9781118410851

Following the Trend : Diversified Managed Futures Trading

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    9781118410851

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    1118410858

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/14/2013
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Summary

A practical guide to diversified futures trading using CTA fund strategies There are a group of hedge funds which have been showing remarkable performance in the past 30 odd years, consistently outperforming other strategies during bull and bear markets and even showing incredible gains during the 2008 crisis. Written by experienced hedge fund manager Andreas Clenow, this book provides a full and in-depth insight into the strategies behind the funds from someone experienced in managing a CTA fund. It explains the strategies in detail, where the performance is generated and how, and allows the reader full insight into the proprietary strategies which are so closely guarded by the industry. Describes what it takes to invest in the profitable CTA funds Includes examples of large and famous CTA funds Includes a companion website that is continuously updated Following the Trend shows how to trade the CTA funds and includes the math behind their incredible success.

Author Biography

Andreas Clenow CMT, is a principal at ACIES Asset Management with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, which he joined after having successfully established his own hedge fund. He specialises in developing and trading quantitative strategies across all asset classes. Prior to his role as a hedge fund trader he had a lightning career with Reuters, where he, as Global Head of Equity and Commodity Quant Modelling, was one of the youngest ever in such a role. He was also the Global Head of Institutional Charting and Technical Analysis for Equis International before departing for the hedge fund world.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

1 CROSS-ASSET TREND FOLLOWING WITH FUTURES 1

Diversifi ed Trend Following in a Nutshell 2

The Traditional Investment Approach 4

The Case for Diversifi ed Managed Futures 7

Criticism of Trend-Following Strategies 8

Managed Futures as a Business 10

Differences Between Running a Trading Business and Personal Trading 12

Marketability of your strategy 13

Volatility profi le 13

Subscriptions and redemptions 15

Psychological difference 15

2 FUTURES DATA AND TOOLS 17

Futures as an Asset Class 17

Futures exchanges 21

Futures and currency exposure 22

Futures Data 24

Dealing with limited life span 24

Term structure 26

Basis gaps 28

Futures Sectors 30

Agricultural commodities 31

Non-agricultural commodities 33

Currencies 37

Equities 38

Rates 39

Required Tools 42

A word about programming 42

Development environment 42

Data vendors 44

Data storage 44

3 CONSTRUCTING DIVERSIFIED FUTURES

TRADING STRATEGIES 45

They Are All Doing the Same Thing 45

Cracking Open the Magic Trend-Following Black Box 49

Investment universe 52

Position sizing 53

Slippage, commission and other costs 56

Interest on liquidity 56

Strategy personality 56

Anatomy of a trend-following strategy 57

4 TWO BASIC TREND-FOLLOWING STRATEGIES 61

Strategy Performance 63

Correlations between strategies 68

Parameter stability 70

Conclusions from the basic strategies 72

Improving the Strategies 72

Trend fi lter 73

An improved stop loss mechanism 75

Controlling the risk level 80

Parameter stability check 84

A solid foundation for futures trading 86

Core strategy rules 87

5 IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF TREND-FOLLOWING

PERFORMANCE 89

Strategy Behaviour 89

As a Complement to an Equity Portfolio 91

Trading Direction 94

Sector Impact 97

Cash Management and the Effect of Free Government Money 101

Putting Leverage into Context 104

6 YEAR BY YEAR REVIEW 109

How to Read this Chapter 110

1990 110

1991 117

1992 122

1993 127

1994 132

1995 138

1996 142

1997 148

1998 153

1999 158

2000 163

2001 168

2002 174

2003 178

2004 184

2005 189

2006 194

2007 200

2008 205

2009 211

2010 216

2011 221

Conclusions of Year by Year Review 227

7 REVERSE ENGINEERING THE COMPETITION 229

Investment Universes 230

Comparing the Investment Universes 234

Replicating Existing Funds 235

Campbell Composite 236

Sunrise Capital Diversifi ed 239

Palm Trend Fund 240

Transtrend Standard Risk Program 242

Mulvaney Capital Management Global Markets Fund 243

More funds 245

Conclusions 248

8 TWEAKS AND IMPROVEMENTS 249

Trading Multiple Time Frames 249

Trading Synthetic Contracts 251

Adding A Counter-Trend Component 252

Intraday Stops 253

Correlation Matrices, Position Sizing and Risk 255

The Rollover Effect 257

Optimisation and its Discontents 258

9 PRACTICALITIES OF FUTURES TRADING 261

Required Asset Base 261

Going Live 262

Execution 263

Cash Management 264

Higher Volatility in Drawdown Mode 266

Portfolio Monitoring 267

Strategy Follow-Up 268

10 FINAL WORDS OF CAUTION 269

Diminishing Returns of Futures Funds 269

Ending Up in the Soup Bowl 271

Setting the Initial Risk Level 272

BIBLIOGRAPHY 275

Offi cial Book Website 275

Research Papers, Articles and Websites 275

Books 276

INDEX 277

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