The Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards celebrates its sixth year recognizing excellence exclusively in the managed futures space. Presented by CME Group and BarclayHedge, the Awards honor the top managers in the industry today, while providing networking opportunities for 400+ alternative investment industry participants.

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Managed futures continue to see inflows due to its low correlation to other hedge fund strategies. Access to liquid alternative investments is improving as investor demand grows for the diversification, non-correlated returns, and risk-reducing potential these strategies offer. Our goal is to highlight these benefits, honor the top managers, and increase visibility into the managed futures space.



The Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards are purposely timed in conjunction with CME Group’s Pinnacle Research Symposium and MFA’s Forum 2017 to maximize business opportunities.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Preceding MFA's Forum 2017


Pinnacle Research Symposium (investors only)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Research presentations & networking

Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, networking & cocktails
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Seated dinner, awards & entertainment


Four Seasons Hotel
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611



Prior to the awards ceremony, CME Group invites institutional investors to attend relevant research presentations from notable contributors and select managers.


Scheduled the following day, MFA’s Forum is a networking, education and business development conference featuring the top allocators and managers in the global macro and managed futures strategies.


Joel McHale

Joel McHale is one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the industry. McHale recently wrapped his twelfth and final season of E!’s The Soup in which he satirized pop culture and current events. He is also best known for his starring role on the hit comedy series Community, which wrapped its sixth season on Yahoo after five seasons on NBC. McHale can most recently be seen on Fox’s revival of The X-Files, where he plays a conservative news anchor. He also continues to perform his stand-up act around the country to soldout audiences and his new show, The Great Indoors, aired October 27th and was picked up for a second season on CBS. Joel released his new book, Thanks for the Money, on October 25th.

Previously, McHale starred as Robin Williams’ son in A Merry Friggin’ Christmas and was seen in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced supernatural thriller Deliver Us From Evil. He also appeared in the Warner Bros’ romantic comedy Blended alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. His additional film credits include Seth MacFarlane’s comedy smash TED, What’s Your Number?, The Big Year, Spy Kids: All The Time in The World, and The Informant.

In 2014, McHale hosted the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington D.C. He also recently hosted the 2015 ESPYS on ABC.

Born in Rome and raised in Seattle, Washington, McHale was a history major at the University of Washington where he also was a member of their championship football team. He received his Master’s of Fine Arts from UW’s Actor’s Training Program.

McHale lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.


Congratulations to the 2017 nominees and winners (denoted in bold) for the following award categories:


2016 Best Diversified CTA ($500 million + AUM)
  • Quantitative Investment Management
  • Two Sigma
2016 Best Diversified CTA (Less than $500 million AUM)
  • Blue Diamond Asset Management AG
  • Higher Moment Capital, LP
  • Splendor Capital Management, Ltd.
5-Year Best Diversified CTA ($500 million+ AUM)
  • Man AHL
  • Mondiale Asset Management, Ltd.
  • Two Sigma
5-Year Best Diversified CTA (Less than $500 million AUM)
  • Higher Moment Capital, LP
  • Splendor Capital Management, Ltd.
  • Whitehaven


2016 Best Single Sector CTA
  • 361 Capital
  • Goldman Management, Inc.
  • Tanyard Creek Capital, LLC
5-Year Best Single Sector CTA
  • Cauldron Investments, LLC
  • Goldman Management, Inc.
  • Hehmeyer Capital Management


2016 Best Multi-Advisor Futures Fund
  • Abbey Capital
  • Frontier Funds
  • UOB-SM Asset Management Pte. Ltd.
5-Year Best Multi-Advisor Futures Fund
  • AC Investment Management
  • Abbey Capital
  • Altegris Advisors


2016 Best Options Strategy
  • GalNet Asset Management, LLC
  • Global Sigma Group
  • LJM Partners, Ltd.
5-Year Best Options Strategy
  • Esulep Management
  • Global Sigma Group
  • Warrington Asset Management


  • Blue Diamond Asset Management AG
  • Higher Moment Capital LP
  • Whitehaven


  • Andurand Capital
  • H2O AM


  • Episteme Capital Partners (UK), LLP
  • Emil van Essen, LLC
  • Splendor Capital Management, Ltd.


  • Goldenwise Capital Management, Inc.
  • Gremmy Advisors, Ltd.
  • Tom Capital AG



Toby Crabel founded Crabel Capital Management, a global alternative investment firm specializing in systematic futures and foreign currency trading. He is the firm’s Chairman and Chief Investment Officer.

Toby joined Chicago-based RB&H Financial Services in 1980, where he traded customer accounts using a discretionary approach. RB&H was followed by four years of publishing a commodity advisory letter, The Active Trader, devoted to explaining his observations of price behavior. In 1989, he authored the book Day Trading with Short Term Price Patterns and Opening Range Breakouts.

In 1991, Toby joined Niederhoffer Investments where he conducted research and traded for Victor Niederhoffer while continuing to manage a small customer portfolio that he brought with him.

Toby’s early philosophy was that strategies should capture enduring and explainable market participant behavior which Toby found particularly evident in very short-term market patterns in the futures and foreign currency markets. Crabel Capital's unique edge continues to this day through the use of scientific, evidence-based research to capture patterns in market behavior and find efficient ways to exploit those patterns.

