Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:40:40 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Decoding the Myths of Managed Futures 2015 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11428 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11428#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:40:40 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11428 This paper examines seven very popular myths and misconceptions held by both retail and institutional investors regarding managed futures. This paper updates the original version written in 2011. These myths have persisted for several years. As investors are becoming more aware of the potential use of managed futures for asset allocation and portfolio diversification, knowing if the myths are true…

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CTA/managed futures strategies up 1.28% in March http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11426 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11426#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:40:14 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11426 Hedge funds registered their third consecutive month of gains since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.83% in March, outperforming the MSCI World Index which ended the month down 0.39%. Hedge funds posted their fifth consecutive month of positive returns - up 3.11% in Q1 2015, comparatively outperforming the 1.07% gain for the same…

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Managed futures funds posted their fifth consecutive monthly gain in March http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11424 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11424#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:39:56 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11424 The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of –0.17% in March to end Q1 2015 up 1.23%, compared to the S&P 500 which increased 0.96%, according to the latest data from eVestment. Hedge fund performance returns were mixed in March amid increased equity market volatility and divergent moves in currencies, rates and commodities.
Managed futures (MF) funds posted their fifth…

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CTAs enjoy second strongest quarter since 2008 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11420 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11420#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:38:32 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11420 Societe Generale Prime Services has announced the March data for its Newedge CTA indices. March saw three of the four managed futures indices calculated by Societe Generale Prime Services recover their positive performance after February’s retreat. The strong returns ensured that the Newedge CTA Index enjoyed its second strongest quarter since 2008 - up 5.79% over the period.
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Four Ways Futures Accounts Get Taxed http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11416 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11416#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:37:24 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11416 The reason we dislike paying taxes each year may go beyond the natural annoyance at handing over some of your hard earned money, and have just as much to do with how complicated it can be. In one calendar year, tax codes can change up to +500 times a year and with the IRS having 20% of the their budget…

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Fisch Asset Management relies on Managed Futures http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11413 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11413#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:36:40 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11413 As a specialized hedge fund asset class to invest in managed futures liquid futures from different asset classes such as stocks, bonds, commodities or currencies. It does for the majority of managed futures in principle not matter in which direction the markets are moving because they can put on both rising and falling prices also explains Fisch Asset Management. Here…

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Are Alternatives’ Assets Here to Stay? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11411 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11411#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:36:20 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11411 There’s no doubt the general conversation around Managed Futures the past couple weeks hasn’t been performance, but assets. First Moningstar reported an inflow of $1.4 Billion for managed futures funds in the first two months of 2015. Then the Wall Street Journal caught on, and now that Barclayhedge has released asset flows of $5.7 Billion in February, we’re starting to…

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“Alternative” Investments: How the Wealthy Make Money http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11409 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11409#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:35:53 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11409 Alternative investments are gaining popularity, often providing non-correlated, strong long-term returns, but the average investor still lacks much understanding of this asset class. Recent years have seen a rising interest in alternative investments even if investor’s understanding of them is still catching up with their popularity.
“Alternative investments, which are no longer just aimed at the superwealthy, can bring significant…

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Currency, Oil Help Managed-Futures Funds http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11407 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11407#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:31:06 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11407 After several years of disappointing returns, managed-futures mutual funds are hot again. These funds—where managers use computer models to try to cleverly adjust futures contracts in commodities, currencies, stocks and bonds based on trends—returned 18.4% for the 12 months ended March 31, compared with 12.7% for the S&P 500, according to Morningstar. The March data are preliminary.
The funds drew…

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Optimistic outlook for managed futures http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11405 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11405#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:30:54 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11405 After a challenging few years for managed futures, 2014 was a welcome change with a positive year for the investment style; the Barclays BTOP50 index returned 12.3%. Many investors question whether this will continue. We believe there are several reasons to be optimistic. Our outlook considers two factors that historically have played a significant role in managed futures’ performance: correlation…

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