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Recent Statistics
  • Mar Return: 1.49%
  • YTD Return: 2.58%
  • Annual CROR:1 8.34 %
  • Worst DD:2 -45.84%
  • Losing Streak:3 -32.83 %
  • Sharpe Ratio:4 0.36
  • Min Investment: $100,000
  • AUM:5 $8,009,284
  • Calmar Ratio:6 0.00
Ditsch Trading, LLC is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor that began January 1, 2011. The program is traded by Mr. Mark Ditsch. The Advisor suspended operations in 2013 when he went to work for Noble Agri to lead their North American expansion. Mr. Ditsch garnered the attention of Noble Agri near the end of 2013, joining the rm and opened the company's North American headquarters in Chicago, Il. Mr. Ditsch took on the responsibility of expanding the firm's proprietary trading desk and led the initiative to grow their operations in North America. Before returning to Ditsch Trading, Mark was the firm's Global Head of Proprietary Trading.


The trading program was reopened in December of 2015. The primary focus of the trading program is on agricultural commodity markets with particular emphasis on soybean, soybean products, and corn futures and options, but does occasionally trade other markets. Mr. Ditsch gained a thorough understanding of markets through his time at Noble Agri and long before trading physical grain and oilseed markets in the US. He began his career with Consolidated Grain and Barge, a leading US grain and transportation company and then with Zen-noh Grain Corporation ("Zen-Noh"). At Zen-Noh, Mr. Ditsch eventually rose to the position of Trading Manager for all commodities.

Mr. Ditsch's experiences at Noble Agri, as well as his other roles, helped him further understand the world of agricultural trade fundamentals and their affect on the market. His analysis includes constant monitoring of US and world weather, shifts in commodity consumption patterns, political issues, currency relationships and trends, and other market movements. Mr. Ditsch uses this analysis to develop trading strategies that may involve long or short futures positions as well as intra- and inter-market spread positions. Options are frequently used to manage risk exposure or generate additional opportunities. Technical or chart analysis is generally used only to help determine entrance and exit points, as Mr. Ditsch believes that fundamentals ultimately determine price movement.

Mr. Ditsch began his career in 1996 with Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB), a leading US grain and transportation company. After spending some time learning the essentials of cash grain merchandising at a river elevator in southern Illinois, Mr. Ditsch moved to Mandeville, Louisiana to trade the export grain market for one of CGB’s parent companies, Zen-noh Grain Corporation (ZGC). ZGC is one of the largest grain exporting companies in the US. He initially managed the sorghum, corn, and soybean trading for the company and was named the Trading Manager for all commodities in 2006. In addition to cash and futures trading, he focused much of his time on risk management, logistics, and world supply and demand analysis. This was supplemented with many trips to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and other key destination markets. These travels were very important in helping to develop key relationships with world grain and soybean users. Mr. Ditsch continues to travel overseas to many of these destinations in order to help maintain these important market relationships. In 2007, Mark moved to Chicago to work with the LaSalle Group as a futures trader and analyst, focusing his analytical work on the soybean and meal markets. He was approved by the NFA as an Associated Person of Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC in 2007. He began trading futures for his own account, and in 2008 was granted NFA approval to trade discretionary accounts. Mr. Ditsch took his experience and began his discretionary trading program, Ditsch Trading, LLC, in January 2011. Mark traded discretionary accounts for almost three years before deciding to return to the corporate side of the sector; he joined Noble-Agri as their Global Head of Proprietary Trading. This position helped to hone the trading skills Mr. Ditsch has developed over the year and widened his network giving him more insight to the various ripples throughout all channels of the industry. During the winter of 2015, Mark returned to the managed capital sector of the industry and with the help of the Nesvick Trading Group reopened Ditsch Trading, LLC. Mark Ditsch holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. Mr. Ditsch grew up on a crop farm in Western Nebraska and still owns farmland in the area today.

Accounting Notes: In September of 2013 Mark Ditsch closed his trading program due to his joining of Noble Group. Mr. Ditsch left Noble in November 2015 to reopen his trading program, Ditsch Trading, and began trading accounts for the program again in December 2015.


