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Pressure on black box hedge funds after missing first-quarter rally

Reuters – Some of Europe’s biggest computer-driven hedge funds have failed to profit from the stock market’s rebound in 2012, once again frustrating investors in a sector that has sucked in tens of billions of dollars in assets in the wake of the credit crisis.

The so-called managed futures or CTA (commodity trading advisors) sector – dominated by names such as $29 billion Winton Capital, $21 billion AHL and $13.6 billion BlueTrend – uses highly complex algorithms to try and latch onto and profit from market trends, either up or down.

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