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New Desk, Familiar World

Traders Magazine, December 2007

James Ramage

When Mark Schlarbaum became Global Capital Management's sole trader in April, he knew some things about his job would be different. "You can get a cup of coffee," he says. "And if you have to go out to lunch, you can." But he knew a lot of what he'd be doing for Global Capital would be familiar-and that's trading small-cap stocks, his specialty. Schlarbaum had spent most of his career doing that at investment giant T. Rowe Price, sometimes handling 50 orders a day and constantly interacting with a platoon of portfolio managers and analysts. His days at Global Capital, in Conshohocken, Pa., aren't as hectic-he could find as few as five orders on his desk on a given day. But he still has clients and analysts who demand his A-game.

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