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Machine Learning for Finance - Python Fundamentals


Python Fundamentals course overview

Welcome to CFI’s Python Fundamentals Course – Machine Learning for Finance Professionals. The world of finance is changing and now is the time to invest. The skillsets of investment bankers, asset managers, sales and trading professionals are all rapidly evolving and developing a skillset in Python is essential if you want to progress.

CFI has partnered with Machine Learning Edge to bring to you a unique course on the foundations of Python for finance professionals. This course will utilize your Excel knowledge to learn Python in an intuitive and easy way!

Python Course for Finance - Machine Learning

Python is crucial for analyzing big data, and it’s the foundational software used by data scientists for machine learning. Knowing Excel means you already understand the fundamental concepts of programming and computer science.

In this course, you’re going to learn how to apply these Excel concepts to the Python language. We recommend anyone, who is new to excel to take CFI’s Free Excel Crash Course, to ensure a full understanding of the course content.

The course starts by teaching you the basics of Python Programming, which we will use to transition to more advanced topics.

Key concepts the course is going to cover are:

  • How to set-up Anaconda and Jupyter Notebooks for Python
  • Python Native Data Types (Strings, Booleans, Integers, Lists, Tuples, and Sets)
  • Input/output formatting
  • How to build custom functions
  • For loops and conditional logic
  • Using the Numpy and Pandas Package

Python Fundamentals – Learning objectives

This Python Fundamentals course will demonstrate the foundations of Python programming and how it is used in the finance industry. Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Write and execute basic Python code to perform advanced calculation, generate outputs, create variables, abstract from data, etc.
  • Create and manipulate important data structures such as lists, tuples, sets, and dictionaries
  • Use for loops and conditional logic to create your own custom functions
  • Import external packages including Numpy and Pandas
  • Generate random integers and samples
  • Filter, segment, and summarize data

Machine Learning - Python Course for Finance

Numpy and Pandas

The course will teach you how to import and use the Numpy and Pandas package. Learn how to access .csv and .xlxs files in Python, how to filter data with Boolean Masks, how to create indicator variables with .astype(), how to manipulate arrays in the NumPy packages. This is an applied course so every concept that is covered will have applied examples so you can try it yourself! 

Who should take this Python Fundamentals course?

This Python course is for finance professionals and is perfect for beginners who are new to programming and want to learn the foundations of Python. This is the first step in your journey of comprehending machine learning. It is designed for professionals in sales and trading, investment banking, capital markets, asset management, treasury management, corporate development, FP&A, or students working towards a career in these areas.

Excel to Python Fundamentals

Machine Learning for Finance program

The Python Fundamentals course is the first of two courses in the Machine Learning for Finance program provided by CFI and Machine Learning Edge. This program will teach you how to use machine learning to solve real-world problems in finance and investing. The projects you’ll complete are modeled after real, patented algorithms that are being used today to advise Fortune 500 companies on investment banking and capital market decisions.

By the end of the program, you’ll be able to recognize opportunities to solve problems using machine learning in your immediate environment. You will be able to determine the best type of machine learning algorithms for any problem. And you will be able to design original applications using machine learning algorithms such as regression algorithms, and classification algorithms.

Python Fundamentals Course

Machine Learning for Finance - Python Fundamentals


Level 3

Approx 3h to complete

100% online and self-paced

What you'll learn


What our students say

Machine Learning for Finance - Python Fundamnetals
An Excellent introduction to Python, and it very helpful for to enhanced the Machine Learning experience

Achilles Petrides

Great Course on Python Fundamentals
This course helps you learn the most important aspects of python in a very effective way. The videos are clear and informative. The exercises are well thought out.

George Noble

Machine Learning for Finance - Python Fundamentals
The course is well organized to give you a clear understanding of using python for machine learning. Of course you will need to do a lot of practice to cement the concepts learnt but what the course does well is to give you a clear base for you to do that!

Moses Gitonga

Quick and Easy
Great foundation for using python in finance!

Paul Abromeit

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Frequently asked questions

Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
Depending on your enrollment type, you will either have two years, yearly, or monthly access to your courses. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
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What currency are your courses priced in?
All our online courses are priced in USD. We accept debit/credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), PayPal, and wire transfers for one-time course payments. If you wish to proceed with a wire transfer from your bank, please see instructions here.
How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
What is the price of the subscription?
All Access Subscription is priced for $497 per year as Self-Study plan or $897 per year as Full Immersion plan.
What is included in the subscription?
All Access Subscription includes all courses from Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification, Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification, Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® Certification, Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification, Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Specialization.
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