Our Team

  • BLAIR HULL – FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN

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    Blair Hull founded Hull Investments, LLC in 1999 and currently serves as the firm’s Chairman. Hull Investments was created to serve as a family office for three generations of the Hull family, and acts as parent company to a number of financial entities.

    Mr. Hull created Hull Tactical Asset Allocation, LLC, a registered investment advisor, in 2013. HTAA operates an actively managed ETF and utilizes advanced algorithms as well as macro and technical indicators to anticipate future market returns.

    Prior to launching Hull Tactical Asset Allocation, LLC, Mr. Hull was the founder of Hull Trading Company and served as that firm’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

    Hull Trading Company leveraged technological innovations and quantitative models in the field of listed derivatives market-making. At its peak, the company traded on 28 exchanges in nine countries and moved nearly a quarter of the entire daily market volume on some markets, executed over 7% of the index options traded in the United States, 3% of the equity options, and 1% of all shares traded daily on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • PETRA BAKOSOVA – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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    Petra Bakosova’s background is in algorithmic trading across multiple asset classes, mathematical modeling, and risk management. She joined Hull Investments, LLC in 2014, and worked on projects for its proprietary trading firm Ketchum Trading, LLC before transferring to its quantitative asset management unit HTAA, LLC. Ms. Bakosova has helped shape the face and direction of HTAA prior to and since the launch of its first public product and continues to perform research on a number of HTAA strategies.

    Ms. Bakosova began her career in quantitative finance at Arbhouse, LLC as the company’s first strategist. Her expertise in high frequency algorithmic market making proved to be a valuable precursor to the systematic, quantitative approach sought after at HTAA. Prior to Hull Investments, she cut her teeth on stock market indices modelling during her tenure as a quantitative researcher at Toji Trading Group, LLC.

    Ms. Bakosova holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago. She pursued her undergraduate studies in applied mathematics at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and Halmstad University in Halmstad, Sweden.

  • RICHARD ANDERSON - INVESTMENT AND PRODUCT STRATEGIST

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    Rick Anderson joined Hull Investments, LLC in 1999 and serves as the organization’s Chief Investment Officer, advising on strategic asset allocation and the collaborative development of profitable, shorter-term trading models.

    Mr. Anderson began his career in finance as a securities analyst at The Value Line Investment Survey, one of the first firms to use statistical techniques for stock selection. While there, he became editor and then portfolio manager of the flagship Value Line Fund and Value Line Income Fund.

  • EUAN SINCLAIR - QUANTITATIVE ANALYST

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    Euan Sinclair joined the team as a Senior Quantitative Analyst in 2020.

    Dr Sinclair holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Bristol and has written three books, “Volatility Trading” (two editions), “Option Trading: Pricing and Volatility Strategies and Techniques” and “Positional Option Trading: An Advanced Guide” as well as numerous papers and articles. He is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Investment Strategies, and is an inaugural member of the EQDerivatives Volatility Investing Hall of Fame.

    He is a trader with over twenty five years of professional option trading experience. After clerking on the LIFFE floor he became a market maker in DAX and EuroStoxx options on EUREX for the Helios Group.  He subsequently worked in research and risk for Bluefin Trading before running Talton Capital Management, a volatility trading hedge fund.

  • JOHN JODLOWSKI - SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER

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    John Jodlowski began his career in the S&P 500 options pit for Hull Trading. He subsequently opened new offices for Hull in Tokyo and London and moved to a portfolio management position after Goldman Sachs acquired Hull. He has supervised Russell 2000 and S&P 500 index options portfolios, equity options portfolios, and managed all aspects of a Shanghai based derivatives team.

  • STEVE HOTOPP - SENIOR FINANCIAL ENGINEER

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    Steve is an experienced quant specializing in statistical modeling, forecasting, and automated trading.  His education includes a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois where he specialized in econometrics and finance.  Previous work includes roles as Chief Statistician at Data Resources, EVP at Swiss Bank Corp., and senior financial engineer at two Chicago-based trading firms specializing in futures and options.  He has been cited for his “state-of-the-art” models in the Wall Street Journal, was rated the top speaker at a Risk Magazine conference on volatility, and wrote the lead chapter in a book titled Volatility in the Capital Markets.

  • BEN ALBERT - JUNIOR FINANCIAL ENGINEER

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    Ben Albert attended graduate school at Boise State University, where he earned a masters degree in Economics. As a graduate student, Ben researched the relationship between Presidential influence and the allocation of federal grant funding. He also taught an econometrics lab as a graduate assistant. In graduate school he was named as the College of Business and Economics signature student and the College of Business and Economics Outstanding Graduate for the Spring of 2020 semester. In his free time Ben enjoys distance running and mountain biking.

  • ANLONG LI - SENIOR FINANCIAL ENGINEER

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    Anlong Li has 30 years of trading and research experience in financial derivatives including fixed-income, commodities, equity, weather/energy, credit and ABS. Mr. Li started his Wall Street career on swap desks at Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers in New York City. He was Senior Vice President and U.S. Head of Structured Product Trading at ABN AMRO, Director in Quantitative Research at Citadel Investment Group, Managing Director and Head of Research at XL Weather and Energy, and Head of Quantitative Analytics for Emerging Market Credit and MBS at Barclays Capital.  In 2019, he moved to Chicago to join Spot Trading as Partner and Head of Financial Engineering and moved on as a Portfolio Manager and Head of Financial Engineering at Ketchum Trading, an affiliate of Hull Tactical.

    He was also a Research Fellow at the U.S. Federal Reserve prior to joining Wall Street and served as an Adjunct Professor in the Financial Engineering Program at Columbia University. He received his PhD in Operation Research from Case Western Reserve University in 1992. He’s a frequent speaker at financial conferences worldwide. His publications can be found at http://ssrn.com/author=16402.

  • MATT LELI - QUANTITATIVE ANALYST/DATA SCIENTIST

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    Matt Leli has worked for Hull Tactical since June 2019. Prior to that he worked as a trader at Ketchum Trading. He has been instrumental in developing the HTAA trading operation and infrastructure.

    He has worked in trading for the better part of the last 20 years and has traded virtually all asset classes including equities, futures, options, commodities, currencies and Treasury bonds.

    Matt is currently enrolled at University of Chicago pursuing a Master’s of Science in Analytics.