Credit Suisse announced today that for the first time, U.S. investors will be able to access the Credit Suisse/Tremont Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund Index strategy through an exchange-traded product. Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking division is launching an ETN on one of the Asset Management Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) Indices.
The Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index (Net) ETN (CSLS) is designed to correlate to the historical performance of the Credit Suisse Tremont Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund Index by tracking the performance of non-hedge fund, transparent market measures. 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 Long/Short Liquid Index (Net) ETN does not invest directly in hedge funds and therefore does not have the risks usually associated with hedge funds such as illiquidity, fraud risk or individual manager risk.
“We are very excited to be bringing the return profile of our leading hedge fund indices to a broad U.S. investor base through the launch of this new ETN,” said Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Tremont Index LLC and head of the Beta Strategies Group which manages Credit Suisse’s Liquid Alternative Beta strategies.
Michael G. Clark, head of Structured Retail Products in the Investment Bank, which is launching the ETN, added, “Credit Suisse/Tremont was a pioneer in the measurement of alternative beta over a decade ago and we are now leveraging this expertise to meet the growing demand for liquid, cost-efficient, alternative products. We look forward to launching additional ETNs on other alternative strategies in the near future.”
This new ETN seeks to replicate the performance of the Long/Short Equity hedge fund sector as represented by the Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index (Net), an index which is calculated intraday and reflects the return of a dynamic basket of 18 liquid, investable market factors. These factors are selected and weighted monthly in accordance with an algorithm that aims to track the performance of the Credit Suisse/Tremont Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund Index. More information on the Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index (Net) ETN can be found on: www.credit-suisse.com/notes .
The ETN’s investment performance depends on the investment performance of the underlying Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index (Net). There is no guarantee that the ETN or the Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index (Net) will perform the same as the referenced Credit Suisse/Tremont Long/Short Index. The ETN may not suitable for all investors.
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Credit Suisse has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, for the offering to which this press release relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and the applicable pricing supplement, the underlying supplement dated March 25, 2009, the prospectus supplement dated March 25, 2009 and the prospectus dated March 25, 2009 that Credit Suisse has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Credit Suisse and this offering. You may obtain these documents without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, Credit Suisse or any agent or any dealer participating in this offering will arrange to send you this term sheet, underlying supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus if you so request by calling 1-800-221-1037.
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