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Still free & still valuable: Updated Bloomberg Markets Certification

Published by Mark Bodnar

Around this time last year, I wrote a blog post extolling the many benefits of Bloomberg Markets Certification (BMC), especially the value of having this free, 8-hour, self-paced course listed on your resume if you're in accounting or finance. 

The benefits haven't changed, but the program has. Bloomberg has just announced that an updated, third edition of BMC is now available. Changes include...  <Read on for details>

New & Improved! Exciting updates to Vividata's data + functionality

Published by Mark Bodnar

Our Vividata Target Snapshot database has new data and new functionality -- just in time for the busy fall semester!  

I'm still exploring it and discovering all the changes, but thought I'd pause to list what I've learned so far: 

Data: Data from the 2016 Q4 survey wave has been added. The data was gathered during the period of 06/30/2016 and 06/30/2017. Sadly, it appears that the older data has been supplanted. That's a pity as it is often useful to compare data across time periods.

Functionality: ... <Read on for the incredibly useful details...>

On tidying up the office... (or not)

Published by Mark Bodnar

Sooo... Staples Advantage Canada has named today "National Clean Your Office Day."  My cynical side sees the obvious marketing ploy, of course, but my I-can't-find-my-desk side grudgingly accepts that perhaps some tidying and organizing (and recycling, scrubbing, airing-out...) might be worth investigating.

It's a small, small world in corporate director-land!

Published by Mark Bodnar

Okay, this is just too cool not to share...

I was just looking for something in our ThomsonOne-Investment Banking database when I noticed a feature that I hadn't really explored before.  Under Screening & Analysis > Individuals > Officers & Directors > Connections I was able to track the connections between two directors or C-suite personnel from different corporations.

On Flash Boys and High Frequency Trading

Published by Mark Bodnar

You may have heard about the new book by Michael Lewis, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, in the last few days.  It's been reviewed, critiqued, excerpted, and discussed in places such as Slate, NYT Magazine, and the