If you want to know something about the history of the Baltimore investment community, you might want to call James Hardesty.
The 67-year-old history buff and chairman of Hardesty Capital Management has spent his career in Baltimore, starting with a job in the mail room of Alex. Brown & Sons and later as an executive at the old Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. Both Baltimore companies eventually were acquired.

He founded his own investment firm in Baltimore in 1995. Today, it manages $800 million in assets, with a goal of reaching $1 billion within two years. To help achieve that, the firm recently hired a new president.

Hardesty recently discussed the stock market, challenges for his firm and an old classmate who is a former U.S. president.

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