Winton Capital expands Asia-related activities with Lyxor

Winton Capital, one of Europe’s most popular fund managers last year, has expanded its activities in Asia by providing research consulting to the first computer-driven fund in China.

The Hong Kong subsidiary of the world’s largest computer-driven hedge fund manager is acting as a research consultant to the new strategy, which was launched by Shanghai-based Fortune SG Fund Management Co, which has about RMB 36bn assets, and European management house Lyxor Asset Management.

The mandate will be available only to Chinese investors, and will target primarily institutions and high net worth individuals, and invests in futures, forwards, and options markets. The fund will allow the Chinese investors to invest in Chinese futures markets.

Fortune SG and Winton Capital Asia note they already “work closely together in areas such as investment in futures markets and product development for managed futures mandates in China”.

Fortune SG Fund Management Co is a a joint venture in fund management between Lyxor and Baosteel Group, and was founded in 2003.

It expands Winton’s and Lyxor’s activities in Asia, and for Fortune SG it marks a further step into alternatives, after also offering equity, bond, and exchange-traded funds to Chinese investors.

Winton, established by industry veteran David Harding (pictured), has proved popular with European investors, gaining €2.52bn of net new business from them last year, ranking it among the 20 most popular fund among Europeans that year, according to Lipper.


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