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Fintech: The Future of Finance

The University of Texas at Austin via edX Professional Certificate

Overview

The trend in the financial industry is clear: Technology powered financial services is the way of the future, and it is critical that finance professionals have the technology acumen to ensure your firm is not left behind. It is becoming increasingly important for organizations to understand not only the application of expansive technological advancements like AI and machine learning in the area of finance, but also technologies that are integral to the future of financial services like distributed ledgers and algorithmic trading.

The Financial Technology Professional Certificate program provides an overview of the most recent technological advances that are radically changing the financial services industry, and all other industries that rely on automated financial transactions, as a result.

These technological breakthroughs offer new ways for people and organizations to save, invest, borrow, and transact. Learn how new technologies create value in the financial industry, from reducing unit cost, increasing transparency, increasing competition, creating network effects, leveraging economies of scales, and lowering asymmetric information. The program also explores the competitive landscape and the market opportunities and threats for incumbents and new entrants.

The program is divided into 4 courses.

  • Course 1 provides an overview of the Fintech sector
  • Course 2 focuses on distributed ledgers, blockchains, and cryptocurrencies
  • Course 3 analyzes the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the finance industry, from credit scoring models in marketplace lending and crowdfunding, to algorithmic trading and robo-advising
  • Course 4 concentrates on the internet of things, with a focus on insurance and electronic payments, including domestic mobile payments, open banking, and international remittances.

The program will cover both the business opportunities and growth areas in the fintech industry, as well as the technology underpinning the industry, from machine learning to blockchain, APIs and IoTs.

You can enroll in the entire 4-course program to gain a comprehensive knowledge of fintech, or select individual courses to hone in on specific topics and skills. Financial professionals are often required or encouraged to continue their education to practice their profession. For some associations, this program may be used for Continuing Education Credits. Please check with your local or national organization if the program qualifies.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Fintech: Overview of the Fintech Sector

This course provides a review of the most recent technological advances that are radically changing the financial services industry.



Course 2: Fintech: Blockchain for Business and Finance

This course provides a business-oriented examination of blockchain technology and its applications.



Course 3: Fintech: AI & Machine Learning in the Financial Industry

This course provides a detailed explanation of machine learning and its applications in finance.



Course 4: Fintech: IoT and APIs in the Financial Industry

This course provides an in-dept review of the technology of payments, API, open banking, insurtech and Internet-of-Things in finance.



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Taught by

Cesare Fracassi

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