  • Trading Methodology
    100% Discretionary
  • Style Sub-Categories
    Fundamental
  • Trading Style
    25% Trend Following
    25% Spread Trading
    25% Option Trading
    25% Opportunistic
  • Market Allocation

  • Holding Period
    50% Medium Term
    50% Short Term
  • Sector
    US
    Contracts
    Futures
    Options

There are no Trading Results from October 2013 through November 2015. During this time Mark Ditsch was employed by Noble Group.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecROR Max DD
2017 0.92% 0.15% 1.49%   2.58% 0%
2016 0.51% 2.21% -2.67% 8.44% 3.20% 7.75% -14.50% -1.82% -1.38% -1.66% -1.08% -0.23% -3.13% -19.65%
2015 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.81% 0.81% 0%
2014 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0% 0%
2013 3.43% 4.59% -13.01% 5.58% -4.18% -3.86% 8.88% 17.49% -3.22% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 13.3% -15.4%
2012 -2.62% 15.72% 14.56% 34.03% -29.68% 46.16% 47.72% 16.75% -28.96% -9.23% -6.43% -1.92% 81.5% -40.82%

Years201120122013201420152016
ROR-19.91%81.50%13.30%0.00%0.81%-3.13%
Max DD-21.58%-40.82%-15.40%0.00%0.00%-19.65%

Years2017 YTD
ROR2.58%
Max DD0.00%


PAST PERFORMANCE DOES NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE SUCCESS. THERE IS A RISK OF LOSS IN FUTURES TRADING.

Program Information
  • Start Date: Jan-2011
  • New Money: Yes
  • Min Investment: $100,000
  • Fund Minimum: $0
  • Notional Funds: Yes
  • NFA Member: Yes
  • NFA Number: 0423189
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • AUM:5 $8,009,284
  • Annual CROR:1 : 8.34%
  • Worst Drawdown:2 -45.84 %
  • Losing Streak:3 -32.83 %
  • Sharpe Ratio:4 0.36
  • Calmar Ratio:6 0.00
  • Margin:7: 0
  • Mgt Fee: 2.00%
  • Incentive Fee: 20.00%
  • Other Fees: None
  • Avg Comm:8 $10
  • Max Comm:9:
  • Round Turns:10 3,120
Additional Information
  • Other Memberships: None
  • Correlations: AG CTA Index: 0.047 | AG Discretionary CTA Index: 0.398 |
  • Track Record Prepared By: N/A

    Accounting Notes: In September of 2013 Mark Ditsch closed his trading program due to his joining of Noble Group. Mr. Ditsch left Noble in November 2015 to reopen his trading program, Ditsch Trading, and began trading accounts for the program again in December 2015.

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    (P) - Proprietary Trading Results (C) - Client Trading Results

    1. Rate of Returns are calculated from the start date of each program. Usually returns are calculated based on the Annual Compounded Rate of Return method. In some cases returns have been calculated on an Non-Compounded basis. This would occur when a Manager trades based on account unit rather than on account equity.

         The Annual Compound Rate of Return ("Annual CROR") represents the compounded rate of return or each year or portion thereof presented. It is computed by applying successively respective monthly rate of return for each month beginning with the first month of that period.

         Annual Rate of Return ("Annual ROR") is calculated adding each month's return.

    2. The Worst Peak-to-Valley Drawdown ("Worst Drawdown") is defined as the greatest cumulative percentage decline in net asset value due to losses sustained by the trading program during any period in which the initial net asset value is not equaled or exceeded by a subsequent asset value.

    3. The Current Losing Streak ("Losing Streak") represents the extent of the Adviso'rs current drawdown.

    4. Sharpe Ratio is a risk adjusted ratio that rewards consistancy of returns. Traders are penalized for volatility regardless of whether it is onthe up or downside. The Sharpe Ratios is calculated using a 1% risk-free rate of return.

    5. Assets Under Management ("AUM") represents the current nominal assets traded by the Manager.

    6. Calmar Ratio represents the historical amount gained for each dollar risked. A higher number is better. Unless otherwise denoted the Calmar Ratio is calculated by dividing the 36 month Compounded ROR by the 36 month Peak to Valley Drawdown. Traders with less than 36 months of data or a negative Calmar Ratio will be indicated by N/A.

