Hedge Funds Saw Overall Negative Returns in August Based on Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta ('LAB') Index Performance

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Returns for the LAB Liquid Indices suggest that hedge funds were negatively impacted by broad market sell-offs in August, although certain sectors showed resilience amid the increased market volatility according to Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse.

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Dr. Drachman noted, "While the Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index ("LAB Index") was down 1.14% in August, it outperformed the MSCI World, which fell 4.03%. Helping to minimize the losses of the LAB Index was the Global Macro Liquid Index, which posted slight gains of 0.69% for the month. Despite the month's negative returns, LAB remains largely positive year-to-date with three of the four LAB sector indices posting gains. The LAB Merger Arbitrage Index remains the best performing sector with year-to-date gains of 5.57% as a result of the recent increase in M&A activity."

About LAB Indices

LAB is a series of indices that seek to replicate the aggregate return profiles of alternative investment strategies using liquid, tradable instruments that are selected and weighted using an objective and transparent rules-based methodology. An algorithm determines the appropriate factors and weightings employed in seeking to replicate the returns of specific hedge fund strategies.

Performance for the LAB Indices (shown below) is calculated daily. Performance, descriptions, statistics and downloadable price history can be found on the Credit Suisse Alternative Beta website, www.credit-suisse.com/alternativebeta or on Bloomberg at (ILAB).  



Aug-10

Jul-10

YTD

Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index

-1.14%

3.12%

1.81%

Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index

-2.11%

3.30%

-0.10%

Credit Suisse Global Macro Liquid Index

0.69%

1.65%

1.80%

Credit Suisse Event Driven Liquid Index

-1.78%

4.22%

4.04%

Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index

-0.39%

1.87%

5.57%




The LAB family of indices includes five separate indices which are valued daily and returns listed on Bloomberg:

  1. The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index seeks to reflect the return of the overall hedge fund industry as represented by the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index. Bloomberg ticker, CSLAB;
  2. The Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index seeks to reflect the return of hedge funds as represented by the Long/Short Equity sector of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, Bloomberg ticker, CSLABLS;
  3. The Credit Suisse Global Macro Liquid Index seeks to reflect the return of hedge funds as represented by the Global Macro sector of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, Bloomberg ticker, CSLABGM;
  4. The Credit Suisse Event Driven Liquid Index seeks to reflect the return of hedge funds as represented by the Event Driven sector of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, Bloomberg ticker, CSLABED and
  5. The Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index seeks to gain broad exposure to the Merger Arbitrage strategy using a pre-defined quantitative methodology to invest in a liquid, diversified and broadly representative set of announced merger deals, Bloomberg ticker, CSLABMA.

Credit Suisse Alternative Capital, Inc. is a subsidiary of Credit Suisse and is headquartered at 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010-3629.

Credit Suisse AG

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as 'Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 48,300 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

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In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse's Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse's Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank's best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

All businesses of Credit Suisse are subject to distinct regulatory requirements; certain products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all client types.

Important Legal Information

This document was produced by and the opinions expressed are those of Credit Suisse as of the date of writing and are subject to change without obligation to update. It has been prepared solely for information purposes and for the use of the recipient. It does not constitute an offer or an invitation by or on behalf of Credit Suisse to any person to buy or sell any security. Any reference to past performance is not a guide to future performance. The information and analysis contained in this publication have been compiled or arrived at from sources believed to be reliable but Credit Suisse does not make any representation as to their accuracy or completeness and does not accept liability for any loss arising from the use hereof.

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