Managed futures on the rise as investors chase diversification

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In 1983 Harvard professor John Lintner published a seminal paper illustrating how an allocation to managed futures could dramatically improve the risk adjusted returns of an investment portfolio. Twenty-seven years later managed futures has become an investment vogue and allocations to the strategy are growing at a spectacular pace.

Commodity trading advisers (CTAs) running managed futures programs experienced record inflows in 2010, according to data from BarclayHedge. Combined assets managed by

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