Joseph Wysocki

Joseph Wysocki, CFA
Senior Vice President, Co-Portfolio Manager

Calamos Volatility Opportunity Guide

You Can Manage the Risks, Not The Returns

One of the first things I remember hearing when I came to Calamos almost 15 years ago was that “volatility creates opportunity.” While times of heightened volatility are never comfortable in the moment, I often think of this phrase to try and put things in perspective.

I specifically remember times during the 2008/2009 crisis when we were seeing convertible bonds trade so far below their intrinsic value that the toughest question to answer was, “What are we missing, who would possibly be selling at these prices?” Now I look back and find it hard to believe some of the investments that we didn’t make.

Reflecting on experiences like that reinforces to me how important it is to be very aware of the near term but to not lose sight of the longer term objectives—both in good times and bad. I have had the opportunity to work with some tremendously talented investors at Calamos. One of the key lessons I’ve observed is that with investing, you can manage the risks, but you cannot manage the returns.

Separating the signals from the noise in the market is often the most difficult part of our job, and in periods of extreme volatility, getting caught up in the day-to-day moves can be a big distraction. I’ve found our team approach to be very beneficial in that regard. When things get uncomfortable in the moment, the communication among our team keeps everyone focused on the main goal—creating and preserving our clients’ wealth.

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