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14 Dec 2007

A Challenging Year For Hedge Funds Ends Well

The 2007 Credit Suisse Index shows that hedge funds have outperformed many major global equity indices for the year while maintaining considerably less volatility.

According to Oliver Schupp, President of the Credit Suisse Tremont Index, LLC, the Index finished the period with estimated annual returns of 12.1% for 2007 year to date through November 30.

“We are pleased to present a research piece analyzing the performance of the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index for 2007,” said Mr. Schupp. “Hedge funds experienced a challenging year due to certain market events but finished the year through November 30 by outperforming many major global equity indices while maintaining considerably less volatility.”

2007 was characterized by unusually high levels of volatility that impacted hedge fund strategies and financial markets throughout the year. A major sell-off in China in late February sparked fears of an Asian crisis reminiscent of 1997. Unexpected liquidation of several high profile hedge funds, as well as November’s equity sell-off in markets worldwide. Nevertheless, hedge fund strategies performed well and the Broad Index returned 2.0% in the fourth quarter with all 10 sectors in positive territory through November 30th.

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