CTA Expo Update

Jeff Eizenberg and John Cummings are having a great time in New York at the CTA Expo. Yesterday they saw presentations from Liberty Funds, III Associates, Cervino Capital, Dominion Capital, MSR Investments, James River, Clarke Capital, Kawaller Fund, and Saxon Investment. All of these (save Kawaller) are CTAs we track, and it was good to hear more about what they’re doing to refine their programs.

Mack Frankfurter of Cervino had a lot to say. He argues that CTAs are under attack, with most managers having under $250 million in total assets under management (AUM). In fact, 1.9% of CTAs control 60% of managed futures assets under management. Why? As he puts it, the big wigs on Wall Street realize the value in managed futures, and are expanding into the asset class at a rapid rate. The added competition is an issue for these smaller CTAs because it limits their ability to keep pace in terms of edge, infrastructure, intellectual capital, etc.

AUM by CTA grouping

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[Data Source: Cervino Capital]

On the other side of the debate, Cecilia Mortimore de Santa Cruz of Credit Suisse Securities, LLC, disagrees. She argues that while 50% of the funds are flowing to managers handling over $5 billion in assets more and more investors, family offices, financial advisors and high net worth individuals are asking, “Who’s Next?” The answer, she contends, is usually going to be a manager handling less than $1 billion, especially as time goes on and managed futures gets more exposure.

Who’s right? Your guess is as good as ours.

We caught up with Jeff and John on a break from the whirlwind presentation schedule.

Both were excited to meet with an elusive legend of a man- Michael Clarke, manager at Clarke Capital. Clarke discussed current client frustration with Clarke Capital’s Global Basic Program, assuring the guys that, while he understands the frustration (the program is down 25.16% over the past 3 years), he believes the program is doing its job, and is still a good place to invest.

By and large, the Expo is going well. At the end of the day, Jeff put it best…

“The meetings have been very full, very well attended. Not only is that a great testament to these managers and their programs, but Frank Pusateri and his group.”

We agree.

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The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark 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, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

See the full terms of use and risk disclaimer here.

Disclaimer
The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark 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, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

See the full terms of use and risk disclaimer here.

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