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CIHEX Played Defense in the First Half—and Finished Ahead of the S&P 500

As of March 1, Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund’s name has been changed to Calamos Hedged Equity Fund.

For 18 months or more, investors have been looking over their shoulders. Full valuations, rising interest rates, inflation, trade wars—when was the stock market ride going to end and how? Staying too long in the ninth year of the expansion meant flirting with losses and yet leaving early would have meant missing out.

This is where defensive equity comes in.

The first half of 2018 might be best remembered as the return of volatility. Sixteen days of 1% or larger declines in the S&P 500 tested those who remained invested. Any one of those days could have sent an investor to the sidelines.

But when the market was down—as much as 4% in a day—see how Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund (CIHEX) hung in there.

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The first half also produced 20 days of 1% or greater gains. CIHEX captured an average 41% of the upside of those days.

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It can be helpful to zero in on how a fund performs on large-move days, but the key takeaway is the longer-term benefit of CIHEX’s risk-managed strategy of covered call writing (see this post for a detailed explanation).

By minimizing the impact of drawdowns in the first six months of the year, the CIHEX team provided a return ahead of the S&P—CIHEX’s six-month return was 4.4% vs. the S&P’s return of 2.65%. This enabled investors to remain invested in the aging bull market.

Calamos ranks fifth on the list of alternative fund managers by assets under management in the Morningstar Alternatives Category as of 6/30/18.

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    Data as of 6/30/18

    average annual returns CIHEX 6-30-18

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    The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund include: covered call writing risk, options risk, 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.

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