March Update: CSMA Exchange Traded Note Linked to the Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index (Net)

Product Provides Merger Arbitrage Exposure on NYSE Arca

Mar 07, 2011, 15:30 ET from Credit Suisse AG

NEW YORK, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index (Net) ETN (the "ETN") (NYSE Arca: CSMA) is linked to the performance of the Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index (Net), an index which is calculated intraday and aims to gain broad exposure to the merger arbitrage strategy.

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Ticker: CSMA

CUSIP:  22542D845

ETN Annual Investor Fee: 0.55%

Index Calculation Fee: 0.50%

Inception Date:   October 01, 2010

Shares outstanding as of March 7, 2011: 2,739,840

Average daily volume as of March 7, 2011: 43,866

High since inception: 20.55 (closing high)

Low since inception: 19.66 (closing low)

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The exchange traded approach offers a variety of advantages to investors, including real-time pricing, intraday liquidity and portfolio transparency – advantages previously not associated with alternative investments.  The Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index (Net) ETN is designed to capture the spread, if any, between the price at which the stock of a company, the target, trades after a proposed acquisition of such target is announced, and the price which the acquiring company, the acquirer, has proposed to pay for the target.

This ETN seeks to provide investors with the returns of the Merger Arbitrage strategy as represented by the Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index (Net) (the "Index"), an index which is calculated intraday and aims to gain broad exposure to the merger arbitrage strategy.  The Index attempts to employ the merger arbitrage strategy by using a quantitative methodology to track a dynamic basket of securities held as long or short positions and cash weighted in accordance with the index rules to reflect publicly announced merger and acquisition transactions that meet certain qualifying conditions.

An investment in the ETN involves risks, including the possible loss of part or all of your investment. The ETN's investment performance depends on the performance of the underlying Index, and is subject to fees which will impact the return on such investment. The ETN may not be a suitable investment for you if you are not willing to be exposed to the fluctuations in the level of the Index; you seek a guaranteed return of principal; you believe the level of the Index will decrease or will not increase by an amount sufficient to offset the impact of the fees during the terms of the ETN; you prefer the lower risk and therefore accept the potentially lower but more predictable returns of fixed income investments with comparable maturities and credit ratings; or you seek current income from your investment. Although the ETN is listed on the NYSE Arca, a trading market may not continue for the term of the ETN; we are not required to maintain any listing of the ETN on NYSE Arca or any other exchange or quotation system. In addition, although the return on the ETN will be based on the performance of the Index, the payment of any amount due on the ETN, including any payment at maturity is subject to the credit risk of Credit Suisse. For further information regarding risks, please see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the applicable pricing supplement.

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