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Global Advisors strengthens quantitative research team to support systematic approach to commodities

Global Advisors has appointed Edmund Jackson and Martin Watton as quantitative analysts to strengthen its quantitative research team based in London.

In June this year, the firm launched two new funds based on systematic quantitative models developed in-house widening Global Advisors' product offering and allowing commodities investors to choose or combine a systematic and/or discretionary approach to commodities markets. 
Jackson and Watton will focus on developing and enhancing Global Advisors algorithmic trading systems. Both join Global Advisors' research desk headed by Rus Newton, co-principal. 
Edmund Jackson is a final term PhD student in statistical signal processing at Trinity College, Cambridge. His current research is centered on applications of Bayesian Monte Carlo statistical methods to contemporary problems in molecular biology, specifically those of gene expression. He was awarded the most prestigious South African scholarship, the National Research Fund / Cambridge Commonwealth Trust award, as well as the Trinity College Overseas Fees bursary in order to pursue his PhD. Edmund holds a BScEng (summa cum laude) and an MScEng (cum laude) from the University of Natal, South Africa.

Martin Watton recently graduated with MSci and BA degrees from Trinity College, Cambridge. At Cambridge, he read Natural Sciences (specialising in Theoretical Physics) and Mathematics. Martin obtained first class honours in each part of both degrees. In his final year, he undertook a research project looking at the spectrum of particles seen by an observer accelerating through a vacuum. Martin was amongst a small group of students selected to spend their third year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA where he picked up excellent computer programming skills through taking the well-known '6.001: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs'.

'We are delighted to have Edmund and Martin on board,' says Rus Newton, Global Advisors co-principal. 'They bring a combination of superior mathematical and technical knowledge as well as youth and enthusiasm. Commodities are now being recognized as a mainstream asset class. We have developed quantitative, systematic approaches to trading which we use alongside our discretionary approaches. These systematic models have performed extremely well over the last year and a half and these two new high calibre appointments will enable us to consolidate and further develop our systematic offering.'

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