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Bloomberg Professional: Excel Add-in

This guide is designed to cover the basics of navigating through Bloomberg Professional, and retrieving financial news and information.


Bloomberg Excel Add-In

Bloomberg Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to deliver Bloomberg data into MS Excel spreadsheet for analysis and calculations. The Data Wizard is a handy feature to retreive various types of data from Bloomberg.

Data Wizard

Click the Real-Time/Historical icon to open the Data Wizard.

  • Market, Reference, Analytical, Data Sets
    - allows you to retrieve the most recent data from over 500 data fields
  • Historical End of Day
    - end of day market, fundamental and analytical data for a specified time period
  • Historical Intraday Bars
    - intraday market data for defined time interval (e.g. 1 min, 2 min, etc), based on bid, ask or trade events.
  • Historical Intraday Ticks
    - intraday market ticks for time increment, based on bid, ask, or trade events.


API Download Limit

BBG Excel N/A Limit

If you have "N/A Limit" on your Excel spreadsheet when extracting data on Bloomberg, it means that you have reached the API download limit on that machine (learn more about other error codes). Generally speaking, there are 3 types of API download limits:

  1. Daily Limit: 500,000 hits per day where five fields with ten securities would count as 50 hits for example. (Error code for usage exceeding daily limit: #N/A Daily)
  2. Monthly Limit: 5000-7000 unique identifiers per month. (Error code for usage exceeding monthly limit: #N/A Review)
  3. Real-time Limit: 3500 consecutive real time requests at any one time.

If we have surpassed the monthly API download limit, you will have to wait until the start of the next month for the limit to be reinstated, so use the API quota wisely. There are also other ways to export Bloomberg data without using the quota. 

1. Historical Closing Price

If you want to get a time series of closing price for a stock (e.g. Cheung Kong Holdings; BBG Ticker: 1 HK <EQUITY>)


  • On Bloomberg screen, type 1 HK <EQUITY> GPO, then hit <GO>.
  • Select Edit on the toolbar, and choose Copy Data to Clipboard.
  • Paste your selection onto the spreadsheet.


2. Balance Sheet/Income Statement Items

To extract accounting items for a company (e.g. Cheung Kong Holdings; BBG Ticker: 1 HK <EQUITY>) from Bloomberg, you can

BBG Financial Analysis Output

  • On Bloomberg screen, type 1 HK <EQUITY> FA, then hit <GO>.
  • Select Output > Excel on the toolbar, click Save As and select your save location.

Installing Bloomberg Excel Add-In

If you are using the Excel Add-In for the first time, or if the Add-in does not appear in Excel, please follow these installation steps:

1) Log into Bloomberg using the unique Bloomberg login for each terminal.
2) Go to Desktop, open the MS Office 2016 folder, then open Excel and close it.
3) Go back to Desktop, click on the BBAddIn.exe file to install the Excel Add-In.

4) Once installed, the Bloomberg tab will appear in the Excel ribbon.
5) Need assistance? Contact the Library (Email:, WhatsApp: 9701-1055).

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