairly solid knowledge of economics, although novices will find plenty of basic financial information, including helpful tutorials and a comprehensive glossary. Despite its highbrow content, the design of Bloomberg.com is remarkably user-friendly. Unlike many other financial websites, the site is eye-catching and intuitive, with few intrusive advertisements. This ease of use makes Bloomberg.com an ideal portal for anyone conducting financial research or simply looking for the latest economic news.

Reviewer: Jeremy Salfen, FIDM Library Staff Member, S.F.