Winton’s founder, David Harding, has been at the forefront of data-driven, systematic investment management for 30 years. After graduating from Cambridge in Theoretical Physics, David worked as a trader at the newly opened London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE). He quickly saw the potential for statistical inference and modern computing to be used to identify trading signals – contrary to the prevalent notion of market efficiency. In 1987, David joined forces with two partners to found Adam, Harding and Lueck (AHL), where they developed a range of highly profitable investment strategies. AHL was subsequently bought by the Man Group.
David founded Winton in 1997 with the belief that the scientific method offers the best approach to investing. His investment philosophy was captured in a speech and subsequent paper to the Royal Society in 1993. This document has served as a manifesto, defining Winton’s guiding principles ever since.
Today, Winton manages over $30billion of assets for many of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms. We employ more than 450 people in offices around the globe: London, Oxford, Hong Kong, New York, Shanghai, Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo and Zurich.