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WELCOME TO THE CTA INTELLIGENCE US AWARDS 2019

The CTA Intelligence US Awards, now back for their sixth year, are an evening of recognition and celebration of the best performing North American CTAs and managed futures funds.

Categories

Best Ag CTA
Best options strategy
Best discretionary CTA
Best multi-strategy CTA
Best crypto strategy
Best CTA long term performance over $500m (5 years)
Best CTA long term performance under $500m (5 years)
Best diversified CTA over $500m
Best diversified CTA under $500m
Best emerging CTA (12-36 months)
Best managed futures mutual fund
Best multi-manager fund
Best short-term trader
Best specialised CTA
Best trend-follower over $500m
Best trend-follower under $500m
Best systematic macro fund
Best alternative markets fund
Best multi-alternative risk premia fund
Best newcomer CTA (6-18 months)
Best commodities fund
Outstanding contribution (Nominated)*
Management firm of the year (Nominated)*

ENTRY RULES

How to enter the awards

 

1. Review the categories and entry rules

Carefully read through this year’s awards categories and the accompanying entry rules to help you decide which categories to enter and what information to include in your entry.

Part of the entry process will require you to provide your fund's performance data. This should be submitted via the awards fund performance information document.

Download the data document here.

When completing the online entry form, you will be prompted to upload your completed performance data document. The performance data document provided is the only one that will be accepted in consideration for the awards.

To ensure your fund catches the eye of investors on an ongoing basis, you can also submit your performance data document to be included on HFM’s global hedge fund performance database.

2. Complete the official online entry form

Submit the official entry form, by the deadline of 5:00pm GMT, Friday 30 November 2018. Entries close at the above time, so make sure you have submitted your online entry form in time.

Please note that this year there will be no entry extensions, and all entries must be submitted by Friday 30 November 2018 in order to be considered for this year’s awards.

The Awards are FREE to enter, and you can submit as many entries as you wish across all categories. The shortlist will be announced in December 2018

 

How to complete the online entry form

 

1. Create an online profile here- you will then be able to access the official online entry form and use this to draft and submit your award entry(ies).

2. Complete the online entry form - you can draft and save your submission entry then return to edit it at a later date. You can find your drafts by logging here.

Please note, you must return to your entry dashboard to select and submit your award entry(ies). Drafts of entries will not be put forward for consideration by the judges.

3. Make your final submission by the entry deadline - Friday 30 November 2018

If you have any questions regarding entering the Awards, please contact a member of the team here.

 

Entry rules and criteria

 

1. Inclusion:

The awards are free to enter, and you can enter as many categories as you wish.

The entry form link will be sent to all managers and contacts in the CTA Intelligence database. Other interested managers can access the online entry form via this website.

Firms interested in entering the awards must submit all information via the official CTA Intelligence online entry form. If you report to the HFM database, you can indicate you wish to submit these returns.

The awards will be publicised internationally in the general and managed futures media. All awards finalists will be honoured—and the winners announced at a dinner on Wednesday, February 13 at Lotte Club in New York. Please mark this date in your calendar.

The final deadline for inclusion is Friday, November 30, 2018.

2. Criteria:

Base of operations:

CTAs must have their management/advisory company or team primarily based in North America.

Strategy/program:

For each category entered the strategy/program must trade primarily in futures, forwards, or options.

Assets Under Management:

CTAs entering the newcomer category must have a minimum of $5m in AuM ending 30 September 2018.

CTAs entering the emerging CTA category must have a minimum of $10m in AuM ending 30 September 2018.

CTAs entering any other category must have a minimum of $20m in AuM ending 30 September 2018.

Track Record:

CTAs entering any of the categories except the best long-term performance, alternative markets CTA, multi alternative risk premia fund, emerging CTA and newcomer categories must submit a track record of 3 years ending with their September 2018 performance figures.

CTAs entering the long-term performance categories must submit a track record of 5 years ending with their September 2018 performance figures.

CTAs entering the alternative markets CTA, multi alternative risk premia fund, and emerging CTA categories must submit a track record of 12 to 36 months of performance data ending with their September 2018 performance.

