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As CTAs recover, Typhon Access grows

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

The past few years have been challenging for CTAs. Record outflows from CTAs have dominated much of the reporting on the space, but in recent weeks investors have started to take a second look. "For awhile there, the phone wasn't ringing but we're seeing investors come back and they want new and different stuff from CTAs. It's not all long-term trend followers," James L. Koutoulas, CEO of Typhon Capital Management and Typhon Access tells Opalesque.

Typhon Access is a separately managed account platform known as Hydra, for CTAs, FX and Macro. Koutoulas jokes that the platform is "Alphametrix without the fraud." Hydra offers access to strategies within pooled vehicles allowing investors to have features of both separately managed accounts and more traditional commodity pools. Investors can access notional funding, receive semi-monthly liquidity, limited liability and improved transparency.

According to Koutoulas, the idea for Hydra came out of the software work he was already doing with Co-Founder John Roe at CCC, and the realization of what was happening on other platforms including Alphametrix. In addition to being a high profile securities lawyer, Koutoulas has an extensive computer programming background. Koutoulas then founded Typhon Access with partner Jon Stein, bringing their years of investment experience together to support the technology platform. "We're doing the diligence on ev......................

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