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10-K 2018-12-31 Annual: 2018-12-31
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ABFF 2018-12-31
Part I
Item 1. Business.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Item 2. Properties.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. Not Applicable.
Part II
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure. Not Applicable.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Item 9B. Other Information.
Part III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
Item 11. Executive Compensation.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
Item 13. Certain Relationships, Related Transactions and Director Independence.
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.
Part IV
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(X) ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018

OR ( ) TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from             to            

Commission File Number 0-53210

CERES ABINGDON L.P.

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

New York   20-3845005

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

c/o Ceres Managed Futures LLC

522 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York 10036

 

(Address and Zip Code of principal executive offices)

(855) 672-4468

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: Redeemable Units of Limited Partnership Interest

(Title of Class)

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

Yes                No X

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.

Yes                No X

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes X            No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes X            No   

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this form 10-K. X


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer     

 

  

  

Accelerated filer     

 

  

  Non-accelerated filer X            

Smaller reporting company     

 

  

  

Emerging growth company     

 

  

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes                No X

Limited Partnership Redeemable Units with aggregate values of $171,307,074 of Class A, $23,942,212 of Class D and $1,622,353 of Class Z were outstanding and held by non-affiliates as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

As of February 28, 2019, there were 115,149.6877 Limited Partnership Redeemable Units of Class A outstanding, 17,913.2276 Limited Partnership Redeemable Units of Class D outstanding and 1,164.5352 Limited Partnership Redeemable Units of Class Z outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

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PART I

Item 1. Business.

(a) General Development of Business. Ceres Abingdon L.P. (formerly, Managed Futures Premier Abingdon L.P.) (the “Partnership”) is a limited partnership organized on November 8, 2005, under the partnership laws of the State of New York, to engage, directly or indirectly, in the speculative trading of a diversified portfolio of commodity interests including futures, option, swap and forward contracts. The sectors traded include currencies, energy, grains, indices, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates, livestock, metals and softs. The Partnership commenced trading on February 1, 2007. The commodity interests that are indirectly traded by the Partnership through its investment in CMF Winton Master L.P. (the “Master”) are volatile and involve a high degree of market risk. The General Partner (as defined below) may also determine to invest up to all of the Master’s assets (directly or indirectly through its investment in the Master) in United States (“U.S.”) Treasury bills and/or money market mutual funds, including money market mutual funds managed by Morgan Stanley or its affiliates. The Partnership privately and continuously offers redeemable units of limited partnership interest in the Partnership (“Redeemable Units”) to qualified investors. There is no maximum number of Redeemable Units that may be sold by the Partnership.

Subscriptions of additional Redeemable Units and additional general partner contributions and redemptions of Redeemable Units for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016 are reported in the Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital under “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

Ceres Managed Futures LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, acts as the general partner (the “General Partner”) and commodity pool operator of the Partnership. As of January 1, 2017, the General Partner became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc. (“MSD Holdings”). MSD Holdings is ultimately owned by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a publicly held company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley is engaged in various financial services and other businesses. Prior to January 1, 2017, the General Partner was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Holdings LLC (“MSSB Holdings”). As of December 31, 2018, all trading decisions for the Partnership are made by Winton Capital Management Limited (the “Advisor”).

During the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016, the Partnership’s/Master’s commodity broker was Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”), a registered futures commission merchant. JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. (“JPMorgan”) was also a foreign exchange forward contract counterparty for the Master. The Partnership and the Master deposited a portion of their cash in non-trading bank accounts at JPMorgan.

On February 1, 2007, the Partnership allocated substantially all of its capital to the Master, a limited partnership organized under the partnership laws of the State of New York, having the same investment objective as the Partnership. The Master permits accounts managed by the Advisor using the Winton Futures Program (formerly, the Winton Diversified Program, as applied without equities), the Advisor’s proprietary, systematic trading program, to invest together in one trading vehicle. The General Partner is also the general partner of the Master. Individual and pooled accounts currently managed by the Advisor, including the Partnership, are permitted to be limited partners of the Master. The General Partner and the Advisor believe that trading through this master/feeder structure promotes efficiency and economy in the trading process. Expenses to investors as a result of the investment in the Master are approximately the same as if the Partnership traded directly, and redemption rights are not affected. The General Partner and the Advisor agreed that the Advisor will trade the Partnership’s assets allocated to the Advisor at a level that is up to 1.5 times the amount of assets allocated.

On April 1, 2011, the Partnership began offering “Class A” Redeemable Units, “Class D” Redeemable Units and “Class Z” Redeemable Units pursuant to the offering memorandum. All Redeemable Units issued prior to April 1, 2011 were deemed Class A Redeemable Units. The rights, liabilities, risks, and fees associated with investment in the Class A Redeemable Units did not change. “Class D” Redeemable Units and “Class Z” Redeemable Units were first issued on April 1, 2011 and August 1, 2011, respectively. Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units will each be referred to as a “Class” and collectively referred to as the “Classes.” The Class of Redeemable Units that a limited partner receives upon a subscription will generally depend upon the amount invested in the Partnership or the status of the limited partner, although the General Partner may determine to offer any Class of Redeemable Units to investors at its discretion. Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units are available to taxable U.S. individuals and institutions, U.S. tax exempt individuals and institutions and non-U.S. investors. Class Z Redeemable Units are offered to limited partners who receive advisory services from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management) (“Morgan Stanley Wealth Management”) and certain employees of Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries (and their family members). Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units, and Class Z Redeemable Units are identical, except that Class D Redeemable Units are subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 1/12 of 0.75% (a 0.75% annual rate) of the net assets of Class D as of the end of each month, which differs from the Class A monthly ongoing selling agent fee of 1/12 of 2% (a 2% annual rate) of the net assets of Class A as of the end of each month. Class Z Redeemable Units are not subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee.

 

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On July 12, 2017, the Master entered into certain agreements with JPMorgan in connection with trading in forward foreign currency contracts on behalf of the Master and, indirectly, the Partnership. These agreements include a foreign exchange and bullion authorization agreement (“FX Agreement”), an International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. master agreement (“Master Agreement”), a schedule to the Master Agreement, a 2016 credit support annex for variation margin to the schedule and an institutional account agreement. Under the FX Agreement, JPMorgan charges a fee on the aggregate foreign currency transactions entered into on behalf of the Master during a month.

For the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the approximate average market sector distribution for the Partnership was as follows:

 

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As of December 31, 2018 and prior to the close of business on December 31, 2017, the Partnership owned approximately 53.9% and 52.6% of the Master, respectively. The performance of the Partnership is directly affected by the performance of the Master.

The Master’s trading of exchange-traded futures, forward, swap and option contracts, if applicable, on commodities is done primarily on U.S. commodity exchanges and foreign commodity exchanges. The Master engages in such trading through commodity brokerage accounts maintained with MS&Co.

The General Partner and each limited partner of the Partnership share in the profits and losses of the Partnership, in proportion to the amount of Partnership interest owned by each, except that no limited partner is liable for obligations of the Partnership in excess of its capital contribution and profits, if any, net of distributions and losses, if any.

The Partnership will be liquidated upon the first to occur of the following: December 31, 2025; when the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for any Class decreases to less than $400 as of the close of business on any business day; or under other certain circumstances as set forth in the Limited Partnership Agreement of the Partnership, as amended and restated from time to time (the “Limited Partnership Agreement”). In addition, the General Partner may, in its sole discretion, cause the Partnership to dissolve if the Partnership’s aggregate net assets decline to less than $1,000,000.

The General Partner administers the business and affairs of the Partnership, including selecting one or more advisors to make trading decisions for the Partnership. The Partnership pays the General Partner a monthly fee ( “General Partner fee”) in return for its services to the Partnership equal to 1/12 of 1% (1% per year) of month-end net assets per Class, for each outstanding Class. Prior to October 1, 2014, the Partnership paid the General Partner a General Partner fee equal to 1/24 of 1% (0.5% per year) of month-end net assets per Class, for each outstanding Class. Month-end net assets per Class, for the purpose of calculating the General Partner fee, are net assets, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, prior to the reduction of the current month’s management fee, incentive fee accrual, the General Partner fee and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month. This fee may be increased or decreased at the discretion of the General Partner.

 

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The General Partner, on behalf of the Partnership, has entered into a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) with the Advisor, a registered commodity trading advisor. The Management Agreement provides that the Advisor has sole discretion in determining the investment of the assets of the Partnership allocated to the Advisor by the General Partner. The Partnership is obligated to pay the Advisor a monthly management fee equal to 1/12 of 1.5% (1.5% per year) of month-end net assets per Class, for each outstanding Class, allocated to the Advisor. Month-end net assets per Class, for each outstanding Class, for the purpose of calculating management fees are net assets per Class, for each outstanding Class, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, prior to the reduction of the current month’s management fee, incentive fee accrual, the General Partner fee and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month.

In addition, the Partnership is obligated to pay the Advisor an incentive fee, payable quarterly, equal to 20% of the New Trading Profits, as defined in the Management Agreement, earned by the Advisor for the Partnership during each calendar quarter. The Advisor’s incentive fee will be allocated proportionally to each Class based on the net asset value of the respective Class. The Advisor will not be paid incentive fees until the Advisor recovers the net loss incurred and earns additional new trading profits for the Partnership. The Management Agreement may be terminated upon sufficient notice by either party.

Prior to and during part of the fourth quarter of 2013, the Partnership was party to a customer agreement with CGM (the “CGM Customer Agreement”). During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Partnership entered into a customer agreement with MS&Co. (the “MS&Co. Customer Agreement”) and a selling agent agreement with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (as amended, the “Selling Agreement”). The Partnership has terminated the CGM Customer Agreement.

The Partnership has entered into a Customer agreement with MS&Co. (the “MS&Co. Customer Agreement”) and a selling agreement with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (as amended, the “Selling Agreement”).

Under the MS&Co. Customer Agreement and the foreign exchange brokerage account agreement, the Partnership pays trading fees and, where applicable, execution of transactions, as well as exchange, clearing, user, give-up, floor brokerage and National Futures Association (“NFA”) fees (collectively, the “clearing fees”) through its investment in the Master. The clearing fees are allocated to the Partnership based on its proportionate share of the Master. The clearing fees will be paid for the life of the Partnership, although the rate at which such fees are paid may be changed. All of the Partnership’s assets available for trading in commodity interests not held in the Master’s accounts at MS&Co. and JPMorgan are deposited in the Partnership’s account at MS&Co. During prior periods included in this report, the Partnership and the Master also deposited a portion of their cash in non-trading bank accounts at JPMorgan. The Partnership’s cash deposited with MS&Co. is held in segregated bank accounts to the extent required by Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) regulations. MS&Co. has agreed to pay the Partnership monthly interest on 100% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at MS&Co. at the rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. Prior to November 1, 2017, MS&Co. paid the Partnership interest on 80% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at the rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. The MS&Co. Customer Agreement may generally be terminated upon notice by either party.

Under the Selling Agreement with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, the Partnership pays Morgan Stanley Wealth Management a monthly ongoing selling agent fee. Prior to April 1, 2014, the monthly ongoing selling agent fee was paid at a rate equal to (i) 4.5% per year of month-end net assets for Class A Redeemable Units, (ii) 1.875% per year of month-end net assets for Class D Redeemable Units and (iii) 1.125% per year of month-end net assets for Class Z Redeemable Units. Effective April 1, 2014, the monthly ongoing selling agent fee was reduced to (i) 2.5% per year of month-end net assets for Class A Redeemable Units, (ii) 1.25% per year of month-end net assets for Class D Redeemable Units and (iii) 0.5% per year of month-end net assets for Class Z Redeemable Units. Effective October 1, 2014, the monthly ongoing selling agent fee was (i) reduced to 2.0% per year of month-end net assets for Class A Redeemable Units, (ii) reduced to 0.75% per year of month-end net assets for Class D Redeemable Units and (iii) eliminated for Class Z Redeemable Units. The Partnership may pay an ongoing selling agent fee to other properly registered and/or licensed selling agents who sell Redeemable Units, and such additional selling agents may share all or a substantial portion of such fees with their properly registered or exempted financial advisors who have sold Redeemable Units. Month-end net assets, for the purpose of calculating ongoing selling agent fees are net assets, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, prior to the reduction of the current month’s ongoing selling agent fee, management fee, the incentive fee accrued, the General Partner fee and other expenses and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month.

A limited partner in the Master may withdraw all or part of its capital contribution and undistributed profits, if any, from the Master as of the end of any month (the “Redemption Date”) after a request has been made to the General Partner at least three days in advance of the Redemption Date. Such withdrawals are classified as a liability when the limited partner in the Master elects to redeem and informs the Master.

 

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In July 2015, the General Partner delegated certain administrative functions to SS&C Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation, currently doing business as SS&C GlobeOp (the “Administrator”). Pursuant to a master services agreement, the Administrator furnishes certain administrative, accounting, regulatory reporting, tax and other services as agreed from time to time. In addition, the Administrator maintains certain books and records of the Partnership. The cost of retaining the Administrator is allocated among the pools operated by the General Partner, including the Partnership.

(b) Financial Information about Segments. The Partnership’s business consists of only one segment, speculative trading of commodity interests. The Partnership does not engage in sales of goods or services. The Partnership’s net income (loss) from operations for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 is set forth under “Item 6. Selected Financial Data.” The Partnership’s Capital as of December 31, 2018 was $183,117,959.

(c) Narrative Description of Business. See Paragraphs (a) and (b) above.

 (i) through (xii) — Not applicable.

 (xiii) — The Partnership has no employees.

(d) Financial Information About Geographic Areas. The Partnership does not engage in sales of goods or services or own any long-lived assets, and therefore this item is not applicable.

(e) Available Information. The Partnership does not have an internet address. The Partnership will provide paper copies of its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to these reports free of charge upon request.

(f) Reports to Security Holders. Not applicable.

(g) Enforceability of Civil Liabilities Against Foreign Persons. Not applicable.

(h) Smaller Reporting Companies. Not applicable.

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

As a result of leverage, small changes in the price of the Partnership’s positions may result in major losses.

The trading of commodity interests is speculative, volatile and involves a high degree of leverage. A small change in the market price of a commodity interest contract can produce major losses for the Partnership, through its investment in the Master. Market prices can be influenced by, among other things, changing supply and demand relationships, governmental, agricultural, commercial and trade programs and policies, national and international political and economic events, weather and climate conditions, insects and plant disease, purchases and sales by foreign countries and changing interest rates.

An investor may lose all of its investment.

Due to the speculative nature of trading commodity interests, an investor could lose all of its investment in the Partnership.

The Partnership will pay substantial fees and expenses regardless of profitability.

Regardless of its trading performance, the Partnership will incur fees and expenses, including but not limited to trading and transaction fees, ongoing selling agent fees, General Partner fees and management fees.

An investor’s ability to redeem Redeemable Units is limited.

An investor’s ability to redeem Redeemable Units is limited, and no market exists for the Redeemable Units.

Conflicts of interest exist.

The Partnership is subject to numerous conflicts of interest including those that arise from the facts that:

 

  1.

The General Partner and the Partnership’s/Master’s commodity broker are affiliates;

 

  2.

The Advisor, the Partnership’s/Master’s commodity broker, the General Partner and their respective principals and affiliates may trade in commodity interests for their own accounts;

 

  3.

An investor’s financial advisor will receive ongoing compensation for providing services to the investor’s account with respect to Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units; and

 

  4.

The General Partner, on behalf of the Partnership and/or the Master, may purchase money market mutual fund shares from mutual funds affiliated and/or unaffiliated with the General Partner.

 

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Investing in Redeemable Units might not provide the desired diversification of an investor’s overall portfolio.

One of the Partnership’s objectives is to add an element of diversification to a traditional stock and bond portfolio, but any benefit of portfolio diversification is dependent upon the Partnership achieving positive returns and such returns being independent of stock and bond market returns.

Past performance is no assurance of future results.

The Advisor’s trading strategies may not perform as they have performed in the past. The Advisor has from time to time incurred substantial losses in trading on behalf of clients.

An investor’s tax liability may exceed cash distributions.

Investors are taxed on their share of the Partnership’s income, even though the Partnership does not intend to make any distributions.

Regulatory changes could restrict the Partnership’s operations and increase its operational costs.

Regulatory changes could adversely affect the Partnership by restricting its markets or activities, limiting its trading and/or increasing the costs or taxes to which investors are subject. Pursuant to the mandate of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law on July 21, 2010, the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) have promulgated rules to regulate swap dealers and to mandate additional reporting and disclosure requirements and continue to promulgate rules regarding capital and margin requirements to require that certain swaps be traded on an exchange or a swap execution facility and to require that derivatives (such as those traded by the Partnership) be moved into central clearinghouses. The CFTC and the prudential regulators that oversee swap dealers have adopted rules regarding margin requirements for certain derivatives. In addition, the CFTC and such prudential regulators have proposed or adopted, respectively, rules regarding capital requirements for swap dealers. These rules may negatively impact the manner in which swap contracts are traded and/or settled, increase the costs of such trades, and limit trading by speculators (such as the Partnership) in futures and over-the-counter (“OTC”) markets.

Speculative position and trading limits may reduce profitability.

The CFTC and U.S. exchanges have established “speculative position limits” on the maximum net long or net short positions which any person or a group of persons may hold or control in particular futures and options on futures and swaps that perform a significant price discovery function. Most exchanges also limit the amount of fluctuation in commodity futures contract prices on a single trading day. The Advisor believes that established speculative position and trading limits will not have a materially adverse effect on trading for the Partnership. The trading instructions of the Advisor may have to be modified, and positions held indirectly by the Partnership through its investment in the Master may have to be liquidated in order to avoid exceeding these limits. Such modification or liquidation could adversely affect the operations and profitability of the Partnership by increasing transaction costs to liquidate positions and limiting potential profits on the liquidated positions.

In December 2016, the CFTC re-proposed new rules regarding speculative position limits, replacing a prior proposal from November 2013. These rules, if adopted in substantially the same form, will impose position limits on certain futures and option contracts and physical commodity swaps that are “economically equivalent” to such contracts. If enacted, these rules could have an adverse effect on the Advisor’s trading for the Partnership/Master.

The General Partner, the Partnership and its Service Providers and their Respective Operations Are Potentially Vulnerable to Cyber-Security Attacks or Incidents.

Like other business enterprises, the use of the internet and other electronic media and technology exposes the General Partner, the Partnership and its service providers, and their respective operations, to potential risks from cyber-security attacks or incidents (collectively, “cyber events”). Cyber events may include, for example, unauthorized access to systems, networks or devices, infection from computer viruses or other malicious software code, mishandling or misuse of information and attacks which shut down, disable, slow or otherwise disrupt operations, business processes or website access or functionality. In addition to intentional cyber events, unintentional cyber events can occur. Unintentional cyber events may include, for example, the inadvertent release of confidential information, the mishandling or misuse of information and/or technological limitations or hardware failures (in the markets or otherwise) that constrain the Partnership’s and the Master’s ability to gather, process and communicate information efficiently and securely, without interruption.

 

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Any cyber event could adversely affect the Partnership’s business, financial condition or results of operations and cause the Partnership to incur financial loss and expense, as well as face exposure to regulatory penalties or legal claims, reputational damage and additional costs associated with corrective measures. A cyber-security breach could also jeopardize a limited partner’s personal, confidential, proprietary or other information processed and stored in, and transmitted through, the General Partner’s or a service provider’s computer systems. A cyber event may cause the Partnership or its service providers to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption, lose operational capacity (such as, for example, the loss of the ability to process transactions, calculate the Partnership’s net asset value, or allow investors to transact business) and/or fail to comply with applicable privacy and other laws. Among other potentially harmful effects, cyber events also may result in theft, unauthorized monitoring and failures in the physical infrastructure or operating systems that support the Partnership or its service providers.

The nature of malicious cyber-attacks is becoming increasingly sophisticated and neither the General Partner nor the Partnership can control the cyber systems and cyber-security systems of the Advisor or other third-party service providers.

Tax Laws Are Subject To Change at Any Time. Tax laws and court and IRS interpretations thereof are subject to change at any time, possibly with retroactive effect.

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law and is generally effective after December 31, 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes significant changes to the U.S. federal income tax rules for taxation of individuals and corporations, including, in the case of individuals, reducing the top federal income tax rate to 37%, and eliminating or limiting various deductions, including capping the deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000 per year. Most of the changes applicable to individuals are temporary and apply only to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026. For corporations, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduces the top corporate income tax rate to 21%.

The Partnership does not anticipate that a limited partner’s share of income from the Partnership will be eligible for the 20% deduction established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for qualified business income. However, in certain limited circumstances unlikely to apply to the Partnership, a portion of a limited partner’s gain upon a taxable disposition of an interest in the Partnership or a complete withdrawal may be eligible for the deduction.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes numerous other large and small changes to the federal income tax rules that may affect the Partnership’s investors and may directly or indirectly affect the Partnership. Moreover, Congressional leaders have recognized that the process of adopting extensive tax legislation in a short amount of time without hearings and substantial time for review is likely to have led to drafting errors, issues needing clarification, and unintended consequences that will have to be reviewed in subsequent tax legislation. At this point, it is not clear when Congress will address these issues or when the Internal Revenue Service will issue administrative guidance on the changes made in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Prospective investors are urged to consult with their tax advisors with respect to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and any other regulatory or administrative developments and proposals, and their potential effects on them based on their unique circumstances.

