NEW YORK, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dow Jones Indexes and Credit Suisse today announced the launch of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index, the newest addition to their market-leading hedge fund index family.
The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index is the first index of its kind to utilize multiple managed account platforms to track the liquid, investable hedge fund universe. Following the market events of 2008, increased attention has been focused on liquid hedge fund structures, including managed accounts, which tend to offer superior liquidity and transparency. The enhanced risk management capabilities of these flexible investment vehicles has led to a resurgence of interest in the space, and the launch of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge FundIndex marks a revolutionary step toward measuring the performance of this rapidly growing industry segment.
The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index is the first and only hedge fund index designed to reflect the performance of managed accounts and other regulated fund structures sourced from multiple best-in-class managed account platforms, creating an unparalleled view of the liquid, investable hedge fund universe. This truly innovative approach represents a significant advantage over other indexes which are limited to the funds available on single managed account platforms and is designed to reflect the broadest representation of the liquid hedge fund universe with limited platform bias.
According to Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Indexwas launched in response to increasing investor demand for more transparency and liquidity in the hedge fund universe and we believe the index's unique approach provides investors with a superior tool for measuring hedge fund performance. The credit crisis of 2008 heightened hedge fund investors' awareness of their liquidity needs and as a result, investors today are actively seeking the objective, transparent insight into the performance of the hedge fund industry that the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge FundIndex provides."
Michael A. Petronella, President, Dow Jones Indexes, added, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Indexclearly fills a void for investors seeking a reliable and trustworthy performance gauge of liquid, investable hedge funds. We're proud to join with Credit Suisse in providing investors with unprecedented insight into this highly sought-after asset class."
Rebalanced quarterly, the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index is UCITS III compliant and includes 40 component fundsdiversified across seven style-based sectors: event driven, long/short equity, global macro, emerging markets, managed futures, fixed-income arbitrage and convertible arbitrage. The index employs an objective, fully transparent selection process with all index constituents required to provide daily valuations and weekly, or better, liquidity to be considered for inclusion in the index. Daily values for the index are available at www.hedgeindex.com.
As the industry's premier asset-weighted hedge fund indexes, the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Indexes platform consists of a range of geographical and strategy-specific hedge fund indexes that are constructed from a proprietary data-base of more than 8,000 hedge funds which seeks to provide the most accurate representation of the hedge fund universe.
Additional information about the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Indexand all of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Indexes -- including research, fund performance and constituent fund information -- 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 a joint venture company owned 90 percent by CME Group Inc. (www.cmegroup.com) and 10 percent by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (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 50,500 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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