• Choosing a Managed Futures Fund | 361 Capital Blog  

    Choosing a Managed Futures Fund

    July 17, 2019
    Andrea Coleman, CAIA

    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.

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    We are frequently asked how investors should analyze the performance of managed futures strategies. This is quite challenging due to the diversity of the strategies employed, and the non-constant exposure, both long and short, across one or more asset classes (i.e., stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies). Because of the lack of consistent exposure, a standard benchmark like the S&P 500 Index is sub-optimal, to say the least, but there are ways to suss out a manager’s value add.