The Best in Managed Futures

 

CME Group and BarclayHedge last week honored the best in the Managed Futures industry at the second annual Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards. Keith Campbell (featured in the video above) took home the Managed Futures Pinnacle Achievement award for his more than 40 years of success in building his firm, Campbell & Company, into a widely respected provider of absolute return investment strategies.

More than 400 people gathered in Chicago to honor winners in 13 other categories at a ceremony hosted by Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman. Each category featured three nominees.

Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) programs have rebounded this year after declines of 3 percent and 1.7 percent in 2011 and 2012, respectively, according to BarclayHedge. Traditionally, however, CTAs have provided positive returns. Since BarclayHedge launched its CTA Index in 1980, there have been only six years that netted negative returns. Though the month of May saw a 1.3 percent decline, the index has seen a .7 percent return year-to-date.

Keith Campbell accepts the Pinnacle Achievement Award

 

More significantly, the industry continues to attract attention from institutional and retail investors. Assets under management in the CTA industry have grown 2.3 percent since 2012 and nearly 58 percent since 2009.  In the video above, Campbell references what the industry growth has meant for his company:

“The business has changed to the point where the institutional investor come to us often times with a staff of people who know damn near as much as we do about what we do. They may not know the nuts and bolts of how we do everything. But they know enough about it that they can say ‘We want this, we want this, we want this.’ That is really a game-changer. Because we’re dealing now with a very sophisticated audience we don’t have to teach.”

 

Source: BarclayHedge

 

Confidence within the industry appears to be growing too. According to a recent survey from CTA Intelligence — covered here on the Attain Capital Management blog — about 89 percent of CTAs are expecting a better year than they had last year:

 

The full list of award recipients follows:

 

BEST DIVERSIFIED CTA

2012 Best Diversified CTA – $500 million+ (Assets under management)

  • Crabel Capital Management +

2012 Best Diversified CTA – Less than $500 million AUM

  • Stenger Capital Management, LLC +

5-Year Best Diversified CTA – $500 million AUM

  • Two Sigma Investments, LLC +

5-Year Best Diversified CTA – Less than $500 million AUM

  • Newton Capital Partners +

BEST MULTI-ADVISOR FUND

2012 Best Multi-Advisor Futures Fund

  • AC Investment Management, LLC +

5-Year Best Multi-Advisor Futures Fund

  • AC Investment Management, LLC +

TOP EMERGING CTA

2012 Best Emerging CTA

  • Global Sigma Group, LLC +

BEST SINGLE SECTOR CTA

2012 Best Single Sector CTA – $500 million+ AUM

  • Dominice & Co. Asset Management +

2012 Best Single Sector CTA – Less than $500 million AUM

  • Rosetta Capital Management, LLC +

5-Year Best Single Sector CTA – $500 million AUM

  • Dominice & Co. Asset Management +

5-Year Best Single Sector CTA – Less than $500 million AUM

  • AAA Capital Management Advisors, Ltd +

BEST OPTIONS STRATEGY

2012 Best Options Strategy

  • LJM Partners, Ltd. +

5-Year Best Options Strategy

  • LJM Partners, Ltd. +

 

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