Item 2. Properties.

The Partnership does not own or lease any properties. The General Partner operates out of facilities provided by Morgan Stanley and/or one of its subsidiaries.

 

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Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

This section describes the major pending legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, to which MS&Co. or its subsidiaries is a party or to which any of their property is subject. There are no material legal proceedings pending against the Partnership or the General Partner.

On June 1, 2011, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated converted from a Delaware corporation to a Delaware limited liability company. As a result of that conversion, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated is now named Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”).

MS&Co. is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, a Delaware holding company. Morgan Stanley files periodic reports with the SEC as required by the Exchange Act, which include current descriptions of material litigation and material proceedings and investigations, if any, by governmental and/or regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations concerning Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries, including MS&Co. As a consolidated subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, MS&Co. does not file its own periodic reports with the SEC that contain descriptions of material litigation, proceedings and investigations. As a result, please refer to the “Legal Proceedings” section of Morgan Stanley’s SEC 10-K filings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014. In addition, MS&Co. annually prepares an Audited, Consolidated Statement of Financial Condition (“Audited Financial Statement”) that is publicly available on Morgan Stanley’s website at www.morganstanley.com. Please refer to the Commitments, Guarantees and Contingencies – Legal section of MS&Co.’s 2018 Audited Financial Statement.

In addition to the matters described in those filings, in the normal course of business, each of Morgan Stanley and MS&Co. has been named, from time to time, as a defendant in various legal actions, including arbitrations, class actions, and other litigation, arising in connection with its activities as a global diversified financial services institution. Certain of the legal actions include claims for substantial compensatory and/or punitive damages or claims for indeterminate amounts of damages. Each of Morgan Stanley and MS&Co. is also involved, from time to time, in investigations and proceedings by governmental and/or regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations, certain of which may result in adverse judgments, fines or penalties. The number of these investigations and proceedings has increased in recent years with regard to many financial services institutions, including Morgan Stanley and MS&Co.

MS&Co. is a Delaware limited liability company with its main business office located at 1585 Broadway, New York, New York 10036. Among other registrations and memberships, MS&Co. is registered as a futures commission merchant and is a member of the National Futures Association.

Regulatory and Governmental Matters.

On February 25, 2015, MS&Co. reached an agreement in principle with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Civil Division (collectively, the “Civil Division”) to pay $2.6 billion to resolve certain claims that the Civil Division indicated it intended to bring against MS&Co. That settlement was finalized on February 10, 2016.

In October 2014, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office (“ILAG”) sent a letter to MS&Co. alleging that MS&Co. knowingly made misrepresentations related to RMBS purchased by certain pension funds affiliated with the State of Illinois and demanding that MS&Co. pay

 

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ILAG approximately $88 million. MS&Co. and ILAG reached an agreement to resolve the matter on February 10, 2016.

On January 13, 2015, the New York Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”), which is also a member of the RMBS Working Group, indicated that it intended to file a lawsuit related to approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by MS&Co. NYAG indicated that the lawsuit would allege that MS&Co. misrepresented or omitted material information related to the due diligence, underwriting and valuation of the loans in the securitizations and the properties securing them and indicated that its lawsuit would be brought under the Martin Act. MS&Co. and NYAG reached an agreement to resolve the matter on February 10, 2016.

On July 23, 2014, the SEC approved a settlement by MS&Co. and certain affiliates to resolve an investigation related to certain subprime RMBS transactions sponsored and underwritten by those entities in 2007. Pursuant to the settlement, MS&Co. and certain affiliates were charged with violating Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, agreed to pay disgorgement and penalties in an amount of $275 million and neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings.

On April 21, 2015, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE”) and the CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (“CFE”) filed statements of charges against MS&Co. in connection with trading by one of MS&Co.’s former traders of EEM options contracts that allegedly disrupted the final settlement price of the November 2012 VXEM futures. CBOE alleged that MS&Co. violated CBOE Rules 4.1, 4.2 and 4.7, Sections 9(a) and 10(b) of the Exchange Act, and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. CFE alleged that MS&Co. violated CFE Rules 608, 609 and 620. The matters were resolved on June 28, 2016 without any findings of fraud.

On June 18, 2015, MS&Co. entered into a settlement with the SEC and paid a fine of $500,000 as part of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative to resolve allegations that MS&Co. failed to form a reasonable basis through adequate due diligence for believing the truthfulness of the assertions by issuers and/or obligors regarding their compliance with previous continuing disclosure undertakings pursuant to Rule 15c2-12 under the Exchange Act in connection with offerings in which MS&Co. acted as senior or sole underwriter.

On August 6, 2015, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an order by the CFTC to resolve allegations that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 22.9(a) by failing to hold sufficient U.S. dollars in cleared swap segregated accounts in the United States to meet all U.S. dollar obligations to cleared swaps customers. Specifically, the CFTC found that while MS&Co. at all times held sufficient funds in segregation to cover its obligations to its customers, on certain days during 2013 and 2014, it held currencies, such as euros, instead of U.S. dollars, to meet its U.S. dollar obligations. In addition, the CFTC found that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 166.3 by failing to have in place adequate procedures to ensure that it complied with CFTC Regulation 22.9(a). Without admitting or denying the findings or conclusions and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. accepted and consented to the entry of findings, the imposition of a cease and desist order, a civil monetary penalty of $300,000, and undertakings related to public statements, cooperation, and payment of the monetary penalty.

On December 20, 2016, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an order by the SEC in connection with allegations that MS&Co. willfully violated Sections 15(c)(3) and 17(a)(1) of the Exchange Act and Rules 15c3-3(e), 17a-5(a), and 17a-5(d) thereunder, by inaccurately calculating its Reserve Account requirement under Rule 15c3-3 by including margin loans to an affiliate in its calculations, which resulted in making inaccurate records and

 

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submitting inaccurate reports to the SEC. Without admitting or denying the underlying allegations and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. consented to a cease and desist order, a censure, and a civil monetary penalty of $7,500,000.

On September 28, 2017, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against MS&Co. regarding violations of CFTC Rule 166.3 by failing to diligently supervise the reconciliation of exchange and clearing fees with the amounts it ultimately charged customers for certain transactions on multiple exchanges. The order and settlement required MS&Co. to pay a $500,000 penalty and cease and desist from violating Rule 166.3.

On November 2, 2017, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against MS&Co. for non-compliance with applicable rules governing Part 17 Large Trader reports to the CFTC. The order requires MS&Co. to pay a $350,000 penalty and cease and desist from further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Civil Litigation

On July 15, 2010, China Development Industrial Bank (“CDIB”) filed a complaint against MS&Co., styled China Development Industrial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated et al., which is pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (“Supreme Court of NY”). The complaint relates to a $275 million credit default swap referencing the super senior portion of the STACK 2006-1 CDO. The complaint asserts claims for common law fraud, fraudulent inducement and fraudulent concealment and alleges that MS&Co. misrepresented the risks of the STACK 2006-1 CDO to CDIB, and that MS&Co. knew that the assets backing the CDO were of poor quality when it entered into the credit default swap with CDIB. The complaint seeks compensatory damages related to the approximately $228 million that CDIB alleges it has already lost under the credit default swap, rescission of CDIB’s obligation to pay an additional $12 million, punitive damages, equitable relief, fees and costs. On February 28, 2011, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. On June 27, 2018, the Firm filed a motion for summary judgment and spoliation sanctions against CDIB. On December 21, 2018, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion for summary judgment and granted in part MS&Co.’s motion for sanctions related to the spoliation of evidence. On January 18, 2019, CDIB filed a motion to clarify and resettle the portion of the court’s December 21, 2018 order granting spoliation sanctions. On January 24, 2019, CDIB filed a notice of appeal from the court’s December 21, 2018 order, and on January 25, 2019, MS&Co. filed a notice of appeal from the same order. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss of up to approximately $240 million plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs.

On October 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Circuit Court of the State of Illinois, styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago v. Bank of America Funding Corporation et al. A corrected amended complaint was filed on April 8, 2011, which alleges that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of a number of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans and asserts claims under Illinois law. The total amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. at issue in the action was approximately $203 million. The complaint seeks, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the corrected amended complaint on May 27, 2011, which was denied on September 19, 2012. On December 13, 2013, the court entered an order dismissing all claims related to one of the securitizations at issue. On January 18, 2017, the court entered an order dismissing all claims related to an additional securitization at issue. After those dismissals, the remaining amount of

 

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certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $65 million. At December 31, 2018, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $37 million, and the certificates had not yet incurred actual losses. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action up to the difference between the $37 million unpaid balance of these certificates (plus any losses incurred) and their fair market value at the time of a judgment against MS&Co., plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs. MS&Co. may be entitled to be indemnified for some of these losses and to an offset for interest received by the plaintiff prior to a judgment.

On May 17, 2013, plaintiff in IKB International S.A. in Liquidation, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY. The complaint alleges that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $133 million. The complaint alleges causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent misrepresentation, and seeks, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On October 29, 2014, the court granted in part and denied in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss. All claims regarding four certificates were dismissed. After these dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $116 million. On August 11, 2016, the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the trial court’s decision denying in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. At December 31, 2018, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $23 million, and the certificates had incurred actual losses of $58 million. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action up to the difference between the $23 million unpaid balance of these certificates (plus any losses incurred) and their fair market value at the time of a judgment against MS&Co., or upon sale, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs. MS&Co. may be entitled to be indemnified for some of these losses and to an offset for interest received by the plaintiff prior to a judgment.

On April 1, 2016, the California Attorney General’s Office filed an action against MS&Co. in California state court styled California v. Morgan Stanley, et al., on behalf of California investors, including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Teachers’ Retirement System. The complaint alleges that MS&Co. made misrepresentations and omissions regarding residential mortgage-backed securities and notes issued by the Cheyne SIV (defined below), and asserts violations of the California False Claims Act and other state laws and seeks treble damages, civil penalties, disgorgement, and injunctive relief. On September 30, 2016, the court granted MS&Co.’s demurrer, with leave to replead. On October 21, 2016, the California Attorney General filed an amended complaint. On January 25, 2017, the court denied MS&Co.’s demurrer with respect to the amended complaint.

In August of 2017, MS&Co. was named as a defendant in a purported antitrust class action in the United States District Court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York styled Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System et al. v. Bank of America Corporation et al. Plaintiffs allege, inter alia, that MS&Co., together with a number of other financial institution defendants, violated U.S. antitrust laws and New York state law in connection with their alleged efforts to prevent the development of electronic exchange-based platforms for securities lending. The class action complaint was filed on behalf of a purported class of borrowers and lenders who entered into stock loan transactions with the defendants. The

 

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class action complaint seeks, among other relief, certification of the class of plaintiffs and treble damages. On September 27, 2018, the court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the class action complaint.

Settled Civil Litigation

On December 23, 2009, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle filed a complaint against MS&Co. and another defendant in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al. The amended complaint, filed on September 28, 2010, alleges that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $233 million. The complaint raises claims under the Washington State Securities Act and seeks, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On January 23, 2017, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On March 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the State of California styled Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco v. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, et al. An amended complaint filed on June 10, 2010 alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiff of a number of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $704 million. The complaint raised claims under both the federal securities laws and California law and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On January 26, 2015, as a result of a settlement with certain other defendants, the plaintiff requested and the court subsequently entered a dismissal with prejudice of certain of the plaintiff’s claims, including all remaining claims against MS&Co.

On March 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the State of California styled Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco v. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. et al. An amended complaint, filed on June 10, 2010, alleges that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $276 million. The complaint raises claims under both the federal securities laws and California law and seeks, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On December 21, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On July 9, 2010 and February 11, 2011, Cambridge Place Investment Management Inc. filed two separate complaints against MS&Co. and/or its affiliates and other defendants in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both styled Cambridge Place Investment Management Inc. v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., et al. The complaints asserted claims on behalf of certain clients of plaintiff’s affiliates and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale of a number of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. and/or its affiliates or sold to plaintiff’s affiliates’ clients by MS&Co. and/or its affiliates in the two matters was approximately $263 million. On February

 

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11, 2014, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation. On February 20, 2014, the court dismissed the action.

On October 25, 2010, MS&Co., certain affiliates and Pinnacle Performance Limited, a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”), were named as defendants in a purported class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), styled Ge Dandong, et al. v. Pinnacle Performance Ltd., et al. On January 31, 2014, the plaintiffs in the action, which related to securities issued by the SPV in Singapore, filed a second amended complaint, which asserted common law claims of fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, fraudulent inducement, aiding and abetting fraudulent inducement, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.    On July 17, 2014, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation, which received final court approval on July 2, 2015.

On July 5, 2011, Allstate Insurance Company and certain of its affiliated entities filed a complaint against MS&Co. in the Supreme Court of NY, styled Allstate Insurance Company, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. An amended complaint was filed on September 9, 2011, and alleged that the defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to the plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued and/or sold to the plaintiffs by MS&Co. was approximately $104 million. The complaint raised common law claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement, aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent misrepresentation and seeks, among other things, compensatory and/or recessionary damages associated with the plaintiffs’ purchases of such certificates. On January 16, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On July 18, 2011, the Western and Southern Life Insurance Company and certain affiliated companies filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Court of Common Pleas in Ohio, styled Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, et al. v. Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Inc., et al. An amended complaint was filed on April 2, 2012 and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of the certificates allegedly sold to plaintiffs by MS&Co. was approximately $153 million. On June 8, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On April 25, 2012, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and certain affiliates filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY, styled Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. An amended complaint was filed on June 29, 2012, and alleged that the defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to the plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten, and/or sold by MS&Co. was approximately $758 million. The amended complaint raised common law claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement, and aiding and abetting fraud and sought, among other things, rescission, compensatory, and/or rescissionary damages, as well as punitive damages, associated with the plaintiffs’ purchases of such certificates. On April 11, 2014, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

On April 25, 2012, The Prudential Insurance Company of America and certain affiliates filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, styled The Prudential Insurance Company of America, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. On

 

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October 16, 2012, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint. The amended complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. was approximately $1.073 billion. The amended complaint raised claims under the New Jersey Uniform Securities Law, as well as common law claims of negligent misrepresentation, fraud, fraudulent inducement, equitable fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and violations of the New Jersey Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and included a claim for treble damages. On January 8, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

In re Morgan Stanley Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Litigation, which had been pending in the SDNY, was a putative class action involving allegations that, among other things, the registration statements and offering documents related to the offerings of certain mortgage pass-through certificates in 2006 and 2007 contained false and misleading information concerning the pools of residential loans that backed these securitizations. On December 18, 2014, the parties’ agreement to settle the litigation received final court approval, and on December 19, 2014, the court entered an order dismissing the action.

On November 4, 2011, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver for Franklin Bank S.S.B, filed two complaints against MS&Co. in the District Court of the State of Texas. Each was styled Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver for Franklin Bank, S.S.B v. Morgan Stanley & Company LLC F/K/A Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. and alleged that MS&Co. made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiff of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of certificates allegedly underwritten and sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. in these cases was approximately $67 million and $35 million, respectively. On July 2, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On February 14, 2013, Bank Hapoalim B.M. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY, styled Bank Hapoalim B.M. v. Morgan Stanley et al. The complaint alleged that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $141 million. On July 28, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation, and on August 12, 2015, the plaintiff filed a stipulation of discontinuance with prejudice.

On September 23, 2013, the plaintiff in National Credit Union Administration Board v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the SDNY. The complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements of material fact or omitted to state material facts in the sale to the plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates issued by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiffs in the matter was approximately $417 million. The complaint alleged violations of federal and various state securities laws and sought, among other things, rescissionary and compensatory damages. On November 23, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the matter.

On September 16, 2014, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit, styled Commonwealth of Virginia ex rel. Integra REC LLC v. Barclays Capital Inc., et al., against

 

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MS&Co. and several other defendants in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond related to RMBS. The lawsuit alleged that MS&Co. and the other defendants knowingly made misrepresentations and omissions related to the loans backing RMBS purchased by the Virginia Retirement System. The complaint asserted claims under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, as well as common law claims of actual and constructive fraud, and sought, among other things, treble damages and civil penalties. On January 6, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation. An order dismissing the action with prejudice was entered on January 28, 2016.

On April 20, 2011, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston v. Ally Financial, Inc. F/K/A GMAC LLC et al. An amended complaint was filed on June 29, 2012 and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $385 million. The amended complaint raised claims under the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and common law and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On November 25, 2013, July 16, 2014, and May 19, 2015, respectively, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its claims against MS&Co. with respect to three of the securitizations at issue. After these voluntary dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $332 million. On July 13, 2018, the parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the litigation.

On May 3, 2013, plaintiffs in Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank AG et al. v. Morgan Stanley et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co., certain affiliates, and other defendants in the Supreme Court of NY. The complaint alleged that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $634 million. The complaint alleges causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and rescission and seeks, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On June 26, 2018, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation.

Additional lawsuits containing claims similar to those described above may be filed in the future. In the course of its business, MS&Co., as a major futures commission merchant, is party to various civil actions, claims and routine regulatory investigations and proceedings that the General Partner believes do not have a material effect on the business of MS&Co. MS&Co. may establish reserves from time to time in connections with such actions.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. Not applicable.

 

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PART II

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

(a) Market Information. The Partnership has issued no stock. There is no public market for the Redeemable Units.

(b) Holders. The number of holders of Redeemable Units as of February 28, 2019, was 1,416 for Class A Redeemable Units, 8 for Class D Redeemable Units and 8 for Class Z Redeemable Units.

(c) Dividends. The Partnership did not declare any distributions in 2018 or 2017. The Partnership does not intend to declare distributions in the foreseeable future.

(d) Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans. None.

(e) Performance Graph. Not Applicable.

(f) Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities; Use of Proceeds from Registered Securities. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, there were subscriptions of 5,218.4370 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $7,296,049. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, there were subscriptions of 20,613.6240 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $26,970,421, 4,033.0710 Redeemable Units of Class D totaling $5,000,000 and 1,581.6670 Redeemable Units of Class Z totaling $2,060,000. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, there were subscriptions of 18,766.0025 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $25,790,965 and 39.8320 Redeemable Units of Class Z totaling $50,906.

The Redeemable Units were issued in reliance upon applicable exemptions from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended ( the “Securities Act”), and Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder. The Redeemable Units were purchased by accredited investors, as described in Regulation D. In determining the applicability of the exemption, the General Partner relied on the fact that the Redeemable Units were purchased by accredited investors in a private offering.

Proceeds of net offering were used for the trading of commodity interests including futures, option, swap and forward contracts.

(g) Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers.

The following chart sets forth the purchases of Redeemable Units for each class by the Partnership.

 

Period   

Class A (a)
Total

Number of

 Redeemable
Units
Purchased*

 

Class A (b)

Average
Price Paid
per
Redeemable Unit** 

 

Class Z (a)
Total
Number of

Redeemable 
Units
Purchased*

 

Class Z (b)

Average
Price Paid
per
Redeemable
Unit**

 

(c) Total

Number of

      Redeemable      

Units

Purchased

as Part of

Publicly

Announced

Plans or

Programs

  

      (d) Maximum      

Number (or

Approximate

Dollar Value)

of

Redeemable

Units that

May Yet Be

Purchased

Under the

Plans or

Programs

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

               1,869.9980    $                1,339.71    9.0000    $                1,353.26    N/A    N/A

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

   1,075.8940    $                1,384.80    N/A    N/A    N/A    N/A

December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

   636.9010    $                1,313.04    N/A    N/A    N/A    N/A
     3,582.7930    $                 1,348.51    9.0000    $                1,353.26          

 

*

Generally, limited partners are permitted to redeem their Redeemable Units as of the end of each month on three business days’ notice to the General Partner. Under certain circumstances, the General Partner can compel redemption, although to date the General Partner has not exercised this right. Purchases of Redeemable Units by the Partnership reflected in the chart above were made in the ordinary course of the Partnership’s business in connection with effecting redemptions for limited partners.

 

**

Redemptions of Redeemable Units are effected as of the end of each month at the net asset value per Redeemable Unit as of that day. No fee will be charged for redemptions.

