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Managed Futures Gain 2.68% in April

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, May 4, 2006 – Managed Futures gained 2.68% in April, based on the flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index.

“Rising prices for industrial and precious metals, and declining U.S. bond prices helped CTAs achieve their best month since November 2005,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of The Barclay Group.

Seven out of eight Barclay CTA indexes rose in April. The Barclay Diversified Traders Index was up 4.00%, and has gained 6.71% year-to-date. Barclay’s Systematic Traders Index rose 3.01%, and their Financial/Metal Traders Index gained 1.04%. Only the Agricultural Traders Index was down in April, losing 0.05%.

“Currency Traders, though profitable for the month (+0.55%), struggled through a difficult environment as the USD continued to weaken against the euro and the Japanese yen, ” says Waksman.

The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which monitors the performance of the largest CTA’s, was up 1.97% in April, following a 2.00% gain in March.

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Sol Waksman, an experienced media source, provides perspectives on hedge fund and managed futures trends. For more commentary, call Sol at 641-472-3456 or email

The Barclay Group, founded in 1985, actively tracks more than 5,300 hedge funds and managed futures programs. Barclay has created and regularly updates 18 proprietary hedge fund indexes and eight managed futures indexes.

Institutional investors, brokerage firms and private banks worldwide utilize Barclay’s indexes as performance benchmarks for the hedge fund and managed futures industries.