BUEC Buzz blog
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>
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...>
<My apologies in advance: this post is full of numbers. It's hard to avoid -- the numbers tell quite a story... one that I think is worth hearing.>
I was just browsing through the help files in our ORBIS database (that's what a bus/econ librarian does for fun -- seriously!) when I came across an amazing spreadsheet.
Okay, I'll freely admit that not everyone will see the amazingness behind those numbers. Let me explain...
The sheet outlines the coverage of ORBIS across different countries. More specifically, it tells us the depth of the coverage of companies based in almost every country in the world. That is, it lists how many companies ORBIS is tracking in each country, and how much information it has on those companies (detailed, limited, or no financials).
Still with me? Great! Here come the numbers... <more>
SFU is a member of CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis), which means that our faculty and students get deep discounts on any in-person courses that CARMA arranges... and I see there are couple such sessions coming up in early June at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan... <more>
One of the big news stories of the day is the bill tabled by our federal government about legalizing marijuana. (See: Bill: C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts)
I heard today that Thomson Reuters is going to be offering some free webinars for subscribers of their Eikon & Datastream databases. Fortunately, that means all SFU researchers are eligible to join in!
Read on for details on the three webinars they've got queued up, as well as for details on some "on demand" online training options that will help you make the most use of our newest resource. ...<more>
My apologies for the last-minute notice on this one... I've just heard about a webinar that may be of interest to students and faculty in accounting and finance.
This Wednesday (April 12, 2017), from 2:30-3:30 Pacific time, Professor Aswath Damodaran from NYU Stern will discuss his new book on valuation “Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business” and answer questions.
"The webinar will include segments on how to value a range of companies, from start-ups like Uber to established firms like Ferrari... <more>
I'm very pleased to report that SFU researchers at our Surrey campus now have access to the powerful database I announced last month: Thomson Reuters Eikon + Dastastream! It's installed on one of the workstations in our Fraser Library at SFU Surrey, which means that you can now use this database at each of SFU's three campuses. ... <more>
Did you know...
Archers are overrepresented, given their numbers in the Canadian population overall, among those who consider themselves cutting edge when it comes to electronics (i.e., the first to buy new electronic gadgets) AND archers are also overrepresented among Canadians who report having taken on the care of an elderly relative in the last year?
Canadians who fit in the “Driving Miss Daisy” psychographic cluster are overrepresented among those who have 3 or more cats, yet significantly underrepresented among those who possess more than $1 million in securities and savings?
... and more ...