What does Managed Futures Account mean?
Managed futures accounts are clients’ futures accounts managed by professional portfolio managers such as commodity trading advisors (CTAs) or commodity pool operators (CPOs). In other words the client does not directly operate or manage the individual investments in futures market.
Futures Knowledge Explains Managed Futures Account
A managed futures account (MFA) is a class of alternative investment and has become popular in the US and other countries. It's a privately managed account is made up of a single investor's assets. The commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators who manage the account are required to be registered with the National Futures Association and regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
The futures market is risky, so sometimes the appeal of an account 'managed' by a professional is attractive. Despite being "professionally managed" a managed futures account is still considered a higher risk investment. Account managers generally receive 2% of assets under management, plus 20% of the profit.