Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:24:40 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Commodity crush fuels managed futures returns http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11044 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11044#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:24:40 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11044 Managed futures continued their recent hot streak in November, recording their best monthly return in four years by capitalizing on plummeting commodity prices. “We’ve seen resources get crushed and different markets pull back and this strategy is taking advantage of that situation,” said Tim Pickering, chief investment officer at Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd. in Calgary.
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Barclay CTA Index gains 2.62% (est.) in November (6.63% YTD) as long-term traders profit from current trends http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11042 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11042#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:24:25 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11042 Managed futures gained 2.62% in November according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 6.63% for the year. “November was an excellent month for trend-followers,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “Equity markets, bonds, and the US Dollar all continued to strengthen, while commodity prices continued to decline.”
Seven of Barclay’s eight CTA…

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How Flexible Is Your Alternative Exposure? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11040 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11040#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:24:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11040 Strategic allocation models typically carve out a portion of an investment portfolio for alternative investments, such as commodities, hedge funds, private equity or managed futures. One asset class that has been utilized by institutional investors as a way to achieve diversification and performance potential in almost any market is managed futures.
Unlike long-only investments, managed futures employ long/short strategies designed…

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Singapore-based CTA launches feeder fund for U.S. investors http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11038 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11038#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:23:49 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11038 Straits Financial Fund Management LLC, a commodity pool operator registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and a member of the National Futures Association, is pleased to announce today the launch of the Straits Financial Premier Fund I, L.P., which is the company’s first managed pool offering for U.S. investors.
SFFM, together with other subsidiaries under Straits Financial Group, offers a…

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Straits gives managed futures a facelift http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11036 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11036#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:23:34 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11036 When the JOBS Act is discussed in managed fund circles, it’s typically due to its elimination of the ban on general solicitation and advertising by capital raisers, such as hedge funds. Obviously that’s a big plus, but another part of the Act that gave a lift to private placement funds was the increase to 2000 in allowable accredited investment holders.…

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Assisted By Energy Shorts, CTAs Stage Late Year Come-back http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11034 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11034#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:23:05 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11034 A UBS prime brokerage report notes how shares of poultry producers have outperformed this year, but hedge fund attitudes are turning on the poultry stocks. CTAs, however, the leading hedge fund sector in November, have benefited from “well established shorts” in the oil while the UBS report also noted hedge funds it studies are overweight consumer discretionary stocks while underweight…

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The mysterious world of CTA investing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11032 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11032#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:22:50 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11032 CTAs invest in managed futures. That means they follow the trends in the commodities, currencies and fixed-income markets, relying on often-complex mathematical formulas to make their investment decisions. Yet, the relative lack of volatility in global financial markets — and the breakdown of the conventional relationships between commodities, currencies, equities and bonds wrought by quantitative easing — had put a…

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Activists Rebound and Managed Futures Hold Industry Leading Status http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11030 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11030#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:22:32 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11030 Managed futures strategies and activist funds win big in November. Aided by rebounding US equity markets and strong moves in currency and interest rate markets, November’s biggest winners were managed futures strategies and activist funds.
Credit and commodity-focused strategies posted aggregate declines, while funds focused on the energy sector and with Brazil exposure faced the industry’s largest losses during the…

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Managed Futures Exit 3yr Drawdown, Hit New All Time Highs http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11028 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11028#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:22:19 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11028 While we haven’t quite crossed the finish line yet, this is shaping up to be one of managed futures best years in quite some time.
We had its best monthly performance since 2002, its best quarter since 2008 (only because December hasn’t ended yet), and upon closer inspection – November’s performance officially pushed the Newedge CTA Index out of its…

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Investors May Be Overlooking Alternative Investments, ETFs http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11026 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11026#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:22:04 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11026 Financial advisors and investors may getting too caught up in the market rally, forgoing alternative assets and exchange traded funds that could help diversify a portfolio and diminish volatility during a market correction.
ALTS includes exposure to long-short strategies, hedge fund replication, managed futures, global infrastructure, merger & acquisitions, private equities and Treasury spread. Additionally, the actively managed LALT holds a…

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