Managed Futures Resources

What are Managed Futures?

Managed futures is a type of alternative investment and represents an industry made up of professional money managers that manage assets on behalf of their clients. Using global futures, options and forex markets, they implement their systems to take positions based on expected profit potential.

These money managers are referred to as Commodity Trading Advisors, or CTAs. The term “CTA”, however, is a bit of a misnomer -- while futures and forward contracts may represent agricultural products, energies, cattle, hogs, metals, and other commodities, many CTAs also focus on trading currencies, financial instruments, stock indexes and single stock futures. CTAs seek to profit from moves in the contract prices of commodities, stocks, bonds and currencies -- not an appreciation in value of the underlying asset -- and each CTA employs his or her own strategy for profit maximization.

As an alternative investment strategy, managed futures is increasingly being recognized as an important investment alternative that may potentially enhance the returns and lower the overall volatility of a diversified investment portfolio.
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