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Trend Following Wizards – January 2012

February 20th, 2012 · 6 Comments · Trend Following, Trend Following Wizards

It took a bit longer than expected to retrieve the performance updates for the Trend Following Wizards (all bar one) for this first report of 2012; but here it is.

I am also reviewing its contents and will likely make adjustments to the list in 2012, so that it resembles more a “legendary traders’ league” than it does now (which was the initial goal of the report) – and also to remove some “late reporters” so that the report can be published earlier in the month.

Back to January 2012: the results are mixed but negative on average. These go in the same direction as the results of the State of Trend Following report for last month, which had surprised quite a few readers, commenting back on that post. Seems like these two reports are well correlated to each other. Something that would be interesting to check in a further post.

Please find below the full results:

Organisation / Fund Return YTD * AUM **
Abraham Trading1
-0.99%
-0.99%
$545M
Acorn Global Inv.2
-2.42%
-2.42%
$26M
Altis Partners3
-1.03%
-1.03%
$1,388M
Aspect Capital4
N/A
N/A
N/A
Auspice Capital5
2.41%
2.41%
$29M
Beach Horizon6
-3.07%
-3.07%
$815M
BlueTrend7
0.81%
0.81%
$9,300M
Campbell & Company8
2.95%
2.95%
$396M
Chesapeake Capital9
-2.16%
-2.16%
$784M
Clarke Capital10
-5.78%
-5.78%
$32M
Drury Capital11
0.98%
0.98%
$393M
Dunn Capital12
-3.10%
-3.10%
$320M
Eckhardt Trading13
1.53%
1.53%
$504M
EMC Capital14
1.00%
1.00%
$106M
Hawksbill Capital15
0.16%
0.16%
$74M
Hyman Beck & Co.16
-4.41%
-4.41%
$438M
JWH & Co.17
-13.35%
-13.35%
$116M
Man AHL Diversified18
-0.20%
-0.20%
$917M
Mark J. Walsh & Co.19
-3.52%
-3.52%
$106M
Millburn Ridgefield20
-2.40%
-2.40%
$983M
Rabar Market Research21
0.84%
0.84%
$270M
Saxon Investment22
0.00%
0.00%
$26M
Sunrise Capital23
-3.30%
-3.30%
$745M
Superfund24
-0.26%
-0.26%
$103M
Tactical Investment Mgt25
-2.26%
-2.26%
$101M
Transtrend26
1.09%
1.09%
$7,316M
Winton Capital27
0.61%
0.61%
$28,500M
Averages
-1.38%
-1.38%

 

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Notes

* YTD: Year-To-Date performance.
** AUM: Assets Under Management for the program reported here (not total firm AUM)
 
Note that the figures referenced in the performance table are not provided directly by any of the funds/CTAs featured in this report, but are sourced from other publications such as hedge fund/CTA websites and databases.
 
