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Managed Futures Lose Ground in February
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, March 13, 2007– Most managed futures strategies lost ground in February, according to The Barclay Group. Overall, the Barclay CTA Index was down 0.77% for the month. Year to date, the Barclay CTA Index has gained 0.19%.
“Volatility increased dramatically during the final days of February,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.
“As stock markets tumbled, investors sought safety and drove US interest rates lower.”
Systemic Traders lost 1.21% in February, Diversified Traders fell 1.01%, the Financial and Metals Index was down 0.60%, and Currency Traders lost 0.31%.
“The sharp increase in the value of the Japanese yen at month-end hurt currency players who were long the ‘carry trade.’”
Two sectors did perform well in February. Barclay’s Discretionary Traders Index gained 1.18%, and the Agricultural Traders Index was up 0.97%. Agricultural Traders have gained 2.72% during the first two months of 2007.
“Rallies in the soybean and live cattle futures markets were beneficial to traders in the agricultural markets," says Waksman.
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest CTAs, dropped 0.40% in February.
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