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Hawksbill Capital Management

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Open A Futures and/or Forex Trading Account.

Manager Name: Hawksbill Capital Management
Program Name: Global Diversified Program
Minimum Investment: 2,000,000 USD
Strategy: Systematic
Markets: Diversified (Financial / Commodity)
Restrictions: QEP
Disclosure Document: Disclosure Document: Hawksbill Capital Management
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Program Description: General

 

Hawksbill Capital Management currently offers the Global Diversified Program. For composite performance information (both required and supplemental) see the disclosure document. Prior to June 2009, Hawksbill Capital Management also offered GDP Low Vol which traded smaller position sizes, averaging approximately 50% less than those traded for the Global Diversified Program. As of June 30, 2009 there have been no accounts being traded pursuant to GDP Low Vol program.


The minimum account size for the Global Diversified Program is $5 million. The level of trading (i.e. the number of contracts purchased or sold) for the account is determined by the account equity, which is initially equal to the account size. Hawksbill Capital Management reserves the right to raise the minimum account size at any time and/or to accept smaller amounts at its discretion.

 

Hawksbill Capital Management (and/or A. Thomas Shanks) has traded a diversified portfolio of domestic futures contracts (and related markets) since 1985 and domestic and foreign contracts since July 1992. Currently, Hawksbill Capital Management trades foreign futures contracts on the Euronext (formerly London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange ("LIFFE") and London Commodity Exchange ("LCE")), Singapore Exchange Limited (“SGX”) (formerly Singapore International Monetary Exchange ("SIMEX")), Tokyo Stock Exchange (“TSE”), Tokyo Financial Exchange (“TFX”), Sydney Futures Exchange Ltd. ("SFE"), EUREX, Intercontinental Exchange (“ICE”) (formerly International Petroleum Exchange ("IPE")), Montreal Exchange (“ME”) and ICE Futures Canada (formerly Winnipeg Commodity Exchange (“WCE”)). The market groups or contracts that may be traded include but are not limited to: Currencies (U.S. Dollar Index, British Pound, Euro, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Mexican Peso, South African Rand, New Zealand Dollar), Cross Rates (Euro/Yen), Interest Rates (U.S., European, Japanese, Australian, Canadian), Stock Indices (NIKKEI), Metals (Gold, Silver, Copper), Energy (Crude Oil, Heating Oil, Gas Oil, Natural Gas, RBOB Gasoline, Brent Crude Oil), Grains (Soybeans, Soybean Oil, Soybean Meal, Corn, Wheat), Softs (Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Cocoa) and Livestock (Lean Hogs). The program is not invested in all markets at all times. Hawksbill Capital Management may add or delete markets and/or exchanges from the portfolio at its discretion.

 

Program Description: The Trading Approach

Hawksbill Capital Management's objective is to achieve appreciation of its clients' assets through speculative trading of commodity interests. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading futures, options and forex can be substantial. Hawksbill Capital Management primarily engages in trading futures contracts on U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. In addition, Hawksbill Capital Management may also trade options on futures, forward contracts in metals traded on the London Metal Exchange and EFPs in currencies. The exact nature of Hawksbill Capital Management's methods is proprietary and confidential. The following description is, of necessity, general and is not intended to be exhaustive.


Hawksbill Capital Management's trading approach comprises a number of technical trend-following trading systems, money management rules and Hawksbill Capital Management's overall trading experience and judgment regarding various market factors and conditions. The trading systems, which are internally researched and developed, rely upon the research and analysis of patterns of daily, weekly and monthly historical price fluctuations; they are not based on analysis of fundamental supply and demand factors. Initiations are usually in the direction of the trend; “counter-trend” trades may occasionally be taken systematically or with discretion. Liquidations are sometimes slightly counter-trend if Hawksbill Capital Management anticipates the end of the trend. Certain trades may not be taken if the trend is not confirmed by other signals. Conversely, a small number of trades may be taken which are not formally indicated in order to catch certain trends which develop suddenly and without advance signals. Although the majority of Hawksbill Capital Management’s trading is strictly mechanical, Hawksbill Capital Management reserves the right to exercise discretion in any area it deems necessary. As indicated above, discretion may be applied in modifying entry and exit points, determining not to take a signaled trade, determining to take an un-signaled trade, and for sizing trades. Tom Shanks has discretion over all aspects of trading. Chris Coppinger, under Mr. Shanks’s oversight and supervision, may also make discretionary trades. Collectively, Mr. Shanks and Mr. Coppinger employ discretion that affects roughly 10–30% of trades.


