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Commodity trading adviser (CTA)
Commodity trading adviser is a US regulatory term for an individual or entity that gives financial advice and services as to the value or the advisability of trading futures contracts, options on futures, retail off-exchange foreign exchange contracts or swaps. These instruments often involve the use of significant leverage and, therefore, are more complex to trade. Registration for CTAs with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is done through the National Futures Association. Many CTAs use so-called trend following investment strategies that seek to capitalise on the tendency for trends in asset prices to persist.
The term ‘CTA’ is also often used in the industry to refer broadly to systematic funds anywhere in the world that employ trend following investment strategies.
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