DEFINITION of 'Managed Futures Account'

An account that is like a mutual fund, except that positions in government securities, futures contracts and options on futures contracts are used to manage the portfolio.

BREAKING DOWN 'Managed Futures Account'

Professional money managers known as "commodity trading advisors" look after managed futures accounts, deciding on their positions based on expected profit potential. Among other advantages, managed futures offer the potential for reduced portfolio volatility and the ability to earn profit in any economic environment. Managed futures have seen increased institutional use in recent years.

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