FAIRFIELD, Iowa, September 20, 2017 — Managed futures traders gained 0.54% in August according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Diversified Traders led the way with a 0.94% gain for the month. For the year, the index is down 0.51%.
“Geopolitical uncertainty had investors scurrying for the safety of sovereign bonds,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “As Harvey advanced, Gulf Coast refineries sought safety. Refiners shut down and spot gasoline shortages propelled gasoline futures 28% higher in the closing days of the month.”
Five of the six sub-indices calculated by BarclayHedge recorded gains in August. In addition to Diversified, Systematic (+0.74%), Discretionary (+0.28%), Financial/Metals (+0.17%) and Currency (+0.02%) all gained. Agricultural traders were the only losing sector (-0.56%) on the month.
However, year to date, Agricultural remains the best performing sector with a gain of 2.31%, while Diversified continues to lag all other sectors with a 2.29% decline.
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