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 EXECUTIVE 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.

  • 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.

  • JEROME PANSERA - SENIOR FINANCIAL ENGINEER

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    Jerome has over 10 years of experience as a Financial Engineer at hedge funds and proprietary trading firms.  He first joined Hull Investments in 2013 and worked 5 years for its proprietary high-frequency trading branch, Ketchum Trading, LLC.

    Jerome holds an MS in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, with a thesis on the pricing and hedging of derivative securities by local risk minimization. After his studies, he spent 4 years as an Assistant Professor in Statistics and Actuarial Science.

    In his spare time, Jerome enjoys music, cooking, and exploring Chicago.

  • LAURENT LANTEIGNE - FINANCIAL ENGINEER

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    Laurent Lanteigne recently graduated from the University of Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in Financial Mathematics with honors in 2021. Prior to joining HTAA, he has held multiple scholarships for research experience in topics such as reinforcement learning applications to hedging options, numerical methods for option pricing, and differential machine learning to price xVA of interest rate derivatives. He also has experience working as a quantitative associate in the credit space developing mid-frequency predictive signals and optimizing portfolio asset allocation via credit derivatives. Laurent is an avid runner that enjoys the craftsmanship of mixology.