Our weekly newsletter is out, and we’re tackling one of the questions we here more than you might think: how can I start my own CTA? From managed futures billionaire David Harding of Winton, to the legend of John Henry leveraging managed futures success into ownership of the Boston Red Sox, to the tale we recently told of Bill Eckhardt and the Turtle Traders â€“ there are plenty of alluring stories to entice skilled traders to try their hand at becoming professional Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs). Taking the leap from trading your own money to managing others’ is the first step toward building a legend of your own, but how realistic is it to turn that gleam in your eye into a successful enterprise and tens of millions in the bank?
You might think that your worries extend no further than: 1. Make money, 2. Be operationally sound, and 3. Be properly registered and compliant. But even when you do everything you are supposed to do, the assets don’t always just come pouring in. What other challenges must an upstart CTA overcome? Well, for startersâ€¦
Jumping into the managed futures space means entering a David versus Goliath situation, as just a handful of huge CTAs control the bulk of managed futures wealth (in terms of assets under management). Does this mean all hope is lost? Definitely not. It isn’t easy, but there are a few things you should know before getting started.
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Forex trading, commodity trading, managed futures, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors.
The entries on this blog are intended to further subscribers understanding, education, and â€“ at times- enjoyment of the world of alternative investments through managed futures, trading systems, and managed forex. Unless distinctly noted otherwise, the data and graphs included herein are intended to be mere examples and exhibits of the topic discussed, are for educational and illustrative purposes only, and do not represent trading in actual accounts.
The mention of asset class performance is based on the noted source index (i.e. Newedge CTA Index, S&P 500 Index, etc.) , and investors should take care to understand that any index performance is for the constituents of that index only, and does not represent the entire universe of possible investments within that asset class. And further, that there can be limitations and biases to indices: such as survivorship and self reporting biases, and instant history.
Managed Futures Disclaimer:
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.