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HilltopSecurities’ Private Client Group Welcomes James H. Harding in Roseville, Calif.

Hilltop Securities Inc. (HTS) announced today that James H. Harding has joined the company’s Private Client Group as a financial advisor in Roseville, Calif.

Mr. Harding has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently with Morgan Stanley where he served clients for eight years.

“We are excited to have James join the HilltopSecurities team as we continue to expand our presence in the Sacramento area,” said David E. Geschke, Director of Retail for HilltopSecurities. “James’ proven history of personal service and his extensive financial advisory experience are a perfect fit with HilltopSecurities’ culture.”

Prior to his time at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Harding spent eight years with Wachovia and six years with Prudential. He began his career at Atlas Securities. Mr. Harding has been designated a Chartered Mutual Fund CounselorSM and Certified Annuity Specialist®. He has built a clientele representing more than $130 million in combined assets and said he looks forward to bringing his common sense approach to investing and commitment to serving clients to his new role with HilltopSecurities.

“I’ve built my reputation on hard work and integrity throughout the course of my career,” Mr. Harding said. “I work closely with each client, focusing on solutions to meet their specific needs and circumstances. HilltopSecurities’ culture of integrity and commitment to personal service will allow me to offer the highest level of guidance to my clients.”

About Hilltop Securities Inc.

Hilltop Securities Inc., a member of NYSE, FINRA and SIPC, delivers the forthright advice and tailored solutions necessary for municipal issuers, institutions, broker-dealers and individuals to thrive. The financial services firm and registered investment adviser is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices across the United States. The firm’s other areas of focus include public finance, municipal and taxable fixed income underwriting, sales and trading; equity and portfolio trading; retail brokerage services; securities clearing; structured finance; corporate finance; and securities lending. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH), HilltopSecurities’ affiliates include Hilltop Securities Independent Network Inc., PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending and National Lloyds Corporation.

Benjamin D. Brooks - Corporate Communications