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Demystifying
Systematic Investing

Winton has been at the forefront of systematic investing for more than 20 years, delivering strategies designed to improve a traditional portfolio of equities and bonds.

This is how we do it.

Winton’s approach explained

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Over two decades
of quantitative research

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Collect, clean and organise
large amounts of data

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Formulate investment ideas
or “hypotheses”

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Test hypotheses rigorously to
find the signal in the noise

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Program successful hypotheses
into our investment system

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Invest systematically around
the globe,around the clock

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Learn about the systematically managed Winton Absolute Return Futures Fund and how it can provide a diversification benefit to an investment portfolio.

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Winton’s approach explained

We use data, statistics and computers to forecast the price movements of financial markets.

Our investment process consists of these five stages, which we later explore in more detail.

  • 1. Collect, clean and organise large amounts of data.
  • 2. Formulate investment ideas or “hypotheses”.
  • 3. Test hypotheses rigorously to find the signal in the noise.
  • 4. Program successful hypotheses into our investment system.
  • 5. Invest systematically around the globe, around the clock.
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Over two decades
of quantitative research

Winton’s researchers and investment specialists typically have academic backgrounds – often a PhD – in mathematics or science.

This is because we look for people with expertise in handling and analysing large amounts of data – and with the experience to extract information reliably from it.

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Collect, clean and organise large amounts of data

Winton absorbs around 10 terabytes of data each year, not just financial data but any data that helps us forecast markets.

That is equivalent to more than 5 million electronic editions of War and Peace, or the amount generated annually by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

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Formulate investment ideas or “hypotheses”

Our researchers generate a hypothesis – an investment idea that forecasts the price of an asset by identifying a relationship in data.

For example, the hypothesis that deviations from local temperature averages lead to a rise in crop prices.

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Test hypotheses rigorously to find the signal in the noise

Predictive relationships that make money are hard to detect, since anything obvious is rapidly competed away. And finding subtle relationships relies on an ability to distinguish truly valuable ideas from false positives.

Winton tests its hypotheses to determine how they would have performed in different market environments. We also peer-review and record in detail every idea we test. Over our history, we have amassed a significant body of financial research and intellectual property.

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Program successful hypotheses into our investment system

When we discover a new idea that helps us forecast markets, we add it to our computer-based investment system. While each idea on its own may only have a small edge, by combining many such ideas our system can achieve a more consistent investment advantage.

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Invest systematically around the globe, around the clock

The result is an investment strategy that provides exposure to 100 global markets spanning commodities, currencies, equities, rates and government bonds, and which can incorporate new information and adjust its positions around the clock.

1. Collect, clean and organise large amounts of data.
2. Formulate investment ideas or “hypotheses”.
3. Test hypotheses rigorously to find the signal in the noise.
4. Program successful hypotheses into our investment system.
5. Invest systematically around the globe, around the clock.
Demystifying
Systematic Investing

Winton has been at the forefront of systematic investing for more than 20 years, delivering strategies designed to improve a traditional portfolio of equities and bonds.

This is how we do it.

Winton’s approach explained

We use data, statistics and computers to forecast the price movements of financial markets.

Our investment process consists of these five stages, which we later explore in more detail.

Over two decades of quantitative research

Winton’s researchers and investment specialists typically have academic backgrounds – often a PhD – in mathematics or science.

This is because we look for people with expertise in handling and analysing large amounts of data – and with the experience to extract information reliably from it.

Collect, clean and organise large amounts of data

Winton absorbs around 10 terabytes of data each year, not just financial data but any data that helps us forecast markets.

That is equivalent to more than 5 million electronic editions of War and Peace, or the amount generated annually by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Formulate investment
ideas or “hypotheses”

Our researchers generate a hypothesis – an investment idea that forecasts the price of an asset by identifying a relationship in data.

For example, the hypothesis that deviations from local temperature averages lead to a rise in crop prices.

Test hypotheses rigorously to find the signal in the noise

Predictive relationships that make money are hard to detect, since anything obvious is rapidly competed away. And finding subtle relationships relies on an ability to distinguish truly valuable ideas from false positives.

Winton tests its hypotheses to determine how they would have performed in different market environments. We also peer-review and record in detail every idea we test. Over our history, we have amassed a significant body of financial research and intellectual property.

Program successful hypotheses into our investment system

When we discover a new idea that helps us forecast markets, we add it to our computer-based investment system. While each idea on its own may only have a small edge, by combining many such ideas our system can achieve a more consistent investment advantage.

Invest systematically around the globe, around the clock

The result is an investment strategy that provides exposure to 100 global markets spanning commodities, currencies, equities, rates and government bonds, and which can incorporate new information and adjust its positions around the clock.

Learn about the systematically managed Winton Absolute Return Futures Fund and how it can provide a diversification benefit to an investment portfolio.

FIND OUT MORE

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