What is the capacity of managed futures? Newedge white paper explores the topic

In a recently released strategy note, Newedge researchers Galen Burghardt and Lianyan Liu teamed with Ewan Kirk of Cantab Capital Partners to consider an often discussed issue: Is there a capacity issue with managed futures.  The research team dives deep into issues of futures market open interest relative to a variety of factors, including its flexibility, distribution over various time horizons, as well as examining liquidity and capacity spill-over effects. 

To view the white paper, click here: Newedge_Snapshot_Capacity_managed_futures_industry

As a sidebar consideration, also recognize that managed futures is actually a small percentage of overall exchange volume.  Assuming the average CTA trades 900 round turns per million in assets managed (1,800 contracts, or sides), the overall volume of the managed futures industry is 595,800,000 contracts (sides) traded over a year.  Consider that depending on the year, the CMEGroup trades nearly 2,890,000,000 contracts and is but one exchange.  The FIA reported that in 2012 there were 21,200,000,000 total futures contracts traded.  




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