There are two basic ways to find corporate bonds:
If you know the ticker symbol and command code, you can go directly to the information that you want by typing the ticker symbol followed by the command code, e.g. MSFT 2.95 06/01/14 <CORP> DES <GO> for the bond description.
To find government bonds, press the <GOVT> key, type TK and hit <GO> for a list of major government bonds around the world, then select the country and bond type for the bonds in that type, further select the one that you want more information.
Below are some of the commonly used single-security functions. If you are not sure which code you should use while searching Bloomberg, enter a keyword and wait for the choices given by the Bloomberg system and select the code accordingly. If none of the choices are relevant, try another keyword or press the <HELP> key twice to chat real-time with a Bloomberg Help Desk representative.
|CDSW||Credit default swap valuation|
|CRPR||Current and historical ratings for a specific issuer from various rating agencies|
|CRAT||Bloomberg's company ratings|
|HDS||Institutional and insider holdings|
|HP||Historical price table|
|ISSD||Quick overview of the financial data and operations of the security issuer|
|SRCH||Government and corporate bond search|
|TRA||Total return analysis|
|YAS||Yield and spread analysis|
Below are some of the commonly used command codes for market information:
|BANK||Selected global bank and broker monitor|
|BTMM||A comprehensive picture of the current interest rate outlook for a selected country|
|BYFC||Bond yield forecasts|
|CMW||Credit market watch charts|
|GGR||Global summary of government bill, note, and benchmark bond rates for individual countries|
|IYC||International yield curves|
|NIM||New issue monitor|
|RATC||Current and historical credit rating changes for various issuers to evaluate the financial security of the issuer|
|WB||World bond markets|
|YCRV||Yield curve analysis|