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Professionally Managed, Publicly Traded Commodity Funds

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  • Elton, Edwin J
  • Gruber, Martin J
  • Rentzler, Joel C
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    Investment in professionally-managed, publicly-traded commodity funds has grown rapidly in recent years. This is the first comprehensive study of the performance of these funds. It is found that randomly selected funds offer neither an attractive alternative to bonds nor a profitable addition to a portfolio of stocks and bonds. Furthermore, past performance of these funds offers very little information about future performance. The findings may be explained by the large transactions costs incurred by these funds and their primary reliance on technical analysis. Copyright 1987 by the University of Chicago.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Business.

    Volume (Year): 60 (1987)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 175-99

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:60:y:1987:i:2:p:175-99

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    8. Wang, Changyun, 2001. "The behavior and performance of major types of futures traders," MPRA Paper 36426, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jul 2002.
    9. Abugri, Benjamin A. & Dutta, Sandip, 2009. "Emerging market hedge funds: Do they perform like regular hedge funds?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 834-849, December.
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    11. Polwitoon, Sirapat & Tawatnuntachai, Oranee, 2006. "Diversification benefits and persistence of US-based global bond funds," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(10), pages 2767-2786, October.

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