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Trading activities[ edit ] A CTA generally acts as an asset manager , following a set of investment strategies utilizing futures contracts and options on futures contracts on a wide variety of physical goods such as agricultural products, forest products, metals, and energy, plus derivative contracts on financial instruments such as indices, bonds, and currencies.

Technical traders invest after analysing chart patterns. They often employ partially automated systems, such as computer software programs, to follow price trends , perform technical analysis , and execute trades.

In , Dr. Other non-trend following CTAs include short-term traders , spread trading and individual market specialists. Usually no incentive fees are charged if the CTA does not generate a profit exceeding a hurdle rate or high-water mark. For investors it is noteworthy to consider the impact of the risk free rate and the impact that has on hurdle rates and compensation for a particular manager.

While one can argue that markets trends have been dominated by Central Banks actions thereby limiting the potential of trends to develop, one can also argue that Central Bank policy has started several trends in risky assets.

Investors need to carefully judge the investment program, where past performance has not been indicative of future results but where research-oriented efforts have been a clear focus for managers trying to raise assets and outcompete other Futures managers. That said, most investors evaluate CTA based on past performance using a variety of different techniques. CTA performance data tends to freely available to qualified investors and can be found at for instance BarclayHedge [10] , EurekaHedge [11] , NilssonHedge [12] and a large number of other hedge fund databases.

History[ edit ] In the United States, trading of futures contracts for agricultural commodities dates back to at least the s. In , this law was replaced by an amended version named the Commodity Exchange Act. Later, trading expanded significantly following the introduction of derivatives on other products including financial instruments. Prior to this, swaps were not included in the CTA definition. If an individual is exempt from registration, they must still file with the NFA.

They additionally need to file a public notice disclosing their existence and exempt status. They must provide an offering memorandum to their investors, as well as a quarterly account statement and an annual report. These reports are used for market surveillance as well as for investigations or litigation cases. The CFTC also increased disclosure requirements and amended the registration criteria.

However, most commodity trading advisors are able to rely on an exemption from registration set forth in Section b 6 of the Advisers Act. This exemption is available to registered commodity trading advisors whose business does not consist primarily of acting as an investment adviser.



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