Managed Futures News

What is APS Pricing in Managed Futures?

Apr 26, 2017
APS stands for average price system or average pricing system. The average price system averages the price across all fill prices within a specific contract, and then assigns one average price to each contract. The contracts are then distributed to each client based on their investment account size.
A Summary of CTA Indexes

Benchmark Your Performance with CTA Indexes

Apr 19, 2017
This article summarizes the most commonly used CTA Indexes in managed futures and information on how each of them are calculated. This article is useful for both CTA managers and investors.

Option Selling Commodity Trading Advisors: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly...

Jan 04, 2017
A synopsis on option selling commodity trading advisors and how they should be incorporated into a managed futures portfolio.
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Managed Futures Performance is NOT like Rental Income

Dec 29, 2016
Sometimes individuals invest in managed futures and expect consistent, steady returns from month-to-month and year-to-year; similar to rental property income. The reality is quite the contrary. Managed futures and CTAs are speculative investments (similar to Equities), and should not be relied on for "income."
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3 Areas Every Investor Should Read Before Signing a Disclosure Document

Oct 27, 2016
While many investors are anxious to get started and end up skimming through disclosure documents, we stress that you take the time to thoroughly read everything and pay close attention to the three sections described above.
What is a Futures Contract?

What are Futures?

Oct 05, 2016
A recent discussion with a potential investor encouraged us to write this article and explain in its simplest form what futures contracts are and who utilizes them.

9 Managed Futures Terms Investors Should Know

Sep 28, 2016
The managed futures industry has many unique terms that are specific to the industry. This short piece will help investors understand and define those industry specific terms and better understand the investment.
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3 Ingredients That Make a Successful CTA

Sep 22, 2016
What I have found is that CTAs that are successful over the long-term have three main core competencies (or what I call "ingredients" in the title of this article). I'll briefly discuss each and explain why these three are most critical to a CTA's success
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What is Cross Margining in Managed Futures?

Aug 24, 2016
Most of our clients' CTA investment portfolios are setup via a separately managed account structure where they setup one master/cash account that feeds into each of their CTA sub-accounts. The benefit of setting up a master and sub-account structure allows an investor to "cross margin" their cash account with each of their CTA sub-accounts.
SMAs vs. Funds

Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) vs. Fund Investments

Aug 12, 2016
A discussion between a separately managed account (SMA) and a fund structure. Many investors may still not completely understand the differences between the two. Given much of the confusion and misunderstanding, we felt that it would be helpful to put together a small piece that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each.

3 Mistakes Investors Make When Investing in Managed Futures

Jul 14, 2016
First time managed futures investors make 3 common mistakes when trying to gain exposure to the CTA space. Read this article to find out what those 3 common mistake are and how to avoid them and make the best possible investment decisions.

Questions To Ask Before Selecting a Managed Futures Firm

Jun 15, 2016
It is sometimes difficult to choose a managed futures firm that is right for you. aiSource put together this short list that will help investors choose the right managed futures firm.
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Difference Between Technical and Fundamental CTAs

Apr 21, 2016
All commodity trading advisors, whether discretionary or systematic, use a component of technical or fundamental analysis in their investment strategy.

Making an IRA Contribution to Managed Futures

Mar 28, 2016
Most individuals are not aware that you can invest IRA funds with CTAs/Managed Futures. The procedure to establish a managed futures retirement account is quite simple, and we'll explain the steps here.
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The Significance of Correlation in Managed Futures

Mar 08, 2016
Correlation - it's a term most everyone is familiar with, especially when it comes to their investments. When aiSource speaks with investors, it seems that a vast majority of people put a strong emphasis on correlation, ultimately altering their decision to include/exclude a CTA from their CTA portfolio. The real question is, how much emphasis should an investor put on correlation?
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Managed Futures 101: An Introduction

Feb 24, 2016
This short piece covers exactly what managed futures are in a clear visual concept. The infograpic covers many frequently asked questions about investing in managed futures.

Emerging CTAs: Risk Vs. Reward

Feb 23, 2016
There are many benefits and risks of investing with emerging CTAs, and that is why there are some investors that favor investing with emerging CTAs while others stay completely away from them.
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Top Performing Commodity Trading Advisors of 2015

Jan 27, 2016
2015 was a bounce back year for some strategies, but was a down year some strategies that had been performing well in years past. Global macro and diversified commodity CTAs performed well, while many agriculture and livestock CTAs performed poorly.

CTAs' Reaction to the Fed Increasing Rates

Jan 20, 2016
Now that it's been a month since rates were increased, we thought we would take a survey of a few CTAs to see if they notice any immediate changes to the trading environment.
2015 Top FCMs

2015 Top FCMs

Dec 24, 2015
A list of the top Futures Clearing Merchants in the managed futures industry, updated January 2016.


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