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Top 5 List – Why Managed Futures?

Futures may be used to manage the risk of volatile investments and to capitalize on speculative opportunities associated with that volatility. But the fast-paced and increasingly sophisticated nature of futures markets sometimes renders it difficult for all but the most adept institutional and retail investors to take full advantage of these markets.

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Choosing a CTA …

… or maybe more than one. If you’ve decided to include Managed Futures in your investment portfolio, the next step is choosing the right mix of Commodity Trading Advisors to help achieve your investment objectives. Just as managed futures help diversify an investment portfolio, different CTA programs can provide another layer of diversity within the […]

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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 accredited, high-net-worth individuals because of their complex nature, limited regulations and relative lack of liquidity. Some of the more common alternative investments strategies real estate investment trusts, hedge […]

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Overlaying Strategies in Managed Futures: Does it Help an Investor?

I was recently interviewed for a few articles and the topic of overlaying strategies was discussed as a potential component of a managed futures portfolio. Realizing this topic is not discussed as much as it should be; it opens the door to a more in-depth understanding of managed futures. It is a topic I cover in my managed futures course at DePaul University.

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The Danger of Complacency

The stock market just hit an all time high and real estate values continue rising rapidly. Investors could not be happier. The day I refer to, of course, is October 9, 2007 when the S&P closed at its new record of 1565.15. What followed was a bull run in commodities culminating on July 11, 2008 when oil hit its high of $147.27 on dollar weakness and insatiable raw material demand from China. By January of 2009, oil dropped to almost $30 a barrel, the dollar was much stronger as seemingly everyone flocked to its perceived safety, and the worldwide economy would begin digging out slowly from the depths of the credit crisis. The S&P would drop below 700 points.

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All Eyes on the Fed

The world reacted very negatively on Thursday to the idea of a post-quantative easing economy. The oddest thing about the reaction to the Fed announcement was that not only did the stock market plummet but nearly all of the commodity markets fell just as aggressively despite the US Dollar strengthening. The big question now is whether or not the talk of tapering will effectively end the bull run of 2013, and where we go from here. With the market off the highs, sideways over the past few weeks, then sharply lower, it really is an interesting and difficult situation. The market showed us all how weak its legs really are.

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Reality Check

Farmers will tell you that “rain makes grain”. That often holds true, unless the rain is accompanied with winter like temperatures during the planting season in the key growing areas within the U.S. As of May 13, the USDA is reporting that 29% of the corn crop has been planted as opposed to 85% last year. For soybeans, 6% of the crop is in the ground whereas 44% is the norm. A late planting makes the crops statistically vulnerable to late season frosts and freezes. Coming off a historic year off skyrocketing prices and volatility due to a drought and supply constraints, one would think prices be reflecting the concerning delay in plantings. However, we are not seeing it so far.

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Tools for Success

by Tyler Resch, Portfolio Manager, IASG A common theme among my prior newsletters and something I am constantly discussing with my clients is the need for diversification in your managed futures portfolio. There is substantial uncertainty in the market right now and although the Presidential election is behind us, investors seem to have as many […]

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Diversifying in an Exhausing Market

As we approach the end of another temperamental summer market we are reminded again of how important it is to assure the diversity of our portfolios. Volatility has again become exaggerated, due largely to a market severely starved of liquidity. Although summer markets are historically thin, this summer has been more dramatically affected due to […]

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S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating

Contents: S&P Announcement Debt Ceiling Philosophical Clash Fiscal Scenarios Impact on Markets Conclusion Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit rating oflong-term U.S. sovereign debt from a stellar AAA toAA+ based on “political risks and rising debt burden” with a negative outlook as of Friday, August 5.1Thisrepresents the first time that one of the three majorcredit […]

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Metal Products: Gold Futures vs. Gold ETFs: Understanding the Differences and Opportunities.

By Noble DraKolnFounder of Speculator Academy and Author of “Winning the Trading Game” and “Trade Like a Pro” Significant differences in the liquidity, leverage and costs of futures and ETFs that need to be understood before any investment decision is made. Gold has historically served as both a legitimate hedge against inflation and as an […]

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The MSR Philosophy: The Scientific Method and Model Building

By Michael S. Rulle Jr. There is only one history in financial markets. But there are almost an infinite number of time series one can analyze. Think of all the combinations of markets, units of time (for example, one second, one minute, one hour, etc.) and periods of time within which those units reside (for […]

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Regulation and Associations

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is an independent government agency aimed to better protect the futures market from fraud or manipulation. It is responsible for recording and monitoring the trading of futures contracts on United States futures exchanges. The CFTC has the authority to fine, suspend, or sue the company or individual in a […]

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