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Refco Will Distribute Fund Linked to S&P Managed Futures Index

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NEW YORK (–Refco Securities LLC will license for sale and distribute a new fund linked to the Standard & Poor’s Managed Futures Index.

Refco officials said in a statement that the new S&P Managed Futures Index Fund LP will be sold via a group of broker-dealers that includes Raymond James Financial Services, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Morgan Keegan & Co., Memphis, Tenn.; and Advest Inc., Hartford, Conn.

The S&P Managed Futures Index is composed of 14 accounts managed by registered commodity trading advisers using various futures trading strategies. The index was designed to accurately reflect the performance of managed futures strategies and to serve as a benchmark for managed futures returns.

S&P’s goal in partnering with Refco is to allow investors to participate in managed futures returns through a fund that tracks the index.

Refco, as the general partner of the fund, will allocate “virtually all” of the fund’s assets to the index-tracking fund, the Index SPC fund, which will use a weighting scheme devised by S&P to invest in portfolios traded by each of the 14 index constituents, according to a statement from Refco.

Through the end of February, the fund is offering units at US$1,000 per unit. The minimum investment is US$10,000 for individuals and US$3,000 for individual retirement accounts. Subsequent investments are subject to a US$2,500 minimum.

Once the initial offering period closes Feb. 27, the fund will offer monthly liquidity, Refco officials said.

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