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Barclay CTA Index Down 0.73% in January; Trend Reversals Challenge Managed Futures Traders

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 24, 2017 — Managed futures traders lost 0.73% in January according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge.

Seven of Barclay’s eight CTA indices lost ground in January. The Diversified Traders Index was down 1.20%, Systematic Traders lost 0.87%, Currency Traders were down 0.51%, and Financial/Metals Traders gave up 0.33%.

“Profits from the continuing rally in global stock markets were not enough to overcome losses resulting from trend reversals in energy, US Dollar weakness, and sharply rising European yields,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

The only managed futures strategy with a gain in January was the Agricultural Traders Index, which was up 0.22%.

The Barclay BTOP50 was down 1.44% in the first month of 2017, after losing 4.44% in 2016.

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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 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 6,400 hedge funds, fund of funds, and CTAs. No one has been in the business of collecting alternative investment data longer than BarclayHedge.

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