CTAs entering the newcomer category must submit a track record of 6 to 18 months of performance data ending with their September 2018 performance.

Please submit USD share classes.

Nominated categories:

Please note that entries are not accepted for those categories marked ‘nominated’.

3. Judging Decisions:

The judging panel, chaired by CTA Intelligence editorial staff, will comprise of leading institutional and private investors and investment consultants. Each member of the judging panel will have an equal vote in choosing the winners in each category. Decisions should be unanimous, but a majority will suffice.

Judging decisions will be based on risk-adjusted performance, qualitative information and structural criteria.

Judging process:

All judges will comply with a confidentiality agreement to ensure no information is disclosed or discussed outside of the judging process.

A shortlist of finalists for each category will be announced in December with the winners revealed on February 13 at the Lotte Club in New York. Please mark this important date on your calendar.

4. Contact Us:

For general enquiries about the CTA Intelligence US Awards 2019 and the judging for the awards please contact a member of the team here.

JUDGING

Judging process

The judging process is rigorous and thorough to ensure that all the entries receive full consideration and that the most deserving winners are chosen.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners and any highly commended entries in each category will be decided. Judges have discretionary power to move submissions into alternative categories that they think may be more suitable. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the winners confidential.

The judging panel

The judging panel will comprise representatives from CTA Intelligence, leading institutional, private investors and other industry experts.

Each member of the judging panel will have an equal vote in deciding the winners in each category. Decisions should be unanimous, but a majority will suffice.

 

Judging decisions will be based on risk-adjusted performance, qualitative information and structural criteria.

2018 WINNERS

CategoryWinner Highly Commended
Best FCM - technology Interactive Brokers  
Best data and information provider Thomson Reuters  
Best trading and execution technology Fidessa Trading Technologies
Best specialist advisory NorthStar Financial Services Group  
Best capital introduction service  Societe Generale   
Best law firm - client service Crow & Cushing  
Best introducing broker RCM Alternatives Coquest Inc
Best cyber-security solution Abacus Group  
Best exchange – innovation CBOE  
Best compliance firm Turnkey Trading Partners  
Best IT infrastructure provider Avelacom  
Best third-party algo trading solution Quantitative Brokers  
Best middle and back office HedgeFacts  
Best tax and audit service Cohen & Company  
Best valuation service Cohen & Company  
Best FCM - client service RJ O'Brien & Associates  
Best IRA custodian Midland IRA  
Best law firm - CTA start-up Ruddy Law  
Best marketing and communications consultancy Peregrine Communications  
Best administrator – technology Citco Fund Services  
Best risk management technology provider HedgeFacts  
Best administrator - client service Northern Trust NAV Fund Administration Group
Best CTA managed account platform Deutsche Bank Kettera Strategies (Hydra)
Best FCM – innovation UBS  
Best administrator - innovation Gemini Hedge Fund Services  
Best cloud computing provider Align Communications Abacus Group
Best technology firm AQMetrics  
Best independent FCM INTL FCStone Wedbush Futures
Best executive search – quant GQR Lockwood Executive Search
Best law firm - overall Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld  
Best exchange – overall CME  
Best FCM overall Societe Generale   
Best administrator - overall SS&C GlobeOp  

2019 EVENT INFO

The CTA Intelligence Award 2019 will take place in New York on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Timings

19:00 Welcome drinks reception
20:00 Dinner and services awards ceremony
21:30 Performance awards ceremony
22:30 After dinner drinks

Venue Information

Lotte Place,
455 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10022

Dress code

Business formal.

Map and directions to venue

TICKETS

How to attend the awards

Ticket prices for the 2019 Awards include a table of 10 seats at the ceremony, drinks reception and three-course dinner.

For table booking queries please contact:

 

Victoria Bennis

Account Manager

v.bennis@pageantmedia.com

+44 207 832 6615

CONTACT US

General enquiries

Alina Makarova
Deputy Head of Events
a.makarova@pageantmedia.com
+44 (0)20 7832 6640



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