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RAM Management Group

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Manager Name: RAM Management Group
Program Name: Aggressive, Conservative
Minimum Investment: 1,000,000 USD
Strategy: Systematic, Multi-Strategy
Markets: Diversified
Restrictions: None
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Program Description: Managed Risk Trading Program (MRTP)

 

RAM Management Group, Ltd.'s Managed Risk Trading Program (the “MRTP”) is suited for corporate, institutional, and high net worth individuals seeking alternative, non-correlating investment products to diversify their financial portfolio. RAM Management Group’s past ability to generate returns has been achieved by being strategically positioned, irrespective of market direction, to provide a unique opportunity for investors to participate in directional market movement experienced in a wide range of economic sectors.

 

MRTP Origin

The Managed Risk Trading Program was formally designed by Robert Moss between January 1992 and July 1993 and is based on his 38 years of direct market observations. The trading model was further developed with the assistance from a mathematician from Cornell University, who had acquired extensive experience in statistical inference and pattern recognition during employment in the defense analysis industry.

 

Strategy

The Managed Risk Trading Program employs a technically based systematic trading model. It utilizes multiple breakout, volatility, trend and counter-trend following studies to generate entry and exit trade signals in over 25 different commodity, foreign exchange, equity index, and financial based futures contracts. The trading model’s objective is to capitalize on directional price movement experienced in a wide range of economic sectors. The Managed Risk Trading Program uses various proprietary technical, statistical, and pattern recognition analysis to identify potential profit opportunities.


Risk Management

The key to the Managed Risk Trading Program past success in providing attractive returns, which have been non-correlated to highly followed equity indices, has been its ability to manage risk. The Managed Risk Trading Program manages risk with the objective of limiting losses, diversifying positions, and preserving capital. Strategies and risk control features include limiting the overall number of trades in each market and across all markets, using protective stops, and using less aggressive risk/reward objectives (for the Conservative program only). At the same time, the Managed Risk Trading Program suppresses risk by limiting duplications of positions in closely related markets, by restricting the initiation of positions to situations in which the RAM Management Group feels the likelihood of a profit is higher than normal, and by trading in many different futures markets. The key factor, RAM Management Group believes, in limiting drawdowns is the Managed Risk Trading Program’s ability to identify situations in which responding to initiation signals is more likely than usual to lead to a losing trade. Hence, the Managed Risk Trading Program strives to preserve more capital for opening positions that are, in the judgment of the RAM Management Group, more likely than usual to be profitable.


Money Management

The money management portion of the strategy utilizes individual futures market volatility studies, individual account balances, and overall established risk settings to calculate position size. It also uses these features as a function to equalize the acceptable risk exposure per unit-position. The objective is to equally weight the position size with the respective volatility and the amount of acceptable dollar risk for each of the various futures markets monitored. The risk setting is scalable. Thus, risk/reward ratios (rate of returns and volatility) are affected by the risk setting. The risk setting varies based on investment program.


Managed Risk Trading Program 1X - Conservative

Real-time trading of the MRTP 1X Conservative Program for client accounts commenced in September 1993 and continues today. The MRTP Conservative Program generally employs a margin to equity ratio that ranges between 0 and 17%; averaging approximately 5%.

 

Managed Risk Trading Program - Growth

Currently there are no client accounts, nor have there been any client accounts traded pursuant to the MRTP Growth Program. However, RAM Management Group does offer suitable clients the availability to establish an individual managed account pursuant to the MRTP Growth Program. The MRTP Growth Program offers two (2) times the normal leverage of the Conservative Program. The Growth Program seeks monthly investment results, before fees, expenses and interest income, that correspond to twice the monthly performance of the Conservative Program. The MRTP Growth Program would provide a higher risk to reward ratio than the original 1X Conservative program because it trades double the contract size for a trade initiated pursuant to an account of equal size traded pursuant to the 1X Conservative Program.


Managed Risk Trading Program - Aggressive

RAM Management Group began trading an account pursuant to the MRTP 1X Conservative Program on an aggressive basis in February 1998. The Aggressive Program is an aggressive version of the flagship Conservative Program. The Aggressive Program generally uses approximately three (3) times the normal margin to equity ratio as an account of equal size traded pursuant to the Conservative Program.


IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE GROWTH AND AGGRESSIVE PROGRAMS MAY NOT ACHIEVE THEIR OBJECTIVES AND MAY NOT REPLICATE OR MAGNIFY RETURNS OR LOSSES COMPARED TO THOSE OF THE ORIGINAL 1X CONSERVATIVE PROGRAM, DESPITE BEING GENERALLY TRADED IN A PARALLEL FASHION.


