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EMC Capital Management

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Manager Name: EMC Capital Management
Program Name: Classic Program
Minimum Investment: 5,000,000 USD
Strategy: Systematic, Technical, Trend-Following
Markets: Diversified
Restrictions: QEP
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Program Description: Investment Strategy

 

The investment strategies employed in EMC Capital Management's Classic Program are technical rather than fundamental in nature, i.e., they are developed from analysis of patterns of actual monthly, weekly, and daily price movements and are not based on analysis of fundamental factors such as supply and demand, general economic conditions or anticipated world events. The Classic Program relies on historical analysis of these price patterns to interpret current market behavior and to evaluate technical indicators for trade initiations and liquidations.


The Classic Program is trend-following in that initiations and liquidations of positions in a particular market are generally in the direction of the price trend in that market although under certain circumstances countertrend elements may also be employed.

 

In all of its trading programs, EMC Capital Management employs an investment strategy which utilizes a blend of systems (or, in other words, a number of investment systems simultaneously). The strategy is diversified in that the program follows over eighty commodity interests and often trades in more than forty commodity interests at one time.

 

Although the specific commodity interests to be traded will vary from time to time, at the present time EMC Capital Management principally trades futures contracts for its clients. Examples of commodities for which contracts are now traded by EMC Capital Management include precious and base metals, U.S. and foreign financial instruments, stock indices, foreign currencies, grains and grain products, energy products such as crude oil and soft commodities such as orange juice, sugar and coffee. EMC Capital Management may add other commodity interests in the future. EMC also trades in cash currencies, foreign currency forward contracts and, to a lesser extent, may engage in transactions in physical commodities commonly known as an “exchange for physical” or “EFP”. Certain of the commodity interests traded by EMC Capital Management are traded on foreign exchanges and are subject to regulation by non-United States jurisdictions. Foreign currency forward contracts also are not subject to CFTC regulation.


The commodity interests typically traded have been chosen for, among other things, their historical performance and for their customary liquidity. EMC Capital Management may frequently trade, however, in less liquid markets. In the unlikely event that an open position cannot be liquidated, the program may be required to accept delivery of the underlying commodity. In these circumstances, it may be necessary for the program to borrow funds.


EMC Capital Management believes that the development of a commodity interest investment strategy is a continual process. As a result of further analysis and research into the performance of EMC Capital Management’s methods, changes have been made from time to time in the specifics of EMC Capital Management’s methods, and it is likely that additional revisions will be made in the future. As a result of such modifications, the investment methods currently used by EMC Capital Management differ from those used in the past and may differ from those to be used in the future.


If possible within existing market conditions, EMC Capital Management adheres to the requirements of a fully integrated risk management system which quantifies and limits the equity committed to each trade, each commodity interest and each group of commodity interests, and sets optimal stop-losses for each trade and each account. The level of liquidation determined by this risk management system can override liquidations determined by technical indicators.

 

Risk Management

Upon the opening of an account with EMC Capital Management, a client will agree to a specific equity level referred to as “base equity.” Base Equity initially will be equal to the total of the actual, committed and “notional funds” which the client allocates to the management of EMC Capital Management. As a client makes additions to or withdrawals from the account, whether such additions or withdrawals involve actual, committed or notional funds, base equity will be adjusted accordingly. The minimum allocation that EMC Capital Management will accept to open a managed account is $5,000,000.


EMC Capital Management employs proprietary risk management techniques designed to control the risk in a client’s account. The specifics of the risk management techniques will be dictated by an account’s initial base equity. As an account incurs profits or losses, the risk management techniques will be modified.

 

If possible within existing market conditions, EMC Capital Management adheres to the requirements of a fully integrated risk management system which quantifies and limits the equity committed to each position, each commodity and each group of commodities, and sets optimal stop-losses for each position and each account. The level of liquidation determined by this risk management system can override liquidations determined by technical indicators, especially when equity in an account is equal to or less than the original base equity.

