The fund is an alternative strategy that invests in equities and sells options with the aim of achieving the total return of equity markets with lower volatility. It utilizes a covered call strategy, which involves investing in a diversified portfolio of equities and at the same time using options to generate income and manage risk.
The fund provides an alternative strategy that can generate income and provide equity exposure with potentially lower volatility than an equities-only allocation.
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. Calendar year returns measure net investment income and capital gain or loss from portfolio investments for each period specified. Average annual total return measures net investment income and capital gain or loss from portfolio investments as an annualized average. All performance shown assumes assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions. The Fund also offers Class B and C Shares, the performance of which may vary.
Important Risk Information
An investment in the Fund is subject to risks, and you could lose money on your investment in the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Your investment in the Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. The risks associated with an investment in the Fund can increase during times of significant market volatility. The writer of a covered call may be forced to sell the stock to the buyer of the covered call and be precluded from benefiting from potential gains above the strike price.
The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund include: covered call writing risk, options risk, equity securities risk, correlation risk, mid-sized company risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, portfolio turnover risk, portfolio selection risk, foreign securities risk, American depository receipts, and REITs risks.
Options Risk — The Fund’s ability to close out its position as a purchaser or seller of an over-the-counter or exchange-listed put or call option is dependent, in part, upon the liquidity of the option market. There are significant differences between the securities and options markets that could result in an imperfect correlation among these markets, causing a given transaction not to achieve its objectives. The Fund’s ability to utilize options successfully will depend on the ability of the Fund’s investment adviser to predict pertinent market movements, which cannot be assured.
There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.
Average annual total return measures net investment income and capital gain or loss from portfolio investments as an annualized average. All performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions. Performance shown reflects an expense reimbursement that improved results. Load-adjusted returns are adjusted for the maximum front-end sales load of 2.25%* for Class A shares in the following funds: Convertible Fund, Global Convertible Fund, Market Neutral Income Fund, High Income Opportunities Fund, and Total Return Bond Fund. The maximum front-end sales load for Class A shares of all other funds is 4.75%. There is a 1% contingent deferred sales charge for C shares on certain redemptions within the first year of purchase. Class C shares have been adjusted for the contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). There are no contingent deferred sales charges or distribution or service fees with respect to Class I shares. The minimum initial investment required to purchase each Fund's Class I shares is $1 million. Class I shares are offered primarily for direct investment by investors through certain tax-exempt retirement plans (including 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans, defined benefit plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans) and by institutional clients, provided such plans or clients have assets of at least $1 million. Class I shares may also be offered to certain other entities or programs, including, but not limited to, investment companies, under certain circumstances. *Prior to 2/28/17, the Convertible Fund, Global Convertible Fund, Market Neutral Income Fund, and High Income Opportunities fund had a maximum front-end sales load of 4.75%, and the Total Return Bond Fund had a maximum front-end sales load of 3.75%.
The funds' gross expense ratios as of the prospectus dated 3/1/18 are as follows: Growth A 1.40%, C 2.15% and I 1.15%; Growth and Income A 1.12%, C 1.87% and I 0.87%; Opportunistic Value A 1.67%, C 2.42% and I 1.42%; Dividend Growth A 1.87%, C 2.73% and I 1.80%; Global Growth and Income A 1.54%, C 2.29% and I 1.29%; International Growth A 1.46%, C 2.21% and I 1.21%; Global Equity A 1.53%, C 2.27% and I 1.28%; Evolving World Growth A 1.67%, C 2.41% and I 1.41%; Emerging Market Equity A 2.70%, C 3.45% and I 2.45%; Convertible A 1.18%, C 1.93% and I 0.93%; Global Convertible A 1.46%, C 2.20% and I 1.19%; Market Neutral Income A 1.28%, C 2.03% and I 1.02%; Phineus Long/Short A 2.80%, C 3.55% and I 2.54%; Hedged Equity Income A 2.15%, C 3.04% and I 2.07%; High Income Opportunities A 1.33%, C 2.08% and I 1.08%; and Total Return Bond A 1.08%, C 1.83% and I 0.84%.
NOT FDIC INSURED | NO BANK GUARANTEE | MAY LOSE VALUE
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The Fund's Gross Expense Ratio is 2.07% as of the prospectus dated 3/01/18
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