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Can CTAs Have A Strong Finish To 2018?

CTAs – specifically the trend followers - have had a difficult 2018. On the fund flows side, data provider Preqin has recorded outflows of $9.2bn in Q2 2018, which follows three years of solid inflows. The assets managed by the CTA universe tracked by Preqin finished H1 2018 at $281bn, down 1% from the end of 2017. Performance wise, CTAs have also generally struggled this year. The well-followed Société Générale Prime Services CTA Index had a strong showing in August but is still off -2.85% year to date. It’s an all too familiar story for an asset class that’s had...