NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Credit Suisse, one of the world's leading financial services providers, and Dow Jones Indexes, a leading global index provider, today signed an agreement which covers the calculation, licensing, branding and marketing of the hedge fund indexes formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Indexes. Under this agreement, the indexes will be branded Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Indexes, and Dow Jones Indexes will calculate, distribute and market the indexes, while Credit Suisse affiliates will continue to manage the financial products linked to them. Credit Suisse and Dow Jones Indexes intend to keep the methodologies and rules for each of the existing indexes consistent with past practices.
The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Indexes are a family of hedge fund indexes which include broad market and investable indexes, all designed to track hedge fund performance. As one of the industry's premier asset-weighted hedge fund indexes, the indexes are constructed from a database of more than 5,000 hedge funds and seek to provide the most accurate representation of the hedge fund universe. The index family presently consists of 17 indexes, including a range of geographical and strategy-specific hedge fund indexes, and will expand over time. The current index family includes:
- The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the "Broad Index"), formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index, is an asset-weighted benchmark that measures hedge fund performance and seeks to provide the most accurate representation of the hedge fund universe.
- The Dow Jones Credit Suisse AllHedge Index, an investable index comprised of all 10 Dow Jones Credit Suisse AllHedge Strategy Indexes (formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont Sector Invest Indexes) weighted according to the sector weights of the Broad Index.
- The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Blue Chip Hedge Fund Index (formerly known as the Credit Suisse/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index), an investable index comprised of 60 of the largest funds across the ten style-based sectors in the Broad Index; and
- The Dow Jones Credit Suisse LEA Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted, composite index which provides insight in to three specific regions of the emerging markets hedge fund universe (Latin America, EEMEA (Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia).
Oliver Schupp, president, Credit Suisse Index Co., Inc. said, "For over a decade, Credit Suisse has been at the forefront of the hedge fund industry, providing investors with important tools and benchmarks to analyze hedge fund performance. This collaboration merges the hedge fund expertise of Credit Suisse with the technology and distribution strengths of Dow Jones Indexes and we are eager to work with them in our continued efforts to develop industry-leading benchmarks and innovative alternative investment solutions."
"Credit Suisse, a leading name in hedge funds, together with Dow Jones Indexes, a leading name in indexing, will result in an exceptional partnership opportunity and a superb range of products," said Michael A. Petronella, president designate, Dow Jones Indexes. "This family of hedge fund indexes will be a prominent benchmark for hedge fund performance within the industry," he added.
The current Credit Suisse operational and managerial team remains in place, with Oliver Schupp as president of Credit Suisse Index Co., Inc. The indexes will continue to provide accurate representation of the universe of funds, transparency, and oversight and objectivity. Dow Jones Indexes will discontinue its existing hedge fund indexes as of June 30. The joint venture between Credit Suisse and Tremont Capital Management, Inc. has been dissolved.
Additional information about the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Indexes can be found at www.hedgeindex.com.
About Dow Jones Indexes
Dow Jones Indexes (www.djindexes.com) is a leading full-service index provider that develops, maintains and licenses indexes for use as benchmarks and as the basis of investment products. Best-known for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Indexes offers more than 130,000 equity indexes as well as fixed-income and alternative indexes, including measures of hedge funds, commodities and real estate. Dow Jones Indexes employs clear, unbiased and systematic methodologies that are fully integrated within index families. Dow Jones Indexes is part of CME Group Index Services LLC, a joint venture company which is owned 90 percent by CME Group Inc. (www.cmegroup.com) and 10 percent by Dow Jones & Company (www.dowjones.com), a News Corporation company (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV; www.newscorp.com).
About 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 47,600 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.
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.
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