Your Guide to Trend Following

One of the best-performing asset classes the past six months, while commodities have taken flight and interest rates have shot up… has been trend following heavy managed futures programs.

How do they work? How do you access them? We can help start your journey with our newly released Trend Following Guide. We developed this white paper to provide impactful insight for those interested in new trends and looking for additional resources to help add trend following to their portfolios.

Trend following is the process of recognizing and trading along with an up or down “trend” in market prices. Throughout this guide, you will find techniques and tips that will help you build a strategy. We’ve included educational direction and essential models that show how you can succeed. Let’s take a look at some of those highlighted areas that we provide in-depth descriptions:

– Breakout and relative price models
– Short, medium and long term trends
– Inflation hedge and a crisis period performer
– Understanding the true diversifier
– Anti-Fragile, Liquid, Transparent, & Time Tested

If you’re already familiar with these elements mentioned above, there is still plenty of valuable information for you. We provide top trend following programs you should watch, like Quest Advisors, EMC Capital Advisors, Auspice, and more. We even take it one step further and provide overviews of their managers and companies. Plus, there’s a world of information a few clicks away in our blog, podcast library, and reading list section.

And, if you’re not a QEP investor or not looking to commit to large minimums ($1mm-$3mm), don’t worry, you’re not out of the trend following space! We also provide recommendations on options available for you.

For many, trend following can be an ideal investment strategy to take advantage of rises in commodity prices and interest rates. To learn more about specific trend facts and access professional opportunities, be sure to download this guide and contact an RCM representative to review all the available options with you.

Now, that just leaves us with one question: When will you add trend following to your portfolio?

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.

The programs listed here are a sub-set of the full list of programs able to be accessed by subscribing to the database and reflect programs we currently work with and/or are more familiar with.

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. Individuals cannot invest in the index itself, and actual rates of return may be significantly different and more volatile than those of the index.

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.

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