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The Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards recognizes 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 managers and investors.

WHY MANAGED FUTURES?

Managed futures are poised to build on a strong performance in 2014, with the BarclayHedge Index showing a positive return of 7.56%. 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.

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EVENT DETAILS

DATE

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Preceding MFA’s Forum 2015

TIME

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Registration and cocktails

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. – Seated dinner, awards, entertainment

LOCATION

Four Seasons Hotel
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611

AWARD CATEGORIES

Winners will be announced for the following award categories during the awards presentation:

BEST DIVERSIFIED CTA

2015 Best Diversified CTA ($500 million+ AUM)

  • Man AHL (AHL Diversified Markets EU)
  • Millburn Ridgefield Corporation (Diversified Program)
  • Two Sigma Investments LLC (Compass US Fund)

2015 Best Diversified CTA (Less than $500 million AUM)

  • Abraham Trading Company
  • QuantMetrics Capital Management (QM Directional 10V Fund)
  • Whitehaven SPC (Whitehaven Correlation Fund SP)

5-Year Best Diversified CTA ($500 million+ AUM)

  • FORT (Global Contrarian)
  • Man AHL (AHL Evolution)
  • Two Sigma Investments LLC (Compass US Fund)

5-Year Best Diversified CTA (Less than $500 million AUM)

  • Merricks Capital Pty Ltd (Soft Commodities Fund) (Video)
  • Mondiale Asset Management Ltd (Trading 2X)
  • QuantMetrics Capital Management (QM Directional 10V)

BEST SINGLE SECTOR CTA

2015 Best Single Sector CTA

  • Four Seasons Commodities Corp (Hawkeye Spread) (Video)
  • Pan Capital Management LP (Energy Fund)
  • Tanyard Creek Capital LLC (Livestock)

5-Year Best Single Sector CTA

  • Four Seasons Commodities Corp (Hawkeye Spread) (Video)
  • Kottke Associates (Commodity Capital) (Video)
  • Tanyard Creek Capital LLC (Livestock)

BEST MULTI-ADVISOR FUTURES FUND

2015 Best Multi-Advisor Futures Fund

  • AC Investment Management LLC (AGR Power LLC)
  • Altegris (Altegris Futures Evolution Strategy Fund I)
  • Lighthouse Managed Futures Fund LLC

5-Year Best Multi-Advisor Futures Fund

  • ACL Global Fund
  • Bornhoft Group (Bornhoft Group Multi-Manager Program)
  • DUNN Capital Management (D’Best Futures Fund LP) (Video)

BEST OPTIONS STRATEGY

2015 Best Options Strategy

  • Blueshift Capital Group (Blueshift Energy Master Fund, LP)
  • Doherty Advisors (Relative Value Conservative)
  • Global Sigma Group LLC (Global Sigma Plus) (Video)

5-Year Best Options Strategy

  • Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC (Catalyst Hedged Futures Strategy (A))
  • Doherty Advisors (Relative Value Conservative)
  • Global Sigma Group LLC (Global Sigma Plus) (Video)

3-YEAR BEST SYSTEMATIC CTA

  • Mondiale Asset Management Ltd (Trading 2X)
  • QuantMetrics Capital Management (QM Directional 10V)
  • Two Sigma Investments LLC (Compass US Fund)

3-YEAR BEST DISCRETIONARY CTA

  • H2O AM LLP (Force 10) (Video)
  • Kottke Associates (Commodity Capital) (Video)
  • Merricks Capital Pty Ltd (Soft Commodities Fund) (Video)

3-YEAR BEST HYBRID CTA

  • Cauldron Investments LLC (Stock Index Plus)
  • Esulep Management (Video)
  • Splendor Capital Management Ltd (Credence Global)

2015 BEST EMERGING CTA

  • 10AK Capital Limited (ACORN Commodity)
  • Ebullio Capital Management LLP (Far East Comm. Fund)
  • Turning Wheel Capital, Inc. (Pure Alpha)

THE PINNACLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Clifford Asness, AQR Capital Management

ABOUT CLIFFORD ASNESS

Cliff is a Founder, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer at AQR Capital Management. He is an active researcher and has authored articles on a variety of financial topics for many publications, including The Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Finance. He has received three Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards for best paper in The Journal of Portfolio Management, in 2004, 2005 and 2014. Financial Analysts Journal has twice awarded him the Graham and Dodd Award for the year's best paper, as well as a Graham and Dodd Excellence Award, the award for the best perspectives piece, and the Graham and Dodd Readers' Choice Award. In 2006, CFA Institute presented Cliff with the James R. Vertin Award, which is periodically given to individuals who have produced a body of research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals.

Prior to cofounding AQR Capital Management, he was a managing director and director of quantitative research for the Asset Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is on the editorial board of The Journal of Portfolio Management, the governing board of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Finance at NYU, the board of directors of the Q-Group and the board of the International Rescue Committee. Cliff received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a B.S. in engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude in both. He received an M.B.A. with high honors and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago, where he was Eugene Fama's student and teaching assistant for two years (so he still feels guilty when trying to beat the market).

HOW TO ATTEND

INVESTORS
Qualified investors receive complimentary registrations for both the Pinnacle Awards and MFA's Forum 2015. Register for either or both events.

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

Email pinnacleawards@cmegroup.com to learn more

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

Email pinnacleawards@cmegroup.com to learn more

MANAGERS
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.

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2014 EVENT

The 2014 Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards honored top managers with a total of 14 awards, including the Pinnacle Achievement Award presented to David Harding, CEO and Chariman of Winton Capital Management. The night’s host and comedian, Frank Caliendo, provided entertainment throughout the program and standup comedy to end the night.

David Harding

David Harding, CEO and Chairman, Winton Capital Management
David Harding is the CEO and Chairman of Winton Capital Management, a successful global investment manager, an entrepreneur and an advocate for science education and physics research.

Since graduating from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences specialising in Theoretical Physics in 1982, Mr. Harding has started two of the world’s leading alternative investment companies. Winton, which he founded in 1997, is a global leader in financial mathematics and scientific research into financial markets and one of the UK’s most successful private companies, currently managing assets in excess of $24 billion. In 1987, Mr. Harding co-founded Adam Harding and Lueck (AHL), one of the first systematic trend following CTAs in Europe, which was subsequently bought by the Man Group and remains one of the cornerstones of the FTSE listed company. David has made philanthropic donations to causes related to the furthering of science, risk literacy and education in the UK and is an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. In November 2010 he pledged £20million to Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory to fund the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability which funds blue sky research in branches of condensed matter physics of relevance to energy capture and storage.

David has also endowed the Winton Professorship for the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University and the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

David was a Board member of the Cambridge University 800th Anniversary Campaign Board and is currently a member of the Royal Society Advisory Board and the Create the Change Campaign Board, raising money for the Francis Crick Institute. He is also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Managed Funds Association.

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