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Profits earned from managed futures accounts are taxed as if they are comprised of 60% long-term capital gains and 40% short-term capital gains.  This can be advantageous because long-term capital gains are subject to a maximum federal income tax of just 15%, while short-term capital gains may be taxed at a rate as high as 35%.

Many other investments, including stock, must be held for at least 12 months before being taxed at the long-term capital gains rate.  Managed futures accounts, however, do not require a specific length of investment to qualify for the long-term capital gains tax rate.