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Mixed performance from Newedge indices in August -1.75% (-1.73% YTD)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update - The Newedge CTA and Trend Indices decreased in August, finishing down 1.75% and 2.53%, respectively. Commodity strategies, as represented by the Newedge Commodity Index and its sub-indices, were positive in August, while the Newedge Macro Indices encountered a difficult trading environment.

The top year-to-date performer through August remains the Newedge Commodity Trading Index (Equity), which has returned 13.30% over the eight-month period.

Performance of the Newedge Short-Term Traders Index remains positive on the year (+1.94%) and continues to display differentiated returns from longer-term strategies.

Commenting on the August performance data, Ryan Duncan, Global co-head of Newedge’s Advisory Group for Alternative Investment Solutions, said: “Trading environments for directional strategies, and particularly trend-followers, remain challenging. After a good start to 2013, the Trend Index has now fallen 9.51% since April, turning negative for the year. Nonetheless, we continue to see dispersion amongst and within strategies across the managed futures space. Such an environment highlights the importance of diversification across manager styles.”

The Newedge CTA Index, which is equally weighted, calculates the daily rate of return for a pool of the largest 20 CTAs that are willing to provide daily returns and are open to new investment. Both indices are rebalanced and reconstituted annually.

The Newedge Trend Index, which is equally weighted, calculates the daily rate of return for a pool of the largest 10 trend following-based CTAs that are willing to provide daily returns and are open to new investment.

The Newedge Trend Indicator is a market based performance indicator designed to have a high correlation to the returns of trend following strategies.

The Newedge Short-Term Traders Index is designed to track the daily performance of a portfolio of the largest 10 short-term, diversified CTAs who have a holding period shorter than 10 days, are willing to provide daily returns and are open to new investment.

The Newedge Commodity Trading Index includes funds that utilize a variety of investment strategies to profit from price moves in commodity markets. Managers may typically use either (i) a trading orientated approach, typically involving the trading of physical commodity products and/or of commodity derivative instruments in either directional or relative value strategies; or (ii) Long short equity strategies focused on commodity related stocks.

Newedge’s Alternative Investment Solutions Group, part of Newedge’s Prime Clearing Services, is an innovator in providing investors with benchmarking tools that accurately represent key hedge fund strategy styles.

Newedge is the leading prime broker for the CTA market, servicing the largest share of the CTA fund market in the word. Currently, Newedge ranks No. 3 based on the CFTC’s tracking of customer assets on deposit.


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