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Winton, the British-based systematic investment manager founded by David Harding in 1997, is launching the Winton Absolute Return Futures Fund on 3 July 2017. The fund will be UCITS-compliant and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

The Winton Absolute Return Futures Fund has been designed for UK DC pension schemes, financial advisers and wealth managers seeking conservative capital appreciation with low long-term correlation to equities and bonds. Its investment objective is to deliver positive returns over rolling three-year periods by investing long and short in global futures and forwards across government bonds, interest rates, equity indices, currencies and commodities.

The fund will be available on major UK platforms, with daily liquidity. Winton will apply for its inclusion in the Investment Association’s Targeted Absolute Return sector.

David Harding, Winton’s founder and CEO, says: “With retirement saving in the UK shifting from DB schemes to DC schemes, the Winton Absolute Return Futures Fund will help UK savers meet their retirement goals. We believe the fund can play an important diversification role in DC schemes, as our strategies have done for DB pension schemes over the past 20 years.”

Andrew Moss, CEO of Winton Investment Management, says: “Winton is a British investment manager, so we are pleased that the Winton Absolute Return Futures Fund will be accessible to UK financial advisers and wealth managers within the UCITS framework. Winton is committed to its home market and growing the distribution of its strategies to a broader segment of investors.”