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Singularity managed futures program up +20.43% YTD

Friday, August 07, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Swiss-based managed futures fund Singularity closed a volatile July posting positive net returns of +6.53% during the month and pushing YTD to +20.43%. Singularity is a multi-strategy CTA using a systemic, trend following approach. The fund seeks to maintain a low correlation to broad market indices and invests in futures in equities, commodities, FX and fixed income.

In its report to investors, the firm said July saw a positive contribution across all asset classes with only energies being in the negative. Bonds showed the largest attribution with strong gains in European and U.S. instruments.

"Gains in equities were most dominantly driven by the EuroStoxx50, which finished the month second best overall. Commodities were also positive, fueled by profitable short positions in precious metals. While the attribution of oil was flat this month, natgas continued to trade in its range bound environment and therefore remains the weakest instrument this year," the company said.

It added that July has been a good month for managed futures. The resurgence of strong trends in several markets has facilitated an important positive signal from the managed futures space, with good returns in the second half of the month by most of the industry’s heavy weights driven by the continued downwards move in precious metals and weaker energies.

The company added, "At the same time Singularity could further sharpen its idiosyncr......................

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