 

Convergence of Diversified Programs

EMC Capital Management created its New Program and New 2XL Program on August 1, 1996 and September 1, 1999 respectively for investors interested in lower volatility investment products in managed futures. Investors in these two programs understood that the reduction in the volatility of the portfolio would have the commensurate impact on their yearly returns. Since its inception, EMC Capital Management has been continuously engaged in an ongoing research process in order to respond to changes in market conditions and in an effort to improve each of its Programs. Although EMC Capital Management has not materially changed the methodology behind any of its Programs, EMC Capital Management has found that certain improvements made to its Classic Program over time have produced a product that had the potential for generally superior returns than that of either the New Program or the New 2XL Program, with generally only slightly more volatility. The improvements to the Classic Program also had the effect of increasing the Sharpe and Sortino ratios of the Classic Program.


As a result of the risk and reward profile of the Classic Program, EMC Capital Management made the determination to close its New Program and New 2XL Program as independent investment programs and to effectively “merge” these Programs into the Classic going forward. The program merge occurred as of March 1, 2007. Questions regarding the New and 2XL Program can be addressed by contacting EMC Capital Management.

 

Research

EMC Capital Management believes that the development of investment strategies and programs, as well as risk management systems, is a continual process. As a result of EMC Capital Management’s on going research and development, enhancements and modifications have been made from time to time in the specifics of EMC Capital Management’s methods, and it is likely that similar enhancements and modifications will be made in the future to any or all of the programs currently offered. As a result, the methods that may be used by EMC Capital Management in the future under any or all programs might differ from those presently being used. Because EMC Capital Management’s methods are proprietary and confidential, managed account clients will not be informed with respect to such changes in EMC Capital Management’s investment methods.
 

Management Information: Elizabeth A. Cheval

Elizabeth A. Cheval is the Chairman of EMC Capital Management, and through the Elizabeth A. Cheval Revocable Trust, of which she is the sole beneficiary and trustee, its sole shareholder. Elizabeth Cheval began investing in commodity interests for clients in January 1984 when she was selected by Richard J. Dennis, Jr., a speculative trader of futures and options, to invest for his personal account pursuant to a program developed by Mr. Dennis. As his employee, Elizabeth Cheval received extensive training from Mr. Dennis, who personally supervised her investment activities. In December 1986 Elizabeth Cheval became self-employed and continued to invest for accounts of family members of Mr. Dennis. In May of 1988 Mr. Dennis elected to discontinue his trading program and Ms. Cheval started EMC at that time. Elizabeth Cheval has invested in futures since June 1983, when she began investing in financial futures for her own account. Ms. Cheval holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Lawrence University. Elizabeth Cheval became registered as an Associated Person and listed as a Principal of EMC Capital Management effective May 24, 1988.

 

Management Information: John C. Krautsack

John C. Krautsack joined EMC Capital Management in April 1995 and has served as Managing Director, Trading since July 2008, Vice President, Director of Trading since February 2003, and Senior Trader since April 1995. John Krautsack supervises the active management of EMC Capital Management’s portfolio and is responsible for all trading operations. John Krautsack attended Winona State University School of Business. John Krautsack became registered as an Associated Person and listed as a Principal of EMC Capital Management effective June 29, 1995 and August 12, 2008, respectively.

 

Management Information: David F. Polli

David F. Polli joined EMC in October 2002 and has served as Managing Director, Research since July 2008, Director of Research since January 2006, and Director of IT and Senior Trader since October 2002. David Polli directs research at EMC Capital Management and is responsible for the design and integration of all trading and research platforms employed by EMC. David Polli graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering. David Polli became registered as an Associated Person and listed as a Principal of EMC Capital Management effective March 6, 2003 and July 7, 2008, respectively.

 

Management Information: Brian D. Proctor

Brian D. Proctor joined EMC Capital Management in August 2005 and has served as Managing Director since July 2008, and Vice President, Director of Marketing since August 2005. Brian Proctor is active in trading, research, and business development for EMC Capital Management. Mr. Proctor was employed by Morgan Stanley DW Inc. as a Financial Advisor from July 2003 to July 2005 prior to joining EMC. Brian Proctor holds a B.A. in Economics from Miami of Ohio University, and J.D. from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Proctor became registered as an Associated Person and listed as a Principal of EMC Capital Management effective November 30, 2005 and July 7, 2008, respectively.

 

The descriptions above are from the manager’s disclosure document.

 

THE RISK OF LOSS IN TRADING FUTURES, OPTIONS AND OFF-EXCHANGE FOREX CAN BE SUBSTANTIAL.  PAST RESULTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.  PLEASE READ THE CTA'S RISK DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE INVESTING MONEY. 

 

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