Meet the Lawton on Markets author
William J. P. Lawton
30 year history of higher returns, lower risk, helping people
25%+ average annual returns per year for 30 years (Lawton Performance Study).
World's Top Performing Fixed Income Manager Award, Global Alternative
Investment Management Forum (GAIM), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2004.
World's Top 10 Emerging Markets Manager, 3 years 2002-05, BarclayHedge.
World's Top 10 Fixed Income Manager, 3 years 2002-2005, BarclayHedge.
One of 86 "Star Hedge Fund Managers" out of 7,396 funds from 1994 to 2007 to demonstrate statistically meaningful ability to outperform markets (See study).
2008 performance +17.3% (HFR Macro Seagate Fund).
One negative year in 30 year career composite.
Helped reduce poverty in China by modernizing China’s central bank, The People’s Bank of China.
Funded the Programs of Global Excellence, a grassroots community development program that has served over 150,000 families in Asia.
Designed a comprehensive economic development plan for the President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
Produced over US$400 million in profits in “green investments” for investors from 2004 to 2010.
Financial advisor to Trina Solar in financing solar projects.
Advisor to the Philippine government on poverty alleviation investment programs.
Partner with the Government of Malaysia in support of the Bumiputera agenda by providing capital to small and medium sized businesses in Malaysia ().
William Lawton Background
1996-Present Founder and Chairman
Seagate Global Group, California
2011-2015 Adjunct Professor of Finance
Tsinghua University, Beijing
2002-2019 Founding CEO, Director
SeaBright Asset Management, Ltd., Hong Kong
(JV with China Everbright Ltd.)
CITIC Capital Management, Ltd., Hong Kong
1992-1995 Senior Vice President, Manager of Global Fixed Income
Trust Company of the West, Los Angeles
People’s Bank of China, Beijing
1987-1992 Co-Chief Investment Officer
Nikko Capital Management, New York
1984-1987 Head Trader, Fixed Income Derivatives
First Interstate Bank/Wells Fargo, Los Angeles
1982-1984 Manager of Investments
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, San Francisco
1976-1979 International Banking Officer
Sumitomo Bank, San Francisco
1979-1980 MBA, Finance
Columbia University Graduate School of Business, NY
1974-1976 MA International Economics
Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey
1970-1972 BA, Economics
University of California, Berkeley
Regulatory Examinations Passed
State Securities Law Exam
- Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination
Mar 26, 1997
General Industry/Products Exam
- SIE - Securities Industry Essentials Examination
Dec 17, 2014
- Series 7 - General Securities Representative Examination
Mar 24, 1997
- Series 3 - National Commodity Futures Examination
Jun 26, 1992
- Series 1 - Registered Representative Examination
May 1, 1979
- Series 24 - General Securities Principal Examination
Feb 10, 1998
Financial Disclosures (complaints to the SEC about Lawton since he registered with the SEC in 1979):
“Disclosures can be customer complaints or arbitrations, regulatory actions, employment terminations, bankruptcy filings and certain civil or criminal proceedings that they were a part of.”