CFA Adds Crypto and Blockchain as Exam Topics
With news last month of the CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) institute adding cryptocurrencies and blockchain to the to the first and second level exams of the rigorous three-level program, this may be a strong indicator that cryptocurrencies have “arrived on Wall Street”.
The CFA institute has trained over 150,000 financial professionals internationally and is often considered to be the key certification for those wanting to become investment professionals, particularly in the areas of research and portfolio management. With Stephen Horan managing director for general education and curriculum at CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia stated, “This is not a passing fad”.
The introduction of crypto and blockchain as topics in the fintech portion of the exams can be seen as a signal that the future of investing is moving towards the adoption of these types of investments. Specifically, the exams are said to focus on how technologies such as fintech and blockchain may work to improve, unravel or disrupt particular sectors. This sentiment further echoed by the introduction of Bitcoin Futures Trading at leading financial firms.
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