John P. Calamos Sr.
John P. Calamos, Sr.

Chief Executive Officer and Global Co-Chief Investment Officer
44 years of investment industry experience

John P. Calamos began Calamos Investments in 1977. He engineered strategies and techniques to help manage risk for major institutional and individual investors. As Global Co-CIO, he leads the Investment Committee alongside Gary D. Black.

As founder of Calamos Asset Management, Inc., his experience includes developing research and investment processes and building a team-based approach focused on delivering value-added performance. He has established a long-term performance record across an array of investment strategies ranging from conservative to aggressive.

Mr. Calamos received his B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Joining the United States Air Force after graduation, he served as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War and ultimately earned the rank of Major.

Mr. Calamos has 44 years of industry experience. Mr. Calamos won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award for the financial services sector, Lake Michigan Area program for 2006, and he is a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago. A frequent speaker at investment seminars and conferences, Mr. Calamos is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies, markets and the economy.

He has written two books: Investing in Convertible Securities: Your Complete Guide to the Risks and Rewards, and Convertible Securities: the Latest Instruments, Portfolio Strategies, and Valuation Analysis.

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The EM Sell-Off Creates Opportunities for the Active Manager

John P. Calamos Sr.

John P. Calamos, Sr. discusses why he views the current EM volatility as a buying opportunity, where the investment team sees compelling prospects, and the enduring secular growth trends in the emerging markets.

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Let the Taper Begin

John P. Calamos Sr.

John P. Calamos, Sr. explains why he's optimistic about the longer-term impact of the taper on the markets and economy. He also shares his constructive view of growth and growth cyclical opportunities against the backdrop of global synchronization.

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EMs: Still More Good News than Bad

John P. Calamos, Sr.

The good news is that we are in a global market that provides opportunities around the world. The bad news is that we are in a global market, so whatever happens anywhere affects us all.

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Less Fed Intervention Would Be Good for the Economy

John P. Calamos Sr.

With 15 consecutive quarters of economic growth, a strengthening housing market and other improving data, investors are now increasingly focused on what happens when the QE (quantitative easing) party begins to wind down. I think markets are—as they often do—looking at things from a "glass half empty" perspective.

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Welcome to the Calamos Blog

John P. Calamos Sr.

On behalf of the Calamos investment organization, I would like to welcome you to our new blog. The goal of this blog is to enhance our ongoing dialog with you, and we look forward to sharing our perspectives on investing, the economy and the global financial markets.

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