 

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

Total investment income, total expenses, total trading results, net income (loss) and increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and net asset value per Redeemable Unit and total assets at December 31, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 were as follows:

 

     2018      2017      2016      2015      2014  

Total investment income

     $ 3,308,838          $ 1,488,469          $ 575,103          $ 53,655          $ 27,935    

Total expenses

     (9,454,584)         (10,546,462)         (11,270,533)         (14,181,289)         (16,589,843)   

Total trading results

     (5,233,130)         21,665,110          3,789,675          8,689,147          48,605,665    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     $ (11,378,876)         $ 12,607,117          $ (6,905,755)         $ (5,438,487)         $ 32,043,757    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per
Redeemable Unit:

              

Class A

     $ (81.25)         $ 84.35          $ (41.09)         $ (28.25)         $ 219.67    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Class D

     $ (62.37)         $ 97.04          $ (23.11)         $ (10.37)         $ 221.03    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Class Z

     $ (54.31)         $ 109.61          $ (13.91)         $ (0.78)         $ 230.66    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit:

              

Class A

     $ 1,313.04          $ 1,394.29          $ 1,309.94          $ 1,351.03          $ 1,379.28    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Class D

     $ 1,281.77          $ 1,344.14          $ 1,247.10          $ 1,270.21          $ 1,280.58    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Class Z

     $ 1,330.76          $ 1,385.07          $ 1,275.46          $ 1,289.37          $ 1,290.15    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $   184,881,389          $   215,509,111          $   226,569,381          $   234,947,467          $   208,651,182    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Overview

The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, aims to achieve substantial capital appreciation through speculative trading, directly and indirectly, in U.S. and international markets for currencies, interest rates, stock indices, softs, agricultural and energy products and precious and base metals. The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, may employ futures, options on futures, forward and swap contracts in those markets.

The General Partner manages all business of the Partnership/Master. The General Partner has delegated its responsibility for the investment of the Partnership’s assets to the Advisor. The Partnership has invested these assets in the Master. The General Partner engages a team of approximately 20 professionals whose primary emphasis is on attempting to maintain quality control among the advisors to the funds operated or managed by the General Partner. A full-time staff of due diligence professionals uses proprietary technology and on-site evaluations to identify, select and monitor new and existing futures money managers. The accounting and operations staff provide processing of subscriptions and redemptions and reporting to limited partners and regulatory authorities. The General Partner also engages staff involved in marketing and sales support.

Responsibilities of the General Partner include:

 

   

due diligence examinations of the Advisor;

 

   

selection, appointment and termination of the Advisor;

 

   

negotiation of the Management Agreement; and

 

   

monitoring the activity of the Advisor.

In addition, the General Partner prepares, or assists the Administrator in preparing, the books and records and provides, or assists the Administrator in providing, the administrative and compliance services that are required by law or regulation, from time to time, in connection with the operation of the Partnership/Master.

 

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While the Partnership and the Master have the right to seek lower commission rates and fees from other commodity brokers at any time, the General Partner believes that the customer agreements and other arrangements with the commodity broker are fair, reasonable and competitive.

Winton Capital Management Limited

The Partnership’s assets allocated to the Advisor for trading are not invested in commodity interests directly. The Advisor’s allocation of the Partnership’s assets is currently invested in the Master. The Advisor trades the Master’s, and thereby the Partnership’s, assets in accordance with its Winton Futures Program, a proprietary, systematic trading program.

The investment objective of the Winton Futures Program is to achieve long-term investment growth.

The Winton Futures Program follows a disciplined investment process that is based on statistical analysis of historical data. The initial stage of the process involves collecting, cleaning and organizing large amounts of data. The Winton Futures Program uses a wide variety of data inputs including factors that are intrinsic to markets, such as price, volume and open interest; and those that are external to markets, such as economic statistics, industrial and commodity data and public company financial data. The Advisor conducts statistical research into the data in an attempt to quantify the probability of particular markets rising or falling, conditional on a variety of quantifiable factors. The Advisor’s research is used to develop mathematical models that attempt to forecast market returns, the variability or volatility associated with such returns (often described as “risk”), and the correlation between markets and transaction costs. These forecasts are used in investment strategies that determine what positions should be held to maximize profit within a certain range of risk. As a result of the Advisor’s research, the Advisor expects that the investments made in accordance with this process will have an improved chance of being successful, which is expected to lead to profits over the long-term.

The Advisor’s investment programs are operated as automated, computer-based investment systems. The programs are modified over time as the Advisor monitors their operation and undertakes further research. Changes to the programs occur as a result of, amongst other things, the discovery of new relationships, changes in market liquidity, the availability of new data or the reinterpretation of existing data.

Most of the Advisor’s investment decisions are made strictly in accordance with the output of the programs. However, the Advisor may, in exceptional circumstances (such as the occurrence of events that fall outside the input parameters of the programs), make investment decisions based on other factors and take action to override the output of the programs to seek to protect the interests of investors.

The Advisor does not take any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this document, any representations made herein, or the performance of the Partnership/Master. The Advisor disclaims any liability for any direct, indirect, consequential or other losses or damages, including loss of profits incurred by limited partners or by any third party that may arise from any reliance on this document. The Advisor is neither responsible for, nor involved in, the marketing, distribution or sales of shares or interests in the Partnership and is not responsible for compliance with any marketing or promotion laws, rules or regulations; and no third party other than the Advisor is authorized to make any statement about any of the Advisor’s products or services in connection with any such marketing, distribution or sales. Past performance by any other fund advised by the Advisor is not indicative of any future performance by the Partnership/Master.

(a) Liquidity.

The Partnership does not engage in sales of goods or services. The Partnership’s only assets are its investment in the Master, redemptions receivable from the Master and cash. The Master does not engage in sales of goods or services. The Master’s only assets are its cash at bank, subscriptions receivable and equity in trading accounts, consisting of unrestricted cash, restricted cash, net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts, net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts and investment in U.S. Treasury bills at fair value, if applicable. Because of the low margin deposits normally required in commodity futures trading, relatively small price movements may result in substantial losses to the Partnership, through its investment in the Master. While substantial losses could lead to a material decrease in liquidity, no such illiquidity occurred during the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

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To minimize the risk relating to low margin deposits, the Partnership and the Master follow certain trading policies, including:

 

(i)

The Master invests its assets only in commodity interests that the Advisor believes are traded in sufficient volume to permit ease of taking and liquidating positions. Sufficient volume, in this context, refers to a level of liquidity that the Advisor believes will permit it to enter and exit trades without noticeably moving the market.

 

(ii)

The Master normally will not establish new positions in a commodity interest for any one contract month or option if such additional positions would result in a net long or short position for that commodity interest requiring as margin or premium more than 15% of the Master’s net assets.

 

(iii)

The Advisor will not initiate additional positions in any commodity interest if these positions would result in aggregate positions requiring a margin of more than 66 2/3% of the Partnership’s net assets allocated to the Advisor.

 

(iv)

The Master will trade currencies and other commodities in the interbank and forward contract markets only with banks, brokers, dealers, and other financial institutions which the General Partner, in conjunction with MS&Co. and/or JPMorgan, has determined to be creditworthy. In determining the creditworthiness of a counterparty to a forward contract, the general partner, MS&Co. and JPMorgan will consult with their respective credit personnel.

 

(v)

The Advisor will not generally take a position after the first notice day in any commodity interest during the delivery month of that commodity interest, except to match trades to close out a position on the interbank foreign currency or other forward markets or liquidate trades in a limit market.

 

(vi)

The Master may occasionally accept delivery of a commodity. Unless such delivery is disposed of promptly by retendering the warehouse receipt representing the delivery to the appropriate clearinghouse, the physical commodity position is fully hedged.

 

(vii)

The Master does not employ the trading technique commonly known as “pyramiding,” in which the speculator uses unrealized profits on existing positions as margin for the purchase or sale of additional positions in the same or related commodities.

 

(viii)

The Master does not utilize borrowings other than short-term borrowings if the Master takes delivery of any cash commodities.

 

(ix)

The Master will not purchase, sell, or trade securities (except securities permitted by the CFTC for investment of customer funds). The Master may, however, trade in futures contracts on securities and securities indexes, options on such futures contracts, and other commodity options.

 

(x)

The Advisor may, from time to time, employ trading strategies such as spreads or straddles on behalf of the Master. “Spreads” and “straddles” describe commodity futures trading strategies involving the simultaneous buying and selling of futures contracts on the same commodity but involving different delivery dates or markets.

 

(xi)

The Master will not permit the churning of its commodity trading account. The term “churning” refers to the practice of entering and exiting trades with a frequency unwarranted by legitimate efforts to profit from the trades, indicating the desire to generate commission income.

From January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the Partnership’s average margin to equity ratio (i.e., the percentage of assets on deposit required for margin) was approximately 11.4%. The foregoing margin to equity ratio takes into account cash held in the Partnership’s name, as well as the allocable value of the positions and cash held on behalf of the Partnership in the name of the Master.

In the normal course of business, the Partnership, through its investment in the Master, is party to financial instruments with off- balance-sheet risk, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. These financial instruments may include futures, forwards, options and swaps, whose values are based upon an underlying asset, index, or reference rate, and generally represent future commitments to exchange currencies or cash balances, or to purchase or sell other financial instruments at specific terms at specified future dates, or, in the case of derivative commodity instruments, to have a reasonable possibility to be settled in cash, through physical delivery or with another financial instrument. These instruments may be traded on an exchange, a swap execution facility or OTC. Exchange-traded instruments include futures and certain standardized forward, option and swap contracts. Certain swap contracts may also be traded on a swap execution facility or OTC. OTC contracts are negotiated between contracting parties and also include certain forward and option contracts. Each of these instruments is subject to various risks similar to those relating to the underlying financial instrument, including market and credit risk. In general, the risks associated with OTC contracts are greater than those associated with exchange-traded instruments because of the greater risk of default by the counterparty to an OTC contract.

The risk to the limited partners that have purchased Redeemable Units is limited to the amount of their share of the Partnership’s net assets and undistributed profits. This limited liability is a consequence of the organization of the Partnership as a limited partnership under New York law.

Market risk is the potential for changes in the value of the financial instruments traded by the Master due to market changes, including interest and foreign exchange rate movements and fluctuations in commodity or security prices. Market risk is directly impacted by the volatility and liquidity in the markets in which the related underlying assets are traded. The Partnership/Master are exposed to a market risk equal to the value of futures and forward contracts purchased and unlimited liability on such contracts sold short.

 

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Credit risk is the possibility that a loss may occur due to the failure of a counterparty to perform according to the terms of a contract. The Partnership’s/Master’s risk of loss in the event of a counterparty default is typically limited to the amounts recognized in the Statements of Financial Condition and is not represented by the contract or notional amounts of the instruments. The Partnership’s/Master’s risk of loss is reduced through the use of legally enforceable master netting agreements with counterparties that permit the Partnership/Master to offset unrealized gains and losses and other assets and liabilities with such counterparties upon the occurrence of certain events. The Partnership/Master had credit risk and concentration risk, as MS&Co. an MS&Co. affiliate, and/or JPMorgan or their affiliates are or were counterparties or brokers with respect to the Partnership’s/Master’s assets. Credit risk with respect to exchange-traded instruments was reduced to the extent that, through MS&Co., the Partnership’s/Master’s counterparty was an exchange or clearing organization. The Partnership/Master continue to be subject to such risks with respect to MS&Co. and JPMorgan.

The General Partner monitors and attempts to mitigate the Partnership’s/Master’s risk exposure on a daily basis through financial, credit and risk management monitoring systems, and accordingly, believes that it has effective procedures for evaluating and limiting the credit and market risks to which the Partnership/Master may be subject. These monitoring systems generally allow the General Partner to statistically analyze actual trading results with risk-adjusted performance indicators and correlation statistics. In addition, online monitoring systems provide account analysis of futures, forward and option contracts by sector, margin requirements, gain and loss transactions and collateral positions. (See also “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.” for further information on financial instrument risk included in the notes to financial statements.)

The majority of these financial instruments mature within one year of the inception date. However, due to the nature of the Partnership’s/Master’s business, these instruments may not be held to maturity.

Other than the risks inherent in U.S. Treasury bills, money market mutual fund securities, commodity futures, forwards, options and swaps trading, the Partnership knows of no trends, demands, commitments, events or uncertainties which will result in or which are reasonably likely to result in the Partnership’s liquidity increasing or decreasing in any material way. The Limited Partnership Agreement provides that the General Partner may cause the Partnership to cease trading operations under certain circumstances, including a decrease in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of any Class to less than $400 as of the close of business on any business day. In addition, the General Partner may, in its sole discretion, cause the Partnership to dissolve if the aggregate net assets of the Partnership decline to less than $1,000,000.

(b) Capital Resources.

(i) The Partnership has made no material commitments for capital expenditures.

(ii) The Partnership’s capital consists of the capital contributions of the partners as increased or decreased by gains or losses on trading and by expenses, interest income allocated from the Master, subscriptions, redemptions of Redeemable Units and distributions of profits, if any. Gains or losses on trading cannot be predicted. Market movements in commodities are dependent upon fundamental and technical factors which the Advisor may or may not be able to identify, such as changing supply and demand relationships, weather, government, agricultural, commercial and trade programs and policies, national and international political and economic events and changes in interest rates. Partnership expenses consist of, among other things, clearing fees, ongoing selling agent fees, management fees and General Partner fees. The level of these expenses is dependent upon trading performance and the level of net assets maintained. In addition, the amount of interest income earned by the Partnership is dependent upon (1) the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s and/or Master’s accounts, (2) the amount of U.S. Treasury bills and/or money market mutual fund securities held by the Partnership and/or the Master and (3) interest rates over which none of the Partnership, the Master, MS&Co. or JPMorgan has control.

No forecast can be made as to the level of redemptions in any given period. A limited partner may require the Partnership to redeem its Redeemable Units at their net asset value as of the last day of any month on three business days’ notice to the General Partner. There is no fee charged to limited partners in connection with redemptions. Redemptions are generally funded out of the Partnership’s cash holdings and/or redemptions from the Master. For the year ended December 31, 2018, 14,650.7860 Redeemable Units of Class A were redeemed totaling $19,998,537, 9.0000 Redeemable Units of Class Z were redeemed totaling $12,179 and 325.6540 General Partner Redeemable Units of Class Z were redeemed totaling $475,000. For the year ended December 31, 2017, 42,412.1360 Redeemable Units of Class A were redeemed totaling $55,269,803, 60.0000 Redeemable Units of Class D were redeemed totaling $76,657, 879.5740 Redeemable Units of Class Z were redeemed totaling $1,084,192 and 292.1440 General Partner Redeemable Units of Class Z were redeemed totaling $360,000. For the year ended December 31, 2016, 19,760.5230 Redeemable Units of Class A were redeemed totaling $26,764,567 and 238.9820 Redeemable Units of Class D were redeemed totaling $306,349.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, there were subscriptions of 5,128.4370 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $7,296,049. For the year ended December 31, 2017, there were subscriptions of 20,613.6240 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $26,970,421, 4,033.0710 Redeemable Units of Class D totaling $5,000,000, 1,581.6670 Redeemable Units of Class Z totaling $2,060,000 and 215.8170 General Partner Redeemable Units of Class Z totaling $275,265. For the year ended December 31, 2016, there were subscriptions of 18,766.0025 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $25,790,965 and 39.8320 Redeemable Units of Class Z totaling $50,906.

 

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(c) Results of Operations.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class A decreased 5.8% from $1,394.29 to $1,313.04. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class D decreased 4.6% from $1,344.14 to $1,281.77. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class Z decreased 3.9% from $1,385.07 to $1,330.76. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class A increased 6.4% from $1,309.94 to $1,394.29. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class D increased 7.8% from $1,247.10 to $1,344.14. For the year ended December 31, 2017, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class Z increased 8.6% from $1,275.46 to $1,385.07. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class A decreased 3.0% from $1,351.03 to $1,309.94. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class D decreased 1.8% from $1,270.21 to $1,247.10. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class Z decreased 1.1% from $1,289.37 to $1,275.46.

The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, experienced a net trading loss before fees and expenses of $5,233,130 for the year ended December 31, 2018. Losses were primarily attributable to the Master’s trading of currencies, indices, U.S. interest rates livestock and metals, and were partially offset by gains in energy, grains, non-U.S. interest rates and softs. The net trading gain or loss realized from the Partnership’s investment in the Master is disclosed under “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

During the first quarter, the most notable losses were incurred within the currency markets during February from short positions in the Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar as the value of the Japanese yen advanced amid fears of a US-led trade war. In commodities, losses within the metals markets were incurred during February and March from long positions in aluminum and copper futures as demand for industrial metals weakened amid signs of weakness in the global equity markets and a burgeoning global trade war. A portion of the Partnership’s losses for the first quarter was offset by gains experienced within the global interest rate sector during January and February from short positions in U.S. fixed income futures as investors anticipated the U.S. Federal Reserve would be aggressive in raising interest rates in 2018.

During the second quarter, the most significant gains were achieved within the energy sector from long positions in crude oil and its refined products as tensions in the Middle East and the re-impositions of sanctions on Iran pushed energy prices higher throughout the quarter. Gains within the metals markets were primarily experienced due to short positions in industrial metals during May and June as fears of trade war between the U.S. and China pulled prices lower. Additional gains in metals were recorded during June from short positions in gold and silver futures as a strengthening U.S. dollar weakened investor demand for precious metals. A portion of the Partnership’s gains for the second quarter was offset by losses incurred within the currency sector during May from positions in the euro, Mexican peso, and British pound versus the U.S. dollar as a surging U.S. economy bolstered the value of the dollar.

During the third quarter, the most significant gains were achieved within the metals markets during July and August from short positions in gold and silver futures as a strengthening U.S. dollar diminished investor demand for precious metals. Additional gains were experienced within the agriculturals during July and August from short positions in coffee and sugar futures as global supply stocks swelled. Within the global stock index sector, gains were achieved throughout the third quarter from long positions in U.S. and Asian equity index futures as positive global economic sentiment overcame trade war concerns, pushing stock prices higher. The Partnership’s gains for the third quarter were partially offset by losses incurred within the global interest rate markets during July and September from long positions in European fixed income futures as comments from the European Central Bank indicated a more hawkish position on raising interest rates.

During the fourth quarter, the most notable losses were incurred within the metals sector during October and December from short positions in gold and silver futures as prices advanced amid increased demand for the relative safety of precious metals. Within the global stock index sector, losses were incurred during October and December from long positions in U.S., Asian, and European equity index futures as prices declined amid mounting signs of slowing global economic growth. Smaller losses were incurred from trading currencies and soft commodities during the quarter. A portion of the Partnership’s losses for the fourth quarter was offset by gains experienced within the global interest rate markets from long positions in European fixed income futures as prices advanced as investors sought out the relative safety of government debt.

The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses of $21,665,110 for the year ended December 31, 2017. Gains were primarily attributable to the Master’s trading of indices, livestock and softs, and were partially offset by losses in currencies, energy, grains, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates and metals.

During the first quarter, the most significant gains were achieved within the global equity index markets during February and March from long positions in U.S., European, and Asian equity index futures as prices were buoyed by positive economic sentiment across the globe. Positive sentiment also fueled gains for long positions in U.S. and Asian equity index futures during January. A portion of the Partnership’s gains for the first quarter was offset by losses incurred within the energy complex during January and February from long positions in natural gas futures as prices fell dramatically lower as mild weather throughout much of the U.S. diminished heating demand. Within the global interest rate sector, losses were recorded during January and March from long positions in European fixed income futures amid speculation of growing hawkish sentiment from the European Central Bank.

 

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During the second quarter, the most significant losses were incurred within the currency sector during April and May from short positions in the euro versus the U.S. dollar as the relative value of the euro advanced on easing political tensions in the Eurozone and amid turmoil surrounding the Trump administration. Additional losses within this sector were recorded during April from short positions in the British pound. Within the global interest rate sector, losses were experienced during June from long positions in U.S. and European fixed income futures as prices moved lower after comments from European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi, sparked a sell-off in global bonds. A portion of the Partnership’s losses for the second quarter was offset by gains achieved within the global stock index sector during May from long positions in U.S., European, and Asian equity index futures as prices were supported by increased consumer confidence. Within the agricultural markets, gains were recorded during April from long positions in cattle futures as prices rallied sharply higher amid increased global demand for U.S. beef exports.

During the third quarter, the most significant gains were achieved within the global stock index sector during July and August from long positions in U.S. and Asian equity index futures as prices were driven higher by strong U.S. jobs data and improving investor sentiment. During August, positive economic sentiment also fueled gains for long positions in European equity index futures. A majority of the Partnership’s trading gains for the third quarter was offset by losses incurred within the metals markets during July and September from long positions in gold futures as a strengthening U.S. dollar limited demand for precious metals. Additional losses within the metals complex were recorded during July and September from long positions in copper futures. Within the global interest rate sector, losses were experienced primarily during September from long positions in European and U.S. fixed income futures as the global bond market experienced a sell-off.

During the fourth quarter, the Partnership recorded strong gains within the global stock index sector during October, November, and December as equity prices were boosted throughout the quarter following hawkish comments from several of the world’s largest central banks, strong consumer data, and positive economic sentiment globally. Additional gains were recorded in energies during the fourth quarter from long positions in crude oil and its related products as prices advanced amid speculation OPEC will continue curbing output. Smaller gains for the quarter were recorded in the metals, global interest rate, agricultural, and currency sectors.

