Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:45:04 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Can Managed Futures Be an Income Investor’s Best Friend? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10556 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10556#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:45:04 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10556 To review, “managed futures” is a strategy of investing in a portfolio of exchange-traded futures contracts. These markets includes financial futures (Treasury bonds, currencies and equity index contracts), as well as agricultural and precious metals positions. Since most trading is momentum-based, managed futures investments tend to do well when volatility is rising and equity markets are in retreat.
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Barclay CTA Index Inches Up 0.01% in July (+0.69% YTD) http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10554 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10554#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:44:42 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10554 Managed futures inched up 0.01% in July according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index has gained 0.69%. “Market concerns that the Federal Reserve may raise US interest rates sooner than anticipated drove investors to sell risk assets,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.
“Equity prices declined, global bond yields fell, commodity prices…

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Looking Ahead: What’s In Store For Managed Futures? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10552 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10552#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:44:21 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10552 For the past five years, the annualized performance of the S&P 500 Index has been +18.4% (through May 2014). If you believe that this level of performance from equities is likely to persist, there is little need for portfolio diversification. Looking back over a longer timeframe, however, suggests that the recent results may not be sustainable: over the last 20…

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Qbasis bucks the downward trend in managed futures with positive July performance http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10550 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10550#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:43:58 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10550 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…

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Votality Traders Take Wind Out of Tesla Motors Inc Options http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10548 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10548#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:43:40 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10548 Managed futures traders, who touted the stock when it was trading near $50, might be noticing a negative divergence, as volatility players pull the plug on Tesla options. Options traders who purchased Tesla Motors Inc calls a few weeks ago were disappointed when the stock rose significantly this week, but the price of the options didn’t move much at all.…

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Europe-Focused Managers Took Hits in July http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10546 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10546#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:43:21 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10546 The independent data provider Eurekahedge tells us in its latest report that European and North American oriented hedge funds both lost money in July. In the case of the North American managers, as the graph here shows, that was a reversal of a positive showing in June: for Europe, the fall was more severe and came after a flat June.

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Correction In Sight? Hedging Equity Exposure With Currency ETFs http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10544 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10544#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:41:50 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10544 Market observers have been increasingly cognizant of a potential correction in the future. Specifically, mutual funds have seen 15 straight weeks of outflows, hedge funds are seemingly taking bearish positions, and many equity strategists are recommending going underweight equities.
Managed Futures: This strategy invests in trends in global future markets. Common futures traded are: currencies, interest rates, stock indexes, energy,…

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Dubai eases fund manager restrictions http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10542 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10542#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:41:37 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10542 Dubai has eased its restrictions on asset managers in what appears to be a move to attract more hedge funds and private equity vehicles to domicile in the region. The new rules, which were introduced on August 21, 2014, make it easier for fund managers to operate in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the country’s financial enterprise zone.

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Female investors more interested in alternative assets then men http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10540 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10540#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:41:24 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10540 US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse. According to research by US investment firm MainStay Investments, 60% of women surveyed expect alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio over the next five to 10 years.
By comparison, only 47% of men…

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More High Net Worth Women Turn to Alternative Investments for Retirement Savings http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10538 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10538#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:41:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10538 A higher percentage of women than men are turning to alternative investments to generate income, drive capital growth and achieve portfolio diversification, according to a new report. Alternative investments include asset classes other than stocks, bonds and cash, such as commodities, private equity, hedge funds and managed futures.
A MainStay Investments study called Investing Outside the Box found that 58%…

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