August 3rd, 2012

Commodity Investing – Corn and soybean traders are bullish for a 15th consecutive week on speculation that the drought spreading across fields in the U.S. will spur the government to make more cuts to its production forecasts.

Fourteen analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predicted soybeans will climb next week and a further seven were bearish. Twelve expect gains in corn, six saw a decline and three anticipated little change. Hedge funds are holding the biggest bet on higher corn prices since September and almost the largest wager on costlier soybeans since at least 2006, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show.

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July 26th, 2012

Managed Futures -Longboard Asset Management has announced the launch of the Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund (WAVIX), an investment product offering our managed futures strategy in a mutual fund package. Unlike the fund of funds structure, our goal is to offer direct access to portfolio manager talent at relatively lower costs and with greater transparency when compared to fund of funds or private placement opportunities.

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June 20th, 2012

Managed Futures – CME Group and BarclayHedge recognized leaders in the managed futures industry during the inaugural Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards yesterday at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The ceremony preceded MFA’s Forum 2012 in Chicago and featured live entertainment by Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live.

The Managed Futures Lifetime Achievement Pinnacle Award was presented to Ken Tropin, Graham Capital Management, for his contributions to the development and maturation of the managed futures industry. He grew Graham Capital into an industry-leading alternative investment manager, helping global investors realize the value of managed futures programs.

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June 1st, 2012

Managed Futures – Money managers cut their net-long positions in Chicago Board of Trade corn futures, government data showed Friday, as investors abandon long positions on slowing demand and improved crop weather.

Broader risk aversion across many asset classes enticed fund managers to trim their long positions in the market as well.

Money managers were net-long 61,493 corn contracts, down 44% from the prior week, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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May 29th, 2012

Managed Futures – Emil van Essen, LLC announced that its flagship Spread Trading Program was nominated for four Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards in the following categories: Best Bear Market Manager (HF Index), Best Defensive CTA (Diversified), Best Risk Adjusted Performance (Diversified), and Greatest Returns (High Volatility – Diversified). Award winners will be announced and presented with a BarclayHedge “BTOP” award during a ceremony on June 11, 2012, in Chicago.

“We continue to see strong growth in long-only commodity funds for the foreseeable future, which is providing us with favorable market conditions for alpha generation.”

“We are honored to be nominated for the inaugural Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards sponsored by CME Group and BarclayHedge,” said Emil van Essen, CEO. “We continue to see strong growth in long-only commodity funds for the foreseeable future, which is providing us with favorable market conditions for alpha generation.”

Emil van Essen, LLC has grown from $210M assets under management in 2011 to over $440M in 2012. The Emil van Essen Spread Trading Program has outperformed both the Barclay CTA Index and Goldman Sachs Commodity Index for the last 4 years.

About Emil van Essen, LLC:

Emil van Essen, LLC is a Chicago, Illinois based investment management firm that specializes in commodity spread trading.