Managed futures have had a tough 10 years, but they gained much of their glory during the financial crisis as the category was up double digits in 2008 and stocks were down 30% or more. While there were investors who had been in the strategy prior, many joined after seeing that performance and decided to use it as a ‘hedge’ for their portfolio. While we hadn’t experienced any negative years for equities since 2009 (S&P 500 Index), 2018 came along and the long-awaited hedge provided by managed futures delivered what?
- November 14, 2019
- November 07, 2019
In a recent article, Morgan Stanley cautioned investors that returns on a traditional 60/40 portfolio “could slide to century lows over the next decade”. This warning highlights the importance of diversification in the traditional 60% stock/40% bond portfolio. While the algorithms underpinning managed futures strategies may be complex, the strategy’s purpose is simple. In a single word: diversification.
- July 17, 2019
If you are invested in managed futures, you know how difficult the past decade has been. Low interest rates, low volatility have led to very muted returns. However, it has not changed the historical profile of the strategy being additive as an uncorrelated component of an investor portfolio. But dispersion in the managed futures category is wide and could have made your experience much more tolerable or exceptionally painful. Here we’ll talk about the category and provide some things to consider as you are choosing a managed futures fund.
- December 12, 2018
In last week’s blog post, How Strong is Your House? Building Resilient Portfolios, we discussed how important it is to build an all-weather portfolio. Part of building a resilient portfolio is incorporating true diversifiers, such as managed futures, which offer little to no correlation to the broad markets.
- March 29, 2018
There has been talk about the performance of hedge funds, and in particular CTAs/Managed Futures funds, in February when markets sold off for the first time in recent memory. People seem to be surprised that these strategies posted negative returns in February, while the S&P 500 was down 3.69%. I’d like to address why such a focus and such expectations are unjustified.