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Barclay CTA Index Starts the Year in Negative Territory Falling 0.43%; Only Two Indices Gain in January

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 20, 2019 – Managed futures stumbled out of the gate to start 2019, as the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions, fell 0.43% for the month.

All but two of the Barclay Managed Futures indices were in negative territory for January, as CTA funds were generally unable to build on their modest gains of the final two months of 2018.

“After precipitous price declines in December, most CTAs found themselves on the wrong side of the street in January as energy and equity prices unexpectedly rose from the ashes of the previous month and rebounded sharply,” said Sol Waksman, president of BarclayHedge.

January’s lone bright spots were the Discretionary Traders Index with a 0.25% return and the Agricultural Traders Index, up 0.09% for the month.

The Cryptocurrency Traders Index was January’s biggest loser, falling 5.72% for the month. The MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders Index lost 1.66%, while the Diversified Traders Index was down 1.13%.

Posting smaller monthly losses were the Systematic Traders Index, down 0.87% and the Currency Traders Index with a 0.04% loss. Meanwhile, the Financial & Metals Traders Index, ended the month at 0.00%.

For a complete table of Barclay CTA Index results as well as historical data, click here.

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BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop, currently maintains data on more than 6,900 hedge funds, funds of funds, and CTAs. Institutional investors, brokerage firms, and private banks worldwide utilize BarclayHedge indices as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.


Sol Waksman

BarclayHedge division of Backstop Solutions Group

(641) 472-3456