FAIRFIELD, Iowa, December 17, 2012 – Managed futures lost 0.39% in November according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has lost 1.45% year to date, compared to a gain of 0.73% in the S&P GSCI Index.
“Profitable positions in the continuing uptrend in bond markets and the downtrend in the Japanese yen were insufficient to overcome losses in other sectors,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.
Five of Barclay’s eight CTA indices had losses in November. The Agricultural Traders Index dropped 1.23%, Diversified Traders gave up 0.50%, and Systematic Traders lost 0.39%.
“Although the Commodity Research Bureau Index gained 1.10 percent on the month, dispersion across the sector was high as prices for precious and industrial metals rose, energy was mixed, and agricultural markets moved lower,” says Waksman.
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, led all managed futures indices in November with a 0.34% gain. Currency Traders were up 0.26%, and Discretionary Traders added 0.04%.
Year to date, the Agricultural Traders Index has gained 6.53%, Discretionary Traders have gained 2.02%, and Currency Traders have a 1.15% return.
Diversified Traders are down 3.36% in 2012, Systematic Traders have lost 3.01%, and the Financial & Metals Traders Index is down 2.54%.
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