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1 Investment Strategy Monthly Slides October Outlook
Investment Strategy & Advisory Team: Barbara M. Reinhard, CFA Chief Investment Strategist, Managing Director Philipp E. Lisibach, CFA Director Samuel M. Baumann Assistant Vice-President Jimmy M. James Vice President Scott P. Rosenblatt Ryan P. Sullivan Investment Strategy Monthly Slides October Outlook Private Banking Americas As of October 19, 2011

2 Table of Contents Appendix Investment Strategy Overview
Four Charts You Can’t Miss Asset Allocation & Economic Outlook Valuations Fundamentals Sentiment Appendix Rolling 10-year Global Asset Class Returns Key Forecasts Publication Round-up

3 Investment Strategy Overview
High growth equity sectors in a low economic growth environment. Increase stable over cyclical growth in equity portfolios. Position U.S. sector allocations towards stable growth sectors such as: Health Care, Telecom, Utilities, Consumer Staples Reduce exposure to U.S. small caps. High dividend paying stocks and strategies during periods of low interest rates. Stay overweight emerging market equities. Increase municipal bond exposure, favoring 5-10 year maturities given yield curve shape. High credit quality during periods of high liquidity. Seek higher yield through different vehicles such as: Senior Bank Loans, MLPs, REITs with good coupons and coverage ratios As of 9/13/2011 Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

4 Four Charts You Can’t Miss
Buying Equities at Lower P/Es May Have Potential Long-Term Benefits Average 10-year Compounded Annual Growth Rate For Varying P/Es A PMI Reading Below 42 Would Signal Trouble ISM manufacturing purchasing manager index, seasonally adjusted 2001 Recession 1990 Recession 2008 Recession As of 8/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg, Credit Suisse As of 9/30/2011 Source: Ibbotson Associates, Bloomberg, Haver Analytics, Credit Suisse Investment Strategy Advisory S&P 500 Index Average Monthly Returns Since 1970 State & Local Government Tax Revenues Above 2007 Peak USD 333 bn As of 8/31/2011 Source: Bloomberg As of 6/30/2011 Source: U.S. Census As of 9/13/2011 Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

5 Asset Allocation & Economic Outlook

6 Cycle Clock* Our Cycle Clock indicator has moved into Contraction territory, reflecting the weaker economic activity brought about by the Eurozone crisis. This financial market crisis, rather than the business cycle, is the chief driver of asset prices. Over-heating Slowdown Contraction Recovery Stocks Comm Bonds Cash Credits Outperform Underperform GDP robust Unemployment low Tighter rate policy Inflation rising GDP dropping Employment slowing Tight rate policy Inflation slowing GDP contracting Unemployment high Easier rate policy Inflation low GDP picking up Employment off Easy rate policy Inflation tame *The Cycle Clock framework breaks the economic cycle into 4 phases (Overheating, Slowdown, Contraction & Recovery). For each of the 4 phases we examine which asset classes perform best. As of 9/13/2011 Source: PB Global Research

7 Outlook Summary k Positive mNegative gNeutral
Note; Arrows represent the current PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory absolute market view for 6-12 months. As of 10/13/2011 Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

8 Guidance Allocations The proposed Benchmark and Strategic Asset Allocations for each of the risk budgets referenced above are created by the Private Banking Americas Investments Strategy & Advisory group. The Benchmark Asset Allocation (BAA), for a 3-7 year time horizon, is the neutral position reflecting the predefined risk budgets and meets investment objectives over a full market cycle. The Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA), for a month time horizon, expresses views resulting in temporary deviations from the BAA to generate expected excess returns or reduce risk. Alternative investments are typically high-risk investment vehicles which are available only to qualified individuals or entities that are willing to assume above average risk and sustain limited liquidity with a portion of their net worth. Please refer to the attached “Important Legal Information” for important disclosure relating to alternative investments. Data as of 9/30/11 Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

9 Economics: Latest surveys tentatively support case for resumption of slow growth
U.S. data and indicators (PMI, corporate investment, consumer spending) are somewhat more robust, much of Europe is moving into contraction phase. Pressure for more radical solution of the Greek debt issue, including decisive bank re-capitalization, is mounting. Emerging market growth is mixed, but still elevated inflation suggest policy easing will be cautious. U.S. Car Sales Accelerating As of 9/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg German Business Sentiment Cools Off, but Better than Expectations As of 9/13/2011 Source: Credit Suisse Investment Strategy & Advisory Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

