FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Managed Futures Add to Gains;
Barclay CTA Index Up 1.69% in October
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, November 15, 2007– Managed futures rose 1.69% in October, according to flash estimates from the Barclay CTA Index.
“October profits were powered by a continuation of September’s uptrend in energy prices and downtrend in the US Dollar,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.
“Higher prices in the energy complex reflected increased tension as Turkey massed troops on the Iraqi border, coupled with lower than expected supplies of crude oil and refined products,” says Waksman.
“The Canadian dollar, viewed by many market participants as an energy/commodity currency, reached a new 130-year high against the US Dollar.”
All eight of Barclay’s CTA indexes were profitable in October. The Diversified Traders Index gained 2.40%, Systematic Traders rose 2.17%, and the Agricultural Traders Index was up 2.10%,
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest traders, added 2.19% in October, following a 2.66% gain in September.
“Continuing speculation that the US Federal Reserve would cut interest rates again helped to drive the US Dollar to a new low against the Euro, and to a 26-year low against the British Pound,” says Waksman.
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