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Uncertainty Begins to Cloud Brightening Economic Narrative; Barclay CTA Index Sheds -0.18% in June but Up 4.69% YTD

Rocked by Both Washington and Beijing, Crypto Rout Continues: Down Another -7.35% in June

Managed futures funds reversed course in June losing -0.18% following four consecutive months in the black, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. The year-to-date picture remained positive, however, with CTAs up 4.69% cumulatively through June.…

Managed Futures Funds Advance Solidly in May Despite Uneasiness Elsewhere

May Sees Crypto Assets Shed a Trillion Dollars’ Worth of Market Cap

Managed futures funds ground out another solid batch of returns this month, yielding 0.81% and making May the fourth period in a row of gains for the CTA industry. For the year-to-date interval, CTAs have earned their investors a return of 4.85% according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions.…

Barclay CTA Index Returns 1.38% in November, According to Backstop BarclayHedge

New all-time highs in equity markets joined with uptrends in industrial metals, energy and crop markets to set the stage for a profitable month

Managed futures funds broke a two-month slump in November, posting a 1.38% return for the month, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date, CTAs were up 2.60% through November.…

Barclay CTA Index Slips 0.19% in September; Divergent Monetary Policies Create Market Uncertainty

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, October 17, 2018 — The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 0.19% loss in September. Year to date, the Index is down 1.53%. “The US economy continues to strengthen in spite of pervasive trade war fears and continued Fed monetary tightening, while other countries have chosen to keep their rates low,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “These contradictory monetary policies have created unpredictable crosscurrents and trend changes in futures prices.” Eight of Barclay’s managed futures indices had losses in September, while only one had a gain. Cryptocurrency Traders gave up 2.68%, the MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders Index lost 0.62%, Systematic Traders were down 0.56%, Agriculturals Traders lost 0.37%, and the Diversified Traders Index gave up 0.44%. The Discretionary Traders Index had the only gain in September, achieving a 0.22% return. The BTOP50 Index, which is composed of the largest CTAs open to new investment, had an estimated 0.08% gain in September, but was down 2.31% for the year. Through September, six of Barclay’s Managed Futures indices have losses, while three have gains. The Cryptocurrency Traders Index is down 49.39% for the year, with seven months of losses nullifying two months of gains. Financial and Metals Traders have lost 3.49%, Diversified Traders are down 2.71%, and the Systematic Traders Index has given up 2.48%. On the positive side, Currency Traders have gained 3.86% in 2018, the Discretionary Traders Index is up 1.88%, and Agricultural Traders have a 0.87% return. Click here to view 38 years of Barclay CTA Index data. About BarclayHedge 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 6,900 hedge funds, funds 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. MEDIA CONTACT: Sol Waksman BarclayHedge, Ltd. (641) 472-3456 swaksman@barclayhedge.com…

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