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Zacks Reveals Best Oil Stock to Buy Now

The top dogs in the oil business, Chevron, BP and Exxon have been taking a beating lately with crude oil prices in the $40 per barrel range but no need to feel sorry for them, they haven’t switched to driving Yugo’s. Yeah, they’re still making money but it’s a bit tougher for the average investor to cash in with oil stocks, unless you can think a little differently. Dave Bartosiak has a better idea.

I get the question “What are the best oil stocks to buy?” all the time. Recently I’ve been asked that more and more as oil continues to drop. For some reason Americans love oil. Even more, they love oil stocks. We’ve been pounded over the head so much with “peak oil” theories and talk of oil going up forever that the thought of a new paradigm in oil prices is just beyond us.

Don’t think that the bottom for oil is in. There is new supply coming online daily, a weak Chinese currency isn’t going to help, and neither will changes on the demand side of the equation. If you’re looking to pick that bottom, good luck. The problem with trying to pick bottoms is you can only be right once, but you can be wrong a lot of times.

 


See full post from Dave

Commodities Ready for Rebound?

The picture for the Commodities Markets in the last month shows some pretty bleak numbers.  Precious metals, Oil, Ag and Livestock are all down, down and down. But we all know that nothing lasts forever, not even bad news.  Here’s the report below from Credit Suisse Asset Management

Commodities were lower in July, driven by macroeconomic factors and supply fundamentals, according to Credit Suisse Asset Management.

The Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return performance was negative for the month, with 21 out of 22 Index constituents trading lower.

Credit Suisse Asset Management observed the following:

  • Energy was the worst performing sector, down 14.47%, led lower by WTI Crude Oil. In addition to continued increased OPEC production, towards the end of the month there was also a slight rise in U.S. rig counts.
  • Agriculture decreased 11.11%, led lower by Kansas City Wheat and Chicago Wheat as limited rainfall in the U.S. Midwest supported harvest progress. Sugar also weighed on the sector as recent rainfall in Thailand contradicted expectations that El Nino would limit sugar crop growth.
  • Industrial Metals declined 7.30%, led lower by Copper as concerns that the recent volatile decline in the Chinese equity market may further dampen economic growth, decreasing demand expectations for the sector.
  • Precious Metals ended the month 6.37% lower. Improved U.S. economic data, including lower jobless claims and higher housing starts, bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates later this year as the economy continues to recover. The prospect of higher interest rates strengthened the U.S. dollar and reduced safe haven demand for gold and silver.
  • Livestock decreased 2.17%, led lower by Live Cattle, as the United States Department of Agriculture reported further supply increases compared to the same time last year.

Nelson Louie, Global Head of Commodities for Credit Suisse Asset Management, said: “Major macroeconomic headlines, such as the Greek debt negotiations and the decline in Chinese equity markets, raised global growth concerns. Although the turmoil surrounding the impasse in Greece impacted consumer confidence across the Eurozone, preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index data showed that economic growth in Europe only lost slight momentum in July. The European Central Bank’s easing measures may continue to support future growth prospects. In China, economic data reflected declines in the manufacturing sector amid decreased consumer demand and weakened equity market conditions. However, the Chinese government has also shown resolve in its commitment to supporting the economy through various stimulus measures.”

Christopher Burton, Senior Portfolio Manager for the Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy, added, “Meanwhile, in the U.S., inflation expectations remain below the U.S. Federal Reserve’s 2% target. However, the pace of economic progress in the U.S. versus the rest of the world increased expectations of divergent central bank policy. Macroeconomic factors may also continue to affect commodity demand expectations. So far, in the current phase of the business cycle, most U.S. asset classes have outperformed relative to non-U.S. asset classes. Central bank efforts may broaden the economic recovery into other regions, which may be supportive of commodity demand longer-term.”

About the Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy

Credit Suisse’s Total Commodity Return Strategy is managed by a team with over 28 years of experience, and seeks to outperform the return of a commodities index, such as the Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return or the S&P GSCI Total Return Index, using both a quantitative and qualitative commodity research process. Commodity index total returns are achieved through:

  • Spot Return: price return on specified commodity futures contracts;
  • Roll Yield: impact due to migration of futures positions from near to far contracts; and
  • Collateral Yield: return earned on collateral for the futures.