It is important to recognize that variances will result from, among other things, differences in: (1) the period during which accounts are active, or when they were established or closed; (2) the trading approach used - although accounts may be traded in accordance with the same trading approach, such approach can and does change periodically as a result of research, development, and refinement; (3) the size of accounts - which influences the number of items and the number of contracts in each item traded by accounts - some accounts may be too small to participate in all positions dictated by the trading approach; (4) an investor's investment objective and the policies by which accounts are traded - some accounts may be more highly leveraged at the investor’s request, producing commensurately larger gains or losses than other accounts; (5) the rates of brokerage commissions paid by the accounts and when such commissions are charged to accounts; (6) the amount of interest income earned by accounts, which will depend on the portion of accounts invested in interest-bearing obligations such as United States Treasury Bills; (7) the rate of fees and the amount of any other expenses paid by accounts; (8) the timing of orders to open or close positions; (9) the market conditions in which accounts are traded, which in part determine the quality of trade executions; (10) and/or the rounding effect incurred when determining contract size; and (11) the effect of compounding rates of return over time.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE GROWTH PROGRAM WILL HAVE A HIGHER MARGIN TO EQUITY RATIO THAN THE CONSERVATIVE PROGRAM, AND THE AGGRESSIVE PROGRAM WILL HAVE A HIGHER MARGIN TO EQUITY RATIO THAN THE GROWTH AND THE CONSERVATIVE PROGRAM. IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE GROWTH AND AGGRESSIVE PROGRAMS STRIVE TO INCREASE RETURNS OR LOSSES RESULTING FROM TRADING INCOME, NOT INTEREST INCOME. FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY, A HYPOTHETICAL FULLY FUNDED $1 MILLION ACCOUNT IN THE AGGRESSIVE PROGRAM WILL NOT EARN TRIPLE THE RETURN OF THE CONSERVATIVE PROGRAM SINCE A PORTION OF THAT RETURN IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO INTEREST INCOME. THE GROWTH AND AGGRESSIVE PROGRAMS ONLY STRIVE TO INCREASE THE MAGNITUDE OF TRADING PROFITS OR LOSSES OF THE ORIGINAL CONSERVATIVE PROGRAM THROUGH THE USE OF HIGHER MARGIN TO EQUITY RATIOS. THE PROGRAMS MAY NOT ACHIEVE THEIR OBJECTIVES.

 

Minimum Account Size

MRTP Conservative Program: $1,000,000
MRTP Growth Program: $1,000,000
MRTP Aggressive Program: $1,000,000
 

RAM Management Group has determined that these account minimums are necessary to allow the relevant accounts to fully participate in the RAM Management Group’s trading programs across the various markets. The diversification of a client’s account is an important element of risk management. RAM Management Group may, at its sole discretion, waive, or increase, any of the above minimum account sizes.


RAM Management Group generally intends to follow the mechanical rules of the system very closely; however, there are exceptions. Some instances are when:

 

:: initiation of positions may be delayed, and liquidation of positions may be accelerated, shortly before a scheduled financial report is released;
 

:: liquidation of positions may sometimes be accelerated in order to secure profits and/or reduce drawdowns; and
 

:: when new capital is received, initiation of new positions is sometimes delayed until appropriate new initiation signals occur.


Unless directed otherwise by client, the actual cash account level and nominal account size (or trading level) shall be increased by profits or cash additions to the Account and decreased by losses or cash withdrawals from the Account, while the notional fund level remains fixed under both scenarios. Additions or withdrawals of notional funds will affect only nominal account size (or trading level) not the cash account level. Please see account papers for more details.

 

ALTHOUGH THE TRADING APPROACH USED BY THE ADVISOR IS PRIMARILY TECHNICAL AND RELIES ON STATISTICAL AND COMPUTER-ASSISTED ANALYSIS, NO ASSURANCE IS GIVEN THAT THIS APPROACH WILL PRODUCE PROFITS OR WILL AVOID LOSSES.

 

Management Information: Robert A. Moss

Robert A. Moss, age 59, is a Director, President, a listed Principal, registered Associated Person and majority shareholder of RAM Management Group (NFA registrations as Principal and Associated Person effective Nov. 28, 1990). Robert Moss was also registered with the NFA as a floor broker from January 1982 through May 1989 and from January 1992 through April 1994. Robert Moss was also registered as an Associated Person with Dennis Trading Group Inc (a Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator) from Sept. 1986 through May 1988; with Willis Jenkins Financial Services Inc (a registered introducing broker) from January 1986 through May 1989; and with RAM Management Group from November 1990 to the present.


Robert Moss began his career in the futures industry 38 years ago. From August 1973 through September 1984, Mr. Moss worked as an independent floor trader on the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Mid-America Commodity Exchange. From August 1982 through September 1984, Mr. Moss also supervised Mid-Am Options, Inc, a floor trading operation owned by Richard Dennis, as a market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. In October 1984, Robert Moss relocated to New York City to become a personal floor broker to Richard Dennis, representing him and C&D Commodities and the Dennis Trading Group, a Commodity Trading Advisor, on all New York commodity exchanges (N.Y. Cotton Exchange, the FINEX Exchange, the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange, the Commodity Exchange, Inc., and the N.Y. Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange, Inc.) until March, 1988. In 1986, he also formed Robert A. Moss, sole proprietor and was a registered principal with the NFA from February 1988 to March 1994. During this time, Robert Moss traded for client accounts, as well as for his own proprietary account.

