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Lev Kakasenko


  • Harvard University ’16, Management Studies, Managerial Finance and Managerial Accounting
  • Shenzhen University ’17 Graduate Certificate & Excellence Certificate, Chinese Language.

NYIF Courses Completed:

  • Online Professional Certificate in Valuation
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance Professional Certificate
  • Chartered Financial Risk Engineer™ – October 2017
About Lev

Lev interest in finance peaked when he worked as a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine where he had the chance to communicate with investors and join them in their day to day activities.


Lev came to NYIF to expand his knowledge of Quantitative Methods. He initially took online courses and became pleased with the quality of those courses he decided to take NYIF courses in person. He most recently earned his professional certificate in Quantitative Finance and now is a candidate for the elite Chartered Financial Risk Engineer™ program.

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So my name is Lev Kakasenko, I am a CFRE™ candidate at the New York Insitute of Finance, previously I worked for the American Chamber of commerce overseas. While living overseas I was able to meet with investors who look at overseas markets and get the opportunity to use quantitative finance in their day to day work to analyze risks and to make judgement calls to whether or not to invest in emerging markets and that’s how my interest in finance, particularly quantitative finance grew and that’s why I’m at NYIF. And in addition, I study Russian and Chinese and I hope that I have the opportunity to use finance in my career and travel the world since finance is becoming a global industry.

Well my interest in finance started when I was working with the American Chamber of Commerce and I got the chance to talk with investors within the organizations and out in the banks around Ukraine. I got to talk to them and understand the risk they faced when choosing to commit capital to developing countries and I began to learn a lot about currency risk and I became very interested in qualitative finance and was looking for programs to strength my skills in quantitative finance and risk management and that’s how I found the NYIF.

I am very happy with the quality of content from the New York Institute of Finance. I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to sit down with the great teachers who not only work at the New York Institute of Finance but work at different financial institutions and manage money for clients and I really enjoy being able to understand not just the theoretical foundations of the content im learning in Risk Management and finance but also understand from the practitioner side how that’s applied within their organizations so that’s been very interesting to me personally.

The instructors are all very knowledgeable and I’m surprised with the quality of content they’ve been teaching here. The New York Institute of Finance is a relatively small company, but the instructors are some of the best which I believe you can find anywhere in financial education. Jack Farmer is very knowledgeable in the content he teaches specifically related to derivatives pricing he’s been very informative and he help me develop a context around the tools of risk management are used and the limitations that come with using those specific tools in both risk management derivatives and quantitative finance as a whole. He has been really helpful along with some of the other professors. So I’ve been happy with the quality of the content they have been teaching me .

I chose NYIF because I started taking their classes online and I was really happy with the quality of the content specifically with the risk management course and being to see Anton up there talking about how risk management changed and why it is important to larger banks and other institutions and that why I become interested in specifically NYIF because the way they teach is very different from how most other universities and financial training companies teach their content and that why I am here taking their courses in person and apart of the CFRE.

I would certainly recommend NYIF to anyone looking to understand how risk management changed over the years and how finance changed as result of technology, changing economy , changing markets and improve on skills previously learn and addition with anyone with a general interest in finance looking to enter the industry and get an edge over the competition on the job I think all most certainly benefit from NYIF and the courses they offer.

Chartered Financial Risk Engineer™

The CFRE™ curriculum for becoming a Financial Engineer is on the cutting edge of the practice and theory of financial risk management, the fastest growing area of employment in finance. All courses can be completed in-person, online or virtually. Below are 3 of 5 of the fundamental courses of the CFRE™ program.

♦ Derivatives Professional Certificate
Develop a comprehensive, practical understanding of derivative instruments including market conventions, contract specifications, valuation, trading strategies and the regulation of derivatives markets.

♦ Fixed Income Professional Certificate
Develop a complete set of desk-ready skills for fixed income market participants. You will learn how to determine fair values, yields and risk measures for a wide variety of instruments including government bonds, corporate bonds, mortgage securities and fixed income derivatives.

Risk Management Professional Certificate
A comprehensive survey of the practice of Risk Management. The major types of risk are identified, risk management tools and techniques are reviewed and financial regulation is covered.

About NYIF

The New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) is a global leader in professional training for financial services and related industries. NYIF courses cover everything from investment banking, asset pricing, insurance and market structure to financial modeling, treasury operations, and accounting. The New York Institute of Finance has a faculty of industry leaders and offers a range of program delivery options, including self-study, online courses, and in-person classes. Founded by the New York Stock Exchange in 1922, NYIF has trained over 250,000 professionals online and in class, in over 120 countries.

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