10 Equities:  Negative sentiment dominates over attractive valuations
S&P 500 Index Net Company Revisions 2012E Earnings season is underway, presumably shifting focus from temporary factors back to fundamentals. Analysts have cut estimates of late, and an updated outlook from company managements will add more clarity to market sentiment. Valuation remains attractive, with healthy balance sheets and strong cash flow generation, and P/Es for the next-twelve months suggest ample upside potential. Yet investors sentiment and risk appetite continue to be low, outweighing fundamentals. De-risking of portfolios has led to money outflows in emerging markets, though growth outlook remains far superior to developed markets, offering better upside potential. As of 9/15/2011 Source: Factset/IBES, Credit Suisse Regional Outlook Developed Markets Emerging Markets U.S  Asia  Asia Pacific ex-Japan  Latin America  Canada  Europe, Mid East, Africa  UK  Japan  Europe ex-UK  kk / mm Indicates a strong investment conviction in over/underweight position. k / m Indicates a modest investment conviction in over/underweight position.  Indicates a neutral investment conviction, or benchmark weighting position. Note; Arrows represent the current PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory absolute market view for 6-12 months. Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

11 U.S. Equities:  Large cap companies with stable growth, high dividends are our focus
S&P 500 Dividend & US 10-Year Treasury Yields Given the prospect of continued heightened volatility, we maintain our defensive posturing. Our focus remains stable, defensive growth and we continue to underweight cyclical growth. Large cap companies offer better value in a low- growth environment, and companies with high yet sustainable dividend yields offer an attractive alternative to low-yielding fixed income investments. Valuations are reflecting an economic scenario more dire than what is likely to occur, as implied earnings suggest a recession-like drop in earnings growth. U.S. Sector Outlook Health Care  Energy  Consumer Staples  Industrials  Telecomm Services  Consumer Discretionary Utilities  Financials  Information Technology  Materials  kk / mm Indicates a strong investment conviction in over/underweight position. k / m Indicates a modest investment conviction in over/underweight position.  Indicates a neutral investment conviction, or benchmark weighting position. Note; Arrows represent the current PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory absolute market view for 6-12 months. Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

12 Fixed Income:  European sovereign crisis still dominating; preference for high quality credits
Market volatility and accommodative central banks should keep benchmark yields at low levels. Corporate credit valuations look increasingly attractive, but focus remains on stronger issuers given European sovereign crisis overhang. We increased our exposure to corporate credits to overweight from neutral favoring high-quality non- financial issuers. We reduced our overweight position in emerging markets to de-risk our fixed income asset allocation. In taxable allocations, we increase our exposure to municipal bonds to overweight from neutral due to the relative attractiveness municipal bonds yields compared to U.S. Treasuries. Corporate Cash Levels At Generational Highs As of 6/30/2011 Source: DataStream Fixed Income Outlook U.S. Municipal U.S. Investment Grade Corp. Emerging Markets U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected U.S. High Yield U.S. Treasuries U.S. Securitized As of 10/13/2011 Source: Credit Suisse Investment Strategy & Advisory k Positive mNegative gNeutral Note; Arrows represent the current PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory absolute market view for 6-12 months. Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

13 Currencies: Short term neutral view on USD; longer term we favor emerging markets currencies vs. USD
EUR: Narrowing interest rate spread and low risk appetite positive for USD in near term. Longer term neutral as negative U.S. current account weighs on USD. Commodity currencies (AUD, NZD, CAD) remain overvalued. AUD narrowing spreads vs. the USD, overvaluation and vulnerability to bouts of risk points to further weakness despite Credit Suisse’s positive outlook on base metals. Emerging market currencies face near-term downside risk with continued lack of risk appetite. Longer term we remain positive on emerging markets. EURUSD Shorts Look Extended Data as of 10/04/2011 Source: Bloomberg Currency Outlook USD vs. CAD  EUR vs. USD  USD vs. MXN  USD vs. JPY  USD vs. BRL  NZD vs. USD  GBP vs. USD  AUD vs. USD  Data as of 10/13/11 Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory k Positive mNegative gNeutral Note: Arrows represent the current PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory absolute market view for 6-12 months. Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

14 Commodities:  Potential near-term volatility likely; strategic 6-12 month view remains positive
Recent commodity weakness is likely the result of broad market weakness and the uncertainty resulting from indecisive policy makers in Europe. We expect a continued uptrend in commodity prices following the resolution of the Euro debt crisis and a stable pattern of economic growth. Gold experienced significant selling pressure during September, partially due to funding and liquidity needs by large institutional holders. Prices are now back within fair value ranges and are no longer expensive. Gold will likely recover and resume uptrend into 2012. Industrial metals, particularly copper and aluminum, are fairly valued. Physical demand remains robust and copper imports to China have increased over the last three months. Tight physical market may allow prices to rebound quickly when stability returns, however due to overall macro concerns we remain neutral. Gold: -15% From Peak: Under Pressure in September $/Troy Ounce 1900 1850 1800 1750 +27% 1700 1650 -15% 1600 1550 1500 1450 Jul-11 Aug-11 Sep-11 Data as of 9/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg Commodity Outlook Precious Metals  Industrial Metals  Livestock  Agriculture  Energy  Data as of 10/13/11 Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory k Positive mNegative gNeutral Note; Arrows represent the current PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory absolute market view for 6-12 months. Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

