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Managed Futures Funds Shine Despite Gloomy Start to 2022

Crypto and Digital Asset Managers Caught Up in Technology Market Bloodletting


Managed futures funds turned in a second straight positive month in January, returning 0.71%, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions.

“While equity markets slumped in January, managed futures funds stepped up,” said Ben Crawford, Head of Research at BarclayHedge. “The hedge fund industry broadly outperformed the public markets largely by attenuating losses; meanwhile managed futures managers shone by actually adding coin in their investors’ purses. In fact, every single CTA sector made money in the midst of market mayhem, Crypto- and Digital-Asset managers notwithstanding.”

The MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders Index was the strongest performing index, gaining 2.46% in January. Other notable gainers included the Discretionary Traders Index, up 1.74%, the Diversified Traders Index, advancing 1.04%, the Agricultural Traders Index, up 0.76%, and the Financial & Metal Traders Index, returning 0.59%.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which tracks the performance of the largest CTAs open for new investment, returned 1.65% in January.

Along with most equities- and technology-bets, Digital Assets took a beating in January, as evidenced by the -9.90% loss reported on the BarclayHedge Cryptocurrency Traders Index.

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. The BarclayHedge Indices are utilized by institutional investors, brokerage firms and private banks worldwide as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.



Janet Falk

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