Please note that the data is derived from only those CTAs who submit their trading results Barlcay Hedge. The index in no way purports to be representative of the entire universe of Commodity Trading Advisors. The material in no way implies that these results are officially sanctioned results of the commodity industry. Be advised that an individual cannot invest in the index itself and the actual rates of return for an individual program may significantly differ and be more volatile than the index.
Hypothetical Examples of a Combined Managed Futures & Stock Portfolio
Let’s assume your total portfolio is $250,000 and you invest 80% in stocks and bonds ($200,000) and 20% in managed futures ($50,000). Let’s assume at the end of the year you realize a 5% return on your stocks and bonds and a 25% return on managed futures. The result would be as follows:
Now let’s assume you earn 10% on the 80% of your portfolio invested in stocks and bonds, but lose 25% in managed futures. The results would be as follows:
You can see, in these hypothetical examples, by investing only 20% of your portfolio in futures, if you were to earn 25%, it would outperform 80% of your portfolio invested in stocks and bonds if the stocks and bonds earned 5%.
You can also see that a 25% loss in futures would still leave you with a net profit of $7,500 if your stock and bond allocation returned 10%.
Note: No matter what the size of your portfolio, 80% invested in stocks and bonds and 20% invested in managed futures, with the same percentage returns, would produce the same percentage results in our hypothetical examples.
Important Disclaimer: The above hypothetical examples are strictly for illustration purposes only, to help you better understand the potential impact of portfolio diversification. In no way are the examples to be construed as the returns you might receive in stocks and commodities. Of course, in actual investing, your results can be better or worse. Futures traders should be aware that daily market volatility might cause loss despite prevailing trends in the stock market. The risks associated with trading futures and options are significantly different than those of stock investing and investors may lose more than their initial investment. While we advocate diversification, please be advised that it will not necessarily provide protection against substantial loss. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.