Managed futures have variously been defined as an eclectic mix of investment strategies, a hedge fund category, and a separate asset class. People outside of the industry tend to see them as a risky investment. Regardless of perspective, managed futures exhibit unique properties that make these strategies an attractive investment vehicle.
The futures industry has had a tough couple of years, and with each storm there has been a dire warning that people will abandon it in droves. But the futures industry, particularly in Chicago, has faced many challenges and usually comes out the other end stronger through its ability to innovate.
As we are all well aware, the last two years have been the most challenging for the futures industry in the almost 80 years the two of us, collectively, have been in the business. The collapse of MF Global and the uncovering of the Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) fraud brought about the questioning of systems and procedures believed to be safe