Interest income on 100% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at MS&Co. during each month is earned at a monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. Prior to November 1, 2017, the Partnership received monthly interest on 80% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at MS&Co. at a rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. For the avoidance of doubt, the Partnership/Master will not receive interest on amounts in the futures brokerage account that are committed to margin. Any interest earned on the Partnership’s and/or the Master’s account in excess of the amounts described above, if any, will be retained by MS&Co. and/or shared with the General Partner. All interest earned on U.S. Treasury bills and money market mutual fund securities will be retained by the Partnership and/or the Master, as applicable. Any interest income earned on collateral deposited by the Master and held by JPMorgan in its capacity as the Master’s forward foreign currency counterparty will be retained by the Master, and the Partnership will receive its allocable portion of such interest from the Master. Interest income allocated from the Master for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 increased by $455,416 and $1,820,369, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The increase in interest income is primarily due to higher 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rates during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. Interest earned by the Partnership will increase the net asset value of the Partnership. The amount of interest income earned by the Partnership depends upon (1) the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s and/or the Master’s account, (2) the amount of U.S. Treasury bills and/or money market mutual fund securities held by the Partnership and/or the Master and (3) interest rates over which none of the Partnership, the Master, MS&Co. or JPMorgan has control.

Ongoing selling agent fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s adjusted net asset value of Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be compared in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. Ongoing selling agent fees for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $106,737 and $493,669, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The decrease in ongoing selling agent fees was due to lower average net assets attributable to Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

Management fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s net asset value per Class as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Management fees for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $78,232 and $336,097, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The decrease in management fees was due to lower average net assets per Class during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

General Partner fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s net asset value as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. General Partner fees for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $52,155 and $224,065, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The decrease in General Partner fees was due to lower average net assets during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

 

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Incentive fees paid by the Partnership are based on the new trading profits generated by the Advisor at the end of the quarter, as defined in the Management Agreement. There were no incentive fees for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. The Advisor will not be paid incentive fees until the Advisor recovers the net loss incurred and earns additional new profits for the Partnership.

The Partnership pays professional fees, which generally include legal and accounting expenses, certain offering costs and filing, administrative, reporting and data processing fees. Professional fees for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 were $552,410 and $583,999, respectively.

The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses of $3,789,675 for the year ended December 31, 2016. Gains were primarily attributable to the Master’s trading of currencies, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates, livestock and softs, and were partially offset by losses in energy, grains, indices and metals.

The most significant losses were incurred within the metals markets during January and February from short positions in gold and silver futures as prices advanced after a weakening U.S. dollar reignited demand for the precious metals. Additional losses within the metals sector were experienced during August from long positions in gold and silver futures as prices moved lower as investors weighed the potential for interest rate increases in the U.S. Within the energy complex, losses were recorded during November from short positions in natural gas futures as prices advanced as demand spiked during the month. During November, further losses were recorded from short positions in the crude oil complex. Additional losses were incurred during March and April from short positions in crude oil and its related products as prices surged as U.S. oil rig counts continued to decline. Within the agricultural sector, losses were recorded during March and April from short positions in corn, wheat, and soybean futures as adverse weather conditions in South America threatened Brazilian and Argentinian grain harvests, pushing prices higher. The Partnership’s trading losses for the year were offset by trading gains achieved within the global interest rate markets during January and February from long positions in European and U.S. fixed income futures as prices advanced after weakness in Chinese economic data revived concern about the stability of the global economy. Additional gains were experienced during June from long positions in European and U.S. fixed income futures amid increased demand for stable assets as global risk assets roiled surrounding the U.K. Referendum vote. Within the currency sector, gains were recorded during June and September from long positions in the Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar as the relative value of the Asian currency rallied amid increased investor demand for “safe-haven” assets. Gains within the currency markets were also experienced during October from short positions in the British pound versus the U.S. dollar as the relative value of the British currency continued to decline amid the fallout of the U.K.’s June referendum vote to leave the European Union. Within the global stock index markets, gains were experienced during November and December from long positions in U.S., European, and Asian equity index futures as global equity prices rallied following the U.S. Presidential election. Additional profits in this sector were recorded throughout the third quarter.

In the General Partner’s opinion, the Advisor continues to employ its trading methods in a consistent and disciplined manner and its results are consistent with the objectives of the Partnership and expectations for the Advisor’s program. The General Partner continues to monitor the Advisor’s performance on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis to ensure that these objectives are met.

Commodity futures markets are highly volatile. The potential for broad and rapid price fluctuations increases the risks involved in commodity trading, but also increases the possibility of profit. The profitability of the Partnership depends on the existence of major price trends and the ability of the Advisor to correctly identify those price trends. Price trends are influenced by, among other things, changing supply and demand relationships, weather, governmental, agricultural, commercial and trade programs and policies, national and international political and economic events and changes in interest rates. To the extent that market trends exist and the Advisor is able to identify them, the Partnership expects to increase capital through operations.

In allocating substantially all of the assets of the Partnership to the Master, the General Partner considers, among other factors, the Advisor’s past performance, trading style, volatility of markets traded and fee requirements. The General Partner may modify or terminate the allocation of assets to the Advisor at any time.

(d) Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements. None.

(e) Contractual Obligations. None.

(f) Operational Risk.

The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, is directly exposed to market risk and credit risk, which arise in the normal course of its business activities. Slightly less direct, but of critical importance, are risks pertaining to operational and back office support. This is particularly the case in a rapidly changing and increasingly global environment with increasing transaction volumes and an expansion in the number and complexity of products in the marketplace.

Such risks include:

Operational/Settlement Risk — the risk of financial and opportunity loss and legal liability attributable to operational problems, such as inaccurate pricing of transactions, untimely trade execution, clearance and/or settlement, or the inability to process large volumes of transactions. The Partnership and the Master are subject to increased risks with respect to their trading activities in emerging market instruments, where clearance, settlement, and custodial risks are often greater than in more established markets.

 

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Technological Risk — the risk of loss attributable to technological limitations or hardware failure that constrain the Partnership’s/Master’s ability to gather, process, and communicate information efficiently and securely, without interruption, to customers, and in the markets where the Partnership/Master participates. Additionally, the General Partner’s computer systems may be vulnerable to unauthorized access, mishandling or misuse, computer viruses or malware, cyber attacks and other events that could have a security impact on such systems. If one or more of such events occur, this potentially could jeopardize a limited partner’s personal, confidential, proprietary or other information processed and stored in, and transmitted through, the General Partner’s computer systems, and adversely affect the Partnership’s business, financial condition or results of operations.

Legal/Documentation Risk — the risk of loss attributable to deficiencies in the documentation of transactions (such as trade confirmations) and customer relationships (such as master netting agreements) or errors that result in non-compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Financial Control Risk — the risk of loss attributable to limitations in financial systems and controls. Strong financial systems and controls ensure that assets are safeguarded, that transactions are executed in accordance with the General Partner’s authorization, and that financial information utilized by the General Partner and communicated to external parties, including the Partnership’s Redeemable Unit holders, creditors and regulators, is free of material errors.

(g) Critical Accounting Policies.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. As a result, actual results could differ from these estimates. A summary of the Partnership’s significant accounting policies is described in Note 2 to the Partnership’s financial statements included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

The Partnership’s most significant accounting policy is the valuation of its investment in the Master. The fair value of the investment in the Master is determined based on the Master’s net asset value per Redeemable Unit, as a practical expedient, as calculated by the Master.

Additionally, the Master’s investments in futures, option and forward contracts and U.S. Treasury bills, as applicable, are carried at fair value. The fair value of exchange-traded futures, option and forward contracts is determined by the various exchanges, and reflects the settlement price for each contract as of the close of business on the last business day of the reporting period. The fair value of foreign currency forward contracts is extrapolated on a forward basis from the spot prices quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period from various exchanges. The fair value of non-exchange-traded foreign currency option contracts is calculated by applying an industry standard model application for options valuation of foreign currency options, using as inputs the spot prices, interest rates, and option implied volatilities quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period. U.S. Treasury bills are valued at the last available bid price received from independent pricing services as of the close of the last business day of the reporting period.

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

Introduction

All of the Partnership’s assets are subject to the risk of trading loss through its investment in the Master. The Partnership and the Master are speculative commodity pools. The market sensitive instruments held by it are acquired for speculative trading purposes, and all or substantially all of the Master’s assets are subject to the risk of trading loss through its investment in the Master. Unlike an operating company, the risk of market sensitive instruments is integral, not incidental, to the Master’s and the Partnership’s main line of business.

The limited partners will not be liable for losses exceeding the current net asset value of their investment.

Market movements result in frequent changes in the fair market value of the Master’s open positions and, consequently, in its earnings and cash balances. The Master’s market risk is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including the level and volatility of interest rates, exchange rates, equity price levels, the market value of financial instruments and contracts, the diversification effects among the Master’s open positions and the liquidity of the markets in which it trades.

The Master rapidly acquires and liquidates both long and short positions in a wide range of different markets. Consequently, it is not possible to predict how a particular future market scenario will affect performance, and the Master’s past performance is not necessarily indicative of its future results.

 

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Materiality as used in this section is based on an assessment of reasonably possible market movements and the potential losses caused by such movements, taking into account the leverage, optionality and multiplier features of the Master’s market sensitive instruments.

Quantifying the Partnership’s/Master’s Trading Value at Risk

The following quantitative disclosures regarding the Master’s market risk exposures contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor from civil liability provided for such statements by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). All quantitative disclosures in this section are deemed to be forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor except for statements of historical fact (such as the terms of particular contracts and the number of market risk sensitive instruments held during or at the end of the reporting period).

The Master’s risk exposure in the various market sectors traded by the Advisor is quantified below in terms of Value at Risk. Due to the Master’s mark-to-market accounting, any loss in the fair value of the Master’s open positions is directly reflected in the Partnership’s earnings (realized or unrealized allocated from the Master).

“Value at Risk” is a measure of the maximum amount which the Master could reasonably be expected to lose in a given market sector. However, the inherent uncertainty of the Master’s speculative trading and the recurrence in the markets traded by the Master of market movements far exceeding expectations could result in actual trading or non-trading losses far beyond the indicated Value at Risk or the Master’s experience to date (i.e., “risk of ruin”). In light of the foregoing as well as the risks and uncertainties intrinsic to all future projections, the inclusion of the quantification in this section should not be considered to constitute any assurance or representation that the Master’s losses in any market sector will be limited to Value at Risk or by the Master’s attempts to manage its market risk.

Exchange margin requirements have been used by the Master as the measure of its Value at Risk. Margin requirements are set by exchanges to equal or exceed the maximum losses reasonably expected to be incurred in the fair value of any given contract in 95%—99% of any one-day intervals. The margin levels are established by dealers and exchanges using historical price studies as well as an assessment of current market volatility (including the implied volatility of the options on a given futures contract) and economic fundamentals to provide a probabilistic estimate of the maximum expected near-term one-day price fluctuation.

In the case of market sensitive instruments which are not exchange-traded (almost exclusively currencies in the case of the Master), the margin requirements for the equivalent futures positions have been used as Value at Risk. In those rare cases in which a futures-equivalent margin is not available, dealers’ margins have been used.

The fair value of the Master’s futures and forward positions does not have any optionality component. However, the Advisor may trade commodity options. Where this instrument is a futures contract, the futures margin has been used, and where this instrument is a physical commodity, the futures-equivalent margin has been used. This calculation is conservative in that it assumes that the fair value of an option will decline by the same amount as the fair value of the underlying instrument, whereas, in fact, the fair values of the options traded by the Master in almost all cases fluctuate to a lesser extent than those of the underlying instruments.

In quantifying the Master’s Value at Risk, 100% positive correlation in the different positions held in each market risk category has been assumed. Consequently, the margin requirements applicable to the open contracts have simply been added to determine each trading category’s aggregate Value at Risk. The diversification effects resulting from the fact that the Master’s positions are rarely, if ever, 100% positively correlated have not been reflected.

 

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The Master’s Trading Value at Risk in Different Market Sectors

Value at Risk tables represent a probabilistic assessment of the risk of loss in market risk sensitive instruments. The following tables indicate the trading Value at Risk associated with the Master’s open positions by market category as of December 31, 2018 and prior to the close of business on December 31, 2017, and the highest, lowest and average value at any point during the years. All open position trading risk exposures of the Master have been included in calculating the figures set forth below.

As of December 31, 2018, the Master’s total capitalization was $339,199,614 and the Partnership owned approximately 53.9% of the Master. The Partnership invests substantially all of its assets in the Master. The Master’s Value at Risk as of December 31, 2018 was as follows:

 

              December 31, 2018                    
                    Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2018

Market Sector

     Value at Risk          % of Total
  Capitalization  
    High
  Value at Risk  
     Low
  Value at Risk  
     Average
  Value at Risk*  

Currencies

     $ 14,022,930            4.13       $     40,819,997          $     8,567,370          $     16,973,741  

Energy

     8,028,684            2.37         8,036,912          829,228          4,157,377  

Grains

     2,334,001            0.69         2,334,001          1,061,131          1,716,066  

Indices

     2,227,828            0.66         20,796,191          1,604,411          4,148,554  

Interest Rates U.S.

     254,895            0.08         2,463,087          231,014          1,064,575  

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     3,164,144            0.93         4,678,955          563,863          2,628,833  

Livestock

     275,880            0.08         608,080          53,482          353,539  

Metals

     3,821,887            1.13         10,784,203          3,821,887          6,988,060  

Softs

     3,145,874            0.93         3,315,733          1,909,209          2,622,981  
  

 

 

      

 

 

             

Total

     $       37,276,123            11.00              
  

 

 

      

 

 

             

*   Annual average of month-end Values at Risk.

 

Prior to the close of business on December 31, 2017, the Master’s total capitalization was $408,679,588 and the Partnership owned approximately 52.6% of the Master. The Partnership invests substantially all of its assets in the Master. The Master’s Value at Risk as of December 31, 2017 was as follows:

    

 

              December 31, 2017                    
                    Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2017

Market Sector

     Value at Risk          % of Total
  Capitalization  
    High
  Value at Risk  
     Low
  Value at Risk  
     Average
  Value at Risk*  

Currencies

     $ 37,375,662            9.15       $     41,685,050          $     6,859,203          $     29,801,089  

Energy

     6,288,778            1.54         6,288,778          660,791          2,375,862  

Grains

     1,358,483            0.33         2,712,999          1,100,657          1,778,122  

Indices

     20,126,411            4.92         31,470,290          17,643,595          23,398,714  

Interest Rates U.S.

     1,109,639            0.27         5,362,330          514,996          2,048,055  

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     2,562,664            0.63         5,374,331          1,520,731          3,434,888  

Livestock

     502,480            0.12         850,960          359,920          611,098  

Metals

     10,415,048            2.55         10,465,318          1,732,090          4,070,470  

Softs

     2,704,190            0.66         2,735,012          1,140,436          1,782,061  
  

 

 

      

 

 

             

Total

     $         82,443,355            20.17              
  

 

 

      

 

 

             

 

*

Annual average of month-end Values at Risk.

 

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Material Limitations on Value at Risk as an Assessment of Market Risk

The face value of the market sector instruments held by the Master is typically many times the applicable margin requirement (margin requirements generally range between 1% and 15% of contract face value, although an exchange may increase margin requirements on short notice), as well as many times the capitalization of the Master. The magnitude of the Master’s open positions creates a “risk of ruin” not typically found in most other investment vehicles. Because of the size of its positions, certain market conditions — unusual, but historically recurring from time to time — could cause the Master to incur severe losses over a short period of time. The foregoing Value at Risk tables — as well as the past performance of the Master — give no indication of this “risk of ruin.”

Non-Trading Risk

The Partnership has non-trading market risk on its foreign cash balances not needed for margin. These balances and any market risk they may represent are immaterial.

A decline in short-term interest rates would result in a decline in the Partnership’s cash management income. This cash flow risk is not considered to be material.

Materiality, as used throughout this section, is based on an assessment of reasonably possible market movements and any associated potential losses, taking into account the leverage, optionality and multiplier features of the Partnership’s market-sensitive instruments, in relation to the Partnership’s net assets.

Qualitative Disclosures Regarding Primary Trading Risk Exposures

The following qualitative disclosures regarding the Master’s market risk exposures — except for (i) those disclosures that are statements of historical fact and (ii) the descriptions of how the Master manages its primary market risk exposures — constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. The Master’s primary market risk exposures, as well as the strategies used and to be used by the General Partner and the Advisor for managing such exposures, are subject to numerous uncertainties, contingencies and risks, any one of which could cause the actual results of the Master’s risk controls to differ materially from the objectives of such strategies. Government interventions, defaults and expropriations, illiquid markets, the emergence of dominant fundamental factors, political upheavals, changes in historical price relationships, an influx of new market participants, increased regulation and many other factors could result in material losses as well as in material changes to the risk exposures and the management strategies of the Master. There can be no assurance that the Master’s current market exposure and/or risk management strategies will not change materially or that any such strategies will be effective in either the short or long term. Investors must be prepared to lose all or substantially all of their investment in the Partnership.

The following were the primary trading risk exposures of the Master as of December 31, 2018, by market sector. It may be anticipated, however, that these market exposures will vary materially over time.

Currencies. The Master’s currency exposure is to exchange rate fluctuations, primarily fluctuations that disrupt the historical pricing relationships between different currencies and currency pairs. These fluctuations are influenced by interest rate changes as well as political and general economic conditions. The General Partner does not anticipate that the risk profile of the Master’s currency sector will change significantly in the future.

Equities. The Master’s primary equity exposure is to equity price risk in the G8 countries. The stock index futures traded by the Master are limited to futures on broadly based indices. As of December 31, 2018, the Master’s primary exposures were in the S&P 500 (U.S.), Russell 2000 (U.S.), Nikkei 225 (Japan), NASDAQ 100 (U.S.), Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50 (Europe) stock indices. The Master is primarily exposed to the risk of adverse price trends or static markets in the major U.S., Pacific Rim, and European indices. (Static markets would not cause major market changes but would make it difficult for the Master to avoid being “whipsawed” into numerous small losses.)

Interest Rates. Interest rate movements directly affect the price of the futures positions held by the Master and indirectly the value of its stock index and currency positions. Interest rate movements in one country as well as relative interest rate movements between countries materially affect the Master’s profitability. The Master’s primary interest rate exposure is to interest rate fluctuations in the United States and the other G8 countries. However, the Master may also take futures positions on the government debt of smaller nations — e.g., Australia and New Zealand.

Energy. The Master’s primary energy market exposure is to oil and natural gas price movements, often resulting from political developments in the Middle East and weather conditions. Energy prices can be volatile and substantial profits and losses, which have been experienced in the past, are expected to continue to be experienced in these markets in the future.

Metals. The Master’s primary metal market exposure as of December 31, 2018 was to fluctuations in the price of copper, silver, gold, and aluminum.

 

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Softs. The Master’s trading risk exposure in the soft commodities is to agricultural-related price movements, which are often directly affected by supply/demand disruptions and severe or unexpected weather conditions. Sugar, cocoa, coffee, and cotton accounted for the majority of the Master’s soft commodities exposure as of December 31, 2018.

Grains. The Master’s trading risk exposure in the grains is primarily to agricultural price movements, which are often directly affected by supply/demand disruptions and severe or unexpected weather conditions. Wheat, the soybean complex, and corn accounted for the majority of the Master’s grain exposure as of December 31, 2018.

Livestock. The Master’s primary risk exposure in livestock is to fluctuations in hog and cattle prices.

Qualitative Disclosures Regarding Non-Trading Risk Exposure

The following was the only non-trading risk exposure of the Master as of December 31, 2018.

Foreign Currency Balances. The Master may hold various foreign currency balances. The Advisor regularly converts foreign currency balances to U.S. dollars in attempt to control the Master’s non-trading risk.

Qualitative Disclosures Regarding Means of Managing Risk Exposure

The General Partner monitors and attempts to mitigate the Partnership’s (through its investment in the Master) risk exposure on a daily basis through financial, credit and risk management monitoring systems and accordingly, believes that it has effective procedures for evaluating and limiting the credit and market risks to which the Master may be subject.

The General Partner monitors the Master’s performance and the concentration of its open positions, and consults with the Advisor concerning the Master’s overall risk profile. If the General Partner felt it necessary to do so, the General Partner could require the Advisor to close out positions as well as enter positions traded on behalf of the Master. However, any such intervention would be a highly unusual event. The General Partner primarily relies on the Advisor’s own risk control policies while maintaining a general supervisory overview of the Master’s market risk exposures.

The Advisor applies its own risk management policies to its trading. The Advisor often follows diversification guidelines, margin limits and stop loss points to exit a position. The Advisor’s research of risk management often suggests ongoing modifications to its trading programs.

