Emil van Essen launches MLP-focused fund

Chicago firm combines managed futures program with energy infrastructure investments

New York CTA Torrey Pointe shuts down

Discretionary macro firm founded in 2016 closes after senior staff departure

Blackwater to roll out machine learning strategy on ETFs

ForesightML program returned 12.3% in first full year of trading

Four fifths of CTAs have no plans to trade bitcoin futures

BarclayHedge survey reveals manager concern over liquidity, high margins, and volatility of new contracts

J8 Capital to launch Ucits on Universal-Investment platform

Will offer exposure to CTA firm’s J8 Global Absolute Return Strategy

Blue Sky partners with MCAM for European distribution

Placement and advisory firm to focus on systematic global macro strategy

SS&C countersuit against Tillage to proceed

Breach of contract claim against CTA can continue while others are rejected or withdrawn

BP Capital pros start energy fund Assert Capital

David Meaney and Brian Bradshaw strike out on their own as T Boone Pickens’ transitions to family office

SocGen launches alt risk premia index

BlackRock, GAM, CFM, and Graham among constituents

AQR’s managed futures strategy downgraded

Morningstar cuts analyst rating citing size, state of bond markets, and declining performance

Quant start-up Yield Solutions opens Cayman funds

Multi-strategy firm targets $50m raise by next month

Efficient appoints new general counsel

Milt Buckingham joins from shuttered Rotella quant spin out Acrospire 

Towers Watson AMX adds GSA and Systematica

Latest additions push asset management platform AuM to $3.2bn

Quest to launch high capacity multi-asset strategy

Last year was toughest year since 2009 for New York-based CTA’s flagship short-term program

CFTC to review product self-certification following industry criticism

Derivatives regulator seeking to address concerns over oversight of virtual currencies

Ewan Kirk’s Cantab surges 31% in 2017

CTAs bounce back in Q4 to end year on a high after 2016 losses

CME sees record trading volume in 2017

But average daily volume falls in Q4, exchange operator reports

Futures industry lobbyist re-nominated as CFTC commissioner

Dawn Stump has been waiting more than six months to be confirmed