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Convertible Arbitrage: Just The Basics
December 19, 2017
We know, we know—convertible arbitrage is not the most investor-friendly concept. And yet a convertible arbitrage strategy can be an advisor’s go-to for generating income, and hedging equity market risk. Done right, convertible arbitrage has the potential to enhance investment performance and mitigate volatility throughout a market cycle.
Convertible arbitrage is one of the strategies employed by Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund (CMNIX), the largest fund in the Morningstar Market Neutral category (Morningstar data as of 9/30/17). Here’s our explainer on how the strategy works, its benefits and an introduction to…wait for it…convertible arbitrage gamma trading. Calamos is the eighth largest liquid alternative manager by assets under management, according to Morningstar data as of 9/30/17 (see Our Alternatives Work post).
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Advisors, to learn more about alternatives, convertible arbitrage or our Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund (CMNIX), talk to your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or email [email protected].
Alternative investments are not suitable for all investors.
Convertible Arbitrage Risk. If the market price of the underlying common stock increases above the conversion price on a convertible security, the price of the convertible security will increase. The portfolio’s increased liability on any outstanding short position would, in whole or in part, reduce this gain. Convertible securities entail interest rate risk and default risk.
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Opinions, estimates, forecasts, and statements of financial market trends that are based on current market conditions constitute our judgment and are subject to change without notice. The views and strategies described may not be suitable for all investors. References to specific securities, asset classes and financial markets are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, recommendations. Outside the U.S., this presentation is directed only at professional/sophisticated investors and it is for their exclusive use and information.
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.
Some of the risks associated with investing in alternatives may include hedging risk–hedging activities can reduce investment performance through added costs; derivative risk–derivatives may experience greater price volatility than the underlying securities; short sale risk - investments may incur a loss without limit as a result of a short sale if the market value of the security increases; interest rate risk–loss of value for income securities as interest rates rise; credit risk–risk of the borrower to miss payments; liquidity risk–low trading volume may lead to increased volatility in certain securities; non-U.S. government obligation risk–non-U.S. government obligations may be subject to increased credit risk; portfolio selection risk – investment managers may select securities that fare worse than the overall market.
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