Cryptocurrencies added to CFA curriculum

July 16, 2018
Chris Wheal

Candidates for Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) course will find a new segment on cryptocurrencies and blockchain added to their curriculum ready for 2019 exams.

CFA Institute to add cryptocurrencies to curriculum

This news comes on the heels of London School of Economics recent announcement that it was launching a “Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption” course aimed at those wanting theoretical and practical understanding of cryptoassets.

Potential students on the LSE course are promised they will be able “to critically engage with and assess the causes of things in the cryptoasset world – not only in today’s volatile cryptocurrency market, but for years to come.”

Other leading academic institutions such as University of Cambridge, Stanford and NYU are already offering courses around cryptocurrencies, which links a number of academic areas and sparking a turf war.

Race is on

As reported by Bloomberg, crypto and blockchain learning is part of a larger fintech course and will run alongside other subjects to include artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and automated trading.

The topics will be included for the first time next year as part of the Institute’s Level I and Level II curriculum apparently responding to demand. Stephen Horan, managing director for general education and curriculum at CFA Institute said in Bloomberg, “We saw the field advancing more quickly than other fields and we also saw it as more durable.”

However, in spite of academic bullishness, the latest research paper to come out of the University of Chicago outlines the downside. Eric Budish in his economic analysis sees significant inherent constraints to Bitcoin and blockchain, so much so how that it he argues it may not be as viable as it proponents view it in the long run.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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