Commodity Trading Advisors (CTA) posted a 1.59% return in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. This follows a difficult month in May for these funds, when the Barclay CTA Index was down 0.19%. Year-to-date, the index is now up 3.84%. “Recession fears coupled with market anticipation […]
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 […]
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 […]
In this week’s podcast P&L’s editor Galen Stops is in ebullient mood as trend followers return to profitability and he is quick to let P&L’s managing editor Colin Lambert – who predicted the death of trend following last year you may recall – know this fact. As well the expected bluster and refusal to change […]
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 […]
After a week-long absence Profit & Loss‘ managing editor, Colin Lambert, and editor, Galen Stops, are back on the airwaves to discuss some of the most eye-catching items in the news recently. They begin with some reader feedback from stories published last week. Firstly, a story about the attempt by a futures exchange to introduce […]
2018 saw CTAs cap a generally poor decade of performance with a particularly bad year of losses. Given this, Galen Stops takes a look at whether the rationale for investors including CTA strategies in their portfolio is still valid. Post financial crisis, CTAs have struggled to produce returns, with only 2010 and 2014 standing out […]
This week’s podcast opens with Galen Stops gloating over Colin Lambert because CTAs – and in particular ones using trend following strategies – are (finally!) producing some positive returns. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, argues Lambert, but Stops is convinced that this is the beginning of an upswing for these hedge funds. This leads into a more serious discussion about some the challenges facing CTAs when their trend following models aren’t working. For example, do they alter their models to improve returns at the risk of diluting their potency as a diversifier within investors’ portfolios?
All of the Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices posted positive performance in March, with trend followers in particular performing well.The SG CTA Index returned 3.4% last month, which means that it’s now up 1.88% for the year, while the SG Trend Index posted returns of 5.46% in March, and so ends the first quarter of 2019 up 2.89%.Attribution data from the SG Trend Indicator suggests that the upward trend in bond markets was the main driver of positive performance in March, contributing 5.95% at the portfolio level. The renewed upward trend in equity indices was another positive contributor, as well as declines in the euro and Canadian dollar compar
Institutional allocators, wealth managers and family offices want the best performance possible from their portfolios, but what does “best” really mean for these firms? When they allocate towards hedge funds or other alternatives, are they looking for improved returns or for portfolio diversification? And what are the trends that will drive allocation decisions in 2019?These are amongst the key questions that will be addressed by a panel of seasoned allocators at the upcoming Profit & Loss New York conference on March 27.