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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


Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule:
Not teaching



Fall 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 Macquarie University (Australia), the National University of Singapore, 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, 10th 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 most recent research examines asset allocation and performance measurement, corporations that accept blame and blame others, dividend rights as executive compensation, foreign currency risk management, bias in the volatility smile, and benchmarking Type I error in security selection.  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 authorship of the derivatives and risk management curriculum in the CFA program.  In his spare time he plays guitar, sings, composes music, and has performed in a band and is performing currently as solo guitar/vocal act.  

Previous and Visiting Positions:
1980-1983     Assistant Professor of Finance, Virginia Tech
1983-1989     Associate Professor of Finance, Virginia Tech
1989-1996     Professor of Finance, Virginia Tech
1996-2003     First Union Professor of Financial Risk Management, Virginia Tech
Fall, 1994       Visiting scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Spring, 1999  Visiting scholar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Scotland
Spring, 2002  Visiting scholar, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Fall, 2006       Visiting scholar, Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Engineering
Fall, 2013       Visiting scholar, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Fall, 2014       Visiting scholar, National University of Singapore
Fall, 2014       Visiting scholar, University of Macquarie, Sydney, Australia

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:  January 30, 2015