1. Abraham Trading was founded by Salem Abraham, after he was introduced to Managed Futures and Trend Following by Jerry Parker. He is considered as a “”second-generation”” Turtle. Program tracked: Diversified Program.
2. Acorn are a Canadian-based CTA. Program tracked: Diversified Trust.
3. Altis Partners started trading in 2001 and now manage over a $1B with their Altis Global Futures Portfolio. The figures referenced in the performance table are not provided by Altis Partners and no reliance should be taken as to their accuracy, and as a consequence the figures may not be in accordance with any CFTC / NFA performance reporting requirements. Program tracked: Global Futures Portfolio – Composite.
4. The four founders of Aspect (Eugene Lambert, Anthony Todd, Michael Adam and Martin Lueck) were significant members of one of the most succesful funds in managed futures – AHL (Adam, Harding and Lueck). Program tracked: Aspect Capital Diversified USD.
5. Auspice Capital are a Canada-based Trend Following CTA. Program tracked: Auspice Diversified Program.
6. Beach Horizon was created as a fully automated trend following subsidiary of Beach Capital Management, founded by David Beach. Two of the founders of Beach Horizon had early involvement in AHL. Program Tracked: Managed Account.
7. BlueTrend, from BlueCrest Capital, is one of the largest Trend Following funds – headed by Ms. Leda Braga. Program tracked: BlueTrend Fund Limited.
8. Campbell & Company is one of the oldest Trend Following firms, operating for around 4 decades. Program tracked: Golbal Diversified Large.
9. Chesapeake Capital was founded by Jerry Parker, a former Turtle. Program tracked: Diversified Program.
10. Clarke Capital was founded by Michael Clarke in 1993. Program tracked: Millenium Program.
11. Drury Capital, Inc., was founded in Illinois in 1992 by Mr. Bernard Drury. program tracked: Diversified Trend-Following.
12. Dunn Capital was founded by Bill Dunn. Program tracked: World Monetary and Agriculture (WMA).
13. Eckhardt Trading is the firm managed by William Eckhardt, who co-led the Turtle experiment with Richard Dennis. Program tracked: Standard Program.
14. EMC Capital was founded by Liz Cheval, a former Turtle. Program tracked: EMC Classic Program.
15. Hawksbill Capital was founded by Tom Shanks, a former Turtle. Program tracked: Global Diversified Program.
16. Hyman Beck & Co. main principals are Alexander Hyman and Carl Beck. Program tracked: Global Portfolio.
17. JWH & Co. was founded by John W. Henry, now also owner of the Boston Red Sox. program tracked: Global Analytics.
18. Originally ED & F Man. Became a succesful CTA under Larry Hite and went on to form part of The Man Group plc, which subsequently bought AHL to form the Man AHL: the systematic trading division of the Man group. Program tracked: Man AHL Diversified Futures Ltd.
19. Mark J. Walsh was not an official Turtle but trained and worked closely with Richard Dennis before starting his own fund management business. Program tracked: Standard Program.
20. Millburn Ridgefield have been trading Trend Following models since the early 1970’s. Program tracked: Diversified Program.
21. Rabar Market Research is the company of Paul Rabar, a former Turtle. Program tracked: Diversified Program.
22. Saxon Investment was founded by Howard Seidler, a former Turtle. Program tracked: Aggressive Diversified Program.
23. Sunrise Capital is a CTA based in San Diego, with Martin Ehrlich as Principal. Program tracked: Expanded Diversified Program
24. Superfund founder and CEO: Christian Baha. Program tracked: Superfund Q-AG.
25. Tactical Investment Management was founded by David Druz, student of Ed Seykota. Program tracked: Institutional Commodity Program.
26. Transtrend is a Trend follower CTA based in Netherlands. Program tracked: DTP – Enhanced Risk (USD).
27. Winton Capital is a London-based CTA founded by Dave Harding (also co-founder of AHL). Program tracked: Diversified Programme.

 
 
These are top of the range CTAs/Managed Futures funds in the Trend Following space.
Most of the traders behind these funds have been involved in the Turtle Trading experiment (2 excellent books on this topic: Complete Turtle Trader – featuring the actual turtle rules and The Way of the Turtle), featured in the legendary books by Jack Schwager: Market Wizards and New Market Wizards, or in Michael Covel’s dedicated Trend Following book.
 
 
 
 

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Nick Radge

    John Henry – ouch!

  • newbie

    hi Jez, do you have any tips on when to add to your initial position while riding the trend? when do you add and how much?

  • Jez Liberty

    newbie – not really any generic “blanket” advice on it, but this is not something I have looked into so much. I suppose it would depend on each system and need to be back-tested…

  • Martijn Luijckx

    Hello Jez,

    First of all; great site!!! I’m a mechanical trend follower from The Netherlands and new on this this.

    I’ve got a question about the showed returns of the wizards above. Are these returns representing results in ‘total equity’, ‘closed equity’ or ‘non-risk equity’ ? (I just read your article ‘A trick to reduce drawdown’).

    Greets,

    Martijn Luijckx

    ps. I’ve tried to subscribe to get the monthly update but it doesn’t work, got some error..

  • WmA

    I use a slightly modified 123 method for adding positions to my existing position.

  • Jez Liberty

    @Martin,
    These figures are the ones publicly reported by CTAs (Total Equity – in the context of that drawdown article).

    Not sure why you’d get an error on the monthly subscription as it seems to work for me (I have just tried again).. Assuming you are trying to subscribe by email and not RSS, upon entering your email and clicking the button, a pop-up window (from feedburner) should appear asking you to confirm a captcha. Once you verify this, it will send you an email asking for confirmation before you are actually registered. Maybe something on your computer/network (firewall) blocking that feedburner (from google) pop-up window?

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