Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:21:12 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Barclay CTA Index loses 0.68% in May, trend reversals create losses and opportunities http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12794 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12794#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:21:12 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12794 Managed futures traders lost 0.68% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.21% year to date. “Profitable trading in energy, equity indices, and interest rates were not enough to overcome losses from trend reversals in the US Dollar and metals for traders with longer-term time horizons,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president…

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Managed Futures Set To Re-Emerge As Performance Leader? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12797 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12797#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:21:00 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12797 Managed futures CTAs are posting gains in June as equity long / short program profitability sags, a recent Credit Suisse report notes. While CTAs, measured by the Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, are down -1.7% year to date, surrendering significant gains early in the year as predicted in ValueWalk, the Natixis ASG Managed Futures mutual fund is up 4.24% in…

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The evolution of managed futures from the eyes of a turtle http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12795 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12795#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:20:44 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12795 Managed futures is an evolving asset class, one that appears to be moving out of its wild youth phase into respectability. There may be no better example of this than Chesapeake Capital and its founder Jerry Parker.
Parker was an original turtle, a group of wannabe traders who answered an ad placed by C&D Commodities principals Richard Dennis and William…

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Eurekahedge: CTA posts loss in May http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12792 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12792#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:20:14 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12792 Hedge funds were up in May but underperformed world market benchmarks, according to a flash update from industry data provider Eurekahedge. CTA/managed futures and macro hedge funds posted the steepest losses during the month, 0.62% and 0.45%, respectively.
The company’s Hedge Fund Index gained 0.42% during the month, compared to 1.28% booked by underlying markets as represented by the MSCI…

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Managed futures hedge funds declined in May http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12790 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12790#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:18:03 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12790 According to eVestment hedge fund returns were divided in May with overall industry performance slightly negative at -0.09 per cent, bringing overall YTD returns to +0.75 per cent. Commodity hedge funds, the surprise performance leaders of the industry so far in 2016, produced negative aggregate returns in May, declining -0.46%, halting a three-month run when the universe returned 6.99%.

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Preqin: CTAs Gaining Assets as Investors Increase Allocations http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12787 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12787#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:17:36 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12787 Hedge fund investors are increasingly turning to CTAs over the past several quarters, according to a new special report from industry data provider Preqin.
The number of institutional investors actively investing in CTAs reached a record 1,067 in 2015, up from 1,017 in 2014, according to Preqin. Accordingly, the alternative investment segment has seen four consecutive quarters of net inflows since…

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Additional benefits http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12785 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12785#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:17:24 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12785 There are additional benefits to truly diversifying a portfolio among multiple asset classes with the addition of insured index strategies combined with managed futures as well. The additional benefit, which is as plain as day, is the simple fact that better performance means more money. Always has and always will.
The addition of managed futures has allowed those fortunate enough to…

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Finding the Upside of the Futures Market http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12783 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12783#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:17:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12783 With the common belief that futures are highly unpredictable and extremely sensitive to global events, what is their upside and place in an investor’s portfolio? “While futures, and in particular commodity futures, can be unpredictable, one significant benefit to a managed futures strategy is the ability to go long or short,” said Robert Sinnott, co-portfolio manager of the Natixis ASG…

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An alternative view: why it’s the asset class of the future http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12781 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12781#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:16:57 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12781 In today’s era of low interest rates, stock market fluctuation, and economic uncertainty, most people are faced with either low returns or high risk on their investments. For this reason, interest in alternatives - with their ability to diversify investments, reduce risk and provide uncorrelated returns - has grown significantly in recent years, according to Ophir Gertner, founder of invest.com.…

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Advisors and Investors Split on How to Handle Volatility http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12779 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12779#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:16:42 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12779 Investors and advisors alike are concerned about volatility but they’re split on what to do about it in their portfolios, according to a recent poll. To meet the challenge, 48% of advisors overall plan to use liquid alternatives, such as mutual funds and ETFs in long-short equity, managed futures and multi-strategy products.
But in the “high-earner” advisor community – those…

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