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Managed Futures Assets Grow to $170 Billion In 2006

Investors Shift Money to Larger CTAs

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 14, 2007– Money under management in the managed futures sector grew from $130.6 billion to $170 billion during 2006, according to data released today by The Barclay Group.

”Even though managed futures returns were modest in 2006, asset growth has continued unabated,” says Sol Waksman, president and founder of The Barclay Group.

“We normally wouldn’t expect to see a 30 percent jump in assets in a year where CTAs returned just 3.66 percent.”

The Barclay CTA Index gained 3.66% in 2006, while the Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest CTAs, gained 5.87%.

“Unfortunately for the smaller firms, a good share of this money has gone to the largest CTA firms,” says Waksman.

“In the past, investors were quite willing to allocate funds to smaller firms, but in the current climate they’re increasingly turning to the biggest players.”

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