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Why Managed Futures 

Discover why significant investments are being made in managed futures


Managed futures are an alternative asset class (say they are a strategy) that has achieved good performance in bull and bear markets. CTAs can combine professional management with a diverse portfolio of futures contracts to gain alpha.


Low Correlation 

Managed futures exhibit low correlation to traditional assets such as stocks, bonds and real estate. When stocks or bonds head one direction, managed futures will often go a different direction. Managed futures allow exposure to markets that you cannot traditionally gain exposure to in the stock, bond or real estate markets, commodities are a primary example of this.

Reduce Overall Portfolio Volatility, Increased Returns


Managed futures and commodities, when used in conjunction with other traditional asset classes, may reduce risk and potentially increase returns.

Returns In Any Economic Environment

Managed futures provide returns in any economic environment and show strong performance during stock market declines. Managed futures may generate returns in bull and bear markets, boosting long-term track records despite economic downturns. Moreover, since managed futures portfolio managers (CTAs) can go long and short in all types of markets globally, they often do well in down markets due to short selling or options strategies.


Pension plan sponsors, endowments and foundations have long used managed futures and have increased their allocations to the strategy significantly in recent years to help generate returns.

Successful Institutions Use Managed Futures


Access Liquid, Transparent Global Futures

There are hundreds of liquid futures products across the globe in interest rates, stock indexes, FX and commodities. A large portfolio of managed futures positions can be easily established or liquidated in moments if necessary.

Accessible to Nearly All Investors

You can choose from traditional, separately managed accounts from a CTA, managed futures mutual funds distributed through major brokerage firms as well as Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) that replicate managed futures strategies.

Highly Regulated

The CFTC and the NFA are the two major regulatory agencies involved in keeping the managed futures industry credible and trustworthy.

 Risk Management and Clearing

CME Group and other exchanges around the globe practice sophisticated risk management protocols at their clearing houses to ensure the integrity of the futures markets on which CTAs trade. CME Clearing, our clearing houses attempts to ensure the performance of each and every contract on our exchanges and has done so for over 100 years.

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