CTA Performance Dips in May

CTAs struggled in May as markets pulled back from established trends, according to the latest data by Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices. The SG CTA Index was down 2.36% last month, however, it still remains in positive territory for the year at 2.22%. Trend following strategies have performed well in 2019, but in May the […]
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Outgoing GFXC Chair Potter Highlights Ongoing Work

Outgoing Global FX Committee chair Simon Potter remains optimistic about the impact of the FX Global Code and has signalled a busy work schedule for the Committee and its working groups over the coming year. In an interview withProfit & Loss Potter outlines the continuing work of the separate streams established by the GFXC, but makes […]
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Debelle Named as GFXC Chair

Guy Debelle, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), has been named as the next chair of the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC). His two-year term will begin in early July, 2019, after he was nominated and elected to the position at the latest two-day GFXC meeting hosted by the Bank of Japan […]
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And Finally…

As can often be the case when writing an opinion column, I have been taken to task by the readership over the past couple of days over my criticism of “full amount” trading. To be fair to all parties, there is a big caveat, however, and that is that for this method to work my […]
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CTA Funds See Gains in April

The Barclay CTA Index reflects a positive month for funds, gaining 0.85% in April 2019. Strong performance in recent months has allowed the Barclay CTA Index to gain 2.28% year-to-date. April also saw gains for nine out of 10 of the BarclayHedge’s CTA indices, bringing all ten into positive territory for 2019. “Four consecutive months […]
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And Another Thing…

Back in the day there were certain “clients” who would flat-out lie to their LPs about their trade being “full amount”. Nowadays, thanks to better data and analytics this type of behaviour can be spotted fairly easily and this has meant that now clients are quite open about the “full amount” not actually being “full […]
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Is FX a Dirty Word for Allocators?

Although FX as an asset class still offers potential for returns, asset managers are increasingly reluctant to allocate funds towards trading strategies that are only focused on FX trading, said speakers at the annual Profit & Loss Forex Network New York event. On a panel session looking at allocation trends, the moderator observed that the speakers […]
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Quants the Sole Bright Spot Amongst Crypto Funds

A new report published this week shows that while the median return for crypto hedge funds was a staggering -46% last year, quant funds managed a median return of 8%. The data contained in the report, which was published by PwC and Elwood Asset Management, was collected within the first quarter of 2019 across the […]
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AllianceBernstein to Adopt OpenFin Operating System

AllianceBernstein is working with OpenFin, which provides an operating system (OS) to financial services firms, in a bid to help accelerate its digital transformation strategy. In a release issued today, OpenFin says that this collaboration will enable AllianceBernstein to modernise its desktop technology infrastructure, allowing integration and interoperability with legacy and third-party applications without the […]
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CTAs Continue Positive Performance

Following on from an improvement in February and a strong March, April has been another positive month for CTAs, according to the latest data by Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices. The SG CTA Index was up 2.76% in April, bringing it firmly into positive territory for 2019 year–to–date, to up 4.74%. The strong performance has […]
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