    7. Margin to Equity ("Margin") represents the average margin as a percent of a fully funded account.

    8. The Average Commission ("Avg Comm") represents the average commission rate of the composite track record. A higher or lower commission rate would increase or decrease the performance accordingly.

    9. Maximum Commission ("Max Comm") is the Maximum Round Turn Rate allowable by the Manager.

    10. Round Turns per Million ("Round Turns") represent the average number of round turns that would be generated in a $1,000,000 account.

  • RISK DISCLOSURE

    PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

    THIS MATTER IS INTENDED AS A SOLICITATION FOR MANAGED FUTURES. THE RISK OF TRADING COMMODITY FUTURES, OPTIONS AND/OR FOREIGN EXCHANGE ('FOREX') IS SUBSTANTIAL. THE HIGH DEGREE OF LEVERAGE ASSOCIATED WITH COMMODITY FUTURES, OPTIONS AND FOREX CAN WORK AGAINST YOU AS WELL AS FOR YOU. THIS HIGH DEGREE OF LEVERAGE CAN RESULT IN SUBSTANTIAL LOSSES, AS WELL AS GAINS. YOU SHOULD THEREFORE CAREFULLY CONSIDER WHETHER SUCH TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR FINANCIAL CONDITION. IF YOU ARE UNSURE YOU SHOULD SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. AN INVESTOR MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CTA’S CURRENT DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT BEFORE INVESTING. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES OF PROFIT NO MATTER WHO IS MANAGING YOUR MONEY.

    PAST PERFORMANCE DOES NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE SUCCESS. IN SOME CASES MANAGED ACCOUNTS ARE CHARGED SUBSTANTIAL COMMISSIONS AND ADVISORY FEES. THOSE ACCOUNTS SUBJECT TO THESE CHARGES, MAY NEED TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL TRADING PROFITS JUST TO AVOID DEPLETION OF THEIR ASSETS. EACH COMMODITY TRADING ADVISOR ("CTA") IS REQUIRED BY THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION ("CFTC") TO ISSUE TO PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS A RISK DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT OUTLINING THESE FEES, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND OTHER ASSOCIATED RISKS. A HARD COPY OF THESE RISK DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTS ARE READILY AVAILABLE BY CLICKING ON EACH CTA'S "REQUEST DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT" BUTTON.

    THE FULL RISK OF COMMODITY FUTURES, OPTIONS AND FOREX TRADING CAN NOT BE ADDRESSED IN THIS RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. NO CONSIDERATION TO INVEST SHOULD BE MADE WITHOUT THOROUGHLY READING THE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT OF EACH OF THE CTAS IN WHICH YOU MAY HAVE AN INTEREST. REQUESTING A DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT PLACES YOU UNDER NO OBLIGATION AND EACH DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED AT NO COST. THE CFTC HAS NOT PASSED UPON THE MERITS OF PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS NOR ON THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENTS. OTHER DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE PROVIDED TO YOU BEFORE AN ACCOUNT MAY BE OPENED FOR YOU.

    PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS SHOULD NOT BASE THEIR DECISION ON INVESTING IN THIS TRADING PROGRAM SOLELY ON THE PAST PERFORMANCE PRESENTED. ADDITIONALLY, IN MAKING AN INVESTMENT DECISION, PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS MUST ALSO RELY ON THEIR OWN EXAMINATION OF THE PERSON OR ENTITY MAKING THE TRADING DECISIONS AND THE TERMS OF THE ADVISORY AGREEMENT INCLUDING THE MERITS AND RISKS INVOLVED.

    AUTUMN GOLD CTA INDEXES ARE NON-INVESTABLE INDEXES COMPRISED OF THE CLIENT PERFORMANCE OF CTA PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THE AUTUMN GOLD DATABASE AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE COMPLETE UNIVERSE OF CTAS. INVESTORS SHOULD NOTE THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO INVEST IN THESE INDEXES.