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What is your financial adviser not recommending and why not? Managed futures. And, probably because he or she either lacks an understanding of the asset class or because managed futures offer true diversification—and a truly diversified portfolio can be time-consuming—it means much more work for them. It's easier to sell clients on "stocks and bonds" and "buy and hold." Well, here's something you should know:

  • Managed futures grew 514 percent from1999 to 2009

  • Managed futures performed positively innine of the past ten stock market declines

  • Managed futures significantly outperformed both stocks and bonds over the past three decades

And, as you'll come to discover in High-Performance Managed Futures: The New Way to Diversify Your Portfolio, what makes the asset class truly unique is its relative non-correlation to the stock market and the economy, which is especially important in today's world in which global markets are more tightlycorrelated than at any other time in history.

Managed futures has been described as "mutual fund"-like programs investing around the world in commodities—oil, gold, corn, or wheat—and financial futures—interest rates, foreign currency, or stock indexes. Investments can even take place in pollution and weather futures. The asset class has no geographic or time-based investment limitation, and, unlike stock mutual funds, strategies can be long, short, or market-neutral. And, unlike hedge funds, managed futures can be transparent, liquid, and tightly regulated—investor protections that should be used as a national template.

What your financial adviser doesn't know—or isn't telling you—can hurt your portfolio. With government debt at an all-time high and the U.S. dollar's dominant status in question, there's never been a better time to seek a sophisticated modern portfolio that has the potential to profit in both bull and bear markets. Managed futures can do that. High-Performance Managed Futures shows you how.

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The New Way to Diversify Your Portfolio

"Managed futures can no longer be ignored, particularly considering today's highly volatile stock market. High-Performance Managed Futures provides invaluable insight into an asset class that has performed independently of the stock market for over thirty years. I feel that Mark's book is a must-read for astute investors and financial advisors. The book contains compelling evidence and justification for the inclusion of managed futures in an over all portfolio." —Robert Boshnack, Chairman, Vision Financial Markets LLC

"High-Performance Managed Futures gives all investors critical insights into an innovative style of investing that can no longer be misunderstood."—Michael W. Covel, bestselling author, Trend Following and The Complete TurtleTrader

"Once again, during times of crisis, managed futures has delivered as an investment. High-Performance Managed Futures is a must-read for qualified investors and financial advisers."—John Sundt, CEO, Altegris Investments

"Managed futures is one of the world's non-correlated asset classes and should be considered in any modern portfolio. High-Performance Managed Futures shows investors how to succeed in this arena and does so in a logical and interesting format."—Scott Slutsky, author, Master of the Futures and The Complete Guide to Electronic Trading Futures; Managing Director, Global Service Division PFGBEST; Board of Directors, CME Group, Inc. PAC

"Mark Melin has written an authoritative and insightful book on managed futures. All investors who seek to diversify portfolio risk should have this on their bookshelf." —Dr. Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA; Program Director, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association; Editorial Board, The Journal of Alternative Investments; Professor of Finance, University of Massachusetts Amherst

A modern look at meaningful asset diversification using managed futures.

In High-Performance Managed Futures: The New Way to Diversify Your Portfolio, Mark Melin, a veteran of the managed futures industry, updates a Nobel Prize–winning investment method, guiding readers through investing in managed futures programs, where experienced money managers investclient assets in markets as diverse as metals, grains, soft commodities, energy, equity indexes, interest rates, foreign currency, and U.S. government bonds.

Many of today's investors are betrayed by either short-term thinking or another of Wall Street'smantras—buy and hold. High-Performance Managed Futures exposes market myths, while alsodetailing how managed futures can help investors achieve meaningful asset diversification.


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Mark H. Melin is expert on the topic of alternative investing uncorrelated to the performance of the stock market. An industry practitioner and consultant, he has taught managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade's Handbook of Futures and Options. Mr. Melin speaks on managed futures, equity neutral investing, the derivative markets at large and its present and future impact on investing society.

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