As of July 31, 2015, the Team managed approximately USD 10.0 billion in assets globally.

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In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank’s best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

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Certain risks relating to investing in Commodities and Commodity-Linked Investments: 

Exposure to commodity markets should only form a small part of a diversified portfolio. Investment in commodity markets may not be suitable for all investors. Commodity investments will be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity volatility, exchange-rate movements, changes in interest rates, and factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Commodity markets are highly volatile. The risk of loss in commodities and commodity-linked investments can be substantial. There is generally a high degree of leverage in commodity investing that can significantly magnify losses. Gains or losses from speculative derivative positions may be much greater than the derivative’s original cost. An investment in commodities is not a complete investment program and should represent only a portion of an investor’s portfolio management strategy.

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CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of NYMEX Brent 25-Day (Platts) futures and options contracts to begin trading December 12 with February 2012 being the first listed month. These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of NYMEX.

“Our new NYMEX Brent 25-Day contracts will offer customers a critical hedging solution to manage their price risk, at a time when the Brent market is undergoing a significant transformation,” said Gary Morsches, Managing Director, Energy Products, CME Group. “Customers have expressed strong interest in a transparently settled Brent futures contract that more closely reflects the hedging needs of the underlying physical Brent market. We’re confident our new contracts are well aligned with the Platts 25-day basis and will provide market participants with transparency and superior convergence against the physical Brent market to enable them to begin managing their price risk today.”

Final settlement of NYMEX Brent 25-Day (Platts) futures and options contracts will be based on the Platts 25-day Brent (BFOE) cash assessment and use the Platts Market on Close (MOC) methodology, which is the industry standard for Brent pricing. Options to be listed will include an average price option and underlying calendar swap, as well as American-style and European-style options. These contracts will be listed for electronic trading on CME Globex, open-outcry and over-the-counter clearing on CME ClearPort.

CME Group will work with Platts on an ongoing basis to maintain contract specifications in close alignment with the Brent (BFOE) cash market, including adopting a revised expiry schedule beginning in March 2015.

The CME Group Energy complex offers the most benchmarks in its asset class, with market participants trading an average daily volume of 1.8 million contracts on CME Globex, CME ClearPort and the trading floor.

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group (www.cmegroup.com) is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate.  CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago.  CME Group also operates CME

Clearing, one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort®. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

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Futures Volume Rises 21%

IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, reported futures volume in October 2011. Average daily volume (ADV) for ICE’s futures markets was 1,610,020 contracts, an increase of 21% from October 2010. Year-to-date through October 31, ADV across ICE’s futures exchanges was 1,549,076 contracts, an increase of 17% compared to the first ten months of 2010.  Total futures volume in October 2011 was 33.8 million contracts.

October 2011 Review

  • ICE Futures Europe records:
    • ICE Gas Oil futures and Brent Crude options established monthly volume records of 6,650,769 contracts and 275,501 contracts, respectively.
    • The exchange set an open interest record of 4,666,333 contracts on October 28.  During the month, open interest records were established for ICE Brent Crude futures and options, Low Sulphur Gas Oil futures and a variety of other emissions futures contracts.
  • ICE Futures U.S. records:
    • ICE Cocoa Futures and Options set open interest records of 198,865 contracts and 134,866 contracts, respectively, on October 28.  ICE Cocoa Options also established a daily volume record of 17,975 contracts on October 4.
  • ICE Clear Credit became the first clearing house to clear sovereign CDS with the launch of Latin American sovereign CDS on October 31.
  • ICE Futures Canada announced its intent to introduce new futures contracts for milling wheat, durum wheat and barley following the end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly on the sale and marketing of Canadian grains in 2012.
  • Dow Jones Indexes and UBS announced the addition of Brent Crude to the Dow-Jones-UBS Commodity Index.
  • ICE announced it will launch 22 new cleared OTC energy contracts on November 7, bringing its total cleared OTC energy products to more than 600 contracts.
  • Through October 28, ICE’s CDS clearing houses have cleared $24.7 trillion in gross notional value on a cumulative basis across 699,178 transactions. ICE currently lists 330 CDS contracts for clearing.
    • ICE Clear Credit reached $14.3 trillion in gross notional value cleared as of October 28, including $1.2 trillion in single-name CDS, resulting in open interest of $798 billion. ICE Clear Credit offers clearing for 43 indexes and 128 single-name contracts.
    • ICE Clear Europe has cleared euro 7.5 trillion ($10.3 trillion) of gross notional value since inception, including euro 1.1 trillion ($1.5 trillion) in single-name CDS, resulting in euro 568 billion ($803 billion) of open interest. ICE Clear Europe offers clearing for 38 indexes and 121 single-name contracts.
  • Trading days in October 2011:
    • ICE Futures Europe: 21
    • ICE Futures U.S.: 21
    • ICE Futures Canada: 20
    • Chicago Climate Futures Exchange: 21
ICE Futures Contracts & Markets Monthly ADV
Product Line ADV

