With his research bent and a stake by Goldman,
David Harding aims for the top
By Barry Cohen
When David Harding and his 145-person staff at Winton Capital
Management gathered in October for the firm's 10th anniversary
party at London's Natural History Museum, the champagne flowed
and the music never stopped. After the jazz wound down, the
firm's own in-house band, the Systematics, took the stage,
playing a medley of punk classics.
The combination of champagne, jazz, punk and Darwin just
might be a clue to the eclectic thinking that has propelled
Winton near the top of the commodity trading advisors universe.
While many other CTAs have been struggling in recent years,
Winton has bucked the trend. With a 19.13% annualized return in
its flagship futures fund since inception - and 12.08% for the
first nine months of 2007 - Winton has had no trouble
attracting investors. Assets have...