Managed Futures is one of fastest growing segments today, and interest in this industry continues to grow as investors look to diversify beyond traditional asset classes. There are many benefits that come from incorporating managed futures into portfolios. It is our goal to highlight these benefits, honor the top managers, and provide increased visibility into the Managed Futures space.
The 2013 Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards highlighted a successful year in the managed funds space. Top managers were honored with a total of 14 awards, including the Pinnacle Achievement Award presented to Keith Campbell, Campbell & Company.
The night's host, Liz Claman offered the crowd entertainment during the program's appearances by industry leaders. Comedian Jim Gaffigan performed standup comedy to end the night.
Keith Campbell, Chairman, Campbell & Company
D. Keith Campbell founded Campbell and Company in 1972 and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Campbell and Company is one of the largest derivative investment managers in the world. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, it employs more than 150 skilled professionals. Its worldwide client base includes institutions, corporations and individuals. Keith also founded and chairs The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment Inc., a 501c3 corporation dedicated to finding solutions to environmental issues facing the United States and beyond. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has served as the organizations former chairman, and continues to serve on its executive committee. In 2008, Keith was the recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the first Outdoors Maryland Award for Stewardship of the Environment from Maryland Public Television.
Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Since the ‘07 launch of Fox Business, Claman has brought extended and exclusive interviews to the network’s viewers ranging from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro, European Central Bank leader Jean-Claude Trichet, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Ford’s Alan Mulally and Google’s Eric Schmidt.
Before joining FBN, Claman served as an anchor at CNBC for 9 years, most recently anchoring "Morning Call" and "Cover to Cover". In addition, Claman is the author of The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received: Priceless Wisdom from Warren Buffett, Jim Cramer, Suze Orman, Steve Forbes, and Dozens of Other Top Financial Experts.
Claman was born and raised in Los Angeles and is the mother of two. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Claman also attended Universite de Paris, La Sorbonne and received the Sorbonne’s Certificat Superieur degree.
Jim Gaffigan has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing. His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night’s David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.
In 2013, Gaffigan wrote his first book Dad Is Fat, where he expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from toddlers’ communication skills, to the eating habits of four year olds.
Additionally, Gaffigan has had breakout guest appearances on many comedies and dramas ranging from HBO's cult hit "Flight of the Concords" to dramatic roles in all three versions of "Law & Order". In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in "Going The Distance", "Away We Go", "It’s Kind Of A Funny Story", and "Salvation Boulevard" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.
These fourteen awards and associated nominees are based on quantitative data from BarclayHedge. Winners are listed in bold.
ABOUT THE BTOP AWARD METHODOLOGY
The BarclayHedge approach to selecting the 2013 Pinnacle Award nominees was based on a group of quantitative manager performance metrics most commonly used by investors. A mixture of interviews and surveys were conducted with professional asset allocators to determine (1) which criteria are most useful to them in their selection process for managers and (2) how those criteria ranked in order of importance.
Over 100 allocators participated in this process, and in the final phase, the top five performance metrics (based on their aggregate ranking score) were selected. Each metric was given a unique "weight" determined by it’s ranking and was incorporated to compute the final score of qualified CTA programs in each award category. The three programs with the best scores in each category were selected as the nominees, and the program with the top score will be named the winner.
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The 2012 Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards offered a compelling look at where the industry is going and where it has been, inaugurating a proud new tradition. Twenty-five awards were received by top managers, including the Lifetime Achievement Award received by Ken Tropin, Graham Capital Management. To close the night, attendees were entertained by Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live.
Ken Tropin, Graham Capital Management
Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live
Congratulations to the following winners and recipients of the BarclayHedge "BTOP" awards (in bold below).