If any financial planners or clients needed proof that managed futures funds don’t march in lockstep with the stock market, they needn’t go back more than six years.

Managed futures funds, which can go long or short futures and other contracts in areas such as commodities, equities, currencies, and interest rates were up in 2008, says Matt Osborne, managing director of Altegris Advisors, an alternative-investment firm in La Jolla, California. “Since then, the results of broad managed futures indexes generally have been negative, especially in 2011 through 2013.”

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