• The biggest gains came at funds that practiced a "trend following" strategy. Those managers—who use computer models to bet on price movements in either direction and often perform best when clear patterns emerge over several months—gained an average of 19 percent, according to Newedge.
  • "Systematic trading started 2014 as the least-loved asset class and has ended it as the best performing in part as a result of having positions opposite to the consensus," said Ewan Kirk, Cantab's chief investment officer.
  • "With inter-market correlations having fallen and global macro-economic imbalances having become increasingly evident, we believe that market conditions for trend-following have generally improved—and that the prospects for 2015 are correspondingly good," said Aspect CEO Todd.

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