First published: September 23, 2020
Sustainability, including consideration of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, is increasingly important to investors.
As expressed in the Calamos ESG Charter, “the Calamos approach to sustainable investing, and in particular the impact of ESG factors is incorporated in our fundamental investment process…ESG analysis, as part of the greater mosaic of inputs to our investment decision-making, complements our ultimate objective of delivering superior long-term investment risk-adjusted returns to advisory clients. Among other benefits, we believe incorporating ESG factor considerations into our greater mosaic will be particularly useful in helping monitor downside risks in the companies in which we invest.”
And, for a specific discussion of how ESG has been formally integrated into the Calamos Evolving Growth Fund (CNWIX) process, see this post from earlier this year.
As of September 30, 2020 three Calamos funds have earned Above Average Morningstar Sustainability Ratings in the ESG Consideration category as “otherwise conventional funds that consider ESG a part of their process but have not made sustainability a central focus,” as designated four globes. They are:
In a report published February of this year, Morningstar reported that “we seemed to have reached a tipping point…More people and more investors are realizing that global warming is a crisis bearing down on us, with significant societal and investment risks. And more people and more investors are realizing that corporate short-termism and focus on shareholder value has not created enough shared value and that a shift toward long-termism focused on creating value for all stakeholders will create more value for both shareholders and society over the long run.”
In addition to counting more than 300 funds in what it considers the sustainable universe (consisting of three types: ESG Focus, Impact/Thematic, and Sustainable Sector), the rating service reported on a significant increase—to 564—in the number of conventional funds that now say they “consider” ESG factors. Morningstar defines the ESG Consideration category as “otherwise conventional funds that consider ESG a part of their process but have not made sustainability a central focus.”
To help investors in the portfolio research and selection process, since 2016 Morningstar has assigned Sustainability Ratings to both Sustainable and ESG Consideration funds.
Even through the pandemic, according to a Morningstar note in August, investor interest in sustainability has continued.
“Some believe that interest in environmental, social, and governance investing is fickle and will dwindle when the going gets rough.”
To the contrary, the rating service reported, “investors paid attention to ESG information when making new investment choices, and we find that even during a pandemic and substantial market volatility, ESG information matters to many investors. We also find that ESG information broadens many investors’ perspective and helps them avoid a myopic focus on recent returns.”
The continued embrace of ESG is prompting a reconsideration of some previously held views, according to a July 28 FUSE Research Network report. While “historically, the viewpoint has been that sustainability is a positive attribute as long as it doesn’t impede performance,” in fact the report found a link between positive fund flows, strong performance and sustainability.
The results, FUSE concluded, “reinforce the idea that sustainability and performance are not independent factors, and suggest that the recent trend of improved flows to portfolios reflecting above-average sustainability is being driven by investors seeking to satisfy both criteria.”
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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Evolving World Growth Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, growth stock risk consisting of potential increased volatility due to securities trading at higher multiples, foreign securities risk, emerging markets risk, convertible securities risk consisting of the potential for a decline in value during periods of rising interest rates and the risk of the borrower to miss payments, and portfolio selection risk. As a result of political or economic instability in foreign countries, there can be special risks associated with investing in foreign securities, including fluctuations in currency exchange rates, increased price volatility and difficulty obtaining information. In addition, emerging markets may present additional risk due to potential for greater economic and political instability in less developed countries.
The principal risks of investing the Calamos Hedged Equity Fund include: covered call writing risk, options risk (see definition below), 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.
The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Dividend Growth Fund include: the risk of declining equity values; losses from MLPs related to lack of portfolio diversification, changes in tax laws, lack of liquidity, declining equity values, and conflicts over control rights; incorrect selection or judgments on portfolio holdings by the investment advisor; increased transaction costs because of frequent turnover; losses from currency fluctuations; lack of liquidity or correlation to underlying securities in the options market; and potential illiquidity of securities purchased privately under Rule 144A.