Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain is an online course that examines all aspects of cryptocurrencies and blockchain for institutional traders and investors. Delegates will learn about the mining and valuation of currencies along with the fundamental and technical factors that influence price. Trading strategies are discussed along with digital currencies’ potential as an asset class for fund and portfolio managers. The mechanics of blockchain are also covered in detail along with the role played by exchanges and regulation going forward.

Schedule: The course takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays over two weeks comprising two hours teaching on each day from 9.30am to 11.45am (UK time) with a 15 minute break.

Tuesday, 12 October
Wednesday, 13 October
Thursday, 14 October
Tuesday 19 October
Wednesday, 20 October
Thursday, 21 October

The course also includes course material and online interaction with the trainer.

Please note: The course is recorded so any sessions that cannot be attended can be taken at a later time.

Introduction to Cryptocurrencies

  • What they are and how they trade
  • Bitcoin and the other major cryptocurrencies
  • What will be the next big thing?
  • How are regulators, exchanges and central banks responding?


  • Its strengths weaknesses and history
  • Its connection with both libertarian ideals and out and out greed
  • What are the problems with Bitcoin as a potential currency
  • Facebook’s Libra: implications and is it a rival to Bitcoin?

Cryptocurrency Mining

  • What is mining and what is its role?
  • Hash values, nonces and the cost of electricity
  • What does a mine look Like?
  • Can you develop your own mining?

Cyptocurrency Trading

  • What fundamentals impact cryptocurrencies
  • Technical trading: patterns, trends and the impact of behavioural finance
  • Fundamental data: how to value cryptocurrencies
  • Artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies

Cyptocurrency Exchanges

Cryptocurrency exchanges vs. Recognised Investment Exchanges (RIE)
Regulation issues institutional clients face
Multiple exchanges & price discrepancies: do arbitrage opportunities exist?

Crypto Funds

  • Cryptocurrencies as an asset class
  • Token crowdsales & initial currency offerings (ICOs): a bridge to a new asset class
  • Does Bitcoin substantially increase Sharpe and Sortino ratios?
  • Portfolio optimization techniques
  • Case studies


  • What is blockchain and how it works
  • How it is being adopted by the financial markets
  • Who is embracing it and its critics
  • What are the social implications?

Profiting Now  from the Future

  • The impact of possible new regulations
  • Security concerns: hacking and fraud and how to deal with it
  • How to invest in crypto technology itself
  • Trading platforms: their risks
  • ICOs
  • Finding unicorns in the forest