The Micro Arbitrage Program (MAP) has been the flagship trading program of Midwest Trading Partners since its inception in 2005. The primary objectives of the program are capital preservation, equity index returns, bond index volatility and non correlation to other asset classes. The combination of methodology, risk adjusted performance, correlation, and margin used are unique in the managed futures space.
The MAP is a discretionary trading program focused on U.S. short term interest rate (STIR) futures. The MAP does not attempt to predict or profit from directional price movements and is managed on a "delta neutral" basis. Returns are achieved by capturing spread price dislocations that are a regular occurrence in the STIR markets due in part to institutional hedging, directional trader activity, and changes in monetary policy.
Midwest's "competitive edge", lies in the fact that it is uniquely positioned in size and sophistication to take advantage of these dislocations. Because most of these dislocations are not large, major financial institutions tend not to commit resources. Likewise, smaller hedge funds, CTA's, and proprietary traders are generally not focused on relative value strategies.
Return opportunities for the MAP are mainly a function of low credit spread volatility and normal to above normal interest rate volatility. Likewise, drawdowns tend to be a result of a lack of trading opportunities rather than strings of unprofitable trades. We believe that our trading style and competitive edge uniquely position the Micro Arbitrage Program to produce excellent risk adjusted returns over the coming years as interest rates normalize and hedging and trading activity increases.
Performance Notes: Performance shown is net of all fees that would have applied at that time. AUM data are managed accounts only, no proprietary AUM is included. From 2006 through 2010 a majority of managed accounts elected to hold their nominal account size constant on a monthly basis. As a result, the NFA requires that the annual return be computed by summing the monthly returns and not compounding them. Because Midwest does not calculate returns shown here, the YTD returns shown here are compounded. As a result of the July 2012 Peregrine Financial bankruptcy proceeding and related actions, client managed accounts were not fully under the control of Midwest Trading Partners and therefore were excluded in whole from the monthly performance calculation.