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361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund up 8.15 per cent in second quarter


361 Capital, a provider of alternative investment mutual funds, says the 361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund gained 8.15 per cent for the second quarter of 2012.

The fund, which employs a distinctive counter-trend methodology to pursue positive absolute returns, outperformed the median return of funds classified as managed futures strategy by Morningstar, which declined by 2.69 per cent, and the S&P 500, which lost 2.75 per cent.

Denver-based 361 Capital launched the 361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund in December 2011, as a way to offer its managed futures strategy in a fully transparent ’40-Act fund structure. The fund tactically allocates 100 per cent long, 100 per cent short, or 100 per cent cash.

The 361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund is a single strategy, single manager product that systematically invests only in equity futures and does not invest in commodities.

According to Brian Cunningham, 361 Capital’s president and chief investment officer, the fund’s counter-trend strategy is thriving in volatile markets regardless of their direction.

"Counter-trend strategies work because they’re founded on the theory that markets are not efficient in the short run," says Cunningham. "In other words, the fund does not require lengthy, sustained trends to produce returns."

The 361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund is available in two classes – A Shares (AMFQX) and I Shares (AMFZX) – covering retail and institutional audiences. The fund is currently available through most mutual fund platforms and financial intermediaries.

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