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Hedge funds saw overall negative returns in August based on Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta ('LAB') Index performance

Friday, September 03, 2010

Jordan Drachman
Opalesque Industry Update - 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.

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 is calculated daily. Performance, descriptions, statistics and downloadable price history can be found on the Credit Suisse Alternative Beta website, or on Bloomberg at (ILAB)... Source

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