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11 Top Traders Round Table with Michael Adam, David Harding, and Marty Lueck – 1of3

"I do remember us having conversations about building something that would outlast us, but I don’t think we thought too hard about whether it would or not." (Tweet)

Top Traders is bringing you Top Traders Round Table, a series of conversations with industry leaders on the subject of Managed Futures. On this special episode, my guests are the founders of AHL: Michael Adam who later co-founded Aspect Capital, David Harding also known as founder and CEO of Winton Capital and Marty Lueck also one of the co-founders of Aspect Capital.

We sat down in the famous Abbey Road Studios in London to talk about AHL's beginnings, the revolutionary discoveries that AHL made, how MAN Group became the owner of AHL, as well as all the great things that Michael, David and Marty went on to create.

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In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • How AHL got it’s start
  • Why Michael’s father was instrumental in the beginning of AHL
  • What struck David when testing their early algorithms
  • Why their “empiricist” outlook gave them an early advantage
  • How technology’s limits pushed their ideas
  • The breakthroughs of AHL’s early research and how it still applies today
  • Why being a consultant gave AHL deep insight into trading the markets
  • The crucial role the early clients had in AHL’s development
  • The power of finding the right people to work with
  • Why Michael preferred working with “unformed” employees
  • How the original deal between MAN and MINT influenced AHL
  • What the larger financial community initially thought about AHL
  • How AHL brought in investors in those early days

This episode was sponsored by CME Group:

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Learn more about Michael Adam and Mike Marlin and The Melomaniacs

Learn more about David Harding and Winton Group

Learn more about Marty Lueck and Aspect Capital

"At the beginnings of what we did, we didn’t make money as investment managers at all, we made money as consultants." - (Tweet)