Managed Futures for Institutional Investors: Analysis and Portfolio Construction

Managed Futures for Institutional Investors: Analysis and Portfolio Construction

by Galen Burghardt, Brian Walls
     
 

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Managed futures are an essential part of the investment industry. Within this arena,managed futures professionals—also known as Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs)—actively manage client assets using global futures and other derivative securities.

Authors Galen Burghardt and Brian Walls—part of Newedge USA, a global multi-asset brokerage firm

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Overview

Managed futures are an essential part of the investment industry. Within this arena,managed futures professionals—also known as Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs)—actively manage client assets using global futures and other derivative securities.

Authors Galen Burghardt and Brian Walls—part of Newedge USA, a global multi-asset brokerage firm based out of Chicago—have extensive experience in the managed futures space, and now, with Managed Futures for Institutional Investors, they address the issues that will allow you to gain a firm understanding of this field and improve the performance of your portfolios through the use of CTAs.

Divided into three comprehensive parts, the book opens with a detailed discussion of how thisspecific industry works. Here, everything from cash management practices and calculating a rate of return on something that has no net liquidating value is covered. You'll also gain insights on the most common vehicles for investing in CTAs,including funds, platforms, and managed accounts.

Part Two, Building Blocks, offers some informative answers to the tough questions surrounding CTAs. Throughout this section, Burghardt and Walls touch on a number of topics, such as how trend followingworks and what active management of CTA investments really costs. Along the way, they also show how to put a CTA's drawdown experience in perspective and take a close look at how the single most important source of volatility in world financial markets affects the relationship between stock returns and CTA returns.

Rounding out this in-depth look at CTAs and managed futures, Part Three, Portfolio Construction,examines how the predictability of volatility and correlation can be used to build portfolios that perform well. Here, the authors share their insights into the things that will help, and hinder, you in creating a well-diversified portfolio. They also show how to identify low correlation reliably and where the past, in fact, does reveal something useful about the future.

Using futures as part of any actively managed portfolio is essential. This reliable guide offers a practical look at what CTAs and futures are all about, and how they can be used to evaluate and meet risk, return, and liquidity objectives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576603741
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Bloomberg Financial Series, #102
Pages:
351
Sales rank:
1,367,879
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Galen Burghardt is Director of Research for Newedge USA, LLC, a joint venture between Calyon and Société Générale. He is the lead author of The Treasury Bond Basis and The Eurodollar Futures and Options Handbook, which are standard texts for users of financial futures. He was an adjunct professor offinance in the University of Chicago's Graduate Schoolof Business (now the Booth School). He was the headof financial research for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and gained access to the world of futures through his work in the Capital Markets Section of the Federal Reserve Board. His PhD in economics is from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Brian Walls is the Global Head of Research at Newedge Prime Brokerage, the foremost provider of brokerage services to the managed futures industry. "He has worked in the financial services industry for thirty years in the various capacities of trading, operations, management, and research. "He was a pioneer of capital introduction services and is a sought after and trusted advisor to many Commodity Trading Advisors, global macro managers, fund of funds and institutional investors. He is the chairman of the Newedge Index Committee.

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