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Thursday, October 06, 2011

The WSJ Cautions Against Futures Offerings

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Managed-futures mutual funds are quickly gaining traction, having tripled their AUM in the past year, but buyer beware, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The subset, which currently holds some $7 billion, now includes some 21 funds, including the Rydex/SGI Managed Futures Strategy, with at least a dozen more awaiting regulators' approval. The subset has faired well in foul weather, having gained 10 percent in 2008 when the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index fell 37 percent.

However, futures offerings aren't required to fully divulge their investments and all their fees. Typically, they publish management fees totaling 200 to 300 basis points. 

Edited by: Hung Tran


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