 

From January 1992 to March 1994, Robert Moss acted as a floor broker and floor trader for Dollar Index Services, a floor brokerage operation at the FINEX, a division of the N.Y. Cotton Exchange, and from January 1994 to March 1994 was with Mofran One, LLC at the N.Y. Coffee, Sugar, and Cocoa Exchange. In addition to operating RAM Management Group, from December 1993 to December 2003, Robert Moss was President of Mofran One, LLC, a financial services company. As an officer of Mofran One, LLC, Robert Moss acted as a business consultant to various firms. From June 1994 through December 1998, Robert Moss served as the Managing Member of VEE BALL Sports International, LLC, a baseball sporting device manufacturer. From January 1999 to December 2009, Robert Moss was the Chairman and Treasurer of Solid Contact Baseball, Inc, a baseball sporting device manufacturer. Robert Moss also has in the past provided, and may in the future provide, various consulting services on an individual basis. Although Robert Moss does not trade for his own proprietary individual account(s) as of the date of this document, he has in the past and reserves the right to in the future. There has never been any material, criminal, civil or administrative actions against Robert Moss.

 

Management Information: Jeffrey S. Earle

Jeffrey S. Earle is a Director, Vice President, Secretary, shareholder, NFA Associate Member (July 30, 1992), registered Associated Person (August 5, 1992), and a listed Principal (June 29, 1993) of RAM Management Group. Jeffrey Earle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University in May 1992 and later an Associates degree in Accounting from NCC in June 2004. During his academic career, Jeffrey Earle concentrated on commodity futures trading and wrote a thesis on the feasibility of technical trading systems. Jeffrey Earle has complemented his vast studies with significant work in the field. He has served as a stock analyst, a commodity systems trader, an order desk assistant, and a broker clerk on the New York Mercantile Exchange from May to August 1991 for MBF Clearing and Trading, a clearing and trading firm. His responsibilities have included analysis and evaluation of potential investments, trading futures and options contracts, and maintaining and operating various trading systems. Jeffrey Earle has since worked the past twenty years on the expansion of RAM Management Group. Jeffrey Earle is the Director of Operations and is registered as an Associated Person of RAM Management Group.


From December 1993 through December 2003, Jeffrey Earle also worked as an analyst and was an officer of Mofran One, LLC, a financial services company. Jeffrey Earle also has in the past provided, and may in the future provide, various consulting services on an individual basis. Although Jeffrey Earle does not trade for his own proprietary individual account(s) as of the date of this document, he has in the past and reserves the right to in the future. There has never been any material, criminal, civil or administrative actions against Jeffrey Earle.

 

Management Information: Charles O. Blaisdell

Charles O. Blaisdell, is a Principal (effective June 9, 1993), a Director, Treasurer, shareholder and is general counsel to the firm. Charles Blaisdell brings a wealth of diverse professional experience to RAM Management Group. Since earning a Jurist Doctorate degree from Columbia University in June 1940, Charles Blaisdell worked as a lawyer for Hienes, Rearrick, and Dorr Law Firm from July 1940 until February 1942. Charles Blaisdell has served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from March 1942 to May 1946, practiced law in the New York City area with Blaisdell and Dunne from May 1946- December 1972, and held offices with several renowned organizations, including the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and the Columbia Law School Alumni Association. From January 1973 to June 1980, he acted as self-employed attorney in New York City. From July 1980 through July 1982 he was of counsel with Bleakley, Platt, and Schmidt Law Firm in White Plains, NY. Since August 1982 through to the present Charles Blaisdell has been a self-employed attorney admitted by the State of New York. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Bar Association in the City of New York. Charles Blaisdell worked as an in-house legal counsel and was a director and an officer of Mofran One, LLC from December 1993 through December 2003. There has never been any material, criminal, civil or administrative actions against Charles Blaisdell.

 

Management Information: Kevin P. Smith

Kevin P. Smith is a shareholder, a NFA Associate Member (July 16, 2008), Associated Person (August 15, 2008) and a listed Principal (October 8, 2008) to RAM Management Group. Kevin Smith graduated Northwestern University in 1987. Kevin Smith is registered as a floor broker with the NFA, effective Dec. 27, 1990, and worked as a futures trader both off and on the exchange floor at the New York Mercantile Exchange from December 1990 - to the present. He has owned a seat on the NYMEX since 1994. He was registered as an Associated Person with Cargill Investor Services Inc, a futures commission merchant and commodity research firm from Feb. 1990 until Sept. 1992 and with RAM Management Group, since August 15, 2008. Kevin Smith is a former client of RAM Management Group turned partner. In the past and currently, Kevin Smith trades for his own proprietary account(s) and is a subscriber to the RAM Fund LLC. Kevin Smith does business as and owns his own consulting firm, Derby Consulting LLC since July 2008. Kevin Smith also has in the past provided, and may in the future provide, various consulting services on an individual basis. There has never been any material, criminal, civil or administrative actions against Kevin Smith.

 

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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