My name is Arjun Chatrath and I am a Professor of Finance at the Pamplin School of Business.
I had no intentions of becoming a university professor until much later. I earned my B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi in India, and then my M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and finally my D.B.A in Finance from Cleveland State University in Ohio.
After a stint at a tea plantation, and earning my M.B.A., I joined a brokerage firm in Chicago. Financial misdeeds seemed always in the news, and I became intrigued as to how and why they escaped the scrutiny of regulators.
My interests during, and after my doctoral studies centered around derivatives markets which remain the most misunderstood areas in the field. It was evident that there were a lot of questions to be answered.
My current research interests include market micro-structure, and commodity markets. In 2006, the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland accepted me as their Senior Fulbright Scholar. I have written more than 80 articles in journals, such as the Financial Review, Economics Letters, Journal of Business, Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Futures Markets, and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economics. If you have any questions for me, I would be happy to answer them.
The advice I give my students who want to be successful in the field of finance is that careers in finance can be broadly divided into Corporate Finance and Financial Services. For the most part, you will need to keep up with industry news for both sectors, but for the latter, one must be prepared to pursue further studies, and/or to obtain certifications/licenses such as CFP (financial advising/wealth management) and CFA (financial analysis). And, be sure to spend plenty of time in our Bloomberg Trading Room!
I teach courses in International Finance, Derivatives and Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, Seminar in Finance Theory, Applied Financial Analysis, Financial Management for New Ventures, International Business, and Research Methods in Finance Investments and Risk Management.
When I am not teaching I like to relax and play golf if it is sunny, and paint if it is raining. The main thing to remember in life, is that you should always BE KIND.