Commodities

Credit Suisse Asset Management is one of the largest commodities index managers. We offer enhanced and actively managed indexed commodity portfolios.

Commodities have historically helped investors to manage unexpected inflation risk. In addition, they are a source of diversification, generating returns that tend to be uncorrelated with either stocks or bonds. Overall, they have the potential to enhance risk-adjusted returns when included in an overall balanced portfolio.

Our New York City-based Commodities team uses quantitative and qualitative techniques to deliver efficient, cost-effective access to commodities. We offer enhanced and actively managed indexed commodity portfolios, all backed by conservatively managed collateral portfolios.

Since 1994, our team has generated a strong track record of positive relative returns using a consistent, risk-managed approach. We oversee the second-largest US commodities mutual fund, as well as one of the largest UCITS-compliant funds in Europe. As one of the top commodities index managers globally, our experience and expertise have allowed us to provide consistent and efficient access to an important asset class. 

Broad product range

Our broad range of product solutions is tailored to specific investors’ needs. They include:

An active, fundamentally based long-only strategy that combines the information advantage of Glencore plc, one of the world’s largest physical commodity traders, with our Enhanced Strategy analytics.

An absolute return, long-short strategy that leverages the same insights from Glencore plc that are used in our GAINS Total Commodity Return Strategy. Long and/or short positions are established based on physical market insights from Glencore plc, in an attempt to generate positive returns.  

Historical performance indications and financial market scenarios are not reliable indicators of current or future performance. 

Potential risks of investing in commodities:

  • Speculative nature of commodities investments. Investing in commodities is speculative and involves a high degree of risk. There is no assurance that technical and risk management techniques, as well as the investment decisions made by the investment manager, will not expose investors to risk of significant losses.
  • Market-driven risk could negatively affect the value of a particular investment.
  • Credit risk may occur if a counterparty defaults or is unable to honor a financial obligation.
  • Commodity-linked derivatives may be subject to greater volatility than traditional securities.