Managed futures funds returned 1.74% in December and 13.12% in 2008, according to Newedge CTA Index. The group’s AlternativeEdge Short-Term Traders Index finished December down 0.42%, bringing the estimated return for 2008 to 11.74%.
“Overall, CTAs performed extremely well in 2008 while using liquid, exchange-traded instruments,” said Brian Walls, chairman of the Newedge Index Committee. The Short Term Trader's index’s top performers were Revolution Capital Management (Mosaic), up 94.04%, R.G. Niederhoffer (Negative Correlation), up 54.58%, and R.G. Niederhoffer (Diversified), up 50.30%.”
The AlternativeEdge Short-Term Traders Index tracks the daily performance of a portfolio of short-term, diversified commodity-trading advisors that have less than a 10-day average holding period.