Winton’s David Harding on turning away from trend following

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

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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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