Alternative investment advisor Equinox Fund Management has launched the Equinox Commodity Strategy Fund, a market-neutral mutual fund that aims to exploit inefficiencies in the futures contracts market by taking both long and short positions.

The fund addresses three challenges common to long-only commodity funds: the high level of volatility, the increasing correlation to other asset classes and the systemic negative roll yields that long-only commodity funds and ETFs often face with rising price curves. The fund uses algorithms to optimize the manner and timing in which futures contracts are bought and sold.

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