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Covered Call

Strategy Details

As of 09/30/18
Inception Date:
Strategy Assets*:
$3.2 B
S&P 500 Index


*Strategy Assets reflect all assets that are currently being managed (collectively) under the strategy, which may contain multiple performance composites.

Strategy Objective

The Covered Call Strategy draws upon nearly a decade of Calamos experience in covered call writing and two decades in equity investing. This is an option-based strategy that seeks to provide a unique mix of downside protection and equity upside participation—with more consistent returns even in a higher volatility environment.

Key Differentiators
  • Leverages our role as a pioneer in alternative investing as Calamos has utilized convertibles and option theory since the 1970s
  • Managed by a seasoned investment team
  • Potential diversifier, with historically low correlation to traditional fixed income
  • Attractive risk/reward profile versus long-only equities
  • Designed to generate income from options premiums

Sector Weightings

AS OF 09/30/18
% of Assets S&P 500 Index Under/Overweight %
Information Technology 26.2% 26.3%
Health Care 15.3 15.0
Financials 13.2 13.3
Consumer Discretionary 13.1 13.1
Industrials 9.8 9.7
Consumer Staples 6.8 6.7
Energy 6.0 6.0
Utilities 2.8 2.8
Real Estate 2.6 2.7
Materials 2.1 2.4

Representative Portfolio Ten Largest Holdings

AS OF 09/30/18
Company Sector %
Apple, Inc. Information Technology 4.6
Microsoft Corp. Information Technology 3.6
Amazon.Com, Inc. Consumer Discretionary 3.5
Spdr S&P 500 Etf Trust N/A 2.8
Facebook, Inc. - Class A Information Technology 2.0
Jpmorgan Chase & Company Financials 1.8
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. - Class B Financials 1.7
Johnson & Johnson Health Care 1.7
Alphabet, Inc. - Class C Information Technology 1.5
Alphabet, Inc. - Class A Information Technology 1.5


AS OF 9/30/18
  Calamos Portfolio S&P 500 Index
# of Holdings 303 505
Portfolio Turnover % (12-Month) 97.9% N/A
Median Market Cap ($bil) $45.4 $21.8
Weighted Average Market Cap ($bil) $257.7 $247.4

Annualized Total Returns

AS OF 09/30/18
1-Year3-YearSince Inception (1/15)
Covered Call (Gross)10.23%9.43%6.67%
Covered Call (Net)9.58%8.67%5.92%
S&P 500 Index17.91%17.31%11.98%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index-1.22%1.31%1.35%

Calendar Year Returns

AS OF 09/30/18
                           Qtr Ending Sep 18YTD 2018201720162015
Covered Call (Gross)2.50%7.51%9.36%6.53%1.74%
Covered Call (Net)2.46%7.07%8.55%5.73%0.98%
S&P 500 Index7.71%10.56%21.83%11.96%1.38%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index0.02%-1.60%3.54%2.64%0.55%

Risk/Reward Since Inception

AS OF 09/30/18
  Calamos Covered Call Composite S&P 500 Index
Alpha 0.57% N/A
Beta 0.51 1.00
Standard Deviation 5.43% 10.01%
Upside Semivariance 2.01% 6.74%
Downside Semivariance 0.70% 2.41%
Sharpe Ratio 1.1102 1.1328
Information Ratio -1.0159 N/A

Strategy Vehicles

Separately Managed Account Minimum $25 million
Institutional Mutual Fund (CIHEX) Minimum $1 million
Fact Sheet The Covered Call Strategy fact sheet provides a snap shot of the investment team, the investment strategy, performance, composition, ratings and returns.
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Performance Review A discussion of the Calamos Covered Call Strategy’s performance versus a benchmark, positioning, related market commentary, and outlook.
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