Tue, Feb 28, 2017
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

BlackCat Capital offers welcome green shoot in managed futures sector

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London

A welcome green shoot of recovery in the CTA community lies at the heart of the January launch of BlackCat Capital Partners in London. Matt Breakwell, John Reeve and Wei Xia are chief operating officer, head of trading and head of investment research and risk management for the US$ 5m technology led futures fund. In an interview with Opalesque, the team explained that they lean more towards financial futures, trading globally over 21 markets.

Breakwell and Reeve originally met up in 2005 and discussed building an investment business. The pair started trading proprietary capital in October 2008 and Xia joined them in 2009. BlackCat became authorised as an investment manager in November 2010 and ended proprietary trading operations with over US$ 3m of partnership capital.

In their two years and one month of prop trading they achieved a monthly compounded annual gross return of 68.66% on a daily volatility of 1% and a Sharpe ratio of 3.1. In that two year period, their only negative months came in March '09, when return was 2.58% down and May '09, when it dropped by 8.10%.

Reeve describes their technology led system as 'the fruits of his labour' for over 10 years. Reeve had been prop trading on his own for about six years before meeting Breakwell. "We are trying to capitalise more on our technology" says Reeve. "We have developed a comprehensive set of software tools and infrastructure and so wanted to expand." Reev......................

To view our full article Click here

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

 



  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Institutional investors plan to raise allocations to alternative assets in 2017[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Context Summits Miami showed that nearly 72% of institutional investors and family offices plan to raise their allocations to alternative asset managers this year, suggesting continued strong demand for the industry. "As many large, brand name f

  2. Comment - Mortgages, mergers and hedge fund fees, Fairholme's Berkowitz responds to court ruling against hedge fund suits of Fannie Mae[more]

    Mortgages, mergers and hedge fund fees From Bloomberg.com: Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed down an odd decision in a lawsuit over the government's nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The key issue is what's called the "Third Amendment," the 2012

  3. Investing - Hedge funds continue to chase the herd in record Momentum wager, Marshall Wace bets grocer Sainsbury may need rights offering, Hedge fund net exposure has started to retreat, David Tepper's Appaloosa fund makes a huge buy, The 10,000-mile journey to Short Australia, Skeptical hedge fund investors grill Evan Spiegel about Snap's I.P.O.[more]

    Hedge funds continue to chase the herd in record Momentum wager From Bloomberg.com: Hedge funds can't get enough of momentum - even if it means embracing an investing strategy they hate. Loosely defined as betting on shares that went up the fastest over the preceding nine-to-12 months, h

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Swiss investors take fund seeding and acceleration into their own hands[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Banque Bonhote, a 200-year old Swiss private bank, last year launched a community of investors - heads of Swiss family and advisory offices and wealth managers - with the aim of co-investing in the kind of managers they wanted to invest in, either by way of s

  5. K2 Advisors : Why We Like Activist Hedge Fund Strategies and Some Thoughts on Alpha[more]

    Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Rob Christian, Senior Managing Director, Head of Research K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, writes on Harvest Exchange: When d