Winton’s David Harding on turning away from trend following

Founder explains decision to scale back weighting of strategy that made firm’s name


When asked the ideal dollar figure for assets under management in Winton’s newly launched trend-following fund, David Harding’s answer prompts a double take. “Nought would be perfect,” the firm’s founder says. He is only half joking.

After 20 years, Harding is steering the $30 billion firm he built increasingly away from trend following. Winton is cutting the weight of the strategy in its main fund – the Winton Fund – by half, from 50% to around 25%.

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