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There’s no better way of learning how to make investment decisions and stock valuations than sitting in front of a computer and having real-time information being presented to you. This is the way that Gonzalo Chavez, likes to teach, for he believes that simulations bring alive his classes on finance. “My passion is the application of simulation software in pedagogic objectives,” says Prof Chavez, who is a recognized expert in the use of financial simulation and its application in investments and risk hedging concepts. “When we go into the computer lab, people can sit in front of a computer and become traders. Trading is not the ultimate goal, but rather, the financial concepts they learn. However, the experience becomes a lot more interesting for students”
During Prof Chavez’s simulations, students are given “informational shocks”, such as a terrorist attack on a plane, which, he says, helps them learn that asset valuation is a dynamic process that is affected by events. “My idea is to make them live the experience,” he says. “Then at the end, they have to tell me what happened and why they think it that happened. As far as teaching is concerned, these simulations are what capture my interest and where I believe we’re breaking new ground.”
Consulting work has given Prof Chavez valuable experience in this field. He has worked on firm valuation and the use of derivative instruments in the risk management of Chilean firms and has also developed real time cases using the Financial Trading System of Carnegie Mellon University.
But as well as being excited by the teaching process, Prof Chavez is highly enthusiastic about the research he is conducting into financial markets, corporate ethics and, more recently, the measurement of trading costs and analysis of corporate governance issues in emerging and developed markets. “The globalisation of markets is what really captures my attention,” he says.