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October 15, 2004


October 15, 2004

NEW YORK, NY, October 15, 2004  --- The CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index is up 1.01% for September 2004, according to Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse First Boston Tremont Index LLC. 

"In line with corporate earnings continuing their positive trend in September, the Long/Short Equity sub strategy reported a return of 2.36%," said Mr. Schupp.  "The second highest return of the month came from the Emerging Markets sub strategy, as capital continued to chase higher yielding assets, and lower interest rates and a stable global economy aided sovereign credit issuers."

"The Distressed managers were generally positive, as credit positions performed well once again and managers benefited from bank loan and distressed bond positions," said Robert I. Schulman, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Tremont Capital Management, Inc.  "Given the positioning of many managers, the flattening of the yield curve seemed to contribute to the negative return for the month for the Fixed Income Arbitrage sub strategy."

Performance for the CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index and the ten style-based sector indices is calculated monthly.  September, August and year-to-date 2004 returns for all categories are listed below and at www.hedgeindex.com.

Category

Sep 2004

Aug 2004

 YTD 04

CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index

 1.01%

 0.14%

3.79%

Convertible Arbitrage

 -0.07%

 0.28%

0.48%

Dedicated Short Bias

 -1.91%

 1.27%

7.01%

Emerging Markets

 2.33%

1.83%

5.51%

Equity Market Neutral

 0.54%

 2.13%

5.28%

Event Driven

 1.27%

 0.45%

7.04%

   Distressed

 1.23%

0.56%

8.47%

   Event Driven Multi-Strategy

 1.35%

0.38%

6.19%

   Risk Arbitrage

 0.63%

0.18%

1.43%

Fixed Income Arbitrage

 -0.78%

-0.41%

3.85%

Global Macro

 -0.49%

-0.75%

3.91%

Long/Short Equity

 2.36%

0.09%

3.85%

Managed Futures

 1.96%

-1.53%

-5.16%

Multi-Strategy

 0.57%

0.41%

3.40%

 

Dow Jones Industrial Index*

 -0.80%

 0.34%

 -2.12%

MSCI $ World Index*

 1.92%

 0.48%

 2.85%

MSCI EAFE US $ Index*

 2.63%

 0.46%

 4.62%

NASDAQ Composite US $ Index

 3.20%

 -2.61%

 -5.32%

S&P 500 Index*  1.08%  0.40%  1.51%

*Total Return Indices

The CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index value is 297.77, returning 197.77% for the 129-month period since inception (January 1, 1994 through September 30, 2004). For additional current and historical data including more comparisons with other widely followed global indices, visit the CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index web site at www.hedgeindex.com.

The CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index is comprised of 379 funds as of October 1, 2004. 

Two funds, Clinton Global Fixed Income and Okumus Market Neutral, were dropped from the Index because they are no longer reporting.  San Gabriel Opportunity was also removed because it is in liquidation.  No funds were added to the Index.  In addition, there were 10 technical drops and 5 technical adds last month as a result of the aggregation of various share classes of the same fund into a composite vehicle.
 
The Index is constructed using the TASS and CSFB/Tremont databases of more than 3,000 hedge funds.  It includes both open and closed funds located in the U.S. and offshore, but does not include funds of funds.  In order to qualify for inclusion in the index selection universe, a fund must have a minimum of US $10 million under management, a 12-month track record, and audited financial statements.  Index funds are selected using a formula based on assets under management that ensures the Index represents at least 85% of total assets in each of ten strategy-based sectors in the selection universe.  Once added, funds are not excluded until they liquidate or fail to meet the reporting requirements, in order to minimize survivorship bias.  The Index is calculated as a total return index on a monthly basis, adjusted for asset in- and outflow, including a reselection according to the procedure outlined above on a quarterly basis.

Returns for the CSFB/Tremont Investable Index

The CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index is up an estimated 0.50% net for the month of September 2004.  The confirmed performance for August is down 0.29% net.

"The highest return of the month was from the Long/Short Equity sub strategy, which is in line with the upward movement experienced by the US equity market in September," said Mr. Schupp. "The Emerging Markets sub strategy experienced its fourth consecutive month of positive returns, up 8.84% year-to-date." 
 
"The Dedicated Short sub strategy reported the lowest return for the month, down 2.40%," said Mr. Schulman.  "Given the strong returns shown by the Long/Short Equity sub strategy in September, it is to be anticipated that the short sellers would have difficulty finding opportunity in the markets."

