Newsletter: Analyzing the Strategic ES/SP Trading System Drawdown
Our weekly newsletter is up at http://bit.ly/cARoV4 We cover the recent new max drawdown in the Strategic ES/SP trading system, analyzing whether the systems remains within historical risk parameters. (it is..) Of interest in the piece is a chart posted on Barry Ritholtz’s blog showing the American Association of Individual Investors survey, which tracks whether […]
Managed Futures/Trading Systems Week in Review
We took the liberty of extending the Thanksgiving holiday through yesterday for our research team, resulting in no Monday newsletter this week. But we actually did do the week in review write up as if there were a newsletter, and are happy to share it with you here: Summary: With only two day’s remaining in […]
Managed Futures Week in Review for the week of February 14th
In lieu of our newsletter which did not run yesterday due to President’s day we are posting our normal week in review on the blog. Also – we are thinking of making this a permanent feature of the blog, so please feel free to give us your feedback and let us know what you think. […]
Putting Trading System Filters to the Test
Nobody likes to lose… least of all us. Don’t get us wrong- we know that drawdowns are a part of the game when investing in a trading system, but that doesn’t mean we have to be content to stare those losses in the eye. As such, we’re constantly looking for ways to minimize losses and […]
Stay away from Commodity ETFs
For the umpteenth time – you wouldn’t buy a car that only goes forwards (you probably want reverse).
Managed futures, commodity trading, forex trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. You should not rely on any of the information as a substitute for the exercise of your own skill and judgment in making such a decision on the appropriateness of such investments.
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The performance data for various Commodity Trading Advisor (“CTA”) and Commodity Pools are compiled from various sources, including Barclay Hedge, 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.
The mention of general asset class performance (i.e. managed futures did well, stocks were down, bonds were up) is based on RCM’s direct experience in those asset classes, estimates of performance of dozens of CTAs followed by RCM, and averaging of various indices designed to track said asset classes.
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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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