Managed Futures Team
Capabilities: Solutions & Multi-Asset
Managed Futures Team
Capabilities: Solutions & Multi-Asset

Managed Futures Team

Capabilities: Solutions & Multi-Asset


The Managed Futures team, part of our Solutions & Multi-Asset capability, specializes in providing high net worth and institutional investors access to multi-manager and single-manager solutions in managed futures and currency strategies.  The primary objective of our funds is to provide absolute returns and diversify an investor’s portfolio with little to no correlation to traditional investments (i.e., equities and fixed income) and other alternative investment strategies.  The risk/return profiles of the funds vary, dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to, 1) the trading approaches utilized within the fund, 2) whether a fund is single manager or multi-manager, and 3) if it trades a broadly diversified universe of markets or is concentrated in a specific sector, such as energy or currency.  The team consists of five investment professionals who, on behalf of the funds, are responsible for identifying and allocating assets to Commodity Trading Advisors, or CTAs, who the team believes have the potential to add value to a portfolio from both a return and diversification standpoint.


Experience and expertise distinguishes Morgan Stanley’s Managed Futures team from its competitors.

Investment Insight
How to Think About Correlation Numbers: Long-Term Trends vs. Short-Term Noise
Mar 07, 2018
The Ceres Managed Futures Team explains why investors could benefit from staying focused on the long-term correlations between stocks and managed futures, tuning out the short-term noise.
Investment Insight
Managed Futures as a Systematic Investment
Jan 01, 2018
Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Managed Futures Team discusses the potential benefits of using an allocation to managed futures to mitigate behavioral bias in a portfolio.
Investment Insight
Are Managed Futures the Same as Hedge Funds?
Sep 30, 2017
The Managed Futures Team makes the case that managed futures are not the same as hedge funds and that they should have a unique place within a diversified portfolio.
Investment Professionals
Executive Director
26 years industry experience
Head of Managed Futures
27 years industry experience
Offers customized managed futures investment programs on behalf of institutions and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.  
Provides qualified investors access to multiple commodity trading advisors and various unique trading strategies through a single investment vehicle.  
Provides qualified investors access to both single and multi-manager managed-futures funds dedicated to specific investment opportunities, themes, markets and sectors.  
Provides qualified investors access to one commodity trading advisor oftentimes with lower investment minimums and trading advisor management fees than might otherwise be attained through a direct investment with the trading advisor.  

As of 12/09/2016. Team information may change from time to time.

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