Performance for the CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index and the ten style-based sector indices is calculated monthly. Returns for the months of September, August and year-to-date 2004 for all categories are listed below and at www.hedgeindex.com.  The returns shown are net of a 0.07% calculation fee.

Category    Sep 2004   Aug 2004  YTD 04
CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index  0.50%  -0.29%  1.00%
Investable Convertible Arbitrage  -0.03%  0.18%  1.49%
Investable Dedicated Short Bias  -2.40%  2.03%  2.95%
Investable Emerging Markets  2.53%  2.79%  8.84%
Investable Equity Market Neutral  -0.01%  0.27%  1.07%
Investable Event Driven  0.71%  0.07%  3.20%
Investable Fixed Income Arbitrage  -1.88%  -1.16%  1.79%
Investable Global Macro  -0.87%  -1.36%  0.36%
Investable Long/Short Equity  3.37%  -0.18%  2.67%
Investable Managed Futures  1.96%  -1.12%  -7.99%
Investable Multi-Strategy  0.34%  0.30%  1.90%


 The CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index was launched with 60 funds across 10 style-based sectors.  The Investable Index was set at 100 on August 1, 2003.  As of August 2004, the aggregate assets under management of the index constituents are over $92 billion.

The funds currently included in the index are available on the web site at www.hedgeindex.com

The CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index is designed to give investors broad exposure to hedge funds as an asset class.  It fulfills investor demand for index-linked products created to reduce dependency on fund manager selection and fund concentration risk.

The CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index is based on the broad CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index, which is the largest hedge fund index with $290 billion in assets managed by 379 funds as of October 1, 2004.
 
The funds in the CSFB/Tremont Investable Index, selected from the funds included in the main index, generally comprise the six largest funds that are open to investment and meet certain liquidity conditions in each of the 10 style-based sectors.  The fund selection rules can be found on www.hedgefundindex.com and include the following criteria:

  • Funds are selected from the CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index by an asset-based formula
  • The funds generally represent the six largest eligible "open" funds in each of the ten sectors
  • The funds are determined by application of the construction rules

The CSFB/Tremont Investable Hedge Fund Index will be calculated monthly and re-balanced semi-annually.

Additional features of the Investable Index include:

  • Transparency via www.hedgeindex.com and pages on Bloomberg and Reuters
  • Member funds must provide timely performance reporting, audited financials and offering memorandum review for inclusion
  • Investable index eliminates dependence on manager skill
  • A broad suite of investment products

CSFB/Tremont Sector Invest Indices

Information on the new CSFB/Tremont Sector Invest Indices was made available today on the Internet at www.hedgeindex.com. These new indices are constructed to provide objective benchmarks of the style-based investment strategies in the hedge fund universe.  Derived from the CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index, the most widely quoted hedge fund index in the world with almost 400 constituent funds, the CSFB/Tremont Sector Invest Indices aim to achieve a high degree of representation and generally include the largest funds by assets under management that are open to investment and meet certain liquidity conditions in each of the 10 style-based sectors.  The ten Sector Invest Indices currently include 114 funds.

Credit Suisse First Boston Tremont Index LLC is the joint venture company of Credit Suisse First Boston Index Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Credit Suisse First Boston Inc., and Tremont Capital Management, Inc.  Credit Suisse First Boston Tremont Index LLC is headquartered at 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010-3629.

Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) is a leading global investment bank serving institutional, corporate, government and individual clients. CSFB's businesses include securities underwriting, sales and trading, investment banking, private equity, financial advisory services, investment research, venture capital, correspondent brokerage services and asset management. CSFB operates in 69 locations in 33 countries across five continents. The Firm is a business unit of the Zurich-based Credit Suisse Group, a leading global financial services company.

Tremont Capital Management, Inc. is one of the leading global alternative investment management firms, whose business lines include research and investment management services, sale and distribution of its proprietary investment products, and database sales and information services. Tremont advises on over  $11 billion in alternative investment assets.  Through its information and market intelligence unit, TASS Research, the firm provides data on the performance of more than 3,000 alternative investment managers and funds.  Tremont is headquartered in Rye, New York and has offices in Toronto, Bermuda and London.

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For further information: Oliver Schupp (212) 712-7641
Robert I. Schulman (914) 925-1140
PR Contacts: Meg Bode

(516) 869-6610

Victoria Harmon

(212) 325-6914


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