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You’re Invited to FOW-John Lothian News Trading Chicago on June 28th! Feature,Mwiki

This one-day event at the Swissotel on June 28th is aimed largely at the end-users of the markets: commodity trading advisors, asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary traders.  The event is free to attend for CTAs, asset managers, props and hedge funds. To register click HERE. For full conference information, click HERE. The conference will cover the issues that impact those firms directly – regulation, technology and market structure, with an underlying thread of trading in an age of uncertainty. All of this will be delivered in a variety of formats, from an Oxford-style debate on the Dodd-Frank Act’s repeal…

JLN Managed Futures: Strong start to 2016 for CTAs; Liquidation of MF Global Comes to an End; Goldman Sachs Abandons Five of Six ‘Top Trade’ Calls for 2016 Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary Better Late than Never JLN Managed futures apologizes for being a day late in the delivery of the mid-month edition. Today’s issue brings you a bit of everything from lousy performances from hedge funds and John Paulson in January (but a 2009-esque surge for managed futures), to an informative video interview with Allison Yacker, of Katten Muchin Rosenman, on the keys to seed investor deals for emerging managers. If you don’t know much about seed money deals, here’s a great starter. Germination And Emergence: Allison Yacker on Emerging Manager Seeding Arrangements JohnLothianNews.com In the trading space, much like the…

Looking Up: RJO’s Gerry Corcoran Bullish On Managed Futures Blog,Managed Futures

As chairman and CEO of one of the largest FCMs in the world, Gerry Corcoran of RJ O’Brien has diversified its services from futures execution and a clearing member firm to a host of other markets and businesses including managed futures. To him, the managed futures space has a lot of room to grow. JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf sat down with Corcoran last week at the FIA Boca Conference to talk a bit about his views of the managed futures space. Q: What do you see in the managed futures space? A: I’ve personally been invested in managed futures for…

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…

JLN Managed Futures: Managed futures enjoy rare strong performance; Barclay CTA Index Gains 1.63% in August; Why managed futures aren’t getting the job done Blog,Managed Futures

Observations/Commentary Which Direxion for 40 Act Funds Jim Kharouf, John Lothian News The question for many in the managed futures industry at the CTA Expo in Chicago last month was where the next opportunity will come from. Several years now into the next big thing – managed futures mutual funds or 40 Act Funds – there is great hope and great potential for the product, depending on who you speak with. It could be the product that zaps the managed futures industry out of its doldrums and finally brings this sector into the mainstream investing circle in a big way….

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…