As part of the General Partner’s risk management, the General Partner periodically meets with the Advisor to discuss its risk management and to look for any material changes to the Advisor’s portfolio balance and trading techniques. The Advisor is required to notify the General Partner of any material changes to its programs.

 

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

Ceres Abingdon L.P.

The following financial statements and related items of the Partnership are filed under this Item 8: Oath or Affirmation, Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting, Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016; Statements of Financial Condition at December 31, 2018 and 2017; Statements of Income and Expenses for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016; Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016; and Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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To the Limited Partners of

Ceres Abingdon L.P.

To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the information contained herein is accurate and complete.

 

  LOGO

 

By:

 

Patrick T. Egan

 

President and Director

 

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

General Partner,

 

Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

522 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10036

(855) 672-4468

 

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Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

The management of Ceres Abingdon L.P. (the “Partnership”), Ceres Managed Futures LLC, is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and for our assessment of internal control over financial reporting. The Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that:

 

  (i)

pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Partnership;

 

  (ii)

provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and that receipts and expenditures of the Partnership are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Partnership; and

 

  (iii)

provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection and correction of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Partnership’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

The management of Ceres Abingdon L.P. has assessed the effectiveness of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2018. In making this assessment, management used the criteria set forth in the Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on our assessment, management concluded that the Partnership maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2018 based on the criteria referred to above.

 

LOGO

   

 

 

 

LOGO

 

Patrick T. Egan

President and Director

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

General Partner,

Ceres Abingdon L.P.

   

Steven Ross

Chief Financial Officer and Director

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

General Partner,

Ceres Abingdon L.P.

 
 
 
 

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Partners of Ceres Abingdon L.P.,

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of financial condition of Ceres Abingdon L.P. (the “Partnership”), as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the related statements of income and expenses and changes in partners’ capital for each of the two years in the period then ended, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Partnership at December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the results of its operations and changes in its partners’ capital for each of the two years in the period then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

The statements of income and expenses and changes in partners’ capital for the year ended December 31, 2016 were audited by another independent registered public accounting firm whose report, dated March 24, 2017, expressed an unqualified opinion on those statements.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Partnership’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Partnership’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Partnership in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Partnership is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

We have served as the auditor of the Partnership since 2017.

Boston, MA

March 19, 2019

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Partners of Ceres Abingdon L.P.:

We have audited the accompanying statements of income and expenses and changes in partners’ capital of Ceres Abingdon L.P. (formerly, Managed Futures Premier Abingdon L.P.) (the “Partnership”) for the year ended December 31, 2016. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Partnership’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Partnership is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the results of operations and changes in partners’ capital of Ceres Abingdon L.P. for the year ended December 31, 2016, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

New York, New York

March 24, 2017

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Statements of Financial Condition

December 31, 2018 and 2017

 

       December 31,          December 31,    
     2018      2017  

Assets:

     

Investment in the Master, at fair value (Note 1)

     $ 183,004,312          $ 207,572,661    

Redemptions receivable from the Master

     1,543,808          7,751,458    

Cash at MS&Co. (Note 3c)

     333,269          184,556    

Cash at bank (Note 1)

     -              436    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 184,881,389          $     215,509,111    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital:

     

Liabilities:

     

Accrued expenses:

     

Ongoing selling agent fees (Note 3d)

     $ 278,171          $ 327,053    

Management fees (Note 3b)

     230,423          268,779    

General Partner fees (Note 3a)

     153,615          179,186    

Professional fees

     264,945          159,108    

Redemptions payable to Limited Partners (Note 6)

     836,276          6,888,483    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     1,763,430          7,822,609    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital (Notes 1 and 6):

     

General Partner, Class Z, 1,507.7830 and 1,833.4370 Redeemable Units outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

     2,006,492          2,539,436    

Limited Partners, Class A, 119,266.5507 and 128,698.8997 Redeemable Units outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

     156,601,179          179,443,770    

Limited Partners, Class D, 17,913.2276 Redeemable Units outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017

     22,960,575          24,077,868    

Limited Partners, Class Z, 1,164.5352 and 1,173.5352 Redeemable Units outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

     1,549,713          1,625,428    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total partners’ capital (net asset value)

     183,117,959          207,686,502    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

     $     184,881,389          $ 215,509,111    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit:

     

Class A

     $ 1,313.04          $ 1,394.29    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Class D

     $ 1,281.77          $ 1,344.14    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Class Z

     $ 1,330.76          $ 1,385.07    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Statements of Income and Expenses

For the Years Ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

 

     2018   2017   2016

Income:

      

Interest income allocated from the Master (Note 3c)

     $ 3,308,838       $ 1,488,469       $ 575,103  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

      

Expenses allocated from the Master

     294,552       301,010       308,175  

Ongoing selling agent fees (Note 3d)

     3,622,873       4,116,542       4,449,727  

Management fees (Note 3b)

     2,990,850       3,326,947       3,547,672  

General Partner fees (Note 3a)

     1,993,899       2,217,964       2,365,117  

Professional fees

     552,410       583,999       599,842  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total expenses

     9,454,584       10,546,462       11,270,533  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment loss

     (6,145,746     (9,057,993     (10,695,430
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading results:

      

Net gains (losses) on investment in the Master:

      

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts allocated from the Master

     7,880,690       18,452,640       2,781,411  

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts allocated from the Master

     (13,113,820     3,212,470       1,008,264  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total trading results

     (5,233,130     21,665,110       3,789,675  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     $ (11,378,876     $ 12,607,117       $ (6,905,755
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit* (Note 7):

      

Class A

     $ (81.25     $ 84.35       $ (41.09
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class D

     $ (62.37     $ 97.04       $ (23.11
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Z

     $ (54.31     $ 109.61       $ (13.91
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average Redeemable Units outstanding:

      

Class A

     125,059.6037       151,818.6357       156,734.6785  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class D

     17,913.2276       16,623.8706       14,121.3505  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Z

     2,766.4310       2,773.6683       2,365.9567  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

Represents the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit.

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital

For the Years Ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

 

     Class A      Class D      Class Z      Total  
     Amount        Redeemable Units            Amount            Redeemable Units            Amount            Redeemable Units            Amount            Redeemable Units    

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2015

     $ 204,669,817          151,491.9322          $ 18,010,427          14,179.1386        $ 3,018,907          2,341.3742          $     225,699,151          168,012.4450    

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

     25,790,965          18,766.0025          -              -              50,906          39.8320          25,841,871          18,805.8345    

Redemptions - Limited Partners

     (26,764,567)         (19,760.5230)         (306,349)         (238.9820)         -              -              (27,070,916)         (19,999.5050)   

Net income (loss)

     (6,553,756)         -              (319,319)         -              (32,680)         -              (6,905,755)         -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2016

     197,142,459          150,497.4117          17,384,759          13,940.1566          3,037,133          2,381.2062          217,564,351          166,818.7745    

Subscriptions - General Partner

     -              -              -              -              275,265          215.8170          275,265          215.8170    

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

     26,970,421          20,613.6240          5,000,000          4,033.0710          2,060,000          1,581.6670          34,030,421          26,228.3620    

Redemptions - General Partner

     -              -              -              -              (360,000)         (292.1440)         (360,000)         (292.1440)   

Redemptions - Limited Partners

     (55,269,803)         (42,412.1360)        (76,657)         (60.0000)         (1,084,192)         (879.5740)         (56,430,652)         (43,351.7100)   

Net income (loss)

     10,600,693          -              1,769,766          -              236,658          -              12,607,117          -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2017

     179,443,770          128,698.8997          24,077,868          17,913.2276          4,164,864          3,006.9722          207,686,502          149,619.0995    

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

     7,296,049          5,218.4370          -              -              -              -              7,296,049          5,218.4370    

Redemptions - General Partner

     -              -              -              -              (475,000)         (325.6540)         (475,000)         (325.6540)   

Redemptions - Limited Partners

     (19,998,537)         (14,650.7860)        -              -              (12,179)         (9.0000)         (20,010,716)          (14,659.7860)   

Net income (loss)

     (10,140,103)         -              (1,117,293)         -              (121,480)         -              (11,378,876)         -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2018

     $     156,601,179          119,266.5507          $     22,960,575          17,913.2276          $         3,556,205          2,672.3182          $     183,117,959          139,852.0965    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit:     

2016:

  Class A             $  1,309.94  
     

 

  Class D       $  1,247.10
     

 

  Class Z       $  1,275.46
     

 

2017:

  Class A       $  1,394.29
     

 

  Class D       $  1,344.14
     

 

  Class Z       $  1,385.07
     

 

2018:

  Class A       $  1,313.04
     

 

  Class D       $  1,281.77
     

 

  Class Z       $  1,330.76
     

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

1.

Organization:

Ceres Abingdon L.P. (formerly, Managed Futures Premier Abingdon L.P.) (the “Partnership”) is a limited partnership organized on November 8, 2005, under the partnership laws of the State of New York, to engage, directly or indirectly, in the speculative trading of a diversified portfolio of commodity interests including futures, option, swap and forward contracts. The sectors traded include currencies, energy, grains, indices, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates, livestock, metals and softs. The Partnership commenced trading on February 1, 2007. The commodity interests that are indirectly traded by the Partnership through its investment in CMF Winton Master L.P. (the “Master”) are volatile and involve a high degree of market risk. The General Partner (as defined below) may also determine to invest up to all of the Partnership’s assets (directly or indirectly through its investment in the Master) in United States (“U.S.”) Treasury bills and/or money market mutual funds, including money market mutual funds managed by Morgan Stanley or its affiliates. The Partnership privately and continuously offers redeemable units of limited partnership interest in the Partnership (“Redeemable Units”) to qualified investors. There is no maximum number of Redeemable Units that may be sold by the Partnership.

Ceres Managed Futures LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, acts as the general partner (the “General Partner”) and commodity pool operator of the Partnership. As of January 1, 2017, the General Partner became a wholly–owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc. (“MSD Holdings”). MSD Holdings is ultimately owned by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a publicly held company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley is engaged in various financial services and other businesses. Prior to January 1, 2017, the General Partner was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Holdings LLC. All trading decisions for the Partnership are made by Winton Capital Management Limited (the “Advisor”).

During the periods covered by this report, the Partnership’s and the Master’s commodity broker was Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”), a registered futures commission merchant. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A (“JPMorgan”) was also a foreign exchange forward contract counterparty for the Master. The Partnership and the Master deposited a portion of their cash in non-trading bank accounts at JPMorgan.

On February 1, 2007, the Partnership allocated substantially all of its capital to the Master, a limited partnership organized under the partnership laws of the state of New York, having the same investment objective as the Partnership. The Master permits accounts managed by the Advisor using the Winton Futures Program (formerly, the Winton Diversified Program, as applied without equities), the Advisor’s proprietary, systematic trading program, to invest together in one trading vehicle. The General Partner is also the general partner of the Master. Individual and pooled accounts currently managed by the Advisor, including the Partnership, are permitted to be limited partners of the Master. The General Partner and the Advisor believe that trading through this master/feeder structure promotes efficiency and economy in the trading process. Expenses to investors as a result of the investment in the Master are approximately the same as if the Partnership traded directly, and redemption rights are not affected. The General Partner and the Advisor agreed that the Advisor will trade the Partnership’s assets allocated to the Advisor at a level that is up to 1.5 times the amount of assets allocated.

A limited partner in the Master may withdraw all or part of its capital contribution and undistributed profits, if any, from the Master as of the end of any month (the “Redemption Date”) after a request has been made to the General Partner at least three days in advance of the Redemption Date. Such withdrawals are classified as a liability when the limited partner in the Master elects to redeem and informs the Master.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

The financial statements of the Master, including the Condensed Schedules of Investments, are attached to this report and should be read together with the Partnership’s financial statements.

On April 1, 2011, the Partnership began offering “Class A” Redeemable Units, “Class D” Redeemable Units and “Class Z” Redeemable Units pursuant to the offering memorandum. All Redeemable Units issued prior to April 1, 2011 were deemed Class A Redeemable Units. The rights, liabilities, risks, and fees associated with investment in the Class A Redeemable Units did not change. “Class D” Redeemable Units and “Class Z” Redeemable Units were first issued on April 1, 2011 and August 1, 2011, respectively. Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units will each be referred to as a “Class” and collectively referred to as the “Classes.” The Class of Redeemable Units that a limited partner receives upon a subscription will generally depend upon the amount invested in the Partnership or the status of the limited partner, although the General Partner may determine to offer any Class of Redeemable Units to investors at its discretion. Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units are available to taxable U.S. individuals and institutions, U.S. tax exempt individuals and institutions and non-U.S. investors. Class Z Redeemable Units are offered to limited partners who receive advisory services from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management) (“Morgan Stanley Wealth Management”) and certain employees of Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries (and their family members). Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units are identical, except that Class D Redeemable Units are subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 1/12 of 0.75% (a 0.75% annual rate) of the net assets of Class D as of the end of each month, which differs from the Class A monthly ongoing selling agent fee of 1/12 of 2.00% (a 2.00% annual rate) of the net assets of Class A as of the end of each month. Class Z Redeemable Units are not subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee.

As of December 31, 2018 and prior to the close of business on December 31, 2017, the Partnership owned approximately 53.9% and 52.6%, respectively, of the Master. The Partnership intends to continue to invest substantially all of its assets in the Master. The performance of the Partnership is directly affected by the performance of the Master.

The Partnership will be liquidated upon the first to occur of the following: December 31, 2025; when the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for any Class decreases to less than $400 as of the close of business on any business day; or under certain circumstances as set forth in the limited partnership agreement of the Partnership (the “Limited Partnership Agreement”). In addition, the General Partner may, in its sole discretion, cause the Partnership to dissolve if the Partnership’s aggregate net assets decline to less than $1,000,000.

In July 2015, the General Partner delegated certain administrative functions to SS&C Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation, currently doing business as SS&C GlobeOp (the “Administrator”). Pursuant to a master services agreement, the Administrator furnishes certain administrative, accounting, regulatory reporting, tax and other services as agreed from time to time. In addition, the Administrator maintains certain books and records of the Partnership. The cost of retaining the Administrator is allocated among the pools operated by the General Partner, including the Partnership.

 

2.

Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:

 

  a.

Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements and accompanying notes in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities in the financial statements and accompanying notes. As a result, actual results could differ from these estimates, and those differences could be material.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

  b.

Profit Allocation. The General Partner and each limited partner share in the profits and losses of the Partnership in proportion to the amount of Partnership interest owned by each, except that no limited partner is liable for obligations of the Partnership in excess of their capital contributions and profits, if any, net of distributions or redemptions and losses, if any.

 

  c.

Statement of Cash Flows. The Partnership has not provided a Statement of Cash Flows, as permitted by Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 230, “Statement of Cash Flows.” The Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital is included herein, and as of and for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016, the Partnership carried no debt and all of the Partnership’s and the Master’s investments were carried at fair value and classified as Level 1 or Level 2 measurements.

 

  d.

Partnership’s Investment. The Partnership carries its investment in the Master at fair value based on the Master’s net asset value per Redeemable Unit, as a practical expedient, as calculated by the Master.

Master’s Investments. All commodity interests held by the Master, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments, are held for trading purposes. The commodity interests are recorded on trade date and open contracts are recorded at fair value (as described in Note 5, “Fair Value Measurements” in the attached Master’s financial statements) at the measurement date. Investments in commodity interests denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates prevailing at the measurement date. Gains or losses are realized when contracts are liquidated and are determined using the first-in, first-out method. Net unrealized gains or losses on open contracts are included as a component of equity in trading account in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains or losses and net change in unrealized gains or losses are included in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses. The Master does not isolate the portion of the results of operations arising from the effect of changes in foreign exchange rates on investments due to fluctuations from changes in market prices of investments held. Such fluctuations are included in total trading results in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

  e.

Income Taxes. Income taxes have not been recorded as each partner is individually liable for the taxes, if any, on its share of the Partnership’s income and expenses. The Partnership follows the guidance of ASC 740, “Income Taxes,” which prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing the Partnership’s tax returns to determine whether the tax positions are “more-likely-than-not” of being sustained “when challenged” or “when examined” by the applicable tax authority. Tax positions determined not to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold would be recorded as a tax benefit or liability in the Partnership’s Statements of Financial Condition for the current year. If a tax position does not meet the minimum statutory threshold to avoid the incurring of penalties, an expense for the amount of the statutory penalty and interest, if applicable, shall be recognized in the Statements of Income and Expenses in the years in which the position is claimed or expected to be claimed. The General Partner has concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions that would require recognition in the financial statements. The Partnership files U.S. federal and various state and local tax returns. No income tax returns are currently under examination. The 2015 through 2018 tax years remain subject to examination by U.S. federal and most state tax authorities.

 

  f.

Investment Company Status. Effective January 1, 2014, the Partnership adopted Accounting Standards Update 2013-08, “Financial Services — Investment Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement and Disclosure Requirements” and based on the General Partner’s assessment, the Partnership has been deemed to be an investment company since inception. Accordingly, the Partnership follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of Topic 946 and reflects its investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value reflected in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

  g.

Net Income (Loss) per Redeemable Unit. Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit for each Class is calculated in accordance with ASC 946, “Financial Services – Investment Companies.” See Note 7, “Financial Highlights.”

 

3.

Agreements:

 

  a.

Limited Partnership Agreement:

The General Partner administers the business and affairs of the Partnership, including selecting one or more advisors to make trading decisions for the Partnership. The Partnership pays the General Partner a monthly General Partner fee in return for its services to the Partnership equal to 112 of 1% (1% per year) of month-end Net Assets per Class, for each outstanding Class. Month-end Net Assets per Class, for the purpose of calculating the General Partner fees are Net Assets, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, prior to the reduction of the current month’s management fee, incentive fee accrual, the General Partner fee and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month. This fee may be increased or decreased at the discretion of the General Partner.

 

  b.

Management Agreement:

The General Partner, on behalf of the Partnership, has entered into a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) with the Advisor, a registered commodity trading advisor. The Management Agreement provides that the Advisor has sole discretion in determining the investment of the assets of the Partnership allocated to the Advisor by the General Partner. The Partnership is obligated to pay the Advisor a monthly management fee equal to 112 of 1.5% (1.5% per year) of month-end Net Assets per Class, for each outstanding Class, allocated to the Advisor. Month-end Net Assets per Class, for each outstanding Class, for the purpose of calculating management fees are Net Assets per Class, for each outstanding Class, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, prior to the reduction of the current month’s management fee, incentive fee accrual, the General Partner fee and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month.

In addition, the Partnership is obligated to pay the Advisor an incentive fee, payable quarterly, equal to 20% of the New Trading Profits, as defined in the Management Agreement, earned by the Advisor for the Partnership during each calendar quarter. The Advisor’s incentive fee will be allocated proportionally to each Class based on the net asset value of the respective Class. The Advisor will not be paid incentive fees until the Advisor recovers the net loss incurred and earns additional new trading profits for the Partnership. The Management Agreement may be terminated upon notice by either party.

In allocating substantially all of the assets of the Partnership to the Advisor, the General Partner considers, among other factors, the Advisor’s past performance, trading style, volatility of markets traded and fee requirements. The General Partner may modify or terminate the allocation of assets to the Advisor at any time.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

  c.

Customer Agreement:

The Partnership has entered into a customer agreement with MS&Co. (the “Partnership Customer Agreement”). Under the Partnership Customer Agreement and the foreign exchange brokerage account agreement (described in Note 4, “Trading Activities”), the Partnership pays trading fees for the clearing and, where applicable, execution of transactions, as well as exchange, user, give-up, floor brokerage and National Futures Association fees (collectively, the “clearing fees”) through its investment in the Master. Clearing fees are allocated to the Partnership based on its proportionate share of the Master. Clearing fees will be paid for the life of the Partnership, although the rate at which such fees are paid may be changed. All of the Partnership’s assets available for trading in commodity interests not held in the Master’s accounts at MS&Co. are deposited in the Partnership’s account at MS&Co. or at the Master’s counterparty JPMorgan. The Partnership’s cash deposited with MS&Co. is held in segregated bank accounts to the extent required by Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations. MS&Co. has agreed to pay the Partnership interest on 100% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at MS&Co. at the rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. Prior to November 1, 2017, MS&Co. paid the Partnership interest on 80% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at the rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. The Partnership Customer Agreement may generally be terminated upon notice by either party.

 

  d.

Selling Agreement:

The Partnership has entered into a selling agent agreement with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (the “Selling Agreement”). Under the Selling Agreement, the Partnership pays Morgan Stanley Wealth Management a monthly ongoing selling agent fee at a rate equal to (i) 2% per year of month-end Net Assets for Class A Redeemable Units and (ii) 0.75% per year of month-end Net Assets for Class D Redeemable Units. Class Z Redeemable Units are not subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management pays a portion of its ongoing selling agent fees to properly registered or exempted financial advisors who have sold Redeemable Units. Month-end Net Assets, for the purpose of calculating ongoing selling agent fees are Net Assets, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, prior to the reduction of the current month’s ongoing selling agent fee, management fee, incentive fee accrual, the General Partner fee and other expenses and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

4.

