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Approx. 11 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Module 1: Robo-Advising

What are Robo-advisers and how do they add value to the customers? This module was designed to give you foundational knowledge of Modern Portfolio Theory and Robo-Advising. You’ll identify and analyze the building blocks of robo-advising, and gain a better understanding of how robo-advisers deliver high-impact investment advice at high volume and low costs. Through the framework of Modern Portfolio Theory, you’ll learn key concepts such as Mean Variance Optimization, the importance of diversification, and the foundations of Index Mutual Funds. By the end of this module, you’ll be better able to assess the risks and benefits of traditional investment advising to secure a better return on your investments.

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8 videos (Total 80 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
Overview10m
Portfolio Theory9m
Mean Variance Optimization - Part 113m
Mean Variance Optimization - Part 212m
Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) & Mutual Funds14m
Target Date Funds12m
Customization6m
1 reading
Module 1 Lecture Slides10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz: Robo-Advising
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Crowdfunding

In this module, you’ll examine the promises and challenges of crowdfunding, and look closely at impact Investing. First, you'll explore the risks behind investing through crowdfunding. You’ll also learn about the JOBS Act of 2012 and identify the new approaches to finance innovation caused by the statute. Through calculation of the costs of using crowdfunding for investment, you’ll analyze the value "the wisdom of crowds" and gauge the risks and rewards of impact investing. By the end of this module, you’ll have a framework for thinking of the challenges that crowdfunding presents and how to overcome them effectively while exerting sustainable and meaningful impact.

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6 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Raising Capital17m
Looking Back at the JOBS Act22m
Cost of Crowdfunding21m
Learning from the Crowd12m
Impact Investing11m
1 reading
Module 2 Lecture Slides10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz: Crowdfunding
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Module 3: Marketplace Lending

In this module, you’ll examine peer-to-peer lending and its effect on the consumer credit landscape and marketplace lending. Through identification and understanding of the different types of debt in an average household, you’ll develop the analytical skills to exploit opportunities to use financial technologies to improve your financial health. You’ll also discover the value of peer-to-peer lending platforms and how they offer an alternative method to financing debt. By the end of this module, you’ll gain a better understanding of the current consumer credit landscape and be able to better analyze the methodology behind fintech companies that refinance loans for consumers.

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5 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
The Consumer Credit Landscape18m
Evolution of Peer to Peer Lending19m
Student Loan Debt9m
Lending to Small Businesses7m
1 reading
Module 3 Lecture Slides10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz: Marketplace Lending
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Module 4: Case Studies

This module was designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore successful fintech companies in action, so you can develop an understanding of how the capabilities of fintech can be form the foundations of new business models. David Klein, CEO of CommonBond, and Jackie Reses, Capital Lead of Square, provide deeper insights into the evolution of fintech, and explain how their organizations effectively utilized fintech's benefits while overcoming its challenges. By the end of this module, you’ll have a better understanding of the practical applications of fintech in an organization and fintech's potential for creating new market opportunities.

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2 videos (Total 30 min)
2 videos
Creating the New Frontier of FinTech - CommonBond20m

Instructor

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David Musto

Ronald O. Perelman Professor in Finance
Finance

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

About the Fintech: Foundations & Applications of Financial Technology Specialization

Wharton's Fintech Specialization is designed to introduce you to the fundamental building blocks of financial technologies and real-world applications through case studies of Wharton-led companies in the field. You'll learn the the essential components of technology-driven financial strategies, from complex regulations to cryptocurrency to portfolio optimization. You'll also learn how modern investment strategies deploy technology to produce optimal results, explore the disruptive force of changing payment methods, analyze the changing regulatory landscape, and gain a deeper understanding of robo-advising, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, and blockchain. By the end of this Specialization, you'll be able to make informed decisions about deploying financial technologies for yourself or for your business, giving you a competitive advantage in using the latest financial innovations....
Fintech: Foundations & Applications of Financial Technology

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