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Concerns about the weather pattern caused an initial “pop” in a number of agricultural commodity prices over the last couple of months, said Matthew Bradbard, director at RCM Alternative, a Chicago-based firm that specialized in managed future products.

El Niño Tests How Soft Commodities Weather the Storm – (Wall Street Journal)

 

Bottom line:  it messes with the typical weather, causing some areas to be wetter, some drier, some warmer, some colder. Which in turn messes with things that grow based on the weather. The big thing is that it is a significant change in the weather for the areas it hits, or more specifically – significant enough to alter yields on agricultural crops.

Everything you need to know about El Nino & Commodities – (Attain Alternatives Blog)

 

If they don’t understand it at a basic level, it sounds really scary. The biggest part of our conversation is to communicate what the strategy is.”

Confusion over alternative investments a “big” challenge, area experts say – (Houston Business Journal)

 

The problem with this line of thinking is that one year returns in the markets are pretty meaningless. They provide very little signal and plenty of noise.

One Year Returns Don’t Tell You Anything – (A Wealth of Common Sense)

 

Simply recognizing that the job of understanding what your clients’ goals and fears and needs are is at least as important as crunching the numbers.” He continues: “If you understand how people think, then it’ll be easier for you to communicate with people and devise strategies that they will be able to implement.”

What Your Financial Adviser Needs to Know About Your Brain – (Time)

 

There is a huge difference between a fund manager (the security analyst in Smith’s example), who comes up with individual investment ideas for a specific strategy and the conductor, who puts together the individual asset classes and strategies into a coherent portfolio strategy. It’s the difference between a portfolio manager and portfolio management.

The Difference Between a Portfolio Manager & Portfolio Management – (A Wealth of Common Sense)

 

Amid China slowdown fears, this could lead to additional volatility in currencies and commodities across developed and emerging markets. Balanced growth investors should focus on adding to global macro and managed futures strategies to mitigate the pickup in broad market volatility.

The Guide Theme VII: Global Macro and Managed Futures Strategies – (Morgan Stanley)

 

Our point: Unless you’re making a career out of trading these markets, trying to time when to enter and exit a commodity market is dangerous and can be costly. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have access to strategies that allow you to reap the gains. If you haven’t guessed what’s coming next, we’re about to name drop Managed Futures.

Should You Be Weary of Inverse Commodity ETFs? – (Attain Alternatives Blog)

 

 

Why Managed Futures Funds Fared Well in a Brutal Third Quarter – (The Street)

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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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