What is Fintech? And how to build a career in Fintech


Earlier this week, CFTE had the pleasure to be invited to speak at an event organised by the Oxford Fintech & SmartLaw Society (Oxford FSS) called the ‘Introduction to Fintech and Fintech Careers’. In actual fact, Oxford FSS was founded by Alfonso Delgado, an alumnus from Around Fintech in 8 Hours (our first online Fintech foundation course) with the evening being organised by another Alumnus, Lukas Wagner and Peter Lewinski. To both of them, our congratulations for organising an event that attracted over 120 students on a Tuesday night! For those of you who know Oxford, you’ll know there is always a multitude of events happening at any one time - pictures from the event here. It also goes to show to growing interest in Fintech among the student community. Now back to the event. The Agenda The focus was very much on giving attendees a good overview of exactly what is Fintech…

CFTE Newsletter: The Expert Perspective


In the first newsletter of 2018, we've launched an all-new segment called the 'expert perspective' where we bring you insights from the leading figures in Fintech and finance helping to build tomorrow's world of finance. This week, we kicked off with insights from our two co-founders...   Tram Anh Nguyen, co-founder of CFTE   Could you give everyone a short intro to yourself?  "I'm an ex-trader who has also worked in wealth management. Quit banking to become an entrepreneur. Believe strongly in lifelong learning so started CFTE to help individuals acquire the new skills of Finance 2.0."   How do you see finance in 10 years? "The way banks hire and train talent will be totally different: people will be from a more diverse background. More digital natives with an adaptive and entrepreneurial mindset!"   A company you like in Fintech? "Love Compte Nickel, for their positive social impact."   Advice to…

2018 Top 5 Fintech Predictions


If 2017 has shown us one thing, it's that the technology revolution has finally come to the financial services industry. With the spotlight firmly fixed on the transformative impact Fintech can have across the entire value chain of banking, we take a look at the top 5 Fintech trends that will continue to redefine finance in 2018. Before we dive in, let's put into context the some of the key events of 2017 that underpin why Fintech is here to stay and why everyone connected to finance needs to understand it's significance: Bitcoin has done a Bitcoin. In 2017, the king of cryptocurrencies saw its value soar like an eagle from $700 to over $16,000. It's undergone a slight correction but don't bet against it rising once more (Check here for latest price). ICOs have financed more companies than venture capital! Revolut, the UK challenger bank, has become the fastest growing “bank” in…

CFTE at Singapore Fintech Festival


CFTE’s Fintech tour of Asia came to a grand conclusion at Singapore Fintech Festival, the biggest Fintech event in the world attracting crowds of over 25,000 people from 100 countries. And what a conclusion it was. A huge bravo to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for organising a spectacular event that drew world-class speakers and members from the global finance community and beyond. From Startups to Fintechs, Regulators, Financial Institutions, Venture Capital Firms, Insurance companies and Universities, they all came together to explore new ways to support global economic growth through Fintech innovation. With so many talking points, we highlight our top 5: #1 Collaboration and knowledge sharing is at the forefront of the fast-growing global Fintech ecosystem, and this was evident at Singapore Fintech Festival. The announcement of the formation of the ASEAN Fintech Network, a platform to connect Fintech hubs across the ASEAN region echoed CFTE’s mission to…

CFTE opens registration for second session of Around Fintech in 8 Hours at Singapore Fintech Festival


Following the success of the first session of Around Fintech in 8 Hours, an online Fintech Foundation course, CFTE is pleased to announce that registrations for the second session, which is released on 11th December, have opened. And to celebrate Singapore Fintech Festival, there is a special £50 discount off the course (discount code: ‘SFFCFTE’) valid until Sunday 19th November 11.59pm. The announcement was made at CFTE’s inaugural event in Singapore, The Future of Finance, the central focus of which was helping professionals understand how to build new skills in a world of digital finance.   [caption id="attachment_715" align="alignnone" width="800"] CFTE co-founder, Tram Anh Nguyen outlining CFTE's vision for education in finance[/caption] It was the stage for the graduation ceremony for participants from the first session to collect their certificates – some of them flying from Australia or Africa - and was held in partnership with LATTICE80, the world’s largest Fintech…

