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November 10, 2005 (updated)

Talenthedge today announces the hedge fund capacity index, TCAP1 ($-Class), set to launch later this year. This first Talenthedge hedge fund capacity index has an estimated capacity of US$ 14 billion (Euro 12bn, GBP 8bn, CHF 18bn).

The TCAP1 index will be licensed to a maximum of six institutional licensees, with each license capped at defined capacity levels from US$ 1bn to US$ 5bn. The data and trademark license fee is 0,50% of the nominal value of index-tracking products, plus a 5% performance fee. (Additional terms apply.)

There will be three licenses for the capacity cap of $1bn, two for capacity caps of $3bn, and one for a capacity cap at $5bn. A minimum monthly fee applies for each license category, $40000, $120000, and $200000, respectively.

With over ten years of hedge fund experience, and over 15 years working with institutional investors in Europe, Talenthedge founder René Friedrich has created a service focus of selling co-branding and intelligent hedge fund capacity data to major financial institutions.

'This index design and positioning is innovative and anticipating a growing demand for intelligent hedge fund capacity. From now on, whenever the key decision makers at major financial institutions think hedge fund capacity, I would like them to think Talenthedge.'

'The unspoken rule is to search for talented capacity. Talenthedge indices use a systematic, transparent and highly selective fund valuation index methodology.'

Talenthedge promotes know-how transparency and effective communication of risks and values. The systematically changing Talenthedge index constituents, however, are only disclosed to the index licensees. A one-month test license is available.

TCAP1 has 12 to 40 constituents, 90 valuation criteria, 20 selection conditions, including a style diversification rule, and a ranking system which includes only the best quarterly Talenthedge hedge fund ratings in the index.

Among the index constituents selection conditions are a minimum fund performance of 10% net over each previous 12-months. Also, qualifying funds must have an office in at least one of the following five cities: London, New York, Chicago, Paris, Geneva.

While an index license, to date, does not guarantee a precise fund capacity, the index constituents must reconfirm a capacity of $350 million as a selection condition.

To apply for inclusion in the TCAP1 index, hedge funds must complete the Talenthedge hedge fund questionnaire and data submission agreement, at (or at

Following TCAP1, Talenthedge plans to create a Euro-class (TCAP2), in 2007, also with an estimated capacity of Euro 14 billion. TCAP3, scheduled for 2008-2009, will focus on hedge funds located in Asia.

Talenthedge adds value through its image of design and innovation, its unique hedge fund valuation model, a dynamic, rule-based hedge fund database, and its network of industry professionals.

The information in this publication is for general information purposes only. It is not intended to constitute investment advice, nor is it intended for solicitation purposes. Talenthedge is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this publication. Before investing, persons must consider the risks involved and the legal requirements of the relevant jurisdiction. Please read the Talenthedge risk notice and terms of use at

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