Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index Group Launches LEA Index
New York, April 3, 2008 The Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index Group announced today that it has launched the Credit Suisse/Tremont LEA Index, a diversified index that aims to capture the high growth potential of the emerging market economies of Latin America, EEMEA (Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa), and Asia.
Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., Inc, said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of the LEA Index, a distinctive asset-weighted index with three sub-regional indices. LEA represents the overall performance of this region-specific, emerging market hedge fund universe through a rules-based methodology. It offers systematic insight into the performance of hedge funds that seek to take advantage of the investment opportunities and inefficiencies in these three regions which are currently experiencing improved creditworthiness, strong domestic consumer demand and large inflows of foreign direct investment. The LEA Index has semi-annual rebalancing and has 42 constituent funds. The LEA Index is now available in the Specialty Indices section of our website www.hedgeindex.com
The LEA Index will have a constituent fund list as well as monthly and weekly publishing of performance data on www.hedgeindex.com
The funds in the Credit Suisse/Tremont LEA Index are selected from the funds included in the LEA hedge fund universe, and weighted according to the procedures outlined in the Credit Suisse/Tremont LEA Index Rules. The fund selection rules can be found on www.hedgeindex.com
and include the following criteria:
• Member funds are determined in order of size by assets under management in each region;
• Member funds generally represent the largest eligible funds in each region
• Member funds are determined by application of the LEA Index construction rules; and
• Member funds must provide timely performance reporting, audited financials and offering memorandum review for inclusion
The Credit Suisse/Tremont family of hedge fund indices includes four separate indices:
1. The Hedge Fund Index ( “Broad Index”), an asset-weighted benchmark that measures hedge fund performance;
2. The Blue Chip Index (“INVX”), an index comprised of 60 funds across the ten style-based sectors in the broad index; and
3. The AllHedge Index and Sector Invest Indices, (“SECT”) which provide investment insight in to any of the ten style-based sectors in the broad index on an individual basis or in a composite index.
4. The Specialty Indices, the first of which is the LEA Index, an asset-weighted, composite index which provides insight in to three specific regions of the emerging markets hedge fund universe.
Additional features of the Credit Suisse/Tremont Indices
• Transparency via www.hedgeindex.com and pages on Bloomberg and Reuters
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