October

2011

ADV

October

2010

ADV

% Change

ICE Brent Crude futures & options 606,199 408,249 48.5
ICE Gasoil futures & options 318,630 242,427 31.4
ICE WTI Crude futures & options 200,971 207,902 -3.3
ICE ECX emissions futures & options 30,599 21,418 42.9
Other futures contracts (1) 41,267 19,309 113.7
TOTAL ICE FUTURES EUROPE 1,197,666 899,305 33.2
Index futures & options (2) 185,848 132,190 40.6
Sugar No. 11 futures & options 86,485 140,941 -38.6
Other agricultural commodity contracts (3) 81,844 98,157 -16.6
Currency futures and options contracts (4) 35,330 28,388 24.5
TOTAL ICE FUTURES U.S. 389,507 399,676 -2.5
TOTAL ICE FUTURES CANADA & CCFE 22,847 26,836 -14.9
TOTAL FUTURES CONTRACTS 1,610,020 1,325,817 21.4
(1) “Other futures contracts” include ICE UK Natural Gas futures; ICE Coal futures; ICE Dutch TTF and German Natural Gas futures; ICE UK Electricity futures; ICE Heating Oil futures; and ICE Unleaded Gasoline Blendstock (RBOB) futures

(2) “Index futures & options” includes Russell 2000® mini futures and options and futures for the Russell 1000® mini, the Continuous Commodity Index, the Euro Index and the NYSE Composite.

(3) “Other agricultural commodity contracts” include futures and/or options for Cocoa, Coffee “C”, Cotton No. 2, Orange Juice, Sugar No. 14 and Sugar No. 16.

(4) “Currency futures and options” include futures and options for the U.S. Dollar Index and foreign exchange.

ICE Futures Year-to-Date ADV
10-mos 2011 10-mos 2010 Percent Change
ICE Futures Europe 1,089,445 869,897 25.2
ICE Futures U.S. 440,152 432,733 1.7
ICE Futures Canada & CCFE* 19,479 17,256 12.9
Total Futures 1,549,076 1,319,886 17.4
ICE Futures Monthly and Year-to-Date Volume
October 2011 October 2010 Percent Change
ICE Futures Europe 25,150,987 18,885,414 33.2
ICE Futures U.S. 8,179,644 8,393,192 -2.5
ICE Futures Canada & CCFE 457,224 537,936 -15.0
Total Futures 33,787,855 27,816,542 21.5
10-mos 2011 10-mos 2010 Percent Change
ICE Futures Europe 228,783,418 181,808,500 25.8
ICE Futures U.S. 92,431,951 90,441,158 2.2
ICE Futures Canada & CCFE* 4,052,516 3,589,721 12.9
Total Futures 325,267,885 275,839,379 17.9
*ICE acquired CCFE on July 8, 2010. Prior-year amounts do not include CCFE volume prior to that date.
ICE Futures Open Interest
October 31, 2011 December 31, 2010
ICE Futures Europe 4,634,227 3,329,205
ICE Futures U.S. 3,030,502 3,325,618
ICE Futures Canada & CCFE 219,693 283,246
Rolling Three-Month Average Rate per Contract (RPC)
Product Line Three Months Ending
October 2011
Three Months Ending
September 2011
Three Months Ending
August 2011
ICE Futures Europe $1.55 $1.57 $1.58
ICE Futures U.S. Ag $2.39 $2.38 $2.38
ICE Futures U.S. Fin $0.81 $0.82 $0.86
RPC is calculated by dividing transaction revenues by contract volume, and may vary based on pricing, customer and product mix.

