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Why Higher Quality May Mean Higher Risk

Eli Pars, CFA

Co-Portfolio Manager Eli Pars, CFA, discusses issuance trends in the convertible marketplace. He also speaks to the potential advantages of investing in convertibles with a range of credit qualities.

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CoCos Are a No-Go for Calamos

Convertible Perspectives by Eli Pars, CFA

Amid market turmoil, contingent convertible bonds (CoCos) have become the subject of negative press. Co-CIO Eli Pars discusses our standing concerns with what he considers “the anti-convertible bond.”

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Scott Henderson | Calamos Investments

The Convertible Trifecta

Convertible Perspectives by Scott Henderson, CFA

Credit spreads have widened dramatically, equities have declined significantly, and convertible valuations have cheapened. A reversal in one of these factors could provide a tailwind to convertibles; if all three reverse, convertibles may be poised for a potentially powerful “trifecta.”

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Eli Pars | Calamos Investments

Convertible Defaults Remain Muted

Convertible Team Perspectives by Eli Pars, CFA

Convertible default rates have remained low and stable over recent years. Co-CIO Eli Pars considers the direction of defaults going forward, including the prospects for the growth-oriented tech and health care sectors the convertible team favors.

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Eli Pars | Calamos Investments

Convertible Securities Demonstrate Continued Resilience to Rising Rates

Convertible Team Perspectives by Eli Pars, CFA

Eli Pars discusses how convertible securities have performed as interest rates have risen and explains why the remainder of 2017 is setting up to be a good year for the asset class.

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Eli Pars | Calamos Investments

Uptick in Convertible Securities Defaults: Why We’re Not Worried

Convertible Team Perspectives by Eli Pars, CFA

Co-CIO Eli Pars examines default trends in the convertible bond market and discusses some differences between convertibles and high yield bonds.

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Matt Freund | Calamos Investments

The Market Is Not Buying into the Fed’s Bearish Tone

Fixed Income Perspectives by Matt Freund, CFA The Fed outlined a surprising plan to reduce its balance sheet before it was done raising short-term rates. On the face of it, the Fed’s plans create headwinds for fixed income, but Matt Freund explains why it’s wrong to assume that a bear market in bonds is a foregone conclusion.Read Post
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Matt Freund | Calamos Investments

The Lazy Bond Trade Is Over—But That’s Okay

Fixed Income Perspectives by Matt Freund, CFA

A 0.25% increase in short-term rates is unremarkable on its face, but what we’ve seen over these past few weeks points to a new dynamic in the Fed’s relationship with the market.

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Scott Becker | Calamos Investments

“Safety Stocks” Fall Short of Expectations

U.S. Growth Equity Team Perspectives by Scott Becker, CFA

Recent data supports our view that the expectations for many safety stocks and dividend stocks/bond surrogates have been too high.

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Scott Henderson | Calamos Investments

The Convertible Trifecta, Revisited

Convertible Perspectives by Scott Henderson, CFA

We see continued upside opportunities in convertible securities but there may be greater disparity in returns, supporting the need for selectivity and active management.

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