The following webpage provides details to a Self Managed Futures product. IFM Trade do not offer this product directly, however are an access provider for Self Managed Futures via their US counterparty aiSource a registered broker who will source CTA’s to trade on behalf of clients. Please click if you agree/disagree.
Potentially Reduce risk & enhance return
Diversify your investment portfolio with Self Managed Futures
What are self-managed futures?
The term self-managed futures describes an industry comprised of professional money managers known as commodity trading advisors (CTAs). These trading advisors manage client assets on a discretionary basis using global futures markets as an investment medium. By broadly diversifying across markets, managed futures may simultaneously profit from price changes in stock indices, currencies, treasury futures, bond futures as well as from various commodity markets. Trading advisors can participate in more than 150 global markets; from grains and gold to currencies and stock indices.
Managed Futures: An Introduction
Portfolio Diversification through Managed Futures. Learn why many investors are considering Managed Futures when evaluating their investment portfolio. Trading commodity futures, options, and foreign exchange involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors.
Investing in Self Managed Futures
Self-Managed futures may seem somewhat confusing to new investors. To better understand what self-managed futures programs are, it is helpful to consider what they are not: self-managed futures investments are not the equivalent of stocks of commodity-driven companies, nor are they trend-driven mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETF). Instead, self-managed futures offer investors the opportunity to invest in the global futures markets through a CTA, a professional who manages client assets based on agreed-upon investment strategies and conducts trading on their behalf. aiSource a counterparty of IFM Trade offers access to CTAs.
Self Managed Futures
Why Self Managed Futures?
For more than 30 years, investment management professionals have helped investors diversify their portfolios with investments in managed futures. As investors increasingly seek alternatives to such traditional assets as stocks, bonds and real estate, investments in the managed futures industry is experiencing significant and steady growth. The industry saw an approximately six-fold rise in invested assets, for example, just between 2000 and 2010, during which time investments increased from about $40 billion to nearly $250 billion.
Managed Futures Videos
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Customer caution below the videos: Futures trading is not suitable for all persons and the use of Managed Futures in a portfolio does not mean that an investor will be profitable or will not
May Reduce Overall Portfolio Risk
Because of their inherent diversity, managed futures offer the potential for lower overall volatility in a balanced investment portfolio. Moreover, investment in diverse global futures markets complements a portfolio’s other traditional asset classes, with which managed futures have virtually no long-term correlation; managed futures have the ability to yield profits regardless of the movement of stocks and other investment vehicles. It is important to note, however, that no managed futures program is without risk and any investment may be subject to substantial loss.
Profit Potential During All Economic Environments
Self-Managed futures investments can generate profit in almost all market conditions. Self-Managed futures give investors the ability to go long—buy futures positions—in order to profit from rising markets, go short (by selling positions) in anticipation of falling prices or take a more conservative approach with a spread that combines long and short positions. Self-Managed futures have historically performed well in market conditions that are adverse for traditional asset classes like stocks and bonds. But as past performance is not indicative of future results, self-managed futures investments may not necessarily follow this trend.
Broad Diversification Opportunities
Offering highly diverse investment opportunities—in terms of both geography and product—managed futures are a natural choice for investment portfolio diversification. Through managed futures programs, CTAs provide investors flexible investment options that are traded on over 150 global financial and commodity markets. Managed futures investments may include agricultural commodities, energy products, metals, interest rates, equities and foreign and domestic currencies.
Enhanced Overall Portfolio Returns
Managed futures programs’ diversity and potential for reduced investment volatility contributes to their capacity to potentially boost overall portfolio gains. A diverse, well-balanced investment portfolio can offer more effective performance. Adding managed futures to a portfolio of traditional investments provides the potential for higher returns with lower risk. Since each unique program is based on a CTA’s investment strategy and past performance is not indicative of future results, therefore, managed futures offer no guarantee of profit.
Self-Managed Futures CTA Database
Register below to Access Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) performance results and create a hypothetical portfolio of self-managed futures programs and see how you can diversify your entire portfolio. Once you feel comfortable with your selection, IFM will help you open and fund your account and set you up with all the necessary paperwork to get you started with the CTA.
The CTA database allows you to:
Search managed futures programs
Search by name, performance, style of trading, or other criteria to view program information including program description and company information.
Analyze risk statistics and benchmarks
Go beyond basic performance data, review advanced statistics and ratios for each program; benchmark against various indexes.
Hypothetical portfolio builder
Mix programs together and set allocations to create and save a hypothetical portfolio, updated with each month’s performance.
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Easy-to-read from any device
Data is clearly presented with charts and tables in an easy-to-read format, even on mobile phones.
Create a hypothetical portfolio of managed futures programs and see how you can diversify your investments
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