Trading Activities:

The Partnership was formed for the purpose of trading commodity interests, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. The Partnership invests substantially all of its assets through a “master/feeder” structure. The Partnership’s pro-rata share of the results of the Master’s trading activities are shown in the Partnership’s Statements of Income and Expenses.

The Master has entered into a futures brokerage account agreement (the “Master Customer Agreement” and, together with the Partnership Customer Agreement, the “Customer Agreements”) and a foreign exchange brokerage account agreement with MS&Co.

The Customer Agreements give the Partnership and the Master, respectively, the legal right to net unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts. The Partnership and the Master net, for financial reporting purposes, the unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts in the Statements of Financial Condition as the criteria under ASC 210-20,Balance Sheet,” have been met.

Trading and transaction fees are based on the number of trades executed by the Advisor for the Master and the Partnership’s percentage ownership of the Master. All clearing fees paid to MS&Co. are borne by the Master and allocated to the Master’s limited partners, including the Partnership.

For disclosures regarding the Master’s trading activities, see Note 4, “Trading Activities,” in the attached Master’s financial statements.

 

5.

Fair Value Measurements:

See Note 5 of the Master’s financial statements for the determination of the fair value of the Master’s investments and related disclosures, including the fair value hierarchy, pursuant to ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurement.”

 

6.

Subscriptions, Distributions and Redemptions:

Subscriptions are accepted monthly from investors who become limited partners on the first day of the month after their subscriptions are processed. Distributions are made on a pro-rata basis at the sole discretion of the General Partner. No distributions have been made to date. The General Partner does not intend to make any distributions of the Partnership’s profits. A limited partner may require the Partnership to redeem its Redeemable Units at their net asset value per Redeemable Unit as of the last day of any month on three business days’ notice to the General Partner. There is no fee charged to limited partners in connection with redemptions.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

7.

Financial Highlights:

Financial highlights for the limited partner Classes as a whole for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:

 

     2018     2017     2016  

Per Redeemable Unit Performance (for a unit

    outstanding throughout the year):*

   Class A     Class D     Class Z     Class A     Class D     Class Z     Class A     Class D     Class Z  

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

     $ (36.34)        $ (35.58)        $ (36.53)        $ 139.45         $ 133.89         $ 138.27         $ 22.65         $ 20.96         $ 21.04    

Net investment loss

     (44.91)        (26.79)        (17.78)        (55.10)        (36.85)        (28.66)        (63.74)        (44.07)        (34.95)   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) for the year

     (81.25)        (62.37)        (54.31)        84.35         97.04         109.61         (41.09)        (23.11)        (13.91)   

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, beginning of year

     1,394.29         1,344.14         1,385.07         1,309.94         1,247.10         1,275.46         1,351.03         1,270.21         1,289.37    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, end of year

     $ 1,313.04         $ 1,281.77         $ 1,330.76         $ 1,394.29         $ 1,344.14         $ 1,385.07         $ 1,309.94         $ 1,247.10         $ 1,275.46    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     2018     2017     2016  
     Class A     Class D     Class Z     Class A     Class D     Class Z     Class A     Class D     Class Z  
Ratios to Average Limited Partners’ Capital:                   

Net investment loss**

     (3.3)  %      (2.0)  %      (1.3)  %      (4.3)  %      (3.0)  %      (2.5)  %      (4.7)  %      (3.4)  %      2.7   % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

     5.0   %      3.7   %      2.9   %      5.0   %      3.7   %      3.3   %      5.0   %      3.7   %      2.9   % 

Incentive fees

     -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total expenses

     5.0   %      3.7   %      2.9   %      5.0   %      3.7   %      3.3   %      5.0   %      3.7   %      2.9   % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return:

                  

Total return before incentive fees

     (5.8)  %      (4.6)  %      (3.9)  %      6.4   %      7.8   %      8.6   %      (3.0)  %      (1.8)  %      (1.1)  % 

Incentive fees

     -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return after incentive fees

     (5.8)  %      (4.6)  %      (3.9)  %      6.4   %      7.8   %      8.6   %      (3.0)  %      (1.8)  %      (1.1)  % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

*

Net investment loss per Redeemable Unit is calculated by dividing the interest income less total expenses by the average number of Redeemable Units outstanding during the year. The net realized and unrealized gains (losses) per Redeemable Unit is a balancing amount necessary to reconcile the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit with the other per unit information.

**

Interest income allocated from the Master less total expenses.

The above ratios and total return may vary for individual investors based on the timing of capital transactions during the year. Additionally, these ratios are calculated for the limited partner class for the Classes using the limited partners’ share of income, expenses and average partners’ capital of the Partnership and include the income and expenses allocated from the Master.

 

8.

Financial Instrument Risks:

In the normal course of business, the Partnership, through its investment in the Master, is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. These financial instruments may include futures, forwards, options and swaps, whose values are based upon an underlying asset, index, or reference rate, and generally represent future commitments to exchange currencies or cash balances, or to purchase or sell other financial instruments at specific terms at specified future dates, or, in the case of derivative commodity instruments, to have a reasonable possibility to be settled in cash, through physical delivery or with another financial instrument. These instruments may be traded on an exchange, a swap execution facility or over-the-counter (“OTC”). Exchange-traded instruments include futures and certain standardized forward, option and swap contracts. Certain swap contracts may also be traded on a swap execution facility or OTC. OTC contracts are negotiated between contracting parties and also include certain forward and option contracts. Each of these instruments is subject to various risks similar to those relating to the underlying financial instrument, including market and credit risk. In general, the risks associated with OTC contracts are greater than those associated with exchange-traded instruments because of the greater risk of default by the counterparty to an OTC contract.

See Note 8, “Financial Instrument Risks,” of the attached Master’s financial statements for risks relating to financial instruments and derivatives that are traded by the Master.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

Market risk is the potential for changes in the value of the financial instruments traded by the Master due to market changes, including interest and foreign exchange rate movements and fluctuations in commodity or security prices. Market risk is directly impacted by the volatility and liquidity in the markets in which the related underlying assets are traded. The Master is exposed to a market risk equal to the value of futures and forward contracts held and unlimited liability on such contracts sold short.

Credit risk is the possibility that a loss may occur due to the failure of a counterparty to perform according to the terms of a contract. The Partnership’s and the Master’s risk of loss in the event of a counterparty default is typically limited to the amounts recognized in the Statements of Financial Condition and is not represented by the contract or notional amounts of the instruments. The Partnership’s and the Master’s risk of loss is reduced through the use of legally enforceable master netting agreements with counterparties that permit the Partnership and the Master to offset unrealized gains and losses and other assets and liabilities with such counterparties upon the occurrence of certain events. The Partnership and the Master have credit risk and concentration risk, as MS&Co., an MS&Co. affiliate or JPMorgan are counterparties or brokers with respect to the Partnership’s and the Master’s assets. Credit risk with respect to exchange-traded instruments is reduced to the extent that, through MS&Co. or an MS&Co. affiliate, the Partnership’s and the Master’s counterparty is an exchange or clearing organization.

The General Partner monitors and attempts to mitigate the Partnership’s and the Master’s risk exposure on a daily basis through financial, credit and risk management monitoring systems, and accordingly, believes that it has effective procedures for evaluating and limiting the credit and market risks to which the Partnership and the Master may be subject. These monitoring systems generally allow the General Partner to statistically analyze actual trading results with risk-adjusted performance indicators and correlation statistics. In addition, online monitoring systems provide account analysis of futures, forward and option contracts by sector, margin requirements, gain and loss transactions and collateral positions.

The majority of these financial instruments mature within one year of the inception date. However, due to the nature of the Partnership’s and the Master’s business, these instruments may not be held to maturity.

The risk to the limited partners that have purchased Redeemable Units is limited to the amount of their share of the Partnership’s net assets and undistributed profits. This limited liability is a consequence of the organization of the Partnership as a limited partnership under New York law.

In the ordinary course of business, the Master enters into contracts and agreements that contain various representations and warranties and which provide general indemnifications. The Master’s maximum exposure under these arrangements cannot be determined, as this could include future claims that have not yet been made against the Master. The Master considers the risk of any future obligation relating to these indemnifications to be remote.

 

9.

Subsequent Events:

The General Partner evaluates events that occur after the balance sheet date but before and up until financial statements are available to be issued. The General Partner has assessed the subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that, other than disclosed below, there were no subsequent events requiring adjustment to or disclosure in the financial statements.

Effective March 6, 2019, Maureen O’Toole resigned as a director of the General Partner.

 

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Selected unaudited quarterly financial data for the Partnership for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 are summarized below:

 

       For the period from  
October 1, 2018 to
December 31, 2018
  For the period from
July 1, 2018 to
September 30, 2018
  For the period from
April 1, 2018 to
June 30, 2018
  For the period from
January 1, 2018 to
March 31, 2018

Total investment income

     $ 969,100       $ 905,165       $ 761,427       $ 673,146  

Total expenses

     (2,252,209     (2,381,157     (2,354,486     (2,466,732

Total trading results

     (8,915,580     2,759,250       8,350,896       (7,427,696
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     $ (10,198,689     $ 1,283,258       $ 6,757,837       $ (9,221,282
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of Class A

     $ (72.98     $ 8.24       $ 45.66       $ (62.17
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of Class D

     $ (67.01     $ 12.21       $ 48.34       $ (55.91
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of Class Z

     $ (66.94     $ 15.25       $ 52.49       $ (55.11
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     For the period from
October 1, 2017 to
December 31, 2017
  For the period from
July 1, 2017 to
September 30, 2017
  For the period from
April 1, 2017 to
June 30, 2017
  For the period from
January 1, 2017 to
March 31, 2017

Total investment income

     $ 513,684       $ 392,787       $ 330,426       $ 251,572  

Total expenses

     (2,512,762     (2,519,155     (2,695,837     (2,818,708

Total trading results

     24,355,794       2,251,604       (8,695,242     3,752,954  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     $ 22,356,716       $ 125,236       $ (11,060,653     $ 1,185,818  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of Class A

     $ 142.01       $ (0.68     $ (63.41     $ 6.43  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of Class D

     $ 140.68       $ 3.11       $ (56.80     $ 10.05  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit of Class Z

     $ 147.29       $ 5.51       $ (55.89     $ 12.70  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To the Limited Partners of

CMF Winton Master L.P.

To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the information contained herein is accurate and complete.

 

 

LOGO

By: Patrick T. Egan

President and Director

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

General Partner,

CMF Winton Master L.P.

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

522 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10036

855-672-4468

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the General Partner of CMF Winton Master L.P.,

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of financial condition of CMF Winton Master L.P. (the “Partnership”), including the condensed schedules of investments, as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the related statements of income and expenses and changes in partners’ capital for each of the two years in the period then ended, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Partnership at December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the results of its operations and changes in its partners’ capital for each of the two years in the period then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

The statements of income and expenses and changes in partners’ capital for the year ended December 31, 2016 was audited by another independent registered public accounting firm whose report, dated March 24, 2017, expressed an unqualified opinion on those statements.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Partnership’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Partnership’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Partnership in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB and in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Partnership is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of December 31, 2018, by correspondence with the custodian and brokers. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

We have served as the auditor of the Partnership since 2017.

Boston, MA

March 19, 2019

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Partners of CMF Winton Master L.P.:

We have audited the accompanying statements of income and expenses and changes in partners’ capital of CMF Winton Master L.P. (the “Partnership”) for the year ended December 31, 2016. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Partnership’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Partnership is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the results of operations and changes in partners’ capital of CMF Winton Master L.P. for the year ended December 31, 2016, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

New York, New York

March 24, 2017

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Statements of Financial Condition

December 31, 2018 and 2017

 

     December 31,      December 31,  
     2018      2017  

Assets:

     

Equity in trading accounts:

     

Unrestricted cash (Note 3c)

     $   312,715,105          $   304,851,425    

Restricted cash (Note 3c)

     40,002,084          89,363,569    

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     -              2,739,533    

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     -              11,770,077    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total equity in trading accounts

     352,717,189          408,724,604    

Subscription receivable

     261,448          -      

Cash at bank (Note 1)

     -              436    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $   352,978,637          $   408,725,040    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital:

     

Liabilities:

     

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     $     5,670,226          $              -        

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     2,569,275          -        

Accrued expenses:

     

Professional fees

     54,808          45,452    

Redemptions payable (Note 6)

     5,484,714          11,031,281    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     13,779,023          11,076,733    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital:

     

General Partner, 0.0000 Redeemable Units outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017

     -              -        

Limited Partners, 83,051.1742 and 94,701.5079 Redeemable Units outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively

     339,199,614          397,648,307    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total partners’ capital (net asset value)

     339,199,614          397,648,307    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

     $ 352,978,637          $       408,725,040    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit

     $               4,084.22          $   4,198.97    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

December 31, 2018

 

     Notional ($)/
Number of
Contracts
     Fair Value      % of Partners’
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

        

Currencies

     665          $ 498,240          0.15  

Energy

     807          (7,683,693)         (2.27)   

Grains

     23          1,389          0.00  

Indices

     598          (1,528,397)         (0.45)   

Interest Rates U.S.

     274          511,781          0.15    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     6,276          3,509,049                            1.04    

Livestock

     24          10,030          0.00  

Metals

     110          (167,968)         (0.05)   

Softs

     78          (275,765)         (0.08)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

        (5,125,334)         (1.51)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

        

Currencies

     2,903          (2,494,808)         (0.74)   

Energy

     833          3,839,606          1.13    

Grains

     1,819          698,944          0.21    

Indices

     459          721,056          0.21    

Interest Rates U.S.

     356          (418,226)         (0.12)   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     612          (946,029)         (0.28)   

Livestock

     182          119,878          0.04    

Metals

     602          (2,647,825)         (0.78)   

Softs

     1,888          582,512          0.17    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

        (544,892)         (0.16)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

        $  (5,670,226)         (1.67) 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

     $       77,973,985          $         1,063,380          0.31  

Metals

     754          1,571,426          0.46    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

        2,634,806          0.77    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Depreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

     $   59,643,530          (813,774)         (0.24)   

Metals

     875          (4,390,307)         (1.29)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

        (5,204,081)         (1.53)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

        $   (2,569,275)         (0.76) 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

* Due to rounding.

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

December 31, 2017

 

     Notional ($)/
Number of
Contracts
     Fair Value      % of Partners’
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

        

Currencies

     1,445        $ 140,462          0.04  

Energy

     1,407          4,381,395          1.10    

Grains

     163          (34,337)         (0.01)   

Indices

     5,207          2,038,758          0.51    

Interest Rates U.S.

     725          (243,258)         (0.06)   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     2,782          (1,373,334)         (0.35)   

Livestock

     334          (21,225)         (0.01)   

Metals

     156          510,437          0.13    

Softs

     127          426,592          0.11    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

        5,825,490          1.46    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

        

Currencies

     2,218          (1,429,413)         (0.36)   

Energy

     873          (1,676,700)         (0.42)   

Grains

     1,558          450,878          0.11    

Indices

     898          (516,603)         (0.13)   

Interest Rates U.S.

     1,724          605,827          0.15    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     3,798          548,006          0.14    

Metals

     331          (1,506,315)         (0.37)   

Softs

     1,845          438,363          0.11    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

        (3,085,957)         (0.77)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

        $           2,739,533          0.69  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

     $ 294,169,601          $ 5,389,790          1.36  

Metals

     1,920          10,013,668                            2.51    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

        15,403,458          3.87    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Depreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

     $         141,664,343          (1,246,670)         (0.31)   

Metals

     554          (2,386,711)         (0.60)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

        (3,633,381)         (0.91)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

        $ 11,770,077              2.96  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Statements of Income and Expenses

For the Years Ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

 

     2018      2017      2016  

Investment Income:

        

Interest income

     $ 6,135,253          $ 3,078,471          $ 1,359,616    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Expenses:

        

Clearing fees (Note 3c)

     478,287          516,048          641,781    

Professional fees

     68,276          63,880          73,741    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total expenses

     546,563          579,928          715,522    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net investment income (loss)

     5,588,690          2,498,543          644,094    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Trading Results:

        

Net gains (losses) on trading of commodity interests:

        

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts

     15,134,005          35,560,324          8,027,637    

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts

     (22,963,510)         5,616,917          4,077,813    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total trading results

     (7,829,505)         41,177,241          12,105,450    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     $ (2,240,815)         $ 43,675,784          $ 12,749,544    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit (Note 7)*

     $ (50.14)         $ 439.86          $ 63.01    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average Redeemable Units outstanding

     88,119.2309          111,633.1886          142,260.9508    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

*

Represents the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit during the year before distribution of interest income to feeder funds.

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital

For the Years Ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016

 

     Partners’
Capital
 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2015

     $ 603,041,370  

Subscriptions of 7,585.9488 Redeemable Units

     29,302,484  

Redemptions of 38,948.9321 Redeemable Units

     (150,568,990

Distribution of interest income to feeder funds

     (231,430

Net income (loss)

     12,749,544  
  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2016

     494,292,978  

Subscriptions of 10,081.3978 Redeemable Units

     38,351,561  

Redemptions of 45,993.5526 Redeemable Units

     (175,850,106

Distribution of interest income to feeder funds

     (2,821,910

Net income (loss)

     43,675,784  
  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2017

     397,648,307  

Subscriptions of 4,839.4050 Redeemable Units

     20,541,600  

Redemptions of 16,489.7387 Redeemable Units

     (71,055,673

Distribution of interest income to feeder funds

     (5,693,805

Net income (loss)

     (2,240,815
  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2018

     $     339,199,614  
  

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit:

 

2016:

     $       3,784.39    
  

 

 

 

2017:

     $       4,198.97    
  

 

 

 

2018:

     $       4,084.22    
  

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

1.

Organization:

CMF Winton Master L.P. (the “Master”) is a limited partnership organized under the partnership laws of the State of New York to engage in the speculative trading of a diversified portfolio of commodity interests including futures, option, swap and forward contracts. The sectors traded include currencies, energy, grains, indices, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates, livestock, metals and softs. The commodity interests that are traded by the Master are volatile and involve a high degree of market risk. The General Partner (defined below) may also determine to invest up to all of the Master’s assets in United States (“U.S.”) Treasury bills and/or money market mutual funds, including money market mutual funds managed by Morgan Stanley or its affiliates. The Master may sell an unlimited number of redeemable units of limited partnership interest (“Redeemable Units”). The Redeemable Units of the Master are used solely for accounting purposes and do not represent units issued legally.

Ceres Managed Futures LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, acts as the general partner (the “General Partner”) and commodity pool operator of the Master. As of January 1, 2017 the General Partner became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc. (“MSD Holdings”). MSD Holdings is ultimately owned by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a publicly held company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley is engaged in various financial services and other businesses. Prior to January 1, 2017, the General Partner was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Holdings LLC. All trading decisions for the Master are made by the Advisor (defined below).

On November 1, 2004 (commencement of trading operations), Ceres Orion L.P. (formerly, Orion Futures Fund L.P.) (“Orion”) allocated a portion of its capital to the Master. On July 1, 2005, Institutional Futures Portfolio L.P. (“Institutional Portfolio”) allocated a portion of its capital to the Master. On February 1, 2007, Ceres Abingdon L.P. (formerly, Managed Futures Premier Abingdon L.P.) (“Abingdon”) allocated a portion of its capital to the Master. On March 1, 2007, Global Futures Fund Ltd. (“Global Futures”) allocated a portion of its capital to the Master. On June 1, 2013, Managed Futures Custom Solutions Fund LP – Series A (formerly, Morgan Stanley Managed Futures Custom Solutions Fund LP – Series A) (“Custom Solutions”) allocated a portion of its capital to the Master. Effective July 31, 2017, Custom Solutions terminated operations and redeemed its investment in the Master. On December 31, 2017, Institutional Portfolio terminated operations and redeemed its investment in the Master. The Master permits commodity pools managed by Winton Capital Management Limited (the “Advisor”) using the Winton Futures Program, the Advisor’s proprietary, systematic trading program, to invest together in one trading vehicle.

During the periods covered by this report, the Master’s commodity broker was Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”), a registered futures commission merchant. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan”) also was a foreign exchange forward contract counterparty for the Master. The Master deposited a portion of its cash in a non-trading bank account at JPMorgan.

As of December 31, 2018, the Master operated under a structure where its investors consisted of Orion, Abingdon and Global Futures (each a “Feeder,” and collectively, the “Funds”). References herein to a “Feeder” or the “Funds” may also include as relevant, reference to Institutional Portfolio and Custom Solutions. Orion, Abingdon and Global Futures each owned approximately 45.1%, 53.9% and 1.0% of the Master on December 31, 2018, respectively. Orion, Institutional, Abingdon and Global Futures each owned approximately 45.8%, 0.7%, 52.6% and 0.9% of the Master prior to the close of business on December 31, 2017, respectively.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

The Master will be liquidated upon the first to occur of the following: December 31, 2024; or under certain other circumstances as set forth in the limited partnership agreement of the Master (the “Limited Partnership Agreement”).

