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Can Your Long/Short Fund Do This? 3 Ways CPLIX Can Make a Difference in a Portfolio

If you’d like a long, involved explanation of how Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund (CPLIX) contributes to a portfolio, we’re happy to oblige. But if it’s the short and simple version you prefer, see our three ways below, as provided by Elise Pondel, Calamos Director of Product Analytics.

These three crystallize the benefits of using a long/short fund—or if you’re using a long/short fund and not experiencing the intended benefits, the reason to make a switch.

  1. CPLIX has diversified equity risk. The fund’s role as a diversifier is especially valued in today’s environment as equity risk is increasingly dominating portfolios due to a)recent gains from the bull market and b)investment professionals transitioning from traditional fixed income into high yield or other equity-sensitive strategies. As shown below, CPLIX marches to a different drummer than the S&P or its peers in the Morningstar Long-Short Equity category.

    CPLIX diversifies equity risk

  2. CPLIX has actively managed market risk. “There are times when it is desirable to be risk-on, and there are times when it pays to be risk-off,” says Pondel. CPLIX has the flexibility to do either—and the chart below shows the variability, as tracked by the rolling beta of the fund.

    CPLIX actively manages market risk

  3. CPLIX has provided positive performance over five-year rolling periods. Those who have been able to give CPLIX five years have never experienced a negative five-year rolling period. This is since the fund’s inception on 5/1/2002 and using a monthly return series as of 2/28/2022. The same cannot be said for the S&P 500—which has had 16 negative periods. Both the S&P and other long/short funds have spent time in negative territory, including as most recently as March 2020.

    CPLIX has provided positive performance over 5 year rolling periods

    Here’s another look at the data.

    compare CPLIX to s&p 500 long/short peers

Investment professionals, for more information on how CPLIX has provided equity-like returns by diversifying and actively managing equity market risk, reach out to your Calamos Investment Consultant. You can reach him or her at 888-571-2567 or

Before investing carefully consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please see the prospectus and summary prospectus containing this and other information which can be obtained by calling 1-800-582-6959. Read it carefully before investing.

Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund average annual returns and expense ratio

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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, short sale risk consisting of potential for unlimited losses, foreign securities risk, currency risk, geographic concentration risk, other investment companies (including ETFs) risk, derivatives risk, options risk, and leverage 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.

Morningstar Long-Short Equity Category funds hold sizeable stakes in both long and short positions in equities, exchange traded funds, and related derivatives.

S&P 500 Index is generally considered representative of the US stock market.

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