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Don M. Chance, Ph.D., CFA

James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies
& Professor of Finance
Louisiana State University

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Contact Information:
Office:  2909 Business Education Complex
Phone:  225-578-0372
Fax:  225-578-6366
email:  dchance@lsu.edu
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Snail Mail Address:
Department of Finance
2909 Business Education Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA  70803


Summer 2014 Teaching Schedule:
Not teaching



Summer 2014 Office Hours:
No formal office hours; please email





Don M. Chance, Ph.D., CFA, holds the James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies and is Professor of Finance at the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. He previously held the William H. Wright, Jr. Endowed Chair for Financial Services at LSU, and the First Union Professorship in Financial Risk Management at Virginia Tech.  Prior to his academic career, he worked for a large southeastern bank.  He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Adelaide (Australia), the University of Strathclyde (Scotland), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  Professor Chance has had numerous articles published in academic and practitioner journals and has authored three books:  An Introduction to Derivatives and Risk Management (9th ed.) co-authored with Robert Brooks, Essays in Derivatives:  Risk Transfer Tools and Topics Made Easy (2nd ed.), and Analysis of Derivatives for the CFA Program.  His recent research examines asset allocation and investment performance measurement, executive stock pricing when managers can influence the stock price, corporations who accept blame and blame others, dividends as options, computational bias in the implied volatility smile, and benchmarking Type I error in security selection.  Professor Chance also has an interest in the application of probability theory to sports.  He had a paper published on Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, and he is currently researching the application of conditional probability to the distribution of games in the World Series and NBA Finals.  He is often quoted in the media on matters related to derivatives and risk management as well as financial markets and the economy in general.  He has extensive experience conducting professional training programs, and his consulting practice (Omega Risk Advisors, LLC) serves companies, organizations, and law firms.  He is also involved in the development and writing of the derivatives curriculum in the C.F.A. program.  In his spare time he plays guitar, sings, composes music, and has performed in a band and as solo act. 

Google Scholar citations page link

SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network) page link

My Vita and Information about me:

The following links take you to various parts of my web-based vita, which is a summary of my work.  Email me for a detailed vita.

Research Material:

Link to this site for various research-related items (collections of links, journals, bibliographies, reading lists, etc.)

Instructional Material:

Link to this site for a collection of short technical notes on derivatives, class-related material, and other pedagogical odds and ends.  Lots of good free stuff.  People seem to really like this material.

Miscellaneous Professional Material

Link to this site for an assortment of professional items, mostly related to derivatives, finance, and academics.

Personal Stuff

Just some stuff I compiled revealing my other side(s):


- And for those of you who can't get back to the other key places on our site:

My official LSU home page To LSU Department of Finance Home Page To Ourso College of Business Home Page To LSU Home Page

Last updated:  May 26, 2014