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About the Course

DeFi and the Future of Finance is a set of four courses that focus on decentralized finance. The final course is called DeFi Opportunities and Risks. It is essential that you complete the first three courses: I. DeFi Infrastructure; II. DeFi Primitives; and III. DeFi Deep Dive before beginning the fourth course. The course starts with the premise that an analysis of any new technology must clearly gauge the risks and challenges. Given that DeFi is only a few years old there are plenty of risks. The course begins with the most obvious risk: smart contract risk. Smart contracts are foundational for DeFi. The code of these contracts is public - opening a clear attack vector for hackers. That is, in traditional finance, hackers need to break into a system to get access to the code and data. In DeFi, everything is open source.There are many other risks studied including: Governance risk; Oracle risk; Scaling risk; Decentralized Exchange or DEX risk; Custodial risk; Environmental risk; and Regulatory risk....

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Dec 29, 2021

Excellent overview of the opportunities and risks of DeFi as of the end of 2021. Look forward to helping define the future of DeFi based on the understanding gained from these courses.


Jan 16, 2022

Amazing course specialization! Take all four of these courses. Up to date as of early 2022, unlike the Consesnys course I took prior to this one.

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Feb 28, 2024

It was a very satisfying class, and it would be nice to have a more in-depth course as a master degree course.

By Valdas N

Aug 7, 2022

Many thanks to professor Harvey for the excellent course and perfectly accurate explanations.

By Bharat K

Oct 10, 2023

Even in 2023 (some of it is definitely dated), it is quite relevant and I learned a lot

By Nicholas R K

Mar 15, 2023

Excellent course with a wealth of valuable information and insightful perspectives.

By Josep J S

Mar 21, 2022

Great course! Very well structured and Cam makes it easy to understand.

By Eric S

Nov 11, 2022

Great introduction to DeFi and a very motivated and engaging professor

By Laurel H

Jul 7, 2022

Great course for getting an idea of the basics of the DeFi landscape

By John F

May 19, 2022

Excellent introduction by a great name in finance.

By Anyely S L R

Feb 15, 2022

Excelente formación, agradecida con la oportunidad.

By Beny

Dec 15, 2022

Great course! Professor Harvey is a rock star!

By Lv S

Aug 7, 2022

a very good course gives full picture of defi

By antonio b

Mar 1, 2024

Very instructive and a good introduction!!!

By Prasannakarthik S

Jan 6, 2022

Honest in detailing out the risks of DeFi

By Albert Y

Dec 28, 2021

Excellent introduction to the DeFi Space!

By Jad B

Jan 2, 2022

Simply excellent. Thank you very much!!

By Svarichevskiy R V

Dec 5, 2021

Controled risk is first in investments

By Max Z

Jun 30, 2022

Best foundational course in blockchain

By Yuli K

Feb 3, 2023

What an amazing and deep course!

By Abdellah D

Mar 19, 2023

Very nice very nice!

By Matthias R

Jun 24, 2022

Great course!!

By Victor O

May 13, 2022

We need more .

By Burcu Y

Jan 26, 2022


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Jun 4, 2022

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