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Boot Camp for Traders

Traders Magazine, June 2008

Michael Scotti

James Hill's first preparations to run a trading desk happened long before he took the reins one year ago as head of equity trading at Hartford Investment Management Co. (HIMCO). The analytical process Hill learned from his military training in the Army has paid dividends in trading for the passive and quantitative manager overseeing $6.7 billion in equities. "All of the discipline and organization that come from the military totally translate to this job," says Hill, a 1989 West Point graduate who fought in the first Persian Gulf war. He also earned an MBA from Duke University before landing on the international trading desk in 1996 at Lehman Brothers. There he made markets in Asian ADRs and later in Nasdaq stocks at Fidelity Capital Markets.

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