It was a busy day for Attain at the CTA Expo today, as we sat in on multiple presentations from CTAs and industry influencers alike. One of the more interesting presentation we saw came from Harr Capital- a discretionary trader. They are all managed accounts, and 100% discretionary, relying on fundamentals to guide their trading- a rarity in the industry these days.
They look to operate in 2-6 month periods, and focus on agriculturals and softs. A great deal of their research revolves around climatology. For example, they commented on how we seem to returning to a La Nina environment that could affect Argentina and other parts of Central America. They also indicated that soybean markets are facing some potential risks in the near future.
The general message from them is that technical trading is becoming fundamental- it’s about tactical decision making.
We also stopped in to see a presentation from the frequently referenced Emil Van Essen, which reinforced much of what we already knew (and like) about their programs. The NFA discussed use of social media in the industry, as well as CFTC regulations under consideration that could uniquely impact introducing brokers on the retail side of things, mandating the recording of any conversations that could potentially lead to a trade being placed (which would be almost any conversation).
All in all, an informative day. We look forward to more meetings tomorrow!
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