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Diamond Capital Management LLC 

Enhanced S&P Program

Manager: Albert Hu

Address: W252N4915 Aberdeen Dr, Pewaukee, WI, 53072, U.S.A.



Program Type:CTA
Inception Date:Jul 18, 2009
Incentive Fee:20%
Annual Mgt Fee:2%
Min Investment:$100,000
Disclosure Doc:View
Performance Program S&P 500
Total ROR:255.06%230.41%
Annual ROR:13.16%12.37%
1 Year:-2.24%10.05%
Statistics Program S&P 500
Average Monthly Gain:2.33%578.94%
Average Monthly Loss:-2.80%-2.97%
Winning Months:9385
Losing Months:3038
Current DD:7.120.12
Max DD:12.6517.03
Sharpe Ratio (RF 1%):1.16
Annualized Std Dev:10.47




DirectionalLong / Short
Holding PeriodLong & Short Term
Counter Trend:10%
Option Writing:30%
Trend Following:60%

Monthly Returns as Percentage by Year

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Program Info

Enhanced S&P Program (ESP)
Trading Methodology

The Enhanced S&P Program (ESP) consists of a trend-following system along with a trend reversal system which are enhanced with a premium capture system.

Trend-Following System
This system utilizes a computerized technical trend-following strategy with various levels of money management techniques. The principal objective is to profit from sustained futures price trends. Trend following is a method of trading which seeks to establish and maintain market positions based on major price movements.

The system first determines whether the S&P market is in a bull or bear trend, then trades only with the trend until it gets stopped out. A stop would occur when the S&P moves out of the current trend but has not yet entered into the opposite trend. Within the Trend Following System, proprietary short-term counter-trend signals may be used to get out of the current position or even trade against the trend on a short-term basis.

Premium Capture System
Within this program, DCM will also write covered and/or uncovered options to capture premiums to increase the potential profits. (Option positions may also increase the risk of market exposure from time to time.) Each month puts and calls will be written the goal being to capture the premiums either by letting the written options expire or by purchasing them back at lower price.

The Volatility Index (also known as the VIX) will be used to determine the number of options to sell and what strike prices to be utilized. Strict risk controls will be in place to limit the downside risks and achieve a desirable risk/reward ratio.

Use of Trend-Following Analysis
The trend following portion of the program may utilize sort-term, medium-term or long-term positions. The program may trade both the long and short sides of the market. In its evaluation of the markets, DCM employs a trend-following strategy. One method of successful speculative commodity trading depends upon establishing a position and then maintaining the position while the market moves in a favorable direction. The trader then seeks to exit the particular market and may establish reverse positions when the initial trend either does not materialize or reverses. Trading will not typically be successful if the particular market is moving in an erratic and non-trending manner. Because of the nature of the commodities markets, there will be frequent false-trends. A pure trend-following trading system, method, strategy or model will never direct market entry or exit at the most favorable prices. Rather, this type of trading method seeks to close out losing positions and to hold portions of profitable positions for as long as the trader determines that the particular market trend continues to exist and liquidates when the trend reverses. As a result, the number of losing transactions can be expected to exceed the number of profitable transactions. However, if the approach is successful, these losses should be relatively smaller and should be more than offset by a few larger gains.

Use of Stock Index Options
The option trading for this program is based primarily on writing out-of-the-money call and put options with the expectation that the options will either be bought back at a lower price or expire. In order to efficiently control risk, based on a proprietary risk control system developed by Mr. Hu, the trader will roll out of positions either vertically (to a further month) or diagonally (further out-of-the-money), as determined by current market conditions. From time to time, options may also be rolled closer to the underlying futures price if the perceived risk/reward is favorable. Technical analysis, chart reading and pattern recognition are used to determine which options to write for each monthly cycle. Occasionally, options may be purchased to either hedge positions or speculate on substantial movement in the underlying stock index.

Company Info

Diamond Capital Management is dedicated to offering clients a well managed alternative investment products that offers consistent returns and protection of principal through the proper application of money management and continuous evaluation of risk exposure. The principals at DCM have a solid understanding of the markets and the instruments utilized in the program and possess the ability to effectively measure the probabilities of market movement and enter into positions accordingly. We at Diamond Capital Management take personal pride in managing accounts with our clients' best interest in mind.

Diamond's trading strategies are not solely dependent on market direction and are therefore suited to most market conditions. For example, instead of seeking to profit through the purchase of individual shares of stock, which are in the benchmark S&P 500 Index, DCM trades options and futures on the Index itself. When writing options on the S&P 500 Index, the market can move up, down, or sideways within a specific range and still produce profits at, or as it nears, option expiration. Futures positions may be long or short. Conversely, when buying stocks, the stock must move higher and/or pay good dividends to make the trade profitable.

It is Diamond's goal to produce consistent positive returns. Rigorous risk management is used to minimize monthly drawdowns. As such, the trading strategies have pre-defined profit goals and risk exposure. Stop loss measures are utilized as well as the use of derivative hedging techniques to quantify market exposure.

Bear in mind that past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Manager Info

Albert L. Hu, brings to Diamond Capital a background including over 30 years of financial experience. Mr. Hu earned a M. S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Santa Clara in 1973. Mr. Hu was a computer engineer from 1973 to 1980. From July 1980 to Dec 1982, he was a stockbroker for Paine Webber. From Jan 1983 to May 1983, he traded on the New York Futures Exchange as a floor trader. From May 1983 to April 1984 Mr. Hu stayed at home as a professional investor. In April 1984 until November 1987, Mr. Hu worked for Merrill Lynch and Prudential Bache as an account executive, leaving Prudential Bache in November 1987 to form ALH Capital Management, Inc. a registered CTA and CPO, and ALH Brokerage, Inc., an IB. Mr. Hu dissolved ALH Brokerage, Inc. in February 1989 and ALH Capital Management, Inc. in December 1990. Mr. Hu joined Heritage Commodity Consultants, Inc. in October 1989 as Vice President and Director of Trading and left Heritage in March 1992. He spent the rest of 1992 developing a computerized system for trading foreign currencies and offered that program to clients in January 1993. Mr. Hu reorganized ALH Capital Corp. (ALH), as a registered CTA in October 1993 and was the president and the trading advisor of ALH since December 1993. ALH was dissolved in 2006 and Mr. Hu withdrew his registration as CTA from CFTC and NFA in May 2006. At that same time in May 2006, Mr. Hu became registered as CPO and was the pool operator and general partner of Platinum, LP, a limited partnership which invests in both equities and futures interests. Since the partnership is only for Mr. Hu, his family members and a friend, he filed for exemption, under CTFT rule 4.13(a)(2), for the Limited Partnership in June 2007 with NFA and withdrew his registration as CPO at the same time. Mr. Hu then formed Los Altos Capital Management LLC and registered with NFA as CTA in February 2008, due to lack of marketing effort, he withdrew the registration in November 2008. The performance for the Los Altos Capital Management Stock Index Program is set forth on page 20. In August 2009, Mr. Hu became registered as an Associated Person (AP) and became listed as a branch manager and principal of Diamond Capital Management in September 2009. His responsibilities at Diamond Capital include assisting with risk management, research, trading, and product development.