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Barclay CTA Index Down 1.27% in April; Trend Reversals and Drop in USD Trigger Decline

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, May 18, 2015 — Managed futures traders lost 1.27% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.22% year to date.

“Sharp trend reversals in commodity and bond markets, coupled with a rapid unanticipated decline in the value of the US Dollar, led the Barclay CTA Index to its worst month since May 2013, when it dropped 1.58 percent,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

All eight of Barclay’s CTA indices had losses in April. The Diversified Traders Index was down 2.07%, Systematic Traders lost 1.58%, Discretionary Traders were down 0.26%, and Currency Traders gave up 0.23%.

After four months in 2015, seven CTA Indices still have a positive return. The Financial/Metals Traders Index is up 3.32%, Currency Traders have gained 3.24%, Systematic Traders are up 1.95%, and the Diversified Traders Index has added 1.77%.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, lost 2.82% in April. The BTOP50 is up 1.97% through the end of April.

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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 6,100 hedge funds, fund of funds, and CTAs. No one has been in the business of collecting alternative investment data longer than BarclayHedge.

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