MFA Update: Meeting with Sol Waksman of BarclayHedge

Interesting meeting with Sol Waksman of BarclayHedge this morning. We recently defended Waksman after he was baselessly attacked in a CBS article, and it was nice to have a chance to talk about the incident. With a career as long and rich as Waksman’s, it’s understandable why he doesn’t feel the need to defend himself in every instance; his track record speaks for itself. Nonetheless, it was interesting to hear him explain the various nuances that have given him so much confidence in the integrity of his indices, and after further discussion, we have decided to attempt to replicate Waksman’s 1994 study demonstrating the lack of significant survior or selection bias in his products. We’re excited to sink our teeth into the project, and look forward to continued dialogue on the subject.
 
Before leaving to celebrate his wife’s birthday (Have a good one, Mrs. Waksman), he shared a little bit of the backstory when it came to the development of the BarclayHedge CTA Index as it stands today. Turns out, when Waksman began, he was looking to isolate potential trends among CTAs in an effort to develop a market-timing based approach to portfolio construction and readjustment. To determine whether the methodology would deliver higher returns than an average portfolio, they needed a benchmark. The establishment of that benchmark ultimately proved more valuable than the market-timing research, and over time, has become a well-respected index for the industry.
 
Waksman was certainly nice to chat with, and is not without a sense of humor. When discussing his impending drive back to Iowa, he brushed away comments about the long trek.
 
“Ever since I had my license,” he said, “ever since before I had my license, really, I’ve loved to drive.”
 
With that twinkle in his eye, we believe him.

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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.

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Disclaimer
The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, RCM's own estimates of performance based on account managed by advisors on its books, 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.

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