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Top Financial Planners List Released by Barrons

CFP Board of Standards is proud to announce that 46 CFP® professionals were named in “Barron’s List of Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors of 2011.”

“I want to extend my sincere congratulations to the 46 CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professionals named to Barron’s Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors of 2011,” said CEO of CFP Board Kevin Keller, noting that Robert Glovsky, CFP® – a former Chair of CFP Board’s Board of Directors – appears again on this esteemed list.  “This is a great honor that highlights their dedication to clients, their individual practices and to the financial planning profession.”

Barron’s generates this list based upon the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors’ practices.

For Barron’s full list, visit http://online.barrons.com/report/top-financial-advisors/independent.

“It is rewarding to see CFP® professionals take their practices above and beyond what is expected of them,” said current Board Chair Charles Moran, CFP®. “As CFP® professionals, we are held to high standards of practice and ethics by CFP Board. Barron’s recognition of these dedicated CFP® professionals reflects well on the standards of excellence that more than 63,000 CFP® professionals maintain on a daily basis.”

Name Practice Name Location
Robert A. Clarfeld, CFP® Clarfeld Financial Advisors, Inc. Tarrytown, New York
Ron Carson, CFP® Carson Wealth Management Group Omaha, Nebraska
Peter Mallouk, CFP® Creative Planning, Inc. Leawood, Kansas
Debra Wetherby, CFP® Wetherby Asset Management San Francisco, California
Jon Waldron, CFP® Waldron Wealth Management Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Tom Tracy, CFP® Aspiriant San Francisco, California
Brian Holmes, CFP® Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC Los Angeles, California
Steven Weinstein, CFP® Altair Advisers LLC Chicago, Illinois
John Lesser, CFP® Plante Moran Financial Advisors Auburn Hills, Michigan
Michael Yoshikami, CFP® YCMNET Advisors Walnut Creek, California
Andy Berg, CFP® Homrich & Berg Inc Atlanta, Georgia
Timothy Grimes, CFP® Grimes & Company, Inc. Westborough, Massachusetts
Dale Yahnke, CFP® Dowling & Yahnke, LLC San Diego, California
Charles Zhang, CFP® Zhang Financial Portage, Michigan
Susan Kaplan, CFP® Kaplan Financial Services Newton, Massachusetts
Grant Rawdin, CFP® Wescott Financial Advisory Group LLC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Christopher Cordaro, CFP® RegentAtlantic Capital Morristown, New Jersey
Scott Tiras, CFP® Ameriprise Financial Services Houston, Texas
Mark Dixon, CFP® Plante Moran Financial Advisors Southfield, Michigan
Thomas Myers, CFP® Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc. Menlo Park, California
David Bugen, CFP® RegentAtlantic Capital Morristown, New Jersey
Scott T. Henson, CFP® Hanson McClain Advisors Sacramento, California
Brent Brodeski, CFP® Savant Capital Management, Inc Rockford, Illinois
Gregg Fisher, CFP® Gerstein Fisher & Associates Inc New York, New York
Andrew McMorrow, CFP® Ballentine Partners, LLC Waltham, Massachusetts
Thomas B. Gau, CFP® Retirement Planning Specialists, Inc. Ashland, Oregon
Charles Brighton, CFP® Brighton Jones, LLC Seattle, Washington
Stephan Cassaday, CFP® Cassaday & Company Inc McLean, Virginia
Joel Isaacson, CFP® Joel Isaacson & Co., LLC New York, New York
Claudia Shilo, CFP® Ballentine Partners, LLC Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Greg Sullivan, CFP® Harris SBSB McLean, Virginia
Jeffrey Lancaster, CFP® Bingham Osborn & Scarborough LLC San Francisco, California
Kevin Myeroff, CFP® NCA Financial Planners Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Don DeWaay, CFP® DeWaay Capital Management Clive, Iowa
Frederick Paulman, CFP® RMB Capital Management Chicago, Illinois
John Adams Vaccaro, CFP® Westport Resources Management Westport, Connecticut
Gerard Klingman, CFP® Klingman and Associates, LLC New York, New York
Malcolm Makin, CFP® Professional Planning Group Westerly, Rhode Island
Charles Thoele, CFP® Robertson Griege & Thoele Dallas, Texas
Michael Chasnoff, CFP® Truepoint Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio
Randall Linde, CFP® Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Renton, Washington
Ronald Weiner, CFP® Retirement Design & Management, Inc. Westport, Connecticut
Robert Glovsky, CFP® Mintz Levin Financial Advisors Boston, Massachusetts
Lewis Altfest, CFP® L.J. Altfest & Company Inc. New York, New York
Robert Fragasso, CFP® Fragasso Financial Advisors Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rick Van Benschoten, CFP® Lenox Advisors Inc New York, New York

ABOUT CFP BOARD
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Precious Metals Take a Dive in September

Precious Metals Take a Dive in September

Precious Metals Take a Dive in September-Image by digitalmoneyworld via Flickr

Nelson Louie, Global Head of Commodities in Credit Suisse’s Asset Management division, said, “Investor and consumer sentiment has continued to deteriorate and this may further impact the rate of economic growth.  However, fundamentals for certain commodities remain positive.  Prices will continue to be sensitive to exogenous shocks (i.e. labor unrest, geo-political risk, weather related disruptions) in the face of tightening global supplies and higher demand over the last several years.  While investors have been increasingly focused on a possible sharp China slowdown this year, the main source of volatility in commodities demand over the coming months may be derived from European economies rather than from China.”

Christopher Burton, Senior Portfolio Manager for the Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy, added, “Overall, fiscal and monetary policies in the US and Europe are expected to remain accommodative.  In addition, the amount of easing and the length of the stimulus period are likely to increase as policy makers continue their debate.  Such measures will most likely increase the odds of greater-than-expected inflation over time.  The reconciliation of these issues can impact traditional asset classes and commodities in different ways.  We believe investors will continue to benefit from the long term diversification benefits that commodities provide.”

The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return was down by 14.73% in September.  Overall, 17 out of 19 index constituents decreased in value.  Industrial Metals was the worst performing sector, given the sector’s high correlation with global growth, ending the month down 20.06%.  Signs continued to suggest growth would slow in the developed world while worries over the sustainability of China’s growth intensified.  Chinese and European Purchasing Managers Index (“PMI”) readings came in weaker than expected.  However, Chinese trade data has continued to hold up thus far.  Refined Copper imports continued their recovery from April’s lows; Aluminum imports rose sharply, turning China once more into a net importer; and Zinc imports climbed strongly month-on-month.  Agriculture ended the month lower, losing 18.97%, as grains led the complex lower on improved weather conditions and better-than-expected inventories.  Precious Metals also ended the month lower, losing 15.61%, led by Silver. The flight to US Treasuries and demand for US dollars towards the end of the month resulted in Gold being liquidated alongside other assets.  The Energy sector posted a loss of 11.23%, with all components trading lower.  While global Crude Oil demand growth has slowed from the high base of last year, fundamental data releases remain broadly supportive for the crude complex and demand remains healthy versus historical standards.  Livestock was the strongest sector, gaining 7.65% for September due to continued strong export demand and falling grain prices.

The Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy group periodically produces updates on relevant industry topics. For a copy of the team’s white paper, “Commodities Outlook: Increased Volatility, Increase Opportunity?“, please email csam.commodities@credit-suisse.com.

About the Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy

Credit Suisse’s Total Commodity Return Strategy has been managed for 17 years and seeks to outperform the return of a commodities index, such as the Dow Jones–UBS Commodity Index Total Return or the S&P GSCI Total Return Index, using both a quantitative and qualitative commodity research process. Commodity index total returns are achieved through:

  • Spot Return: price return on specified commodity futures contracts;
  • Roll Yield: impact due to migration of futures positions from near to far contracts; and
  • Collateral Yield: return earned on collateral for the futures.

As of September 30, 2011 the team managed approximately USD 10.1 billion in assets globally.

An investment in commodities is not a complete investment program and should represent only a portion of an investor’s portfolio management strategy.  Investment in commodity markets may not be suitable for all investors. Commodity markets are highly volatile and the risk of loss in commodities and commodity-linked investments can be substantial.

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Credit Suisse AG is one of the world’s leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as ‘Credit Suisse’). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 50,700 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

Asset Management

In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank’s best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

All businesses of Credit Suisse are subject to distinct regulatory requirements; certain products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all client types.

Important Legal Information

This document was produced by and the opinions expressed are those of Credit Suisse as of the date of writing and are subject to change without obligation to update. It has been prepared solely for information purposes and for the use of the recipient. It does not constitute an offer or an invitation by or on behalf of Credit Suisse to any person to buy or sell any security. Any reference to past performance is not a guide to future performance. The information and analysis contained in this publication have been compiled or arrived at from sources believed to be reliable but Credit Suisse does not make any representation as to their accuracy or completeness and does not accept liability for any loss arising from the use hereof.

Certain information contained in this document constitutes “Forward-Looking Statements” (including observations about markets and industry and regulatory trends as of the original date of this document), which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “continue” or “believe”, or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Due to various risks and uncertainties beyond our control, actual events, results or performance may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Credit Suisse has no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements in this document.

Certain risks relating to investing in Commodities and Commodity-Linked Investments:   Exposure to commodity markets should only form a small part of a diversified portfolio. Investment in commodity markets may not be suitable for all investors. Commodity investments will be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity volatility, exchange-rate movements, changes in interest rates, and factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Commodity markets are highly volatile. The risk of loss in commodities and commodity-linked investments can be substantial. There is generally a high degree of leverage in commodity investing that can significantly magnify losses. Gains or losses from speculative derivative positions may be much greater than the derivative’s original cost. An investment in commodities is not a complete investment program and should represent only a portion of an investor’s portfolio management strategy.

Copyright © 2011, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP AG and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

CONTACT: Katherine Herring, Corporate Communications, +1-212-325-7545, katherine.herring@credit-suisse.com

Web Site: http://www.credit-suisse.com

Learn How to Trade the Forex Markets with Easy Video Tutorials

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Award-winning forex dealer FX Solutions ( http://www.fxsolutions.com ) is hosting a range of trading platform tutorials to help its clients react quickly and effectively to market movements.

These easy-to-use video guides cover everything from logging on to entering, managing and closing trades across all four FX Solutions platforms. If a trader wishes to enable one-click trading, understand the forex calculator or place an order, FX Solutions offers a video to show them how.

As well as offering an educational menu perfect for new traders, FX Solutions was recently named ‘Overall Best Forex Broker [http://www.fxsolutions.com/company-info/company-news/overall-best-forex-broker.asp ] ‘ for veteran traders by SmartMoney magazine. Accepting the accolade, FX Solutions CEO Michael Cairns commented: “To be singled out in such a highly regarded publication is a true testament to the FX Solutions overall value proposition. We love traders of all experience levels and I’m pleased SmartMoney agrees we are well suited for the most savvy and experienced traders.”

To learn more about trading with FX Solutions, visit http://www.fxsolutions.com

Forex trading involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors.

About FX Solutions

FX Solutions [http://www.fxsolutions.com ] is a leading foreign exchange dealer with a focus on advanced forex trading [http://www.fxsolutions.com/trading/forex.asp ] technologies, transparency of transaction and unparalleled customer service. FX Solutions serves retail clients, white label partners, institutional trading partners and introducing brokers in over 140 countries.

FX Solutions’ products are regulated in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. FX Solutions in the United States is regulated as a member of National Futures Association, and registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a Futures Commission Merchant/Forex Dealer Member. In the United Kingdom, FX Solutions is a registered trading name of City Index Limited which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. FX Solutions in Australia is a registered trading name of City Index Australia Pty Ltd. which is authorized and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

For more on forex currency trading online [http://www.fxsolutions.com/trading ], please visit http://www.fxsolutions.com http://www.fxsol.co.uk and http://www.fxsolutions.com.au

Contact: Paul Cassidy, FX Solutions, +1-201-345-2210, pcassidy@fxsol.com

Financial Advisors Preparing for the Worst in October

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October is notorious for being a rollercoaster stock market month.  Some financial advisors are wasting no time in battening down the hatches.

“Crises that plagued the markets throughout September have historically reached a crescendo in October and this year is no exception,” says Randy Warren, chief investment officer at Warren Financial Service. “We’re shoring up protection for our portfolios and preparing for the worst.”

Warren Financial is pulling client assets out of high beta ETFs and mutual funds that don’t perform in a highly correlated, volatile market. The European debt crisis continues to cast a dark shadow over investor outlook, correlation is nearing an all-time high, and last week brought the greatest decline in major US equities since the outset of the financial crisis in October 2008. Mr. Warren is available to provide insight for investors seeking safety in this unstable environment.

Warren Financial Service, WFS Funds

Founded in 1965, Warren Financial Service provides professional and diligent investment advice for individuals, small/medium sized businesses, foundations, trusts, and executives.  Matched with its experience in investment management, private client relationships, philanthropy, and estate planning & administration, the firm brings a finely honed perspective to help investors achieve their objectives.

Visit us at www.wfsfunds.com.

Press Contact:
Phil Nourie / Nourie Johnson Communications
P. 212-922-1226
phil@nouriejohnson.com

Web Site: http://www.wfsfunds.com

Commodities Sluggish But Still Outperform Equities

Commodities demonstrated mixed performance in August as market participants grew increasingly concerned about the extent of the global growth slowdown.

Nelson Louie, Global Head of Commodities in Credit Suisse’s Asset Management division, said, “Commodities demonstrated mixed performance in August as weaker macroeconomic data and uncertainty surrounding the state of the global economy continued to impact markets.  Falling consumer confidence, poor non-farm payroll figures, and other weak leading economic indicators are increasing recessionary fears.  However, realized data from July on global industrial production momentum indicated a rebound began in May.  Chinese trade data for July suggests economic activity is still robust, with imports of key commodities remaining strong.  Fundamentals for key commodities look to be growing increasingly tight in the face of strong demand and constraints on supply growth.”

Christopher Burton, Senior Portfolio Manager for the Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy, added, “While increased volatility and risk aversion were common themes across capital and commodity markets in August, commodities outperformed equities with the S&P 500 losing 5.43%.  We believe investors will continue to benefit from the diversification benefits that commodities provide.”

The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return was up by 1.00% in August.  Overall, 8 out of 19 index constituents increased in value.  Precious Metals was the strongest sector, gaining 10.10% for August, due to continued strong investor demand.  Agriculture was also a strong performer, up 9.22%, led by grains and Coffee.  Estimates for Corn yield were reduced to lower than the USDA’s latest estimates amid the recent hot and dry weather damaging the developing crop. This may suggest that the USDA will ultimately reduce their production and ending inventory expectations.  Livestock ended the month lower, losing 4.60%, led by Lean Hogs on expectations that previously strong China export demand may ease and that hog weights may improve in the fall.  Higher feed costs also mean livestock may be brought to market sooner than expected.  The Energy sector posted a loss of 4.92%, with all components trading lower.  Fundamental data releases remained broadly supportive for the crude complex, but concerns increased that demand would eventually falter.  Industrial Metals was the worst performing sector, given the sector’s high correlation with global growth, ending the month down 7.48%. Fears of a hard landing in China weighed on the sector, as did concerns growth would slow in the developed world.

The Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy group periodically produces updates on relevant industry topics. For a copy of the team’s white paper, “Commodities Outlook: Increased Volatility, Increase Opportunity?“, please email csam.commodities@credit-suisse.com.

About the Credit Suisse Total Commodity Return Strategy

Credit Suisse’s Total Commodity Return Strategy has been managed for 17 years and seeks to outperform the return of a commodities index, such as the Dow Jones–UBS Commodity Index Total Return or the S&P GSCI Total Return Index, using both a quantitative and qualitative commodity research process. Commodity index total returns are achieved through:

  • Spot Return: price return on specified commodity futures contracts;
  • Roll Yield: impact due to migration of futures positions from near to far contracts; and
  • Collateral Yield: return earned on collateral for the futures.

As of August 31, 2011 the team managed approximately USD 11.4 billion in assets globally.

An investment in commodities is not a complete investment program and should represent only a portion of an investor’s portfolio management strategy.  Investment in commodity markets may not be suitable for all investors. Commodity markets are highly volatile and the risk of loss in commodities and commodity-linked investments can be substantial.

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Asset Management

In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse’s Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank’s best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

All businesses of Credit Suisse are subject to distinct regulatory requirements; certain products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all client types.

Important Legal Information

This document was produced by and the opinions expressed are those of Credit Suisse as of the date of writing and are subject to change without obligation to update. It has been prepared solely for information purposes and for the use of the recipient. It does not constitute an offer or an invitation by or on behalf of Credit Suisse to any person to buy or sell any security. Any reference to past performance is not a guide to future performance. The information and analysis contained in this publication have been compiled or arrived at from sources believed to be reliable but Credit Suisse does not make any representation as to their accuracy or completeness and does not accept liability for any loss arising from the use hereof.

Certain information contained in this document constitutes “Forward-Looking Statements” (including observations about markets and industry and regulatory trends as of the original date of this document), which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “continue” or “believe”, or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Due to various risks and uncertainties beyond our control, actual events, results or performance may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Credit Suisse has no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements in this document.

Certain risks relating to investing in Commodities and Commodity-Linked Investments: Exposure to commodity markets should only form a small part of a diversified portfolio. Investment in commodity markets may not be suitable for all investors. Commodity investments will be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity volatility, exchange-rate movements, changes in interest rates, and factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Commodity markets are highly volatile. The risk of loss in commodities and commodity-linked investments can be substantial. There is generally a high degree of leverage in commodity investing that can significantly magnify losses. Gains or losses from speculative derivative positions may be much greater than the derivative’s original cost. An investment in commodities is not a complete investment program and should represent only a portion of an investor’s portfolio management strategy.

Copyright © 2011, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP AG and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

CONTACT: Katherine Herring, Corporate Communications, +1-212-325-7545, katherine.herring@credit-suisse.com

Web Site: http://www.credit-suisse.com

Commodity Index Gets Reshuffled

The Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index (TICKER: RVEI) will add ten new components in its quarterly rebalancing, effective 6:00 PM (EDT) Sunday, September 18, 2011.  Five components will be dropped, changing the number of index components to 342.

One stock will be added to the Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Agriculture Producers Index (TICKER: RVEA), changing the number of index components to 47.

Five stocks will be added to the Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Metals Producers Index (RVEM), while two stocks will be deleted, changing the number of index components to 121.

One stock will be added to the Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Energy Producers Index (RVEE), while three stocks will be deleted, changing the number of index components to 130.

No changes will be made to the Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Producers US Extra Liquid Index (RVEXL), maintaining the fixed number of 50 index components.

A complete list of constituents and weights will be posted on the Index website (http://rve.snetglobalindexes.com/about_the_indexes.php) as of the effective date.

The Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index is a capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index of the most prominent commodity stocks in the world. To be included in the RVEI, stocks must pass multiple screens, including for capitalization, float, exchange listing, share price and turnover. The index is divided into six sectors: a) Energy, b) Agriculture, c) Base and Industrial Metals, d) Forest products, e) Precious Metals and f) Alternatives.

Detailed information, including constituent data, rules and price information, on the Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index is available at http://rve.snetglobalindexes.com/. Data is also available through most vendors of financial data.

Index: Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index (USD) TICKER: RVEI

Index: Rogers™-Van Eck Hard Assets Producers Index (EUR) TICKER: RVEIE

“Jim Rogers”, “James Beeland Rogers, Jr.”, “Rogers”, are trademarks, service marks and/or registered trademarks of Beeland Interests, Inc., which are owned and controlled by James Beeland Rogers, Jr., and are used subject to license. “S-Network”, is a service mark of S-Network Global Indexes LLC. “Van Eck” is a service mark of Van Eck Associates Corporation.

Joseph LaCorte, CFA
S-Network Global Indexes, LLC
646-467-7927
www.rveindexes.com

Web Site: http://rve.snetglobalindexes.com

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