- Blockchain and cryptocurrencies being assimilated into mainstream finance
- Equity analysts must now study blockchain and cryptocurrencies
- CIIX offers course in cryptocurrency trading in New York City
From 2019, aspiring Chartered Financial Analysts (CFAs) will have to tackle topics on cryptocurrencies and blockchain as part of a new curriculum covering ‘Fintech in Investment Management’, for the CFA Institute has updated its syllabus in response to intense interest from the equity research and fund management communities. Referring to blockchain, the technology that underlies bitcoin and other alt-currencies, Stephen Horan, managing director for general education and curriculum at the CFA Institute, commented, “This is not a passing fad. We saw the field advancing more quickly than other fields and we also saw it as more durable”, according to a Bloomberg report (http://nnw.fm/ChF0g). So did ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX), which in April 2018 announced plans to launch its Bitcoin Trading Academy. Now the company, which hosts a leading financial information portal for Chinese-speaking investors in mainland China and the Diasporas, has officially launched the program, which offers instruction in cryptocurrency trading (http://nnw.fm/4AJfr). With the update to its programs, the CFA Institute appears to be following the lead set by CIIX.
That neither cryptocurrencies nor blockchain appear to be passing fads is becoming increasingly evident. Bitcoin futures were first traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in December 2017, and contracts can now be bought and sold at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the world’s largest…
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