15 Global Macro Sub-Index: 5.9% YTD
Alternatives:  Global Macro hedge funds continue to be favored strategy August 2011 resulted in the largest monthly decline in 2011 for the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, however global macro managers were able to post a positive performance for the month. Current market dislocation likely to continue to favor tactical strategies such as global macro and managed futures. Despite difficult market environment of 2011, hedge fund launches have outpaced liquidations as investors generally believe that tactical hedge funds may be better equipped to preserve capital and take advantage of tactical trading opportunities. The 3rd quarter of 2011 is expected to see the trend continue. Private equity outlook remains constructive for the longer term. Current activity in the space is focused around secondary funds. Global Macro Funds Have Been Top Performers Amidst Market Volatility Global Macro Sub-Index: 5.9% YTD Hedge Fund Index: 0.0% YTD Data as of 8/31/2011 Source: Bloomberg Investors Remain Committed to Hedge Funds Data as of 6/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg Source: PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

16 Valuations

17 U.S. Equities - The Valuation Math Favors Investors
S&P Month Forward P/E Ratio 5 10 15 20 25 30 Sep-91 Sep-95 Sep-99 Sep-03 Sep-07 Sep-11 12Mo Fwd P/E Ratio Avg +1 Std Dev -1 Std Dev 10.7 As of 9/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg

18 Emerging Market Equities – At a Discount Despite Superior Growth Outlook
MSCI Emerging Market - 12-Month Forward P/E Ratio 5 10 15 20 25 Sep-91 Sep-95 Sep-99 Sep-03 Sep-07 Sep-11 12Mo Fwd P/E Ratio Avg +1 Std Dev -1 Std Dev 8.65 As of 9/30/2011 Source: DataStream

19 EAFE* Equities – Sovereign Debt Issues Remain an Overhang
MSCI EAFE - 12-Month Forward P/E Ratio 5 10 15 20 25 30 Sep-91 Sep-95 Sep-99 Sep-03 Sep-07 Sep-11 12Mo Fwd P/E Ratio Avg +1 Std Dev -1 Std Dev 9.45 As of 9/30/2011 Source: DataStream *EAFE: Europe, Australasia, and Far East

20 Municipals – Remain Attractive Compared to U.S. Treasuries
G.O. AAA Muni Yield as % of 10 Year US Treasury Yield 115% As of 9/30/2011 Source: Thomson Reuters MMD, Blommberg

21 High Yield – Relatively Cheap, Yet Macro Environment Continues to Push Spreads Up
Barclays High Yield Index spread over U.S. Treasuries 841 As of 9/30/2011 Source: DataStream

22 Emerging Market Debt – Tepid Macro Sentiment Suggest Continued High Volatility
JP Morgan Emerging Market Bond Index spread over U.S. Treasuries 465 As of 9/30/2011 Source: DataStream

23 Fundamentals

24 Global PMIs Are Down, But Not At Recession Levels
Global Purchasing Managers Index U.S. Recessionary Level: 42 As of 9/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg, PB Americas Investment Strategy & Advisory

25 We Are in a Downward Sloping Phase, Though Not a Contraction Phase
OECD Composite Leading Indicators United States Europe Japan China As of 9/13/2011 Source: OECD

26 Sentiment

27 Sentiment – Market Participants are Very Nervous…
Credit Suisse Daily Risk Appetite Index -8 -6 -4 -2 2 4 6 8 10 09/81 09/86 09/91 09/96 09/01 09/06 09/11 Credit Suisse Daily Global Risk Appetite Average Sep-81 Sep-86 Sep-91 Sep-96 Sep-01 Sep-06 Sep-11 Euphoria Panic As of 9/30/2011 Source: Credit Suisse Global Strategy Research

28 …And Are Becoming Increasingly More Bearish
AAII Bull – Bear Investor Sentiment Surveys -60 -40 -20 20 40 60 Oct-87 Oct-91 Oct-95 Oct-99 Oct-03 Oct-07 Oct-11 Bearish Bullish As of 10/06/2011 Source: American Association of Individual Investors

