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Managed Futures: Portfolio Diversification Opportunities

WHAT ARE MANAGED FUTURES? The term managed futures describes a diverse subset of active hedge fund strategies that trade liquid, transparent, centrally-cleared exchange-traded products, and deep in... Read More

5 Things You Should Know About Managed Futures

Many Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs) will allow you to use U.S. government securities as collateral in your futures account. Some FCMs will even accept municipal bonds, foreign currencies, and for... Read More

Crisis Alpha and Risk in Alternative Investment Strategies

The investment community has heard and is following the siren call of Alternative Investments. Their seductive return properties and the mystique surrounding how they make money has tantalized investo... Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Managed Futures

Individual and institutional investors are increasingly including Managed Futures as part of a diversified investment portfolio as they search for non-traditional and alternative investment opportunit... Read More

In Search of Crisis Alpha: A Short Guide to Investing in Managed Futures

Most investment strategies are susceptible to suffering devastating losses during equity market crisis. Given this, for almost any investor, the key to finding true diversification is in finding an in... Read More

10 Reasons to Consider Adding Managed Futures to Your Portfolio

Managed Futures are an alternative asset class that has achieved strong performance in both up and down markets, exhibiting low correlation to traditional asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, cash an... Read More

Alternative Investments

An alternative investment is an investment product other than traditional investments such as stocks, bonds or cash. Most alternative investment assets are held by institutional investors or accredit... Read More

Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs)

  Managed futures are operated by licensed Commodity Trading Advisors, or CTAs, who are regulated in the United States by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the National Futures Associ... Read More

Definitions and Formulas

Arbitrage: There are a number of sub-strategies that fall under arbitrage. The most prevalent in the managed futures industry is statistical arbitrage. A simple example of this is simultaneously bu... Read More

Analyzing the performance table

Disclosure documents include performance summaries for managed futures investments. Find out how to decipher the different pieces of information these summaries provide. FIGURE 1: VAMI Line ... Read More

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Risk Disclosures

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING COMMODITY FUTURES, OPTIONS, AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE ("FOREX") IS SUBSTANTIAL.

YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL CONDITION. THE HIGH DEGREE OF LEVERAGE THAT IS OFTEN OBTAINABLE IN COMMODITY FUTURES, OPTIONS, AND FOREX TRADING CAN WORK AGAINST YOU AS WELL AS FOR YOU. THE USE OF LEVERAGE CAN LEAD TO LARGE LOSSES AS WELL AS GAINS. IN SOME CASES, MANAGED COMMODITY ACCOUNTS ARE SUBJECT TO SUBSTANTIAL CHARGES FOR MANAGEMENT AND ADVISORY FEES. IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THOSE ACCOUNTS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO THESE CHARGES TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL TRADING PROFITS TO AVOID DEPLETION OR EXHAUSTION OF THEIR ASSETS. THE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THE PRINCIPAL RISK FACTORS AND EACH FEE TO BE CHARGED TO YOUR ACCOUNT BY THE COMMODITY TRADING ADVISOR ("CTA"). THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION ("CFTC") REQUIRE THAT PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS OF A CTA RECEIVE A DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT BEFORE THEY ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WHEREBY THE CTA WILL DIRECT OR GUIDE THE CLIENT'S COMMODITY INTEREST TRADING AND THAT FEES AND CERTAIN RISK FACTORS BE HIGHLIGHTED. IASG WILL PROVIDE YOU A COPY OF THE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT AT NO COST. YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE CTA'S DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT AND STUDY IT CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL CONDITION. THE CFTC HAS NOT PASSED UPON THE MERITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE TRADING PROGRAMS DESCRIBED ON THIS WEBSITE NOR ON THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THE CTA'S DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN PREPARED BY IASG FROM SOURCES DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT IASG DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION. NEITHER IASG NOR ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES MAKE ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, AND NONE OF THESE PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES, DAMAGES, OR COSTS, RELATING TO THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION ON THIS REPORT.