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All Managed Futures Sectors Pick Up Wins in July as the Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.37%

CTAs Ride Economic Momentum and Dodge Struggles Seen in Some Emerging Markets

Managed futures funds returned to a monthly gain in July advancing 0.37% for the month, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. The monthly performance allowed CTAs to add to their year-to-date gains as they returned 4.91% through July.

Every CTA subsector was in the black both for the month and for the year to date.

The Cryptocurrency Traders Index led the way in July, gaining 5.16%. The MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders Index advanced 0.74% for the month, followed by the Agricultural Traders Index (0.52%), the Currency Traders Index (0.47%) and the Systematic Traders Index (0.38%).

The July rebound in investor interest in Crypto pushed the Cryptocurrency Traders Index to year-to-date returns of 84.30%. Other subsectors posting notable year-to-date gains included the MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders Index, up 8.51%, the Diversified Traders Index (7.09%), the Discretionary Traders Index (6.08%) and the Agricultural Traders Index (4.99%).

“The managed futures industry weathered rising uncertainty admirably in July. Despite concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant and its accelerating rate of community transmission, global economies largely continued to produce positive signals and CTA funds kept pace,” noted Ben Crawford, Head of Research at BarclayHedge.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which tracks the performance of the largest CTAs open for new investment, gained 1.05% in July. This month’s performance brought the BTOP50’s year to date returns to 7.09%.

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

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Janet Falk

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