Managed Futures Down in May

May was down for the managed futures in general and for the list of managers that we track. The YTD performance is mostly red for the main indices and only slightly positive for the average of the funds reported here.

Managed Futures Performance


  • April average return: -1.17%
  • 2016 average return: +0.41%


Manager Perf. YTD
Aspect Capital -1.76% -6.49%
Campbell & Company -1.36% -6.73%
Cantab Capital Partners -1.31% 0.32%
Chesapeake Capital 0.85% -4.16%
Crabel 0.26% 9.72%
Dunn Capital 0.16% -0.84%
FORT L.P. -0.65% 5.3%
ISAM -3.38% -6.92%
Lynx Asset Mgmt. -4.49% 0.25%
Man Investments -3.3% -3.61%
Millburn Ridgefield 1.15% 6.61%
Quantitative Inv. Mgmt. 1.59% 7.51%
Quantica Capital -0.7% 5.86%
SEB Asset Mgmt. -2.16% 0.1%
Transtrend BV -3.23% 0.78%
Winton Capital Mgmt. -1.64% -0.66%

Main Indices Returns

As a comparison, please find below the returns for several indices tracking the managed futures/CTA industry as a whole:

Index Perf. YTD
Barclay CTA Index -0.69% 0.2%
BTOP50 Index -1.59% -1.62%
SG CTA Index -2.05% -0.35%
SG Trend Index -2.69% -3.3%

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Index Construction / Manager Selection

The performance in this monthly report is composed of a representative list of 16 CTAs, chosen for their size in terms of Assets-Under-Management, comprising most of the largest in the industry. This is not a complete database of CTAs. The returns are actual trading results reported by the CTAs and sourced from CTA databases/websites (including AutumnGold, IASG, Altegris and individual manager websites). The calculations are updated every month and are net of fees and commissions.

Risk Disclosures

Commodity Trading involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Any performance results listed in all marketing materials represents simulated computer results over past historical data, and not the results of an actual account. All opinions expressed anywhere on this website are only opinions of the author. The information contained here was gathered from sources deemed reliable, however, no claim is made as to its accuracy or content. Different testing platforms can produce slightly different results. Our systems are only recommended for well capitalized and experienced futures traders.

CFTC-required risk disclosure for hypothetical results

Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown. in fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program.

One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.