The idea for this book came about when we realized that a collection of
managed futures articles dealing with quantitative and qualitative analyses of commodity trading advisors (CTAs) could be a useful and welcomed
addition to existing books on the subject. The chapters that follow introduce readers to many of the issues related to managed futures that we
believe are vital for proper selection and monitoring of CTAs. These issues
include performance assessment, benchmarking, and risk management of
managed futures investing, evaluation and design of managed futures programs, CTA management and incentive fees, and regulatory considerations.
All chapters in this book are written by leading academics and practitioners in the area of alternative investments. Although some chapters are
technical in nature, we have asked the contributors of those chapters to
emphasize the impact of their analytical results on managed futures investing, rather than to focus on technical topics.
We, therefore, believe this book can serve as a guide for institutional
investors, pension funds managers, endowment funds, and high-net-worth
individuals wanting to add CTAs to traditional stock and bond portfolios.