FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Managed Futures Gain in August;
Barclay CTA Index Rises 0.41%
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, September 21, 2009– Managed futures gained 0.41% in August according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge.
“Investor optimism remained high in August as the rally in equity markets extended to six consecutive months,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.
Five of Barclay’s eight managed futures indices were profitable in August. The Systematic Traders Index gained 0.77%, Diversified Traders were up 0.76%, and Financial and Metals Traders rose 0.21%.
“Commodity markets, while generally lower in August, experienced significant divergence between various sectors,” says Waksman.
“Natural gas prices declined almost 25 percent while sugar gained more than 30 percent. And although prices for precious metals declined, base metals rallied.”
Through August, Agricultural Traders have gained 2.39% and Discretionary Traders are up 1.39%. But Diversified Traders have lost 3.82% year-to-date, and Systematic Traders are down 3.04%.
“Following a strong 14.09 percent gain by the Barclay CTA Index in 2008, its best performance in 18 years, the Index has lost 0.87 percent thus far in 2009,” says Waksman.
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest traders, rose 0.21% in August, but is still down 2.56% in 2009.
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