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Managed Futures Performance Slides
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, April 10, 2007– Managed futures continue their poor performance in 2007, according to The Barclay Group. The Barclay CTA Index was down 1.29% for the month of March.
“Most of the major futures markets had price reversals this month,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.
“Since more than 60 percent of CTAs utilize systematic trend-following methodologies for trade selection, it’s not surprising that close to 65 percent of traders had losses in March.”
Diversified Traders fell 1.67% in March, Systematic Traders lost 1.31%, and the Financial and Metals Traders Index was down 0.79%.
“Prices in the energy complex started the month on a down trend, but then rallied strongly from mid-month onwards.”
Only one sector was in positive territory for March. Barclay’s Agricultural Traders Index was up 0.12% for the month, and has gained 2.64% during the first quarter of 2007.
“Prices for corn, soybeans and wheat were weak all month long, awarding profits to short-sellers in the agricultural sector," says Waksman.
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest CTAs, dropped 2.00% in March.
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