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One Year Later: CPLIX Consistency Connects with Advisors


April marks the one-year anniversary of one of Calamos’ most popular funds in 2017, Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund. While the fund has been a ’40 Act fund for just one year (the result of a successful April 2016 hedge fund conversion), it was established in May 2002 and continues to be managed with the same investment approach and by the same lead Senior Co-Portfolio Manager Michael Grant.

In fact, thanks to the Phineus fund and Market Neutral Morningstar category leader (by assets under management) Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund, Calamos now ranks as the 9th alternative fund manager by AUM. It climbed from its #10 position at 12/31/16 (see related post). Calamos alternative asset growth was second only to AQR Funds in the first quarter of 2017.


“In my many meetings and conversations with advisors over the last year, they have made one point clear: consistency of performance outcomes is essential,” says Grant. “We agree, of course, and have enjoyed learning about how advisor are adopting the fund’s unconstrained approach as an equity alternative in a core equity allocation.” 

The Vulnerability of 60/40

Advisor conversations inevitably touch on the vulnerability of the 60/40 portfolio, according to Grant.

Many advisors have been structurally bearish and “wrongly positioned in equities”—a miscalculation overcome by the extraordinary performance of their fixed income allocations, Grant says. Because he believes that “there is a rising likelihood that the risk in the 60/40 model will be driven as much or more by fixed income,” Grant encourages advisors to pay particular attention to their equity allocations. Failure to do runs the risk of disappointing clients, Grant says.

Within the Morningstar Long/Short category, Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund is ranked #1 since inception.

cplix-morningstar-rankingsThe fund resonates with advisors whose clients seek capital appreciation but are averse to volatility, says Tim Brand, Calamos Senior Vice President and Head of U.S. Intermediary Distribution, “Phineus has distinguished itself by engaging risk at the right time and with an average net exposure of 27% as of 3/31/2017.”

Advisors, to learn more about Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund, download this 28-page compilation or contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or



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Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The principal value and return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance reflected at NAV does not include the Fund’s maximum front-end sales load of 4.75%. Had it been included, the Fund’s return would have been lower. For the most recent month-end fund performance information visit

The performance shown for periods prior to 4/5/16 is the performance of a predecessor investment vehicle (the “Predecessor Fund”). The Predecessor Fund was reorganized into the Fund on 4/5/16, the date upon which the Fund commenced operations. On 10/1/15 the parent company of Calamos Advisors, purchased Phineus Partners LP, the prior investment adviser to the Predecessor Fund (“Phineus”), and Calamos Advisors served as the Predecessor Fund’s investment adviser between 10/1/15 until it was reorganized into the Fund. Phineus and Calamos Advisors managed the Predecessor Fund using investment policies, objectives, guidelines and restrictions that were in all material respects equivalent to those of the Fund. Phineus and Calamos Advisors managed the Predecessor Fund in this manner either directly or indirectly by investing all of the Predecessor Fund’s assets in a master fund structure. The Predecessor Fund performance information has been adjusted to reflect Class A and I shares expenses. However, the Predecessor Fund was not a registered mutual fund and thus was not subject to the same investment and tax restrictions as the Fund. If it had been, the Predecessor Fund’s performance may have been lower.

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Unmanaged index returns assume reinvestment of any and all distributions and do not reflect any fees, expenses, or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, short sale risk consisting of potential for unlimited losses, foreign securities risk, currency risk, geographic concentration risk, other investment companies (including ETFs) risk, derivatives risk, options risk, and leverage risk.

The principal risks of investing in the Market Neutral Income Fund include equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, convertible securities risk consisting of the potential for a decline in value during periods of rising interest rates and the risk of the borrower to miss payments, synthetic convertible instruments risk, convertible hedging risk, covered call writing risk, options risk, short sale risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, high yield risk, liquidity risk, portfolio selection risk, and portfolio turnover risk.

The Morningstar Long/Short Equity Category funds take a net long stock position, meaning the total market risk from the long positions is not completely offset by the market risk of the short positions. Total return, therefore, is a combination of the return from market exposure (beta) plus any value-added from stock picking or market-timing (alpha).

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S&P 500 Index is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market.

MSCI World Index is a market capitalization weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of 21 developed market countries in North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. Unmanaged index returns assume reinvestment of any and all distributions and do not reflect fees, expenses or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Net exposure. The difference between a portfolio’s long and short exposure, expressed as a percentage. If a portfolio holds a larger percentage in long positions than in short positions, the portfolio is “net long.” Conversely, a portfolio is “net short” when it has a larger percentage in short positions than in long positions.

Gross exposure. The sum of long exposure and short exposure, gross exposure measures how much of the portfolio’s assets are invested and the amount of leverage in the portfolio.

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