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Managed Futures Gain 2.17% in November

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, December 6, 2005 – Powered by continuing strong trends in commodity and financial markets, Managed Futures gained 2.17 percent in November, according to data released today by The Barclay Group.

“Commodity markets provided ample opportunities for traders in November,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group. “Grain prices continued to decline, while prices for sugar and precious and industrial metals moved ever higher.”

“Financial markets saw good trending behavior in November as well. U.S. interest rates continued to edge higher, sending bond prices lower and strengthening the U.S. Dollar against the Yen. Rallies in the S&P 500 and the Nikkei 225 stock indexes also helped to propel CTA returns for the month.”

While the Barclay CTA Index rose 2.17 percent in November, the larger CTA’s did even better, gaining 2.71 percent as measured by The Barclay BTOP 50 Index, which monitors the performance of the largest traders.

Five out of six Barclay CTA indices were up in November. Barclay’s Diversified Traders Index gained 2.95 percent, Systematic Traders rose 2.55 percent, and the Currency Traders Index was up 1.17 percent.

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The Barclay Group, founded in 1985, actively tracks more than 5,100 hedge funds and managed futures programs. Barclay’s indices are utilized worldwide as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.

For more commentary, call Sol Waksman at 641-472-3456 or email