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Financial Technologies

Course code
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2021
Prof. Dr. Besim Burcin Yurtoglu
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
The module studies technology-driven innovations in the financial sector; including the blockchain (cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts), artificial intelligence and machine learning with applications e.g., in digital advisory and trading systems, peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and mobile payment systems. Such innovations can potentially disrupt existing industry structures, reshape their boundaries, and change the way firms create and deliver products and services. At the same time, they create privacy, regulatory and law-enforcement challenges. We study these issues in a format, which combines lectures, case studies, and experts from the industry.
Date Time
Wednesday, 06.01.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 13.01.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 18.01.2021 09:45 - 11:15
Thursday, 21.01.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 03.02.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Thursday, 04.02.2021 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 10.02.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 17.02.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 22.02.2021 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 01.03.2021 16:00 - 17:30
Students will be able to understand the global FinTech landscape and describe the role of banks, financial service providers and the customers in shaping and responding to innovation and disruption. In doing so, the students will focus on the blockchain, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, technologies and analyze the challenges and opportunities offered by its potential applications. The students will also be able to effectively communicate their analysis by being able to present, discuss, and defend their ideas using appropriate terminology.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain (2nd Edition), O’Reilly. Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, Steven Goldfeder, 2016, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, Princeton University Press.Campbell R. Harvey, 2016, Cryptofinance,www.ssrn.comHal Varian, 2004, Why Is That Dollar Bill in Your Pocket Worth Anything? New York Times (January 15, 2004).William Mougayar, 2016, The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology, Wiley.
We study these issues in a format, which combines lectures, project work/case studies, and experts from the industry/guest speakers.
Written Examination & Written Work
No formal reqirements. However, a basic understanding of money and banking and affinity with IT topics is advantageous.
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