Ten Reasons Why Managed Futures and Trend-Following CTAs are a Smart Investment for Your Portfolio
Our friends over at Auspice Capital Advisors are out this week with a banger of a paper – titled, “Managed Futures and Trend Following CTAs — Ten Reasons to Invest”. You can download the full paper here to see all their great graphics along with the list, but here are a few of our favorites […]
Asset Class Scoreboard: December 2022
Commodities for the Win! There it was. The final buzzer of the game as 2022 comes to an end. But it was a bit of a bore of a game overall, with the scoreboard at the end of the year looking a lot like it did throughout the year, with Commodities and Managed Futures leading […]
The Many C’s of Commodities and defining their diversification
There is something to alliteration with the letter C. In education circles, the Four C’s describe different skills necessary in the 21st century: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking , and Creativity. The world of Diamonds also has four C’s: Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat. Five if you include Cost. In the world of Commodities, we also […]
It’s not whether commodities keep going up, it’s whether they remain distinct and volatile with Tim Pickering of Auspice
This week we’re adding a different twist to our typical episode, and we’re diving into WHY Commodities can be accretive in your portfolio with Tim Pickering(@AuspiceTim). Tim is the Founder, President, and CIO of Auspice Capital Advisors and leads the strategic decision-making and the vision for Auspice’s diverse suite of award-winning rules-based quantitative investment strategies. […]
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Past Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Results. The regulations of the CFTC require that prospective clients of a managed futures program (CTA) receive a disclosure document when they are solicited to enter into an agreement whereby the CTA will direct or guide the client’s commodity interest trading and that certain risk factors be highlighted. The disclosure document contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA.
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