Crabel Capital has grown to over 90 investment professionals including a seasoned group of portfolio managers who in addition to Toby continue to diversify the portfolio of strategies well beyond the original short-term program on which the firm was founded. All trading is done through customized infrastructure that was developed specifically to implement Toby’s unique style of trading and is overseen by an experienced staff, 24 hours a day. Toby spends his time leading the ongoing research effort and mentoring the talented researchers that have joined the firm.



Qualified investors* receive complimentary registration.

* Qualified allocators include sovereign wealth funds, private & public pensions, foundations, endowments, family offices, fund of funds, and consultants.


All nominated managers are entitled to two complimentary passes. Managers not nominated, but still interested in attending, need to be invited by a sponsor or table purchaser.


A single sponsorship level includes two tables, recognition in the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Email to learn more


Tables for 10 without sponsorship benefits are available. Individual seats are not available for purchase.

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CME Group

2016 EVENT

The 2016 Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards honored top managers with a total of 14 awards, including the Pinnacle Achievement Award presented to William Eckhardt, Chairman and CEO of Eckhardt Trading, and Richard Dennis. The night's host and comedian, Dennis Miller, provided entertainment throughout the program and standup comedy to end the night.

William Eckhardt

William Eckhardt is the Chairman and CEO of Eckhardt Trading Company, a systematic futures trading firm he founded in 1991. He directs the firm’s system development and ongoing research.

Mr. Eckhardt has traded futures professionally for over 40 years. Following 4 years of doctoral research in Mathematical Logic at the University of Chicago, he began trading for his own account on the floor of the Mid America Commodity Exchange in 1974. Since that beginning, Mr. Eckhardt has conducted extensive research into the nature of futures price action, risk management, and the evolutionary optimization of futures trading systems. He has developed numerous technical trading systems and in the mid-1980s, along with Richard Dennis, he developed trading systems which they taught to a group of individuals that have become known as the “Turtles”.

Mr. Eckhardt has held various exchange memberships since the early 1980s. He was formerly a full member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and currently holds a seat at the CME Index and Option Market. Mr. Eckhardt and Mr. Dennis were partners of C&D Commodities, which was a futures commission merchant chiefly involved with clearing and executing partner capital, futures research, and trading administration.

Mr. Eckhardt has also been engaged in research in a variety of other subjects including the illusory nature of time’s passage, the nature and status of physical properties, causality, the mind-body problem, decision theory, and paradoxes in probability theory. He is a member of the University of Chicago Visiting Committee to the Division of Physical Sciences and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics. Following Mr. Eckhardt’s contributions to the Physical Sciences Department at the University of Chicago, the University opened the William Eckhardt Research Center in 2015 to support distinctive programs in molecular engineering and astrophysics.

Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis is an independent trader with an accomplished background in the futures industry whose methodology helped make commodity futures better known. Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Dennis worked as a runner at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at the age of seventeen while attending DePaul University. Upon graduation, Mr. Dennis bought a seat on the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange where he had quick success and gained visibility as the youngest trader in the pit. Looking to expand into additional markets, Mr. Dennis purchased a full membership at the Chicago Board of Trade and in 1974 he formed C&D Commodities, one of the largest independent trading firms in the world at that time.

Mr. Dennis is well known for his trading experiment with William Eckhardt in the early 1980's, which consisted of training novice traders ("Turtles") a straight-forward trend-following system and then providing each turtle with their own trading account. The two classes personally trained by Dennis and Eckhardt earned more than $175 million in just five years and many traders continued their careers as successful commodity trading managers using similar techniques.

Mr. Dennis has detailed his views in both business and general interest publications. He recently visited Cuba as a board member of the libertarian Reason Foundation. He is also a director of the Cato Institute.


CME Group invites qualified institutional investors to an afternoon in research on Monday, June 19, in conjunction with our 6th Annual Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards taking place that evening. Hear investor-vetted research topics from today’s leading minds.

*This event is limited to institutional investors only. All registrations are reviewed before officially confirmed.


Monday, June 19
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (preceding Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards)
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago


Ray Carroll

Chief Executive Officer
Breton Hill Capital
Three Lessons for Volatility Capture


Oguz Tanrikulu

Director of Quantitative Research
Graham Capital Management
Diversification from Trend-Following: Accomplishing More with Less?



Kevin Cole, PH.D.

Deputy Chief Research Officer
Campbell & Company
The Taming of the Skew: Evidence and Extensions


Christophe L’Ahelec, CFA

Senior Principal
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
A Simulation-Based Methodology for Evaluating Hedge Fund Investments



Stefan Wintner

Vice President, Volatility Strategies
DUNN Capital Management
Information Hidden in Option Prices


Kapil Rastogi

Managing Partner
PlusPlus Capital Management
Follow the Leader: S&P 500 as a Driver of Global Futures Markets



Marat Molyboga

Chief Risk Officer & Director of Research
Efficient Capital Management
A Simulation-Based Methodology for Evaluating Hedge Fund Investments