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Barclay CTA Index gains 1.74% in February

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 1.74% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 2.89% after two months in 2016.

“A 25 percent decline in natural gas, an 11 percent rally in gold, and a continuing ‘Brexit’ decline in the British pound versus the US Dollar contributed to a profitable month for CTAs,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

All eight of Barclay’s CTA indices had positive returns in February. The Diversified Traders Index gained 2.07%, Systematic Traders were up 1.91%, Financial/Metals Traders gained 1.81%, Currency Traders added 0.71%, and Discretionary Traders were up 0.65%.

“Seventy-six percent of the CTAs on the BarclayHedge database had gains for the month,” says Waksman.

At the end of February, the Diversified Traders Index is up 4.25% for the year. Systematic Traders have gained 3.91%, Financial/Metals Traders are up 3.50%, and Currency Traders have gained 1.98%.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, gained 2.28% in February.

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