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Parker FX Index down -1.28% in August, (-3.35% YTD)

Friday, September 23, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.28% return for the month of August. Fifty-eight programs in the Index reported August results, of which eighteen reported positive results, thirty-nine incurred losses and one reported flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.55% in August. The median return for the month was down -0.86%, while the performance for August ranged from a high of +4.03% to a low of -8.38%.

In addition to the broad Parker FX Index, there are two style driven sub-indices: the Parker Systematic Index, which tracks those managers whose decision process is rule based, and the Parker Discretionary Index, which tracks managers whose decision process is judgmental. During August, the Systematic Index was down -2.47%, and the Discretionary Index decreased by -0.10%. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Parker Systematic Index was down - 0.89% in August, and the Parker Discretionary Index was down -0.08%.

The top three performing constituent programs for the month of August, on a reported basis, returned +4.03%, +2.91% and +1.45%, respectively. The top three performers on a risk-adjusted basis returned +1.82%, +1.34% and +1.08%, respectively.

Headline news continued to disrupt the financial markets, with currency managers struggling to navigate the debt crises in Europe and the US. A disappointing resolution to the US debt ceiling debate, followed by the S&P downgrade of US debt, triggered a rapid reduction in risk. This resulted in strong flows away from the US dollar and higher yielding currencies (e.g. Canadian and Australian Dollars) into the Swiss franc, Japanese yen, and Gold. The euro was higher by 1.34% against the dollar, largely in response to worsening economic data releases from the US and the threat of additional economic stimulus by the Federal Reserve.

The Parker FX Index is a performance-based benchmark that measures both the reported and the riskadjusted returns of global currency managers. It is the first index used to analyze unleveraged (risk-adjusted) performance in order to calculate pure currency alpha, or manager skill. The 308-month compounded annual return since inception (January, 1986 through August, 2011) is up +11.22% on a reported basis and up +3.03% on a riskadjusted basis.

From inception (January, 1986 through August, 2011) the compounded annual return for the Parker Systematic Index and the Parker Discretionary Index, on a reported basis, is +11.40% and +9.24%, respectively.

From inception, the compounded annualized return, on a risk-adjusted basis, for the Parker Systematic Index and the Parker Discretionary Index, is +2.69% and +3.61%, respectively.

The Parker FX Index tracks the performance, or value-added, that managers have generated from positioning long or short foreign currencies. The Index is equally weighted, as opposed to capitalization weighted, to preclude very large managers from swaying the performance in a direction that may not be representative of the currency manager universe. Parker Global Strategies applies its model to the performance of a representative currency portfolio or composite, net of fees, and excluding interest for each currency manager.

The Parker FX Index currently includes 63 programs managed by 55 firms located in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Singapore and Australia. The 63 programs include a combination of 40 programs that are systematic and 23 programs that are discretionary. The 63 programs manage over $47 billion in currency strategy assets. The Index also includes the performance of currency managers who are no longer trading in order to address survivorship bias. Disciplines include technical, fundamental and quantitative.

Founded in 1995, Parker Global Strategies (PGS) provides both institutional and private clients a broad spectrum of custom tailored alternative investments including foreign exchange, managed futures, and energy infrastructure. PGS has advised on the placement of over US$3.0 billion since its inception, and has provided foreign exchange advisory and management services since 1996. Corporate website:Source

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