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CFA Institute Introduces Data Science Certificate for Investors

The CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, has launched the Data Science for Investment Professionals Certificate, which aims to provide investors with practical knowledge of the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning in the investment process. Launched due to growing investor interest in learning about AI and machine-learning, the certificate can be undertaken by investment professionals across a variety of roles, including investment analysts, portfolio managers, relationship managers, and traders. “Data science is sweeping the investment industry, but currently only about one in four investment professionals interested in acquiring the necessary knowledge is actively doing so,” said Richard Fernand, Head of Certificate Management at the CFA Institute. “As asset managers continue to adapt to the fast-changing dynamics of the AI, big data, and machine-learning environment, everyone in an investment role will need to understand how they can utilise data science techniques.” Comprised of five interactive courses totalling 100 hours and ending in a final 90-minute assessment, the certificate will cover themes such as describing and evaluating machine-learning techniques, selecting and developing data visualisations using Python and R, and using natural language processing to make investment decisions. Fernand said: “These skills will be key for professionals wishing to position themselves for the growing number of jobs found at the intersection of data science and investment management.” 

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