The trading approach emphasizes risk control through proprietary money management rules and diversification of systems and markets within each portfolio. The markets traded have been chosen for their historical performance, and for their customary liquidity. From time to time Hawksbill Capital Management may trade in less liquid markets. There can be no assurance of liquidity. Execution of a futures contract always anticipates making or accepting delivery. In certain cases Hawksbill Capital Management may determine to accept or to make delivery, or market conditions may be such that an open position cannot be liquidated to avoid delivery. In the event of delivery it may be necessary for the account to borrow funds. Such borrowing may be arranged by Hawksbill Capital Management and in that event will be from independent third parties, generally banks, at market rates for short-term loans and will be at the customer's expense.


Hawksbill Capital Management's method of trading is such that clients should anticipate periods of unprofitable trading consisting of a number of break-even or losing trades. Should these periods of unprofitable trading begin at the start of a new account, a client may lose a substantial percentage of original capital.

 

Hawksbill Capital Management’s methodology has historically involved active aggressive trading. Over the past 5 years, the Global Diversified Program’s yearly margin usage has averaged between 14% and 22% of the account’s equity. At any given time, Hawksbill may commit substantially more or less of an account’s equity to margin. An account with Hawksbill Capital Management should be considered a highly speculative investment.


Hawksbill Capital Management believes that the development of a commodity trading strategy is a continual process. As a result of further analysis and research into the performance of Hawksbill Capital Management's methods, changes have been made from time to time in the specific manner in which these trading methods evaluate price movements in various commodities, and it is likely that similar revisions will be made in the future. As a result of such modifications, the trading methods that may be used by Hawksbill Capital Management in the future might differ from those presently being used. Managed account clients will not be informed with respect to such changes in Hawksbill Capital Management's trading methods.


Additionally, as described above, trading decisions require the exercise of judgment by Hawksbill Capital Management. The decision not to trade certain futures (or futures related markets) or not to make certain trades may result at times in missing price moves and hence profits of great magnitude, which other trading managers who are willing to trade such futures may be able to capture. There is no assurance that the performance of Hawksbill will result in profitable trading.

 

Management Information: A Thomas Shanks

A. Thomas Shanks, the President of Hawksbill Capital Management, has traded futures professionally for over 26 years. He conducts Hawksbill Capital Management’s research and system development, and designs the trading support tools. He is responsible for the overall operation and risk management of Hawksbill Capital Management.


A. Thomas Shanks (born in 1950) is a graduate of the American College of Switzerland. From April 1983 to November 1984, he was employed as a commodity trading systems research programmer for Hull Trading, a firm which specializes in trading equity options. From January to December 1984, he served as operations manager of Options Research, a time-sharing service which supplied equity options values to its clients.

 

A. Thomas Shanks began trading futures professionally in January 1985 when he was hired by Richard J. Dennis, Jr., a well-known futures speculator, to trade for Richard J. Dennis’s personal account. As an employee of Mr. Dennis, A. Thomas Shanks received extensive training in the management of futures accounts. In October 1986, A. Thomas Shanks formed QuickSilver Commodities, Inc. and continued trading for Richard J. Dennis as a self-employed trader. QuickSilver Commodities, Inc., traded exclusively for Richard J. Dennis and later clients affiliated with Richard J. Dennis until May 1988. It was at this time that Richard J. Dennis and related parties decided to close all such managed accounts. Between May and November, QuickSilver Commodities reorganized in order to manage other accounts for multiple clients. On November 23, 1988, the firm resumed its trading activities as a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). In November 1989, A. Thomas Shanks changed the name of his firm from QuickSilver Commodities, Inc. to Hawksbill Capital Management. A. Thomas Shanks became a Principal and Associated Person of Hawksbill Capital Management in November 1988 and a Branch Manager in March 2001.

 

Management Information: Christopher Coppinger

Christopher Coppinger, Vice President of Hawksbill, is responsible for the day to day trading and operations of the firm. Christopher Coppinger (born 1964) is a graduate of the Leonard N. Stern School at New York University with degrees in Economics and Statistics. In February 1990, he was an Assistant Treasurer in Risk Management at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York until he left in December 1993 to begin employment with Hawksbill Capital Management. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Hawksbill Capital Management in January 1994. In July 1995, Christopher Coppinger became an Associated Person of Hawksbill Capital Management and in March 2004 he became a Principal. Christopher Coppinger has been registered in his individual capacity as a Commodity Trading Advisor since December 1988; he has no accounts under management.


A. Thomas Shanks and Christopher Coppinger may trade for their own accounts. Because this trading is often experimental in nature, the records will not be open to client inspection. Except for its investment in Legacy Futures Fund, Limited Partnership, in which Hawksbill Capital Management acts as the general partner, Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator, Hawksbill Capital Management does not intend to trade for its own account. Records of Legacy Futures Fund are open to inspection.

 

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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