It’s that time of year again, when we have the data for all of the CTAs we track through the first half of 2012, allowing us to try and answer the question we get on a daily basis: What’s your BEST managed futures program? That question is always a tricky one, as depending on who is asking it, they may want to know any one of several variations on who is best. Best last year? Best for all time? Best risk adjusted return? Best in terms of lowest drawdowns?
What do we base these rankings on? We’ve dedicated extensive resources over the years to analyzing and testing a rankings system that would best reflect what we believe to be the important metrics for measuring competency in this investment space.
This is trickier than it looks, to be sure. Put too much emphasis on returns, and you penalize those who control risk well. Too much emphasis on experience, and you penalize a potential new star who has performed well in their first 5 years. Too much reliance on the present, and you discount the past, but with too much on the past and you discount the present.
That being said, we believe the formula we’ve crafted is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. Click through to find out why, and who wound up on top.
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Past Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Results. The regulations of the CFTC require that prospective clients of a managed futures program (CTA) receive a disclosure document when they are solicited to enter into an agreement whereby the CTA will direct or guide the client’s commodity interest trading and that certain risk factors be highlighted. The disclosure document contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA.