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New Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index research paper reviews hedge fund performance in 2008

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Author: Business Wire

Credit Suisse Tremont Index LLC today released a new research piece, One for the History Books: Hedge Fund Performance in 2008, a review of the factors which contributed to hedge funds’ dismal -19% return in 2008


The report discusses the impact of events such as the fall of Lehman Brothers, the short sale ban and the scandal surrounding Bernard Madoff, offering insight into the impact of each event on individual sectors and the hedge fund industry as a whole. The piece also offers some comparisons to past market downturns, periods in which strategies saw severe declines in assets under management and how performance was impacted in the years that followed. Some key takeaways from the report include:

  • The Broad Index, a diversified, asset weighted hedge fund index comprised of 496 underlying hedge funds (as of December 31, 2008), was down 19% for the year, marking 2008 the worst year in the history of the Broad Index.
  • It is estimated that the hedge fund industry lost approximately 29% of assets in 2008, totaling $582 billion, representing the first time in six years that the hedge fund industry has seen net asset losses.
  • One in five funds within the Broad Index posted positive returns for the year, with almost one in seven posting returns in the double digits.

Credit Suisse Tremont Index LLC industry commentaries and publications are available on the News & Press/Research section of our website, www.hedgeindex.com.


Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Investor Relations, telephone +1 212 538 0583, hfindices.ir@credit-suisse.com

Meg Bode, Bode Associates, telephone 516 869 6610, meg@bodeassociates.com

Tamsin Chance, Corporate Communications, Credit Suisse, telephone 212 325 1863, tamsin.chance@credit-suisse.com

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Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Investor Relations
telephone +1 212 538 0583
Bode Associates
Meg Bode
telephone 516 869 6610
Credit Suisse
Tamsin Chance, Corporate Communications
telephone 212 325 1863