A while back I came across something in Bloomberg called the BAT, i.e., the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, which allows Wall Street job-seeking candidates to showcase their financial skills and get their names in front of more employers.
At the time I thought, “Hey, I should investigate that for my LBS readers.”
But then summer arrived, the golf course called my name, and I forgot all about it. Lucky for me and for you, an LBS reader who was working social media for Bloomberg contacted me about doing a guest article on the BAT.
But before I introduce our guest, let me tell you a little bit about Bloomberg.
Besides Excel, Bloomberg is probably the most important tool on Wall Street. It is a never-ending warehouse of financial information: stock prices, stock charts, stock news, fundamental data, economic data, and so on. It is the backbone of nearly all securities analysis.
But that’s not the best part about Bloomberg. The best part is the keyboard. I even snapped a photo of my Bloomberg keyboard to show you. It looks like an unraveled Rubik’s Cube. It looks like it could launch satellites from the 1980s. It was probably used in the movie War Games. (If you don’t know this movie, please don’t ask. It just means I’m getting old. Also, was that a second Matthew Broderick movie reference? Moving on …)
The Bloomberg keyboard is even indestructible. Seriously, you can beat on that keyboard all you want, and it keeps on typing.
Well, that’s enough of me gushing over my Bloomberg keyboard. Let’s get to the BAT. Enter Brenner Spear from the Bloomberg Institute: