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What will I learn?

  • The history of cryptocurrency: where we are today and how we got here
  • The importance of the blockchain, wallets, and the ecosystem
  • How to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, while mitigating risk
  • The basics of initial coin offerings (ICO’s) and ICO investment strategies
  • The future of cryptocurrency: where we’ll be tomorrow and how to get there first

This course includes:

  • Two hours of on-demand video, exercises, and interactive content
  • Lifetime access to every video in the course

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Course Curriculum

The Cryptocurrency Debate

  • The History of Bitcoining
  • Bitcoin 2017
  • The Rollercoaster
  • Crypto Not Quite There Yet

Bitcoin and the Blockchain

  • The Blockchain and Its Benefits
  • Impact of Blockchain
  • Blockchain and Wallets
  • Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin
  • How Coins Are Created
  • Difficulty of Mining and Pools

Additional Cryptocurrencies

  • Other Cryptocurrencies
  • Detailing Different Cryptocurrencies
  • Litecoin
  • Ripple
  • Zcash and Monero
  • Ethereum

Initial Coin Offerings

  • Investments in ICO’s
  • ICO’s as Speculative Value
  • Worksheet Business Factors
  • Worksheet Scoring
  • Worsheet Econ Factors
  • Examples of ICO Growth
  • Avoid ICO Scams

The Influential Players

  • Cryptocurrency Whales and Big Investors
  • Proliferation of Funds
  • Government Regulations

How To Get Started

  • Join an Exchange
  • Navigating Exchanges, Making Purchases & Wallets
  • Transaction Information
  • ICO Wallet Setup
  • Buying ICO Currency

What’s Next

  • Visions of the Future
  • Maturity Curve

About the Instructor

Lex SokolinPartner & Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research LLPLex Sokolin (@lexsokolin) is a Fintech entrepreneur and futurist. He is the Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research LLP and is the author of the keystone analysis “Token Mania”. Previously, Lex was the Founder & COO of AdvisorEngine and the Founder & CEO of NestEgg Wealth, and holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University.

Students are Saying…

The course curriculum went beyond my expectations. I enjoyed every part of it starting from the history of bitcoin all the way to how to set up a wallet. I look forward to taking future Investopedia Academy courses!

Kirill Sukhikh
Cryptocurrency for Beginners Student

Options for Beginners is an outstanding course that is well structured and easy to navigate. I really valued the professional approach of Luke. I now feel confident to go out and do some basic options trades after taking this course.

Daniel Tscherry
Options for Beginners student

Research and Trade Like The Pros was very straightforward. As a teacher of Finance, I am excited to teach my students the information from this course. In particular, I have a better understanding of analyzing currencies and commodities because of James and Lex’s professional background and systematic approach. Their methods are widely used by industry professionals.

George Abesadze
Finance Teacher and Aspiring Portfolio Manager

I have an extensive educational background as I earned degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics. Still, I can say that Investopedia’s ‘Become a Day Trader’ was one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. I was completely new to day trading, but now feel confident in my strategy and approach. The course was informative, concise, and David Green’s teaching strategy was excellent.

Rakesh Kapoor
Semi-Retired IT Professional

Investopedia Academy provided me the tools to expand my financial analysis skills with a fun and easy to understand course.

Greg Curl
Project Manager of Algorithmic Lending