Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:10:57 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Money Talks: The details http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13169 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13169#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:10:57 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13169 Managed futures will continue to move to the fore front for today’s progressive and prudent investors. Although misunderstood by many, the details tell a story of an outstanding alternative which allows investors the ability to generate returns in all economic environments when suitably applied.
The addition of managed futures for 20 to 30 percent of a portfolio, depending on the…

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CTAs finish negative Q3 with muted performance in September http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13167 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13167#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:10:40 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13167 Societe Generale Prime Services today announces the September and full Q3 performance data for its SG CTA indices and shares its year to date performance review. September continued to be a difficult month for CTA strategies, with the flagship SG CTA Index entering negative territory for the first full quarter since Q2 2015, and ended the month down -1.20%. All…

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Managed Futures Fall in September http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13165 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13165#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:10:24 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13165 Average hedge fund industry performance was +0.73% in September, +2.91% in Q3 and +4.40 YTD 2016, says eVestment. Managed futures posted the only negative aggregate strategy return in September. Macro hedge fund performance was similarly distributed to managed futures in September, basically half posting gains versus losses, however the universe produced slightly positive returns.
The managed futures segment may be facing…

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Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM: CTA Suffers http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13163 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13163#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:10:02 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13163 The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Global Macro IndexSM, which includes systematic, discretionary, commodity and currency funds, ended negative for September, returning -0.46%, underperforming the HFRX Macro/CTA Index’s -0.15% return. CTAs suffered at the hands of trend reversals in energy prices and fixed income, while choppy currency markets caused trouble for managers.
“While Discretionary managers posted negative returns on the month, they did…

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Managed Futures Up in September http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13161 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13161#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:09:40 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13161 Multi-strategy and CTA/managed futures hedge funds were up in September gaining 0.47 per cent and 0.33 per cent respectively during the month, according to the MSCI AC World Index (Local).
The performance of CTA/managed futures managers was led by exposure into long energy, commodities and short GBP/USD positions with underlying commodity hedge funds, represented by the Eurekahedge Commodity Hedge Fund Index…

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Forex and Managed Futures http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13158 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13158#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:08:52 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13158 Across the pond, the U.S Dollar Index (aka the greenback) is up 2.6% thus far through October, back at its March highs. This makes sense when you consider the greenback is measured against six different currencies, including the British Pound.
Meanwhile, a trending British Pound is a good thing for systematic Managed Futures managers that trade currency markets, while also…

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Man Group Jumps Most in Six Years After Net Inflows Surprise http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13156 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13156#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:08:27 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13156 Man Group Plc, the world’s largest publicly traded hedge-fund firm, climbed the most in almost six years in London after third-quarter net inflows beat estimates as investors poured money into its quantitative funds.
Net inflows were $1.3 billion in the period as investors allocated money to Man Group’s computer-driven hedged and long-only funds, the firm said in a statement on Friday.…

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Commodities - What is an FCM? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13154 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13154#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:07:58 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13154 Futures markets are exchanges where standardized contracts trade in an open and transparent environment. One of the most important roles, when it comes to the business transacted on these exchanges, is that of the FCM. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulates FCM’s.
An FCM is a Futures Commission Merchant. An FCM is an individual or organization that solicits and/or accepts…

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MCX to introduce options trading by January http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13152 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13152#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:07:31 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13152 The exchange would have liked more non-agricultural commodities to have been allowed when Sebi permitted the trading of options, says MCX CEO. Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX), India’s largest commodities bourse by turnover, plans to introduce options trading by January to boost revenue after the markets regulator permitted the trading of the derivatives at the end of last…

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Use Alternative Investments to Hedge Without Hedge Funds http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13150 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13150#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:07:14 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13150 Alternative investment strategies used to be synonymous with hedge funds and the endowments and wealthy investors that bought into them. But now a growing number of mutual funds are adopting hedge-fund tactics, from betting on stocks that could decline (known as shorting) to buying futures contracts to ride market trends.
Alternative mutual funds are cheaper to own than hedge funds,…

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