In July 2015, the General Partner delegated certain administrative functions to SS&C Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation, currently doing business as SS&C GlobeOp (the “Administrator”). Pursuant to a master services agreement, the Administrator furnishes certain administrative, accounting, regulatory reporting, tax and other services as agreed from time to time. In addition, the Administrator maintains certain books and records of the Master.

 

2.

Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:

 

  a.

Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements and accompanying notes in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities in the financial statements and accompanying notes. As a result, actual results could differ from these estimates, and those differences could be material.

 

  b.

Statement of Cash Flows. The Master has not provided a Statement of Cash Flows, as permitted by Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 230, “Statement of Cash Flows.” The Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital is included herein, and as of and for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016, the Master carried no debt and all of the Master’s investments were carried at fair value as classified as Level 1 or Level 2 measurements.

 

  c.

Master’s Investments. All commodity interests held by the Master, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments, are held for trading purposes. The commodity interests are recorded on trade date and open contracts are recorded at fair value (as described in Note 5, “Fair Value Measurements”) at the measurement date. Investments in commodity interests denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates prevailing at the measurement date. Gains or losses are realized when contracts are liquidated and are determined using the first-in, first-out method. Net unrealized gains or losses on open contracts are included as a component of equity in trading accounts in the Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains or losses and net change in unrealized gains or losses are reported in the Statements of Income and Expenses. The Master does not isolate the portion of the results of operations arising from the effect of changes in foreign exchange rates on investments from fluctuations from changes in market prices of investments held. Such fluctuations are included in total trading results in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

Master’s Cash. The Master’s restricted and unrestricted cash includes cash denominated in foreign currencies of $2,271,393 (cost of $2,273,441) and $16,294,826 (cost of $16,082,475) at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

  d.

Income and Expenses Recognition. All of the income and expenses and realized and unrealized gains and losses on trading of commodity interests are determined on each valuation day and allocated pro-rata among the Funds at the time of such determination.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

  e.

Income Taxes. Income taxes have not been recorded as each partner is individually liable for the taxes, if any, on its share of the Master’s income and expenses. The Master follows the guidance of ASC 740, “Income Taxes,” which prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing the Master’s tax returns to determine whether the tax positions are “more-likely-than-not” of being sustained “when challenged” or “when examined” by the applicable tax authority. Tax positions determined not to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold would be recorded as a tax benefit or liability in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition for the current year. If a tax position does not meet the minimum statutory threshold to avoid the incurring of penalties, an expense for the amount of the statutory penalty and interest, if applicable, shall be recognized in the Statements of Income and Expenses in the years in which the position is claimed or expected to be claimed. The General Partner has concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions that would require recognition in the financial statements. The Master files U.S. federal and various state and local tax returns. No income tax returns are currently under examination. The 2015 through 2018 tax years remain subject to examination by U.S. federal and most state tax authorities.

 

  f.

Investment Company Status. Effective January 1, 2014, the Master adopted Accounting Standards Update 2013-08, “Financial Services—Investment Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement and Disclosure Requirements” and based on the General Partner’s assessment, the Master has been deemed to be an investment company since inception. Accordingly, the Master follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of Topic 946 and reflects its investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value reflected in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

  g.

Net Income (Loss) per Redeemable Unit. Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit is calculated in accordance with ASC 946, “Financial Services—Investment Companies.” See Note 7, “Financial Highlights.”

 

3.

Agreements:

 

  a.

Limited Partnership Agreement:

The General Partner administers the business and affairs of the Master, including selecting one or more advisors to make trading decisions for the Master.

 

  b.

Management Agreement:

The General Partner, on behalf of the Master, has entered into a management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) with the Advisor, a registered commodity trading advisor. The Advisor is not affiliated with the General Partner or MS&Co. and is not responsible for the organization or operation of the Master. The Management Agreement provides that the Advisor has sole discretion in determining the investment of the assets of the Master. All management fees in connection with the Management Agreement are borne by the Funds. The Management Agreement may be terminated upon notice by either party.

 

  c.

Customer Agreement:

The Master has entered into a customer agreement with MS&Co. (the “Customer Agreement”) and a foreign exchange brokerage account agreement with MS&Co.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

Under the Customer Agreement and the foreign exchange brokerage account agreement, the Master pays MS&Co. trading fees for the clearing and, where applicable, the execution of transactions. Further, all trading, exchange, clearing, user, give-up, floor brokerage and National Futures Association fees (collectively, the “clearing fees”) are borne by the Master and allocated to the Funds. All other fees are borne by the Funds. The Master’s cash deposited with MS&Co. is held in segregated bank accounts to the extent required by Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations. The Master’s restricted cash is equal to the cash portion of assets on deposit to meet margin requirements, as determined by the exchange or counterparty, and required by MS&Co. and/or JPMorgan, as applicable. At December 31, 2018 and 2017, the amount of restricted and unrestricted cash held by the Master for margin requirements was $40,002,084 and $89,363,569, respectively. Cash that is not classified as restricted cash is therefore classified as unrestricted cash. The Customer Agreement may generally be terminated upon notice by either party.

 

  d.

FX Agreement:

On July 12, 2017, the Master entered into certain agreements with JPMorgan in connection with trading in forward foreign currency contracts. These agreements include a foreign exchange and bullion authorization agreement (“FX Agreement”), an International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. master agreement (“Master Agreement”), a schedule to the Master Agreement, a 2016 credit support annex for variation margin to the schedule and an institutional account agreement. Under the FX Agreement, JPMorgan charges a fee on the aggregate foreign currency transactions entered into on behalf of the Master during a month.

 

4.

Trading Activities:

The Master was formed for the purpose of trading contracts in a variety of commodity interests, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity interests. The results of the Master’s trading activities are shown in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

The Customer Agreement gives the Master the legal right to net unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts. The Master nets, for financial reporting purposes, the unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts in the Statements of Financial Condition as the criteria under ASC 210-20,Balance Sheet,” have been met.

All of the commodity interests owned by the Master are held for trading purposes. The monthly average number of futures contracts traded during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 were 19,187 and 23,311, respectively. The monthly average number of metals forward contracts traded during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 were 1,769 and 1,131, respectively. The monthly average notional values of currency forward contracts traded during the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 were $249,467,524 and $469,246,019, respectively.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

The following tables summarize the gross and net amounts recognized relating to assets and liabilities of the Master’s derivatives and their offsetting subject to master netting agreements or similar arrangements as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

                Gross Amounts    
Offset in the

Statements of
Financial

Condition
     Amounts
    Presented in the    

Statements of
Financial

Condition
     Gross Amounts Not Offset in the
    Statements of Financial Condition    
        

December 31, 2018    

       Gross Amounts    
Recognized
     Financial
Instruments
         Cash Collateral    
Received/

Pledged*
     Net
    Amount    
 

Assets

                 

MS&Co.

                 

Futures

     $ 12,642,665          $ (12,642,665)         $ -              $ -              $ -              $ -        

Forwards

     1,579,370          (1,579,370)         -              -              -              -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     14,222,035          (14,222,035)         -              -              -              -        

JPMorgan

                 

Forwards

     1,055,436          (813,774)         241,662          -              -              241,662    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 15,277,471          $ (15,035,809)         $ 241,662          $ -              $ -              $ 241,662    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                 

MS&Co.

                 

Futures

     $ (18,312,891)         $ 12,642,665          $ (5,670,226)         $ -              $ -              $ (5,670,226)   

Forwards

     (4,390,307)         1,579,370          (2,810,937)         -              -              (2,810,937)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     (22,703,198)         14,222,035          (8,481,163)         -              -              (8,481,163)   

JPMorgan

                 

Forwards

     (813,774)         813,774          -              -              -              -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ (23,516,972)         $ 15,035,809          $ (8,481,163)         $ -              $ -              $ (8,481,163)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net fair value

                    $     (8,239,501) 
                 

 

 

 
                Gross Amounts    
Offset in the

Statements of
Financial

Condition
     Amounts
    Presented in the    

Statements of
Financial

Condition
     Gross Amounts Not Offset in the
    Statements of Financial Condition    
        

December 31, 2017    

       Gross Amounts    
Recognized
     Financial
    Instruments    
     Cash Collateral
    Received/    

Pledged*
     Net
    Amount    
 

Assets

                 

MS&Co.

                 

Futures

     $ 13,523,003          $ (10,783,470)         $ 2,739,533          $ -              $ -              $ 2,739,533    

Forwards

     10,013,668          (2,386,711)         7,626,957          -              -              7,626,957    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     23,536,671          (13,170,181)         10,366,490          -              -              10,366,490    

JPMorgan

                 

Forwards

     5,389,790          (1,246,670)         4,143,120          -              -              4,143,120    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 28,926,461          $ (14,416,851)         $ 14,509,610          $ -              $ -              $ 14,509,610    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                 

MS&Co.

                 

Futures

     $ (10,783,470)         $ 10,783,470          $ -              $ -              $ -              $ -        

Forwards

     (2,386,711)         2,386,711          -              -              -              -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     (13,170,181)         13,170,181          -              -              -              -        

JPMorgan

                 

Forwards

     (1,246,670)         1,246,670          -              -              -              -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ (14,416,851)         $ 14,416,851          $ -              $ -              $ -              $ -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net fair value

                    $ 14,509,610  
                 

 

 

 

 

*

In the event of default by the Master, MS&Co., the Master’s commodity futures broker and a counterparty to certain of the Master’s non-exchange-traded contracts, as applicable, and JPMorgan, as a counterparty to certain of the Master’s non-exchange-traded contracts, has the right to offset the Master’s obligation with the Master’s cash and/or U.S. Treasury bills held by MS&Co. or JPMorgan, as applicable, thereby minimizing MS&Co.’s and JPMorgan’s risk of loss. In certain instances, a counterparty may not post collateral and as such, in the event of default by such counterparty, the Master is exposed to the amount shown in the Statements of Financial Condition. In the case of exchange-traded contracts, the Master’s exposure to counterparty risk may be reduced since the exchange’s clearinghouse interposes its credit between buyer and seller and the clearinghouse’s guarantee funds may be available in the event of a default.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

The following tables indicate the gross fair values of derivative instruments of futures and forward contracts as separate assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

     December 31,
2018
 

Assets

  

Futures Contracts

  

Currencies

     $ 1,121,770    

Energy

     3,883,716    

Grains

     763,198    

Indices

     755,310    

Interest Rates U.S.

     517,969    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     3,526,064    

Livestock

     198,893    

Metals

     171,670    

Softs

     1,704,075    
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

         12,642,665    
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Futures Contracts

  

Currencies

     (3,118,338)   

Energy

     (7,727,803)   

Grains

     (62,865)   

Indices

     (1,562,651)   

Interest Rates U.S.

     (424,414)   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     (963,044)   

Livestock

     (68,985)   

Metals

     (2,987,463)   

Softs

     (1,397,328)   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     (18,312,891)   
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     $ (5,670,226) 
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Forward Contracts

  

Currencies

     $ 1,063,380    

Metals

     1,571,426    
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     2,634,806    
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Forward Contracts

  

Currencies

     (813,774)   

Metals

     (4,390,307)   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     (5,204,081)   
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     $ (2,569,275)  ** 
  

 

 

 

 

*

This amount is in “Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

**

This amount is in “Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

     December 31,
2017
 

Assets

  

Futures Contracts

  

Currencies

     $ 906,387    

Energy

     4,524,315    

Grains

     485,142    

Indices

     4,060,424    

Interest Rates U.S.

     702,601    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     736,601    

Livestock

     168,885    

Metals

     513,345    

Softs

     1,425,303    
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

         13,523,003    
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Futures Contracts

  

Currencies

     (2,195,338)   

Energy

     (1,819,620)   

Grains

     (68,601)   

Indices

     (2,538,269)   

Interest Rates U.S.

     (340,032)   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     (1,561,929)   

Livestock

     (190,110)   

Metals

     (1,509,223)   

Softs

     (560,348)   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     (10,783,470)   
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     $ 2,739,533  
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Forward Contracts

  

Currencies

     $ 5,389,790    

Metals

     10,013,668    
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     15,403,458    
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Forward Contracts

  

Currencies

     (1,246,670)  

Metals

     (2,386,711)  
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     (3,633,381)  
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     $ 11,770,077  ** 
  

 

 

 

 

*

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

**

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

The following table indicates the trading gains and losses, by market sector, on derivative instruments for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016.

 

    2018     2017     2016  

Sector

     

Currencies

    $ (12,484,472)        $ (13,714,137)        $ 19,150,065    

Energy

    8,898,550         (4,386,443)        (17,414,694)   

Grains

    481,527         (1,197,928)        (5,876,807)   

Indices

    (6,885,705)        74,856,881         (792,804)   

Interest Rates U.S.

    (1,479,474)        (3,966,298)        5,069,108    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

    6,143,844         (10,225,016)        36,333,655    

Livestock

    (1,000,858)        964,380         398,145    

Metals

    (3,688,505)        (4,610,063)        (25,923,637)   

Softs

    2,185,588         3,455,865         1,162,419    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

    $     (7,829,505)  ***      $     41,177,241   ***      $     12,105,450   *** 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

***  This amount is in “Total trading results” in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

5.

Fair Value Measurements:

Master’s Fair Value Measurements. Fair value is defined as the value that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date under current market conditions. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to fair values derived from unobservable inputs (Level 3). The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement in its entirety falls shall be determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

The fair value of exchange-traded futures, option and forward contracts is determined by the various exchanges, and reflects the settlement price for each contract as of the close of business on the last business day of the reporting period. The fair value of foreign currency forward contracts is extrapolated on a forward basis from the spot prices quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period from various exchanges. The fair value of non-exchange-traded foreign currency option contracts is calculated by applying an industry standard model application for options valuation of foreign currency options, using as input the spot prices, interest rates, and option implied volatilities quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period. U.S. Treasury bills are valued at the last available bid price received from independent pricing services as of the close of the last business day of the reporting period.

The Master considers prices for commodity futures, exchange-traded swap and option contracts to be based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities (Level 1). The values of U.S. Treasury bills, non-exchange-traded forward, swap and certain option contracts for which market quotations are not readily available are priced by pricing services that derive fair values for those assets and liabilities from observable inputs (Level 2). As of and for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Master did not hold any derivative instruments that were priced at fair value using unobservable inputs through the application of the General Partner’s assumptions and internal valuation pricing models (Level 3).

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

 December 31, 2018

      Total             Level 1             Level 2             Level 3      

Assets

       

Futures

    $ 12,642,665         $ 12,642,665         $ -             $ -        

Forwards

    2,634,806         -             2,634,806         -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

    $ 15,277,471         $ 12,642,665         $ 2,634,806         $ -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities

       

Futures

    $ 18,312,891         $ 18,312,891         $ -             $ -        

Forwards

    5,204,081         -             5,204,081         -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    $     23,516,972         $     18,312,891         $ 5,204,081         $ -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 December 31, 2017

      Total             Level 1             Level 2             Level 3      

Assets

       

Futures

    $ 13,523,003         $ 13,523,003         $ -             $ -        

Forwards

    15,403,458         -             15,403,458         -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

    $ 28,926,461         $ 13,523,003         $     15,403,458         $ -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities

       

Futures

    $ 10,783,470         $ 10,783,470         $ -             $ -        

Forwards

    3,633,381         -             3,633,381         -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    $ 14,416,851         $ 10,783,470         $ 3,633,381         $             -        
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

6.

Subscriptions, Distributions and Redemptions:

Subscriptions are accepted monthly from investors who become limited partners on the first day of the month after their subscriptions are processed. Distributions are made on a pro-rata basis at the sole discretion of the General Partner. No distributions have been made to date. The General Partner does not intend to make any distributions of the Master’s profits, except for distribution of interest income to feeder funds, as applicable. A limited partner may withdraw all or part of its capital contribution and undistributed profits, if any, from the Master as of the end of any month (the “Redemption Date”) after a request for redemption has been made to the General Partner at least three days in advance of the Redemption Date. Such withdrawals are classified as a liability when the limited partner elects to redeem and informs the Master.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

7.

Financial Highlights:

Financial highlights for the limited partner class as a whole for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:

 

        2018             2017             2016      

Per Redeemable Unit Performance (for a unit outstanding throughout the year):*

     

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

    $ (113.56)        $ 417.48         $ 58.48    

Net investment income (loss)

    63.42         22.38         4.53    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) for the year

    (50.14)        439.86         63.01    

Distribution of interest income to feeder funds

    (64.61)        (25.28)        (1.63)   

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, beginning of year

    4,198.97         3,784.39         3,723.01    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, end of year

    $         4,084.22         $         4,198.97         $         3,784.39    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ratios to Average Limited Partners’ Capital:

     

    Net investment income (loss)**

    1.5       0.6       0.1  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

    Operating expenses

    0.1       0.1       0.1  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return

    (1.2)      11.6       1.7  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

*

Net investment income (loss) per Redeemable Unit is calculated by dividing the interest income less total expenses by the average number of Redeemable Units outstanding during the year. The net realized and unrealized gains (losses) per Redeemable Unit is a balancing amount necessary to reconcile the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit with the other per unit information.

**

Interest income less total expenses.

The above ratios and total return may vary for individual investors based on the timing of capital transactions during the year. Additionally, these ratios are calculated for the limited partner class using the limited partners’ share of income, expenses and average partners’ capital.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

8.

Financial Instrument Risks:

In the normal course of business, the Master is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. These financial instruments may include forwards, futures, options and swaps, whose values are based upon an underlying asset, index, or reference rate, and generally represent future commitments to exchange currencies or cash balances, or to purchase or sell other financial instruments at specific terms at specified future dates, or, in the case of derivative commodity instruments, to have a reasonable possibility to be settled in cash, through physical delivery or with another financial instrument. These instruments may be traded on an exchange, a swap execution facility or over-the-counter (“OTC”). Exchange-traded instruments include futures and certain standardized forward, option and swap contracts. Certain swap contracts may also be traded on a swap execution facility or OTC. OTC contracts are negotiated between contracting parties and also include certain forward and option contracts. Each of these instruments is subject to various risks similar to those related to the underlying financial instruments, including market and credit risk. In general, the risks associated with OTC contracts are greater than those associated with exchange-traded instruments because of the greater risk of default by the counterparty to an OTC contract. The General Partner estimates that at any given time approximately 12.9 % to 46.6% of the Master’s contracts are traded OTC.

Futures Contracts. The Master trades futures contracts. A futures contract is a firm commitment to buy or sell a specified quantity of investments, currency or a standardized amount of a deliverable grade commodity, at a specified price on a specified future date, unless the contract is closed before the delivery date or the delivery quantity is something where physical delivery cannot occur (such as the S&P 500 Index), whereby such contract is settled in cash. Payments (“variation margin”) may be made or received by the Master each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Master. When the contract is closed, the Master records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed. Transactions in futures contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the futures broker, with the exchange on which the contracts are traded. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on futures contracts are included in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

Forward Foreign Currency Contracts. Forward foreign currency contracts are those contracts where the Master agrees to receive or deliver a fixed quantity of foreign currency for an agreed-upon price on an agreed-upon future date. Forward foreign currency contracts are valued daily, and the Master’s net equity therein, representing unrealized gain or loss on the contracts as measured by the difference between the forward foreign exchange rates at the dates of entry into the contracts and the forward rates at the reporting date, is included in the Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on foreign currency contracts are recognized in the period in which the contract is closed or the changes occur, respectively, and are included in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

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CMF Winton Master L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

 

London Metals Exchange Forward Contracts. Metal contracts traded on the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) represent a firm commitment to buy or sell a specified quantity of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin or zinc. LME contracts traded by the Master are cash settled based on prompt dates published by the LME. Variation margin may be made or received by the Master each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Master. A contract is considered offset when all long positions have been matched with a like number of short positions settling on the same prompt date. When the contract is closed at the prompt date, the Master records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed. Transactions in LME contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the broker, with the LME. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on metal contracts are included in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

Market risk is the potential for changes in the value of the financial instruments traded by the Master due to market changes, including interest and foreign exchange rate movements and fluctuations in commodity or security prices. Market risk is directly impacted by the volatility and liquidity in the markets in which the related underlying assets are traded. The Master is exposed to market risk equal to the value of futures and forward contracts held and unlimited liability on such contracts sold short.

Credit risk is the possibility that a loss may occur due to the failure of a counterparty to perform according to the terms of a contract. The Master’s risk of loss in the event of a counterparty default is typically limited to the amounts recognized in the Statements of Financial Condition and is not represented by the contract or notional amounts of the instruments. The Master’s risk of loss is reduced through the use of legally enforceable master netting agreements with counterparties that permit the Master to offset unrealized gains and losses and other assets and liabilities with such counterparties upon the occurrence of certain events. The Master has credit risk and concentration risk, as MS&Co., an MS&Co. affiliate or JPMorgan are counterparties or brokers with respect to the Master’s assets. Credit risk with respect to exchange-traded instruments is reduced to the extent that, through MS&Co. or an MS&Co. affiliate, the Master’s counterparty is an exchange or clearing organization.

