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About the Course

Decentralized Finance: The Future of Finance is a set of four courses taught by Campbell R. Harvey (Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research) that focus on decentralized finance (DeFi). In this first course, we begin by exploring the origins of DeFi and take a broad historical view from the earliest barter economies, such as the first peer-to-peer exchanges of bartering, to present day. The course also looks at historical examples of money having value even though it is not officially backed. We then focus on the key infrastructure components: blockchain, cryptocurrency, smart contracts, oracles, stablecoins and decentralized applications (or dApps). This includes discussion of the mechanics of the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains including cryptographic hashing. Next, we focus on the specific problems that DeFi is designed to solve: inefficiency (costly, slow, and insecure today), limited access (1.7 billion are unbanked), opacity (we need to trust regulators to monitor banks and the regulators have mixed records), centralized control (financial system is oligopolistic imposing higher fees than we would have in a competitive market) and lack of interoperability (it is difficult to move funds from one financial institution to another today). The course closes by exploring many of the myths about the crypto space....

Top reviews

NA

Jan 13, 2022

I have fore-read about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, yet, this course was an excellent way to structure and review my knowledge. I am sure to join the next course of this specialization!

TN

Apr 12, 2022

Great introduction into DeFi, the professor walks us through key definitions, a bit of history, potential applications and common misunderstandings about this space. Good launching pad to dive deeper

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By Jonathan T

Jun 16, 2022

Clear. Easy. Valid.

By Natalie F

Jul 1, 2022

Great fundamentals

By SOFIA G D L P

Apr 2, 2022

Excellent content

By Robert L

Dec 28, 2021

e​xcellent course

By Rey M M

Jun 29, 2022

Very Informative

By Kidany A V C

Mar 17, 2022

Amazing Course!

By Sergio L A G

Mar 5, 2022

excelente curso

By Rafael G

Feb 18, 2022

Amazing course!

By Emmanuel A

Jan 21, 2022

amazing course

By Rajpal G

Mar 19, 2022

Great Course

By dwayne k

Jan 25, 2022

great course

By Dr. G M A

Mar 17, 2022

E​xcellent!

By Sarthak P

Jun 4, 2022

Great One

By Melvin C

Apr 20, 2022

Fantastic

By Shanthanalakshmi M

Apr 6, 2022

Very good

By Ben K

Dec 9, 2021

Inspiring

By Bruno F

Nov 26, 2021

MUITO BOM

By Joshua H M

Jun 2, 2022

Best

By Michael H

Jan 25, 2022

I expected a bit more technical depth to the course. But didn't realize that it was originally targeted to those with minimal pre-existing knowledge. I also watch the videos at 1.50X speed because the instructor goes a little slow for my taste. again, probably to cater to those new to the material.

By Christopher K

Feb 11, 2022

This is a great intro class to DeFi. If you are in finanace, this is a must take class. The pofessor knows what he is talking about, the pace is perfect for me, and the content is rich.

By Stefan J v R

May 14, 2022

T​he course covers the very basics of Blockchain tech and DeFi in an easy to understand manner. It will allow you to better understand commentary on cryptomarkets in the popular media.

By Nick S

May 29, 2022

I personally would prefer a little bit more challenging tests and more of practical work.

However, I really enjoyed the course and are planning to continue.

By gonzalo c

Mar 15, 2022

v​ery high level, very short course

m​aybe could have more support material to go deeper into some topics but i guess we will do that on part 2 , 3 and 4

By Fadi J

Dec 12, 2021

The course is useful but too much jargon is thrown around in the various models, making it very hard to keep up or truly understand their meaning.