Winton is a global investment management and data science company. Founded in 1997 by CEO David Harding, Winton’s business utilises computing technology to apply mathematical and statistical methods to the field of investing.
As a systematic investment manager, Winton uses tools drawn from data science and advanced technology to identify subtle patterns in the behaviour of financial markets. Winton’s investment funds are all underpinned by the same philosophy: the belief that the movement of markets can be practically modelled and forecast to a valuable degree using modern scientific and computing methods.
To do this, Winton employs approximately 300 people in eight offices around the world and manages more than $20 billion of assets for many of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms.
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.