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Barclay CTA Index Up 2.61% in January; Equities, Crude Oil and Treasuries Lift CTA Returns

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 15, 2017 — The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 2.61% gain in January. All of Barclay’s CTA indices enjoyed a positive return in January.

“A seemingly nonstop rally in US equities that extended into its fifteenth consecutive month, coupled with continued price increases in gold, crude oil, and US Treasury yields provided a favorable trading environment for trend-following funds in January,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Diversified Traders gained 4.14% to start the year, Systematic Traders were up 3.28%, Financials/Metals Traders gained 2.21%, and Discretionary Traders added 1.15%.

The Barclay CTA index ended 2017 on an up note by squeezing out a 0.80% annual gain, but has more than doubled that return in the first month of 2018.

The BTOP50 Index, which is composed of the largest CTAs open to new investment, gained 2.73% in January.

Sol Waksman is the founder and president of BarclayHedge. Waksman is an industry expert and experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends.

BarclayHedge is the global leader in providing independent, research-based information services to the alternative investment industry. Founded in 1985, Barclay currently maintains data on more than 6,600 hedge funds, fund of funds, and CTAs. No one has been in the business of collecting alternative investment data longer than BarclayHedge.

Institutional investors, brokerage firms, and private banks worldwide utilize BarclayHedge indices as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.