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(CTA) Call To Action: Bryan Johnson Calls For Strategic, Practical Marketing For Managed Futures Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Marketing is one of the toughest parts of running a managed futures firm. It takes time, money and is often outside the skill set of most CTAs. Bryan Johnson of Johnson & Co. has spent the past five years helping and teaching fund managers about its importance and how to do it. He said CTAs may in the perfect spot right now to offer managed futures and expand their businesses. “Marketing has become more critical than it been ever before,” said Johnson, who sat down with John Lothian News at CTA Expo New York. “There’s more noise and there are…

Long run: Jack Schwager talks traders, old and new Interview,Video

Jack Schwager’s career runs from pre-financial futures markets to author of the Markets Wizard books to an online start-up today. As the recipient of the CTA Expo’s 2105 Lifetime Achievement Award in New York in April, he spoke with Jim Kharouf, editor-in-chief of John Lothian News about what he knows about about top traders and his new venture, Fundseeder, an online platform for the next generation of market wizards. For Schwager, top traders don’t just post profits, but have great risk management as well. “It doesn’t have to be complicated at all,” Schwager said of risk management systems. “Most risk…

Fund Injection: Peter Borish Looks to Ramp Up Managed Funds Space Interview,Video

Peter Borish has seen the ups and downs in the fund space over his career. Now as chief strategist at Quad Advisors, he is focused on providing key infrastructure services to the managed funds space. Borish spoke with John Lothian, publisher of John Lothian News, at the Futures Industry Association’s EXPO in Chicago in November about the new venture and what Quad Advisors brings to the managed funds space. “We look for people with $20 million to $50 million under management,” he said. “But in a post-Dodd-Frank world, they need a lot of help to grow. We become partners, sharing…

Share Your Secret Sauce! Alan Snyder Says Emerging Managers Should Provide More Details Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Fund managers are faced with a myriad of challenges from trading and risk management to compliance and operating a business. But the challenge of marketing and raising money can be most daunting of all. Jim Kharouf, editor-in-chief of John Lothian News, spoke with Alan Snyder, managing partner of Shinnecock Group, who says there are several keys to attracting and keeping institutional investors. One of them is “sharing your secret sauce.” Snyder said that providing deeper information about how a fund trades is part of the real key in the sales process – engendering trust. “Financial services is like an intangible,”…

The A,B,C’s: Ian Morley’s Tips for Emerging Managers Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Emerging managers have always faced challenges getting their firms off the ground. From establishing a track record to building the infrastructure needed to grow, firms are now faced with a new regulatory regime in the US and Europe that puts additional hurdles in their way. Ian Morley, chairman of Wentworth Hall Consultancy in London spoke with Jim Kharouf, editor-in-chief of John Lothian News at the Emerging Manager Forum in Miami in December about the challenges that emerging managers funds face today. He said that Dodd-Frank and European rules have made compliance and reporting more onerous on managed futures firms and…

Old School/New School: Mark de Souza says County Cork blends experience with technology Interview,Managed Futures,Video

The managed futures space is always producing new managers with new takes on the market. County Cork LLC, a managed futures firm, is looking to bring experience to its clients with traders in the agriculture and equity markets who’ve seen it all. John Lothian News sat down with Mark de Souza, president of County Cork to talk about what sets the firm apart from other funds at the Emerging Manager Forum in Miami in December. “The uniqueness of what County Cork has brought to the marketplace in terms of those discretionary programs is our managers don’t come from trading backgrounds,”…

Emerging Opportunity: Silvercrest’s Mike Dubin on Matching Small Funds with Large Investors Managed Futures,Video

Mike Dubin

The managed futures space continued to struggle to post enticing returns in 2013, but Silvercrest Asset Management’s Mike Dubin says that has not kept his firm from looking for emerging manager talent in the space. Dubin, who spoke at the Emerging Manager Forum in Miami in December, says the research shows that smaller emerging managers have continued to outpace larger funds by 2 percent to 4 percent per annum. There have been a number of studies which have concluded that smaller funds posting nice returns tend to perform poorly going forward when they have large pools of capital to manage…

Single Minded: Tom Regazzi of UBS Finds a Niche with Single Stock Futures Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Tom Rigazzi

Single stock futures in the United States were launched in 2001, but are often forgotten since their big splash introduction twelve years ago on two exchanges. Quietly, however, single stock futures have been growing nicely at OneChicago, the sole marketplace for the instrument. Through the first nine months of 2013, its volumes are up 49 percent, with 6.96 million contracts traded, topping total volumes posted in all of 2012. This market has also caught the eye of UBS and Tom Regazzi, managing director at the firm’s Global Synthetic Equity department. He spoke with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about how UBS…

John Lothian Newsletter: Japan Exchange plans infrastructure bourse; LSE to launch electronic swaps trading venue; Bid to relaunch synthetic CDO unravels John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

The operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange plans to open a new exchange in a couple of years that will focus on raising capital to rebuild national infrastructure. The London Stock Exchange plans to open a new electronic swaps trading venue. Two big banks set up a sales effort for some notorious CDO products, but fail to get the sale done as investors back away. In First Read today, take a look at the new MarketsWiki.tv interview: Jack Schwager, the Market Wizards author, talks about hedge fund managers and how the CTA space has changed, what’s happened to managed futures…