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Managed Futures Start New Year with 0.72% Gain
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 13, 2007 - Managed futures gained 0.72% in January, according to flash estimates from the Barclay CTA Index.
"The rise in U.S. interest rates helped fuel a rally in the USD against European, Japanese, and Canadian currencies," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.
All eight of Barclay's CTA indices gained ground in January. The Financial and Metals Index was up 0.91%, Systemic Traders gained 0.71%, the Diversified Traders Index was up 0.68%, while Discretionary Traders rose 0.49%.
"Rallies in gold and natural gas prices also helped many traders to achieve a profitable month. Agricultural markets were more difficult as prices for corn and soybeans dropped at the beginning of the month only to rally back at month-end."
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest CTAs, gained 0.60% in January.
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