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Barclay CTA Index Down 0.78% in March; All Trading Strategies Show First Quarter Loss

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, April 17, 2014 — Managed futures lost 0.78% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.77% in 2014.

“Trendless zigzagging equity markets, volatile commodity markets, and a bond market sell-off all contributed to poor performance in March," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Five of Barclay’s eight CTA indices had losses in March. The Barclay Diversified Traders Index was down 1.20%, Financial & Metals Traders lost 0.85%, and Systematic Traders also gave up 0.85%.

Currency Traders gained 0.27% in March, and the Agricultural Traders Index edged up 0.02%.

Year to date, all eight managed futures indices tracked by BarclayHedge have losses. Financial & Metals Traders are down 1.73%, Currency Traders have lost 1.57%, Agricultural Traders have given up 1.15%, Systematic Traders are down 0.81%, and the Discretionary Traders Index has lost 0.78%.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, lost 0.08% in March. The BTOP50 is currently down 1.30% year to date.

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Sol Waksman is an experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends. For more commentary or background, call 641-472-3456 or email swaksman@barclayhedge.com.

BarclayHedge was founded in 1985 and actively tracks more than 6,200 hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, and managed futures programs. Each month Barclay provides updated performance rankings for 38 Hedge Fund categories, 16 CTA categories, and 7 UCITS categories.

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