Hilary Till is the Head of Portfolio Risk Analysis at a top 10 U.S. wealth manager. She is also the Solich Scholar at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities (JPMCC), University of Colorado Denver Business School; a member of both the JPMCC’s Research Council and its Advisory Council; and the Contributing Editor of the JPMCC’s Global Commodities Applied Research Digest.
She has presented on behalf of the JPMCC at the Commodity and Energy Markets Conference at Oxford University on the topic of “Commodity Trading Strategies, Common Mistakes, and Famous Debacles.” Till’s affiliation with the JPMCC began in September 2014 when she delivered the Center’s Encana Distinguished Lecture.
Previously, Till was a principal of the Chicago-based proprietary trading and research firm, Premia Capital, and a consultant at Premia Research LLC. During her tenure at Premia, Till provided advice to large institutions on risk management, portfolio analysis, quantitative modeling and derivatives strategies, either through consulting engagements or executive seminars. While at Premia, she also co-developed the Bancor Index, which is an asset allocation model that includes equities, Treasuries, and a “smart” exposure to commodities.
Prior to Premia, Till was the Chief of Derivatives Strategies at Putnam Investments where she oversaw the strategy development and execution of about $90 billion annually in exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives; and before Putnam, Till was a Quantitative Analyst at Harvard Management Company, the university’s endowment firm. Till’s additional academic affiliations include her membership in the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and her position as a Research Associate at the EDHEC-Risk Institute in Nice, France.
In addition, Till is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Working Group on Financial Markets. She has provided seminars (in Chicago) to staff from the Shanghai Futures Exchange, China Financial Futures Exchange, Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange, and the Dalian Commodity Exchange. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (U.K.); is a board member of the International Association for Quantitative Finance; and has frequently participated in Wall Street conferences and professional society meetings in New York City.
Till has presented her analyses of the commodity futures markets to the following institutions: the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the International Energy Agency, and to the (then) U.K. Financial Services Authority. She has been a panel member at both the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s workshop on “financial and physical energy market linkages” and the Bank of Canada’s joint roundtable with the International Energy Forum on “commodity cycles and their implications.” In addition, she is the co-editor with commodity expert, Joseph Eagleeye, of the best-selling Risk Book (London), Intelligent Commodity Investing.
Till has a B.A. with General Honors in Statistics with Concentrations in Economics and Computers Science from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. degree in Statistics from the London School of Economics (LSE). She studied at the LSE under a private fellowship administered by the Fulbright Commission.