BTIG sales trader dies aged 51

Carnation

Sad to report.

Ken Swain, a partner and institutional sales trader at BTIG who brought passion and a quarter century of experience to his job running the firm’s Red Bank, New Jersey, office, has died. He was 51.

Bloomberg News reports that he died Sunday in Rumson, New Jersey, where he lived, after suffering a heart attack, Steven Starker, co-founder of the company, said Monday in a telephone interview.

Swain also was a managing director at BTIG, with headquarters in New York and San Francisco, and was primarily responsible for hedge fund and mutual fund clients seeking equity trading services. He joined the financial services firm in 2007, five years after its founding, and emerged as a “larger than life” figure at the company for his obsession with his work, Starker said. The 6-foot-3 Swain kept an inversion table in the office and, wearing a telephone headset, would sometimes execute trades while hanging upside down.

He wore his headset throughout the day, staying tethered to the trading desk and clients even while visiting the lavatory or running out to the street to add money to his car’s parking meter.

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Ken Swain, Passionate Equities Sales Trader at BTIG, Dies at 51

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