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Fueled by Inflation Fears, Managed Futures Up 1.37% in May
FAIRFIELD, Iowa, June 13, 2007– Managed futures rose for the second month in a row, gaining 1.37% in May, according to flash estimates from the Barclay CTA Index.
“Inflation concerns in the U.S. and abroad drove global bond prices lower this month,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.
“Although bond prices declined throughout the month, global stock markets continued higher," says Waksman.
“Interest rates are still relatively low and we appear to be in a merger and acquisition boom driven by private equity.”
Seven out of Barclay’s eight CTA indices gained ground in May. The Diversified Traders Index was up 1.76% in May, Systematic Traders rose 1.54%, and the Financial and Metals Traders Index gained 1.46%.
Barclay’s Agricultural Traders Index was up 1.40% in May, following losses through the first four months of 2007.
“Corn, the newest member of the energy complex, saw its price drop during the month, as did prices in the other energy markets. Soybeans, on the other hand rallied all month long.”
The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors performance of the largest CTAs, rose 2.15% in
May, following a 2.34% gain in April. The BTOP50 is now up 2.71% for the year.
The Barclay CTA Index is back in positive territory for 2007, up 073% through May.
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