The Around Fintech Update #2


In our previous update, we put the spotlight on Doris, the first-ever person to be certified for Around Fintech in 8 Hours (more on that here). But as more and more people complete the course from across the world we’d like to share their feedback so you can hear what they had to say about CFTE’s first online Fintech course.   “The lecturers were amazing and of course the guest speakers were excellent as well. This is the first online course I have taken and it's so wonderful!” “Being an avid follower of Fintech, I was looking for a foundation course in Fintech from a long time….This foundation course could be excellent starter to anyone who wants to pursue an MBA in finance systems/Fintech/Fintech marketing.”  “The overall program was well structured, practically informative and constructively encouraging, specifically for an entrepreneur of a Fintech startup …I look forward to the next level progression…

The Around Fintech Update #1


"What an incredible course, absolutely love all the content and lectures!" -  Dr. Doris Wang, Taipei   The first cohort of CFTE’s first online Fintech course is well underway And since CFTE is all about ‘firsts’ we thought we’d share with you our first ever graduate from Around Fintech in 8 Hours: meet Dr Doris Wang, CPA (USA), CIA, CGAP, CRMA. We won’t list all her accolades as it would easily fill two pages, but to give you an idea, she is currently a Professor of Accountancy at the National Taipei University, holds a PhD in Accountancy and is Chairman of the Accounting Research and Development Council. The list goes on. So why would someone so experienced and at the top of her profession want to learn Fintech? Her underlying message was simple: if you want to stay at the top you have to evolve and adapt. This urgency was…

Asia: The Land of Fintech Opportunities


  This week CFTE began its Asian Fintech tour of the region’s biggest Fintech hubs including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Why? The potential for Fintech in Asia is massive. From serving the under-banked, through increased access to financial services, to improving economic prosperity for millions, the potential for Fintech to have a positive impact in Asia is huge. The good news is that a number of key developments (other than the growth of China!) are creating strong tail winds to enable the Fintech sector to grow and allowing entrepreneurs, startups, and financial institutions to bring more innovative financial solutions to market. So before we dive into what we’ve been up to this week and our plans for the coming weeks, it’s worth having a look at some of the developments contributing to the growth of Asia’s Fintech ecosystem…   The jigsaw starts to take shape The region has…

How to become a Fintech Pro


2017 was a bumper year for Fintech. 2018 will be even bigger and to make sure you're don't miss out on the bonanza, we've outlined 3 simple steps to help you become a Fintech pro... The fact is Fintech is becoming more and more integrated within financial services. The media frenzy has focused on blockchain and cryptocurrencies but there is so much more to the world of Fintech. Whether you're a financial professional eager to understand the impact Fintech will have on your career or you're interested in uncovering new opportunities, follow our 3 steps and your Fintech journey will well and truly be underway. Step 1: Soft introduction Learning is a pretty logical process. To master any subject, you need to take it slow, especially at the beginning. The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed by definitions, concepts and theoretical frameworks which have little context. So in this crucial first step,…

CFTE Working with Bo Le Associates to Address Growing Opportunities for Fintech Jobs


Furthering our commitment to help professionals working in finance to take advantage of the job opportunities being created by technological innovation, we are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Bo Le Associates. Bo Le Associates is an international executive search services provider, the largest in Asia. They operate across a number of industries including the financial services. With Asia fast growing Fintech ecosystem creating demand for Fintech jobs, we look forward to working with Bo Le to ensure their clientele, CEOs and senior executives of Asia’s fastest-growing companies can access CFTEs talent pool. Please access the full press release here. To learn more about the Fintech courses we will soon be launching, register your email below: First Name Surname Email Address For regular updates, follow us on social media for the latest CFTE updates: LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook