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Qbasis bucks the downward trend in managed futures with positive July performance

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Austria-based Qbasis Invest, a managed futures fund focused on trend following and an intraday strategy posted another month of positive returns despite a down month for managed futures funds as a group. The iTrend flagship program was up +8.41% in July, following June's positive performance of +1.63%, according to performance documents obtained by Opalesque.

The iTrend index product which follows the broad strategy of the iTrend Fund was also up (gross): +23.76%.

The firm also manages an equity long/short strategy which posted gains of +3.77%. The product was launched late last year.

Qbasis said in a first half update that the firm's performance was supported by implementing strategy enhancements last year including "V-protection and Vol-protection models" that mitigate against V-shaped reversals and periods of declining volatility respectively.

"We've seen this time and time again this year where we've protected capital on days where even the very conservative industry benchmark has fallen more than our NAV," Qbasis CEO Philipp Pölzl wrote in a performance note at the time.

Managed futures funds as a cohort have faced difficulties in the recent market environment. Asset flows to the cohort have been negative for several months, alongside tepid performance. Managed futures funds saw outflows of $11.5 billion as of July, according to data from Eurkeahedge. All managed futures indices calculated by Ne......................

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