Demystifying Managed Futures

Brian Hurst,, Yao Hua Ooi, Lasse Heje Pedersen

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We show that the returns of Managed Futures funds and CTAs can be explained by time series momentum strategies and we discuss the economic intuition behind these strategies. Time series momentum strategies produce large correlations and high R-squares with Managed Futures indices and individual manager returns, including the largest and most successful managers. While the largest Managed Futures managers have realized significant alphas to traditional long-only benchmarks, controlling for time series momentum strategies drives the alphas of the most managers to zero. We consider a number of implementation issues relevant to time series momentum strategies, including risk management, risk allocation across asset classes and trend horizons, portfolio rebalancing frequency, transaction costs, and fees.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Investment Management
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)42-58
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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