A CTA is often offset by a management fee calculated as an annual percentage of the fund`s equity and by an incentive fee calculated as a percentage of new business profits. As a general rule, incentive fees are not levied if CTA does not make profits above an obstacle rate or flood threshold. It is remarkable for investors to consider the impact of the risk-free interest rate and the impact on barrier rates and executive compensation.   A commodity trading consultant (CTA) is a person or entity who directly or indirectly advises others on the value or advice of futures, futures options, non-stock exchange contracts or swaps. A CTA is usually an asset manager and follows a series of investment strategies that use futures and futures options on a large number of physical goods such as agricultural products, forest products, metals and energy, as well as derivative contracts on financial instruments such as indices, bonds and currencies.  The business programs implemented by CSAs may be characterized by their market strategy, whether trend-oriented or market-neutral, and by the market segment such as finance, agriculture or currency.  The Business Advisory Agreements, the Trust Declaration and Agreement, the Trust Agreement and this Agreement have been properly approved, executed and delivered by the Executive Owner and on behalf of the Trust, and each constitute a valid and binding legal agreement of the Trust and the Managing Owner`s Signatory, applicable in accordance with its conditions. There are three main installation styles used by CTAs: technical, fundamental and quantitative. Technical traders invest after analyzing chart patterns.
They often use semi-automated systems, such as computer software, to track price trends, perform technical analysis, and make trades. The success of the trend or the use of analytical techniques to measure market fluctuations can have a significant impact on the performance and activity of a CTA. In 2010, Dr. Galen Burghardt, an associate professor at the University of Chicago`s Booth School of Business, found a correlation of 0.97 between a subset of trend-following CTAs and a broader CTA index from 2000 to 2009, indicating that the speculative technical trend was dominant within the CTA community.  Fundamental traders try to predict prices by analyzing, among other market information, supply and demand factors to make a profit. . . .