FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is a managed futures account?
  2. Who regulates CTAs?
  3. Why trade managed futures?
  4. What are the RCG Managed Futures “Highlighted CTAs”?
  5. Can I have a managed futures account, and also trade my own account?
  6. Are managed futures appropriate for everyone?
  7. What is a disclosure document?
  8. How do CTAs make profits?
  9. What is an incentive fee?
  10. What is a management fee?
  11. What types of investors utilize managed futures accounts?
  12. Can I invest funds from my Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”)?
  13. Why trade at Rosenthal Collins Group (“RCG”)?
  14. Where is the money deposited when a managed futures account is opened?
  15. How do I check the status of my account?
  16. Would I have open market positions at all times with a managed futures account?
  17. How do I find out more about managed futures?
1. What is a managed futures account?

A managed futures account is like any other account established to trade futures, except that the trading decisions are made by a professional money manager, called a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).

2. Who regulates CTAs?

CTAs are typically registered with a national regulatory body. CTAs trading futures in the U.S. are regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Futures Association (NFA). The CFTC is a Federal regulatory agency that is responsible for administering the Commodity Exchange Act. The CFTC monitors the futures markets, and options on futures markets in the United States. The NFA was designated by the CFTC as a “registered futures association.” The NFA is the self-regulatory organization for the futures industry.

3. Why trade managed futures?

Managed futures can provide valuable diversification to a portfolio of stocks and bonds. Some managed futures have been shown to provide returns with little or no relation to the stock market. Harvard Business School Professor John E. Lintner found, with regard to the portfolios he studied, that including managed futures in a portfolio of stocks, and in a portfolio of stocks and bonds “reduces volatility while enhancing return,” and that such portfolios “have substantially less risk at every possible level of return than portfolios of stocks, or stocks and bonds alone.” Managed futures are also attractive as a stand alone investment.

4. What are the RCG Managed Futures “Highlighted CTAs”?

RCG Managed Futures, as a division of RCG, offers certain highlighted CTAs out of a larger database of CTAs from which you can choose to trade an account on your behalf .  The choice is yours. You can choose a particular CTA, from the highlighted CTA list which can be cleared at RCG, or you can choose a CTA from the larger CTA database (available on this website) which  may be able to be cleared at RCG. In addition, a CTA of your choice which may not be on the highlighted CTA list or is not in the larger CTA database may also be able to be cleared at RCG. Just let us know of your interests.   RCG has not endorsed any of the CTAs, and before you choose a CTA or trading program, you should satisfy yourself that the CTA and/or trading program is appropriate for you and your particular circumstances.

5. Can I have a managed futures account, and also trade my own account?

Yes. Oftentimes, investors who are already trading, also invest with a CTA, because the CTA can offer additional diversification to the investor’s portfolio.

6. Are managed futures appropriate for everyone?

Managed futures are not appropriate for everyone. Only risk capital should be used to invest in managed futures. Risk capital is defined as capital that you do not want to lose, but if you did, your lifestyle would not be altered. We recommend that the amount of money you invest depends on your risk tolerance, your temperament and your financial goals.

7. What is a disclosure document?

A disclosure document is the CTA’s description of his trading program and the CTA’s procedures that apply to your account. CTAs who are not 4.7 exempt, are required, by the regulatory authorities, to provide adequate disclosure to the investor by providing a disclosure document. You must read the disclosure document before investing with each CTA. For CTAs who are not 4.7 exempt, the disclosure document is required by the NFA and CFTC, and describes the fees, trading program, past performance and rules applicable to the overall trading program. Each disclosure document is different, so you must read the disclosure document for the particular CTA, before investing. For CTAs who are 4.7 exempt, and therefore not required to provide a disclosure document, please contact the CTA regarding the program.

8. How do CTAs make profits?

Most CTAs use different techniques to maximize profits and minimize risk. Some CTAs rely on technical factors such as price movement, trading volume, and chart patterns. Some CTAs rely on fundamental trading data such as supply and demand. Some CTAs use a combination of both.

9. What is an incentive fee?

Most CTAs charge a management fee and an incentive fee. An incentive fee is based on the CTA’s performance. Most CTAs charge an incentive fee based on net new profits. Fees typically range from 10%-30% and are paid either monthly or quarterly.

10. What is a management fee?

Some CTAs charge a management fee to trade the account. Management fees are typically around 2%, but can be lower or higher, depending on the CTA.

11. What types of investors utilize managed futures accounts?

Individual investors seeking the profit opportunities of the futures market without the responsibility and demands of day-to-day account management. Also, individual investors who trade their own account, and are seeking further diversification through a different trading program.

12. Can I invest funds from my Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”)?

Yes. Contrary to most typical IRAs, there are certain IRA trust custodians who accept futures accounts. Such IRA’s are often referred to as a “self directed” IRAs.

Before placing IRA funds into a futures account, funds from an IRA must be invested through a “self directed” IRA because an investor could suffer tax consequences if he transferred money from an IRA directly into a futures or options account. In order to avoid such tax consequences, the investor can trade futures or options through a self directed IRA that is held at a trust company. When you roll over your assets from a typical IRA into a self directed IRA, the assets can continue to grow tax deferred. “Self directed” IRAs allow you to invest in futures or managed futures, while still maintaining tax deferred growth, because the assets are contained in an IRA.

If you do not already have a self directed IRA that accepts futures trading, you will have to open a self directed IRA through a trust custodian, and then open a futures account under the trust custodian’s name. Your Broker, or RCG Managed Futures, if you do not already have a broker, can guide you through the process.

13. Why trade at Rosenthal Collins Group (“RCG”)?

It is important to choose your FCM carefully because the FCM will clear the trades regarding your account. Rosenthal Collins Group (or “RCG” as we are commonly known) was originally founded in 1922, as Green and Collins. RCG is a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) registered with the National Futures Association. Through RCG’s branches, introducing brokers, and correspondents, we offer managed futures services, including execution of trades, brokerage, and clearing. RCG operates numerous trading desks on the floors of the Chicago Board of Trade, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

RCG’s clearing operations are headquartered in Chicago with additional clearing facilities in New York.  We also have more than 15 branch offices throughout the US. We are clearing members of all major US futures exchanges and offer access to world markets through a network of foreign correspondent relationships.

Some firms offer futures as a side line to other businesses. At RCG, futures, managed futures, options, and institutional foreign exchange are our sole business. Therefore, we offer customers a level of market knowledge, service and flexibility not found at financial services firms that are not as specialized.

14. Where is the money deposited when a managed futures account is opened?

If you open a futures account with RCG, the funds in your managed futures account will be deposited and maintained in a segregated or secured customer account in accordance with CFTC rules and regulations.

15. How do I check the status of my account?

If you open a futures account with RCG, you will receive reports on all purchases and sales, an overview of all open positions, and a month end summary of transactions, gains, losses, open positions and current account value. You can also contact your broker on a daily basis for this information, or receive such reports, daily, through internet access, or e-mail.

16. Would I have open market positions at all times with a managed futures account?

It depends on the CTA. Some CTAs will always have trading positions in place, while others, as part of their strategy, might not, depending on the market conditions.

17. How do I find out more about managed futures?

Your broker, or RCG Managed Futures, if you do not already have a broker, are valuable resources for any additional information, and are available to assist you in the process. Contact us for more information.