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Managed Futures Up 1% in January

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 9, 2006 – – Managed Futures gained 1.05 percent in January, according the Barclay CTA Index.

“Long positions in metals, sugar, and stock index futures helped to propel CTAs to a winning month,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors the performance of the largest CTA’s, gained 1.01 percent in January.

Six out of eight Barclay CTA indices were up in January. The Barclay Diversified Traders Index gained 1.79 percent, and The Barclay Systematic Traders Index was up 1.28 percent. Currency Traders and Agricultural Traders had slight losses.

“Cross currents in currency markets created problems for many participants as the US dollar weakened against the European currencies while strengthening against the Japanese yen,” says Waksman. “Increased volatility in the agricultural markets resulted in heavily fluctuating prices for corn, soybeans, and soybean products.”

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The Barclay Group, founded in 1985, actively tracks more than 5,100 hedge funds and managed futures programs.

Barclay has created and regularly updates 18 proprietary hedge fund indices and 10 managed futures indices.

Institutional investors, brokerage firms and private banks worldwide utilize Barclay’s indices as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.

Sol Waksman is an experienced media source, providing perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends.

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