Fund Overview


Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC


Credit Suisse


The fund is designed to achieve positive total return relative to the performance of the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return (“DJ-UBS”). Invests in commodity-linked derivative instruments, backed by a portfolio of short-maturity investment-grade fixed income securities normally having an average duration of one year or less.

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Exposure to the commodities markets may subject the Credit Suisse Commodity Return Strategy Portfolio to greater volatility than investments in securities, particularly if the investments involve leverage. The value of commodity-linked derivative instruments may be affected by changes in the overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates or sectors affecting a particular industry or commodity and international economic, political and regulatory developments. The use of leveraged commodity-linked derivatives creates an opportunity for increased return, but also creates the possibility for a greater loss.

Changes in the value of a hedging instrument may not match those of the investment being hedged.

The Dow Jones -UBS Commodity Index Total Return is composed of futures contracts on 22 physical commodities. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Fund Facts as of 12/31/18

Variable Annuity Fund Inception


Variable Life Fund Inception


Net Assets

$388.0 Million

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Mason Street Advisors, LLC (MSA) is the principal investment adviser for all the Portfolios in the Northwestern Mutual Series Fund (Series Fund). (Portfolios in the Series Fund are identified by the parenthetical next to the portfolio name.) MSA has engaged and oversees sub-advisers who provide day-to-day management for certain of the Series Fund Portfolios. Each sub-adviser may be replaced without the approval of shareholders. Please see the prospectus for more information. Additional fund options are advised by Russell Investments, Fidelity Investments, Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC and Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC

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