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Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.60% in September; Trend-Followers Profit from Falling Markets

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, October 20, 2015 — Managed futures traders gained 0.60% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.67% year to date.

“Equities, interest rates, and commodities moved lower in September, and trend-followers were properly positioned to profit,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Five of Barclay’s eight CTA indices had gains in September. The Diversified Traders Index was up 0.72%, Systematic Traders gained 0.51%, and Financial/Metals Traders were up 0.29%.

In the loss column, Agricultural Traders were down 0.25% in September, Currency Traders gave up 0.24%, while the Discretionary Traders Index slipped 0.03%.

“Although the US Dollar was generally stronger against major foreign currencies, its weakness against the Japanese Yen and the Euro offset those gains and resulted in losses for some managers,” says Waksman.

At the end of three quarters, Currency Traders have gained 3.00% in 2015, and Financial/Metals Traders are up 2.05%.

The Diversified Traders Index has lost 2.83% year to date, Systematic Traders are down 1.54%, and Agricultural Traders have lost 0.09%.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, gained 1.74% in September, offsetting a 1.90% loss in August. The BTOP50 is currently down 2.59% for the year.

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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.