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Parker FX Index reports a -0.37% return for October (-1.28% YTD)

Friday, November 30, 2012
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.37% return for the month of October, 2012. Forty five of the forty-nine programs in the Index reported October results, of which nineteen reported positive results and twenty-six incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.16% in October. The median return for the month was down -0.06%, while the performance for October ranged from a high of +1.70% to a low of -5.62%.

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 October, the Systematic Index was down -0.69%, and the Discretionary Index decreased by -0.04%. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Parker Systematic Index was down - 0.25% in October, and the Parker Discretionary Index was down -0.03%.

The top three performing constituent programs for the month of October, on a reported basis, returned +1.70%, +1.47% and +1.00%, respectively. The top three performers on a risk-adjusted basis returned +4.13%, +1.09% and +0.88%, respectively.

Markets continued to focus on the deterioration in global growth and the aggressive monetary measures used to address the issues. Developments that attracted focus included slow progress on the Euro bond plan, the looming fiscal cliffs in the US and Japan, a disappointing earnings season, and the uncertainties of the upcoming US election. Risk sentiment soured by mid-to late-month prompting sell-offs in commodities, equities, and higher beta currencies. While LatAm currencies were the hardest hit, Asian currencies strengthened for the fifth month in a row, as signs of a pickup in China’s economy brightened the outlook for the region’s exports. The resilient performance came in the wake of a stronger Chinese yuan fixings and the offshore USDCNY rate falling to a 20- year low. The South Korean won appreciated +2.14% versus the US dollar.


The Parker FX Index is a performance-based benchmark that measures both the reported and the risk-adjusted 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 322-month compounded annual return since inception (January, 1986 through October, 2012) is up +10.68% on a reported basis and up +2.94% on a risk-adjusted basis.

From inception (January, 1986 through October, 2012) the compounded annual return for the Parker Systematic Index and the Parker Discretionary Index, on a reported basis, is +10.93% and +8.73%, respectively. From inception, the compounded annualized return, on a risk-adjusted basis, for the Parker Systematic Index and the Parker Discretionary Index, is +2.64% and +3.45%, respectively.

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Parker Global Strategies, LLC


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