Momentum Strategies in Futures Markets and Trend-following Funds

60 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2011 Last revised: 12 Oct 2015

Nick Baltas

Imperial College Business School; UBS Investment Bank

Robert Kosowski

Imperial College Business School; CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research); University of Oxford, Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance

Date Written: January 5, 2013

Abstract

In this paper, we rigorously establish a relationship between time-series momentum strategies in futures markets and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) and examine the question of capacity constraints in trend-following investing. First, we construct a very comprehensive set of time-series momentum benchmark portfolios. Second, we provide evidence that CTAs follow time-series momentum strategies, by showing that such benchmark strategies have high explanatory power in the time-series of CTA index returns. Third, we do not find evidence of statistically significant capacity constraints based on two different methodologies and several robustness tests. Our results have important implications for hedge fund studies and investors.

Keywords: Trend-following, Momentum, Managed Futures, CTA, Capacity Constraints

JEL Classification: E3, G14

Suggested Citation

Baltas, Nick and Kosowski, Robert, Momentum Strategies in Futures Markets and Trend-following Funds (January 5, 2013). Paris December 2012 Finance Meeting EUROFIDAI-AFFI Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1968996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1968996

Nick Baltas (Contact Author)

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Robert Kosowski

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University of Oxford, Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance ( email )

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