Learn Cryptocurrency with CFI

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Cryptocurrency is a new and emerging digital asset that seeks to solve real-world problems of traditional currency and banking. The fundamentals of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, and decentralized finance will become increasingly important as this asset class evolves and undergoes increasing regulations and adoption. Read more
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CFI is focused on finance and offers a range of finance courses, including cryptocurrency courses for beginners and seasoned professionals alike. Our full course offerings can give you the necessary skills to prepare for a future in finance, capital markets, investments, trading, and more.

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What is the MakerDAO and DAI?

The MakerDAO is a cryptocurrency protocol based on the Ethereum blockchain that is the foundation for the stablecoin cryptocurrency DAI, the value of which is...

Decentralized Finance

Decentralized finance (“DeFi”) is the use of secure distributed ledgers to disintermediate the role of traditional institutions to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions between two or more...

What is ERC-20?

ERC-20 is a set of specific standards and rules that governs cryptocurrencies built on the Ethereum blockchain

What are dApps?

Decentralized Applications, or dApps for short, are software applications built upon blockchain technology over a decentralized network

What is a 51% Attack?

A method by which bad actors can potentially reverse or erase existing blockchain transactions by controlling more than 50% of the processing power in Proof-of-Work...
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What Was the Famous DAO Heist?

A real-life cryptocurrency heist from the early days of Ethereum that shook up the crypto world

What Happened to FTX?

The overnight collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Cryptocurrency Exchange from a valuation of over $32 billion to almost nothing was swift and shocking. But what happened?
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How to Start Your Own Cryptocurrency

So you’ve decided to plunge into the world of cryptocurrencies and build your own. How do you get started?
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Block Rewards

New cryptocurrency tokens and transaction fees paid to maintain the integrity of the blockchain
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Cryptocurrency Inflation and Deflation

Inflationary cryptocurrencies are those whose purchasing power declines over time due to increases in supply. In contrast, deflationary cryptocurrencies increase in intrinsic value over time...
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Hash Function

An algorithm that converts a message into a hash value
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A popular digital payment network built on its own blockchain, XRPL
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Why Learn Cryptocurrency with CFI?

As a top provider of online finance analyst certification programs, CFI offers skill development, specialization, and certifications in a wide range of finance topics and trends. Developed with the help of professional Wall Street trainers with over 20 years of experience training new hires at investment banks, our courses combine theory and application for in-depth learning and retention.

Our courses are fully online and self-paced, so you can take courses on your own time, from anywhere, and develop your finance skills.

With our Cryptocurrency courses, you can discover:

The historical definition and characteristics of money
The present landscape of how value is exchanged
Blockchain technology and how it’s used
How Bitcoin is designed
The Ethereum network and how it works with Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications (Dapps)

Who should take these courses?

Cryptocurrency courses are intended for students and finance professionals who are looking to improve their understanding of cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance. Aspiring professionals in capital markets, investing, trading, and other finance disciplines can learn about cryptocurrency and decentralized finance topics to prepare for future career opportunities.

Investment professionals

Management consultants

Financial analysts

Registered Provider: National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

All courses are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US. Most courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders.

Courses include video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that works as a currency of exchange through a computer network that isn’t centralized, like a government or bank. It uses cryptography to secure transactions on a decentralized ledger that can be viewed by any participant. Cryptocurrency can be exchanged in a trustless environment between two unknown parties. It can also be traded on cryptocurrency markets, which are exchanges that allow customers to trade cryptocurrencies for other assets, such as digital currencies or fiat money.

What is a Non-Fungible Token (NFT)

A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is a type of digital asset that uses the same blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies, although it is not a cryptocurrency itself. The “non-fungible” part of the NFT name means that whatever digital asset is contained in the Token is unique and cannot be substituted by something similar. Hence, the owner of the NFT not only is able to prove ownership of the digital asset, but also can prove the authenticity of that digital asset. You can imagine an NFT to be an unchangeable electronic certificate of authenticity for a unique asset.
So far, we have seen NFTs used for collectibles, such as digital art, but since NFTs are digital representations of assets, they can be used in the future for any scarce or unique asset.

How Do You Hold Cryptocurrencies?

While a physical wallet that we keep in our pocket or purse may contain paper money or coins, when it comes to cryptocurrencies, the currency is actually never held by the owner but rather remains on the blockchain and can never leave the blockchain to go anywhere else. However, your proof of ownership of that digital currency is held on a digital wallet.

Each digital wallet will also have a public identifier that will appear when you transact using a cryptocurrency. No visible records of who did what transaction with who, only the identifier of a digital wallet. So, cryptocurrencies are not truly anonymous, but rather pseudonymous.

Digital wallets can be mobile, web-based, desktop, computer-based, stored on a secure physical device, or even physically-stored.

Why Learn Cryptocurrency and Cryptocurrency Trading?

Cryptocurrency and decentralized finance are new and gaining ground. As adoption becomes widespread, the industry will need finance professionals with an in-depth understanding of cryptocurrencies and the decentralized digital value exchange.

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