1) What are managed futures and why should I use them?

The term managed futures usually refers to the industry of professional money managers known as Commodity Trading Advisors (CTA) but may also be associated with commodity funds or futures funds (commodity pools). These advisors manage client assets using global futures and options markets as trading vehicles for their clients. They have the ability to take both long and short positions to provide investment opportunity to clients throughout market cycles. Managed futures offer investors direct exposure to international financial and non-financial asset sectors that include grains, meats, softs, currencies, financials, energies, and metals. While traditional money managers implement long-only techniques to drive client return, CTAs have a broader toolkit of investment options at their disposal.
Although managed futures have been a part of the financial services industry for several decades, their popularity has recently increased as more investors realized their benefits. The impressive transparency and liquidity of managed futures has been viewed as an increasingly important benefit. Other benefits of managed futures are: opportunity for enhanced returns, increased diversification compared to traditional investments, lower total portfolio risk (including volatility), and potential to profit throughout market cycles (a product of low correlation and exposure to multiple markets). Please keep in mind that past performance is not indicative of future results and managed futures involves substantial risk of loss.


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Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Trading commodity futures, options, and foreign exchange ("forex") involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. In no way is the advisor of the month a direct recommendation of aiSource or any of its affiliates. Please carefully review the disclosure documents and any other promotional material prior to investing with any program. Managed accounts and/or managed futures are very risky and may not be suitable for all investors. Please consult with a Managed Futures specialists prior to investing.