Winton is a global investment management and data science company. The firm employs more than 300 people in eight offices around the world and manages approximately $30 billion of assets for many of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms.
Founded by its CEO David Harding in 1997, Winton’s business is grounded in the belief that the scientific method can be profitably applied to the field of investing.
David’s philosophy was captured a few years earlier in a speech to the Royal Society and a subsequent paper titled Making Money from Mathematical Models. This document has served as a manifesto, defining Winton’s guiding principles ever since.
By 1997, David had already been at the forefront of systematic investing for a decade. Following a first-class degree in theoretical physics from Cambridge University, David soon saw that statistical inference and modern computing techniques might potentially be utilised for trading in financial markets. David put these ideas into practice in 1987, as one of the three eponymous co-founders of pioneering systematic manager Adam, Harding and Lueck (AHL). Man Group subsequently acquired a majority stake in AHL before fully acquiring it in 1994.
Winton’s considerable investment in scientific research, data and technology has produced innovations ranging from new investment strategies and risk management tools, to the creation of a systematic data collection capability and enhanced research methodology. The result: a range of intelligent, long-term investment strategies that evolve as markets change.