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Kevin Cook of Autumn Capital Partners Discusses Common Pitfalls for Emerging Managers Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook, partner at Autumn Capital Partners, a UK-based consulting firm for hedge funds and CTAs, discusses common pitfalls for emerging managers and the outlook for the managed futures space at the Emerging Manager Forum in London. Cook presented “The Top 10 Reasons Emerging Managers Fail” at the conference. Interview by John Lothian News editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf. **Special thanks to Bucky Isaacson and Frank Pusateri for their help and to the May Fair Hotel, for use of their facilities

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Who wants to be a Millionaire? In the television game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” contestants have 4 choices on how to answer the questions.  They can answer themselves, or if they don’t know the answer, they can use one of three lifelines to try to come up with the answer. There are three types of lifelines that were used when I watched the Regis Philbin US version of the show: 50/50, Phone a Friend and Poll the Audience. Each one of these lifelines has a unique approach to problem solving.  50/50 is purely probability based.  You get…

John Lothian News Top Stories of 2011 Blog,Environmental/Energy,Financials,Managed Futures,Metals,Options,Regulation,Tech / HFT

John Lothian

We’ve created a list of the five most influential stories of 2011 for each of our newsletters, as well as from MarketsReformWiki, to help define what was a very eventful year across almost every market and industry sector. The year was punctuated by one major story inside another. The bankruptcy of MF Global, which requires its own top five list, became tied to another top story, the European sovereign debt crisis sequel – Greece and Italy. Of course, the downgrade of U.S. debt in August and assorted European states raised the ire of politicians and regulators who called for more…

Emil van Essen – Emil van Essen Managed Futures Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Emil van Essen

Emil van Essen has 25 years experience trading and modeling in the futures markets and has been a CTA since 1997. His firm, now with $240 million in assets under management, has been successful with its spread trading program launched in December 2006. JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf spoke with van Essen about his trading program, how the industry evolved and the issue on most minds in the industry, what impact will MF Global have on the managed futures space. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance. Investment in this fund…

Guest Commentary: How to Save the Futures Industry Commentary,Regulation,Tech / HFT

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Guest Commentary By Jeff Malec, CEO – Attain Capital Management: To say the MF Global situation is a mess may be the understatement of the century. What began as an excuse to extol the segregated account’s safeguards against an FCM stock slide as MF Global shares lost 70% of their value in a week rapidly morphed into a full-fledged industry disaster as bankruptcy papers were filed and executives acknowledged a shortfall in those previously sacrosanct accounts. This admission, in conjunction with the bankruptcy, has caused over $5 Billion of customer funds held by MF Global to be frozen, unable to…

Anthony Lazzara – Lido Isle Advisors Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Anthony Lazzara is co-founder and principal of Lido Isle Advisors, LLC., responsible for selecting and allocating to commodity trading advisors on behalf of the company’s clients. He spoke with JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf about what he looks for in CTAs today, which sectors of CTAs are doing well in this environment and what the CTA space needs to do to expand. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance.

Jay Feuerstein – 2100 Xenon Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Jay Feuerstein

Jay Feuerstein is chief executive officer and chief investment officer of 2100 Xenon, the managed futures affiliate of Old Mutual Asset Management. From January through August 2011, its managed futures program was up 13.83 percent, while its Global Long/Short Fixed Income program rose 8 percent, outpacing the BarclayHedge CTA Index, down 0.51 percent through August. JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf spoke with Feuerstein about 2100 Xenon, market volatility, challenges in the CTA space and where his firm got its name. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance.

Emanuel Balarie – ADM Investor Services Diversified Strategies Funds Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Emanuel Balarie is portfolio manager for the ADM Investor Services Diversified Strategies Funds. He also serves as managing director for Balarie Capital Management, the managed futures division of Archer Financial Services, Inc. He spoke with JLN Managed Futures Editor Jim Kharouf about the current market for managed futures, what his firm looks for in CTAs and what the future looks like for the managed futures space.

Ranjan Bhaduri – AlphaMetrix (Part 1) Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Ranjan Bhaduri

Ranjan Bhaduri is chief research officer at AlphaMetrix, a Chicago-based company providing hedge funds and investors with an independent platform, administration, transparency, risk monitoring and analytics, due diligence, background investigation and hedge fund event services. JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf spoke with Bhaduri about how the CTA space is changing, its diversity and its interesting follow-up to the well-known John Lintner managed futures study. View Part 2 here.