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Hilary Till


Hilary Till is a member of the Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute.

Hilary Till provides advice on risk-management and derivatives trading issues through Premia Risk Consultancy, Inc.  In addition, she is a co-founder and principal of Premia Capital Management, LLC.  She is also the co-editor of Intelligent Commodity Investing, a bestseller for Risk Books.

Previously, Ms. Till held positions in expert-system development, derivatives risk-management system development, foreign-exchange derivatives research, over-the-counter (OTC) equity derivatives research and trading, OTC interest-rate derivatives trading, commodity futures trading, commodity-index portfolio management, and fixed-income risk-management policy development.

Her prior positions include her appointment as Chief of Derivatives Strategies at Putnam Investments; and before joining Putnam Investments, Ms. Till was a quantitative analyst at Harvard Management Company. While at Putnam Investments, Ms. Till represented the firm on derivatives matters to U.S. regulatory agencies, the company’s mutual fund trustees, and to Putnam’s institutional clients.

Ms. Till’s published work has been cited in the Journal of Finance and in the Journal of Structured Finance as well as being cited in studies and reports published by the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, the Banque de France, the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Institute of International Finance, the World Bank, and by the G20 Study Group on Commodities. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has also cited Ms. Till’s work.
Ms. Till’s research has also been cited in studies sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Parliament, and by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In addition, she has presented her research on the commodities futures markets to the following institutions: the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the International Energy Agency, and the U.K. Financial Services Authority.

Ms. Till has a B.A. with General Honors in Statistics 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.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 14, 2015
By Hilary Till
The history of futures contracts reveals their important economic role and impressive social benefits. The Crimean War of the 1850s and the U.S.
February 3, 2014
By Hilary Till
In 1971 President Richard Nixon unilaterally ended the “Bretton Woods” agreement that more than 40 of the world’s major national governments had reached near the end of the Second World War to create an international trading system with fixed exchange
October 23, 2013
By Hilary Till
Financial professionals are well aware that the ongoing implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act will likely cause changes to market structure, including in the futures markets. Should market participants be concerned?
July 8, 2013
By Steve Stanek, Michael Warder, David L. Applegate, Hilary Till
The New York Post reported today that former New Jersey governor and senator Jon Corzine will not face criminal charges for his role in the collapse of the MF Global commodities trading firm and the misuse and disappearance of hundreds of millions of
June 6, 2013
By David L. Applegate, Steve Stanek, Ronald D. Rotunda (1945 - 2018), S.T. Karnick, Yuri Maltsev, Tibor R. Machan, Hilary Till, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Seton Motley, Steven Titch, Clifford Thies, John Garven
The Guardian newspaper in London Wednesday night reported that the National Security Agency has long collected phone records from some 100 million Verizon customers in the United States.
June 5, 2013
By Hilary Till
According to a Commodity Futures Trading Commission official, the CFTC will soon unveil new speculative commodity position limits.
May 1, 2013
By Hilary Till
Slides from a recent presentation given by Heartland Policy Advisor Hilary Till discussing the challenges to popular narratives on commodity futures speculation and responses to popular narratives on commodity price spikes.

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