29 Appendix

30 Don’t Let The Recent Past Predict The Future
S&P 500 Index Total Return Index 10-year Rolling Returns As of 9/30/2011 Source: Standard and Poor's, Bloomberg

31 Global Asset Class Returns
*EAFE: Europe, Australasia, and Far East / * U.S. Private Equity Index The Cambridge Associates only quarterly data available As of 9/30/2011 Source: Bloomberg, DataStream

32 Key Forecasts* Global Equity Indices Commodities Real GDP (%)
9/30/11 12M U.S. (S&P 500) 1,131 1,299 Euro Area (Euro Stoxx 50) 2,180 2,740 UK (FTSE 100) 5,128 5,809 Japan (Nikkei 225) 8,700 10,500 Asia Ex-Japan (MSCI Asia AC ex-Japan) 445 609 Brazil (Bovespa) 52,324 63,000 Mexico (IPC) 33,503 35,000 Commodities 9/30/11 3M 12M Energy WTI Crude Oil (USD/barrel) 79.20 84 88 US Natural Gas (USD/mmbtu) 3.67 3.80 4.50 Precious Metals (Spot, USD/ounce) Gold 1900 2000 Silver 29.93 28 25 Platinum 1700 2100 Base Metals (Spot, USD/pound) Aluminum 0.98 1.00 1.10 Copper 3.18 3.45 4.30 Agriculture ($/bushel) Wheat 6.09 6.60 6.80 Corn 5.93 6.30 6.20 Real GDP (%) 2011E 2012E Inflation 11E Global 3.80 3.90 U.S. 1.60 1.80 3.00 Euro Area 1.40 2.60 Japan -0.30 1.70 0.20 Non-Japan Asia 7.50 7.30 5.60 Latin America 4.30 6.70 Interest Rates (10-yr Gov.) 9/30/11 3M 12M 1.92 2.3 – 2.5% 2.6 – 2.8% 1.89 1.8 – 2.0% 2.2 – 2.4% UK 2.43 2.4 – 2.6% 2.7 – 2.9% 1.03 0.9 – 1.1% 1.1 – 1.3% Currencies (USD vs.) 9/30/11 3M 12M Euro** 1.34 1.35 1.40 Japanese Yen 77.1 76.0 British Pound** 1.56 1.53 1.55 Swiss Franc 0.91 0.93 Canadian Dollar 1.05 1.06 Australian Dollar** 0.97 0.95 New Zealand Dollar** 0.76 0.75 0.74 Mexican Peso 13.90 14.20 13.00 Brazilian Real 1.88 1.92 1.80 Data as of 9/30/2011 *3month, 12month, or Year-end forecasts as indicated; **Level with USD as counter currency, price change with USD as base currency Source: PB Global Research, CS Latin American Equity Strategy, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters DataStream

33 Published by PB Americas Investment Strategy and Advisory Group:
Appendix The Investment Committee Report U.S. Last Published: Oct Released bi-weekly, the Investment Committee Report offers consolidated and consistent opinions on the markets as well as strategic and tactical outlooks from Credit Suisse’s global thought leaders. Viewpoints: Risk-on/Risk-off Last Published: Oct Released at the beginning of each month, Viewpoints examines the implications of the latest economic trends and market moving events impacting the financial markets. Key Focus: Municipals Last Published: Sep Released monthly, the Key Focus publication provides an in depth review of an asset class or investment strategy that is of particular interest during a given timeframe. Change of Investment View Last Published: Sep Released as needed due as a result of changes to the Global Asset Allocation Framework.

34 Published by PB Americas Investment Strategy and Advisory Group:
Appendix Investment Strategy Monthly Slides Last Published: Oct Released monthly, featuring timely commentary on current market conditions, our economic outlook, as well as our guidance allocations and latest investment strategies. Compass Last Published: Jul Released quarterly, Compass presents a convergence of portfolio strategy and global market insights, thematic investment theses and asset allocation analysis. Research Monthly(s) Last Published: Sep-2011 Five separate reports released monthly, covering Commodities, Foreign Exchange, Alternative Investments, Real Estate, Fixed Income Strategy

35 Important Legal Information
This information is not intended to be a recommendation or opinion regarding the equity securities of the referenced companies. This material may not be used or relied upon for any purpose other than as specifically contemplated by a written agreement with Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (CSSU). This material has been prepared by the Investment Strategy & Advisory Group of the Private Banking USA business of CSSU and not by the CSSU research department. It is provided for informational purposes, is intended for your use only and does not constitute an invitation or offer to subscribe for or purchase any of the products or services mentioned. The material is not intended to provide a sufficient basis on which to make an investment decision. 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