The General Partner monitors and attempts to mitigate the Master’s risk exposure on a daily basis through financial, credit and risk management monitoring systems and, accordingly, believes that it has effective procedures for evaluating and limiting the credit and market risks to which the Master may be subject. These monitoring systems generally allow the General Partner to statistically analyze actual trading results with risk-adjusted performance indicators and correlation statistics. In addition, online monitoring systems provide account analysis of futures, forward and option contracts by sector, margin requirements, gain and loss transactions and collateral positions.

The majority of these instruments mature within one year of the inception date. However, due to the nature of the Master’s business, these instruments may not be held to maturity.

In the ordinary course of business, the Master enters into contracts and agreements that contain various representations and warranties and which provide general indemnifications. The Master’s maximum exposure under these arrangements cannot be determined, as this could include future claims that have not yet been made against the Master. The Master considers the risk of any future obligation relating to these indemnifications to be remote.

 

9.

Subsequent Events:

The General Partner evaluates events that occur after the balance sheet date but before and up until financial statements are available to be issued. The General Partner has assessed the subsequent events through March 19, 2019, the date the financial statements were available to be issued and has determined that, other than disclosed below, there were no subsequent events requiring adjustment to or disclosure in the financial statements.

Effective March 6, 2019, Maureen O’Toole resigned as a director of the General Partner.

 

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Selected unaudited quarterly financial data for the Master for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 are summarized below:

 

      For the period from  
October 1, 2018 to
December 31, 2018
      For the period from  
July 1, 2018 to
September 30, 2018
      For the period from  
April 1, 2018 to
June 30, 2018
      For the period from  
January 1, 2018 to
March 31, 2018
 

Total investment income

    $ 1,813,821         $ 1,679,291         $ 1,395,806         $ 1,246,335    

Total expenses

    (116,205)        (156,512)        (124,262)        (149,584)   

Total trading results

    (16,532,772)        5,093,658         15,346,120         (11,736,511)   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

    $ (14,835,156)        $ 6,616,437         $ 16,617,664         $ (10,639,760)   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit

    $ (176.62)        $ 76.26         $ 188.92         $ (138.70)   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    For the period from
October 1, 2017 to
December 31, 2017
    For the period from
July 1, 2017 to
September 30, 2017
    For the period from
April 1, 2017 to
June 30, 2017
    For the period from
January 1, 2017 to
March 31, 2017
 

Total investment income

    $ 998,587         $ 822,329         $ 704,553         $ 553,002    

Total expenses

    (89,844)        (163,372)        (164,697)        (162,015)   

Total trading results

    46,129,144         4,153,467         (16,536,338)        7,430,968    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

    $ 47,037,887         $ 4,812,424         $ (15,996,482)        $ 7,821,955    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in net asset value per Redeemable Unit

    $ 473.42         $ 42.99         $ (140.83)        $ 64.28    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure. Not applicable.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

The Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Partnership on the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods expected in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Partnership in the reports it files is accumulated and communicated to management, including the President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the General Partner, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure and appropriate SEC filings.

The General Partner is responsible for ensuring that there is an adequate and effective process for establishing, maintaining and evaluating disclosure controls and procedures for the Partnership’s external disclosures.

The General Partner’s President and CFO have evaluated the effectiveness of the Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of December 31, 2018 and, based on that evaluation, the General Partner’s President and CFO have concluded that at that date the Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

The Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting is a process under the supervision of the General Partner’s President and CFO to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. These controls include policies and procedures that:

 

   

pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Partnership;

 

   

provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP, and (ii) the Partnership’s receipts are handled and expenditures are made only pursuant to authorizations of the General Partner; and

 

   

provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection and correction of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Partnership’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

The report included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.” includes the General Partner’s report on internal control over financial reporting (“Management’s Report”).

There were no changes in the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting.

Item 9B. Other Information.

Effective March 6, 2019, Maureen O’Toole resigned as a director of the General Partner.

 

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PART III

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

The Partnership has no directors or executive officers and its affairs are managed by its General Partner. Investment decisions are made by the Advisor.

The directors and executive officers of the General Partner are Patrick T. Egan (President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Partner), Steven Ross (Chief Financial Officer and Director), Feta Zabeli (Director), Matthew R. Graver (Director) and Etsuko Jennings (Director). Each director holds office until the earlier of his or her death, resignation or removal. Vacancies on the board of directors may be filled by either (i) the majority vote of the remaining directors or (ii) MSD Holdings, as the sole member of the General Partner. The officers of the General Partner are designated by the General Partner’s board of directors. Each officer will hold office until his or her successor is designated and qualified or until his or her death, resignation or removal.

Directors of the General Partner are responsible for overall corporate governance of the General Partner and meet periodically to consider strategic decisions regarding the General Partner’s activities. Under CFTC rules, each Director of the General Partner is deemed to be a principal of the General Partner and, as a result, is listed as such with NFA. Patrick T. Egan, Steven Ross and Feta Zabeli serve on the General Partner’s Investment Committee and are the trading principals responsible for allocation decisions (or supervising those responsible).

Patrick T. Egan, age 50, has been a Director of the General Partner since December 2010. Since December 2010, Mr. Egan has been a principal and registered as an associated person of the General Partner, and is an associate member of NFA. Since October 2014, Mr. Egan has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Partner. Since August 2013, Mr. Egan has been registered as a swap associated person of the General Partner. From September 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Egan served as a Vice President of Morgan Stanley Strategies LLC, formerly known as Morgan Stanley GWM Feeder Strategies LLC, which acts as a general partner to multiple alternative investment entities, and Morgan Stanley AI GP LLC, formerly known as Morgan Stanley HedgePremier GP LLC, which acts as a general partner and administrative agent to numerous hedge fund feeder funds. From September 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Egan was registered as an associated person and listed as a principal of each such entity. Since January 2013, each such entity has been registered as a commodity pool operator with the CFTC. Mr. Egan was responsible for overseeing the implementation of certain CFTC and NFA regulatory requirements applicable to such entities. From June 2009 to December 2014, Mr. Egan was employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, a financial services firm, where his responsibilities included serving as Executive Director and as Co-Chief Investment Officer for Morgan Stanley Managed Futures from June 2009 through June 2011 and as Chief Risk Officer for Morgan Stanley Managed Futures from June 2011 through October 2014. Since October 2014, Mr. Egan has been responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of Morgan Stanley Managed Futures. Since January 2015, Mr. Egan has been employed by the General Partner. From November 2010 to October 2014, Mr. Egan was registered as an associated person of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. From April 2007 through June 2009, Mr. Egan was employed by MS & Co., a financial services firm, where his responsibilities included serving as Head of Due Diligence and Manager Research for Morgan Stanley’s Managed Futures Department. From April 2007 through June 2009, Mr. Egan was registered as an associated person of MS & Co. From March 1993 through April 2007, Mr. Egan was employed by Morgan Stanley DW Inc., a financial services firm, where his initial responsibilities included serving as an analyst and manager within the Managed Futures Department (with primary responsibilities for product development, due diligence, investment analysis and risk management of the firm’s commodity pools) and later included serving as Head of Due Diligence and Manager Research for Morgan Stanley’s Managed Futures Department. From February 1998 through April 2007, Mr. Egan was registered as an associated person of Morgan Stanley DW Inc. From August 1991 through March 1993, Mr. Egan was employed by Dean Witter Intercapital, the asset management arm of Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., where his responsibilities included serving as a mutual fund administration associate. Mr. Egan also served as a Director from November 2004 through October 2006, and from November 2006 through October 2008 of the Managed Funds Association’s Board of Directors, a position he was elected to by industry peers for two consecutive two-year terms. Mr. Egan earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance in May 1991 from the University of Notre Dame.

Steven Ross, age 47, has been Chief Financial Officer and a principal of the General Partner since July 2014 and a Director of the General Partner since February 2016. Mr. Ross has been employed by Morgan Stanley Investment Management, a financial services firm, since September 2005, where his responsibilities include serving as an Assistant Treasurer of Morgan Stanley with respect to certain investment vehicles publicly offered by Morgan Stanley. Mr. Ross is also an Executive Director of the Morgan Stanley Fund Administration Group where he is responsible for finance and accounting matters for certain private funds offered by Morgan Stanley. Before joining Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Mr. Ross was employed by JPMorgan Investor Services Co., a financial services firm, from December 1997 through September 2005, where his responsibilities included serving as a Vice President responsible for the accounting of certain funds sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other large fund families serviced by JPMorgan Investor Services Co. From April 1997 to December 1997, Mr. Ross was employed by Investors Bank & Trust, a financial services firm, where his responsibilities included performing mutual fund accounting for financial services firms. Mr. Ross began his career at Putnam Investments LLC, a financial services firm, where he was responsible for providing broker services for certain funds sponsored by Putnam Investments LLC from August 1996 to April 1997. Mr. Ross received a B.S. in Accounting from Rhode Island College in May 1995.

 

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Feta Zabeli, age 59, has been a Director of the General Partner since October 2014. Mr. Zabeli has also served as a director on the Board of Directors of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, a financial services firm, since January 2015 and has been listed as a principal since February 2015. Since May 2016, Mr. Zabeli is the Chief Risk Officer for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, responsible for all investment and operational risk management globally. From January 2012 to May 2016, Mr. Zabeli was Global Head of Risk for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Traditional Asset Management business where he was responsible for investment risk of all equity, fixed income, money market, multi-asset class and alternatives portfolios. He was also responsible for counterparty and quantitative model risk for the traditional asset management business. He joined Morgan Stanley in January 2012. Mr. Zabeli has been listed as a principal of the General Partner since October 2014. Mr. Zabeli was on garden leave in December 2011. From February 2006 to November 2011, Mr. Zabeli was Senior Vice President, and most recently Global Co-Head of Risk, for AllianceBernstein L.P., a global investment firm, with various risk management assignments in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and New York. From August 2006 to April 2009, Mr. Zabeli was based in Hong Kong for AllianceBernstein as the Director of Risk Management for Asia Pacific. From April 2009 to July 2011, he was based in Tokyo for AllianceBernstein as both Director of Risk Management for Asia Pacific and Head of Risk Management for Japan. From July 2011 to November 2011, he was based in London for AllianceBernstein as Global Head of Operational & Credit/Counterparty Risk. In these roles at AllianceBernstein he was responsible for the full range of risk management functions including investment, operational and credit/counterparty risk. Prior to his Risk Management roles at Morgan Stanley and AllianceBernstein, Mr. Zabeli held positions as a managing director at Citigroup Asset Management, the asset management division of Citigroup, an international financial services company, from April 1998 to January 2006, where he worked as a quantitative research analyst and portfolio manager, and director at BARRA Inc., a global provider of risk analytic tools to investment institutions, from September 1993 to March 1998, where he developed risk models and applications. Mr. Zabeli received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 1982, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in May 1988 and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in August 1992.

Matthew R. Graver, age 51, has been a Director of the General Partner and listed as a principal since November 2016. Since January 2008, Mr. Graver has served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, a financial services firm, and Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Stanley AIP Fund of Hedge Funds, a business unit offering managed portfolios of hedge funds. Since November 2015, Mr. Graver has been listed as a principal and director of Morgan Stanley AIP Cayman GP Ltd., a commodity pool operator. From January 2005 to January 2008, Mr. Graver served as Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management and from August 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Graver served as Vice President of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. From August 2003 to January 2008, Mr. Graver’s primary responsibilities included serving as Head of Operational Due Diligence for Morgan Stanley AIP Fund of Hedge Funds in which role he oversaw due diligence into operational factors of alternative investment entities. From July 1997 to July 2003, Mr. Graver was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an international auditing and professional services firm, where he served as a senior audit manager and was responsible for managing independent audits of financial services firms. From June 1993 to June 1997, Mr. Graver was employed by PNC Bank, a bank offering consumer and corporate services, where he served as a mutual fund accounting manager and was responsible for managing an accounting team that performed daily accounting functions and valuation calculations for a group of mutual funds. From July 1989 through June 1993, Mr. Graver was employed by Coopers & Lybrand LLP, a predecessor accounting firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a senior audit associate and was responsible for performing audits of financial services firms. Mr. Graver earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in May 1989 from Pennsylvania State University and Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University in May 2002.

Etsuko Jennings, age 60, has been a director of the General Partner since September 2018. She has been a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management since January 2007 and is currently head of the Operational Risk group for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Global Risk and Analysis division, responsible for ongoing analysis as well as reporting and mitigation of operational risk. She joined Morgan Stanley in 1985 and has approximately 22 years of investment experience. Previously, she managed a variety of strategic initiatives in the Global Operations group. Before that, Ms. Jennings was a member of the firm’s IT department in New York, Tokyo and London where she developed and managed trading and accounting systems. She received a B.A. from Keio University’s School of Letters/International Program in Japan and an M.A. in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Partnership has not adopted a code of ethics that applies to officers because it has no officers. In addition, the Partnership has not adopted any procedures by which investors may recommend nominees to the Partnership’s board of directors and has not established an audit committee because it has no board of directors.

 

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Item 11. Executive Compensation.

The Partnership has no directors or executive officers. As a limited partnership, the business of the Partnership is managed by the General Partner, which is responsible for the administration of the business affairs of the Partnership. The Partnership pays the General Partner a General Partner fee equal to an annual rate of 1.0% (paid monthly) of the Partnership’s net assets.

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

(a) Security ownership of certain beneficial owners. As of February 28, 2019, the Partnership knows of no person who beneficially owns more than 5% of the Redeemable Units outstanding.

(b) Security ownership of management. Under the terms of the Limited Partnership Agreement, the Partnership’s affairs are managed by the General Partner. The following table indicates securities owned by the General Partner as of December 31, 2018:

 

(1) Title of Class

   (2) Name of
  Beneficial Owner  
     (3) Amount and
Nature of
Beneficial
Ownership
     (4) Percent of
Class
 
        

Class Z Redeemable Units

     General Partner        1,507.7830        56.4%  

(c) Changes in control. None.

Item 13. Certain Relationships, Related Transactions and Director Independence.

(a) Transactions with related persons. None.

(b) Review, approval or ratification of transactions with related persons. Not applicable.

(c) Promoters and certain control persons. MS&Co., Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and the General Partner could be considered promoters for purposes of Item 404(c) of Regulation S-K. The nature and the amounts of compensation each promoter received or will receive, if any, from the Partnership are set forth under “Item 1. Business.”, “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.” and “Item 11. Executive Compensation.”

 

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Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

(1) Audit Fees. The aggregate fees billed for each of the last two fiscal years for professional services rendered by Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 for the audit of the Partnership’s annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in the Partnership’s Forms 10-Q and 10-K and other services normally provided in connection with regulatory filings or engagements were:

 

2018

   $ 76,235  

2017

   $ 75,138  

(2) Audit-Related Fees. None.

(3) Tax Fees. The Partnership did not pay EY any amounts in 2018 and 2017 for professional services in connection with tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning.

(4) All Other Fees. None.

(5) Not Applicable.

(6) Not Applicable.

 

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PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.

(a) (1) Financial Statements:

Statements of Financial Condition at December 31, 2018 and 2017.

Statements of Income and Expenses for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Notes to Financial Statements.

(2) Exhibits:

 

3.1(a)

  

Certificate of Limited Partnership of the Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated November 1, 2005 (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the General Form for Registration of Securities on Form 10-12G filed on April 30, 2008 and incorporated herein by reference).

(b)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated September 19, 2008 (filed as Exhibit 3.1(b) to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 16, 2009 and incorporated herein by reference).

(c)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated September 28, 2009 (filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 30, 2009 and incorporated herein by reference).

(d)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated June 29, 2010 (filed as Exhibit 3.1(d) to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 2, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference).

(e)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated September 2, 2011 (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 7, 2011 and incorporated herein by reference).

(f)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated November 27, 2012 (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 5, 2012 and incorporated herein by reference).

(g)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated August 7, 2013 (filed as Exhibit 3.1(f) to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 14, 2013 and incorporated herein by reference).

(h)

  

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, filed September 21, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 27, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

3.2

  

Fifth Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement, dated November 15, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 20, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.1(a)

  

Amended and Restated Commodity Futures Customer Agreement between the Partnership and MS&Co., effective October 29, 2013 (filed as Exhibit 10.1(b) to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 14, 2013 and incorporated herein by reference).

(b)

  

U.S. Treasury Securities Purchase Authorization Agreement between the Partnership and MS&Co., effective June 1, 2015 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report On Form 8-K filed on November 4, 2015 and incorporated herein by reference).

(c)

  

Supplement to the Amended and Restated Commodity Futures Customer Agreement between the Master and MS&Co., effective July 25, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 (c) to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 28, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.2

  

Amended and Restated Management Agreement among the Partnership, the General Partner and the Advisor, dated July 3, 2014 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 9, 2014 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.3(a)

  

Agency Agreement among the Partnership, the General Partner and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., effective February 1, 2007 (filed as Exhibit 10.3 to the General Form for Registration of Securities on Form 10-12G filed on April 30, 2008 and incorporated herein by reference).

 

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(b)

  

Amended and Restated Alternative Investment Selling Agent Agreement among the Partnership, the General Partner and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (currently doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management), dated March 3, 2016 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 8, 2016 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.4

  

Selling Agreement among the Partnership, the General Partner, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, dated September 30, 2008 (filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 14, 2011 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.5

  

Form of Third Party Subscription Agreement for Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (filed as Exhibit 10.4 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 16, 2009 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.6

  

Form of Subscription Agreement for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (filed as Exhibit 10.6 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on November 14, 2012 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.7(a)

  

Subscription Escrow Agreement among The Bank of New York, the General Partner and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, dated July 25, 2007 (filed as Exhibit 10.8(a) to the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 27, 2013 and incorporated herein by reference).

(b)

  

Amendment No.5 to the Escrow Agreement among The Bank of New York, the General Partner and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, dated October 4, 2012 (filed as Exhibit 10.8(b) to the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 27, 2013 and incorporated herein by reference).

10.8

  

Amended and Restated Master Services Agreement by and among the Partnership, the General Partner and the Administrator, effective March 31, 2015 (filed as exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 6, 2015 and incorporated herein by reference).

11.1

  

Foreign Exchange and Bullion Authorization Agreement between the Master and JPMorgan, dated July 12, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 11.1 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 10, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

11.2

  

International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. Master Agreement between the Master and JPMorgan, dated July 12, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 11.2 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 10, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

11.3

  

Schedule to International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. Master Agreement between the Master and JPMorgan, dated July 12, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 11.3 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 10, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

11.4

  

2016 Credit Support Annex for Variation Margin to the Schedule to the International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. Master Agreement between the Master and JPMorgan, dated July 12, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 11.4 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 10, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

11.5

  

Institutional Account Agreement between the Master and JPMorgan, dated July 12, 2017 (filed as Exhibit 11.5 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 10, 2017 and incorporated herein by reference).

The exhibits required to be filed by Item 601 of regulation S-K are incorporated herein by reference.

Exhibit 31.1 — Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (Certification of President and Director) (filed herewith).

Exhibit 31.2 — Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (Certification of Chief Financial Officer and Director) (filed herewith).

Exhibit 32.1 — Section  1350 Certification (Certification of President and Director) (filed herewith).

Exhibit 32.2 — Section  1350 Certification (Certification of Chief Financial Officer and Director) (filed herewith).

101.INS

  

XBRL Instance Document.

101.SCH

  

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.

101.CAL

  

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.

101.LAB

  

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.

101.PRE

  

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.

101.DEF

  

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Ceres Abingdon L.P.
By:  

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

(General Partner)

By:  

/s/ Patrick T. Egan

 

Patrick T. Egan

President and Director

Date: March 26, 2019

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the date indicated.

 

/s/ Patrick T. Egan

  

/s/ Feta Zabeli

  

/s/ Matthew R. Graver

Patrick T. Egan    Feta Zabeli    Matthew R. Graver
President and Director    Director    Director
Ceres Managed Futures LLC    Ceres Managed Futures LLC    Ceres Managed Futures LLC
Date: March 26, 2019    Date: March 26, 2019    Date: March 26, 2019

/s/ Steven Ross

  

/s/ Etsuko Jennings

  
Steven Ross    Estuko Jennings   
Chief Financial Officer and Director    Director   
(Principal Accounting Officer)    Ceres Managed Futures LLC   
Ceres Managed Futures LLC    Date: March 26, 2019   
Date: March 26, 2019      

Supplemental Information to be Furnished With Reports Filed Pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act by Registrants Which Have Not Registered Securities Pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act.

Annual Report to Limited Partners

No proxy material has been sent to Limited Partners.

 

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