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CMNIX Awarded Morningstar Medalist Rating

Morningstar this month upgraded its analyst rating for Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund (CMNIX) to Bronze. As described by Morningstar in a post last November, “the Analyst Rating is a forward-looking, qualitative rating that sets forth Morningstar’s fundamental assessment of a fund’s merits. It takes the form of Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, and Negative, with the highest ratings going to funds the analysts’ research leads them to conclude will outperform over a market cycle, and Neutral and Negative ratings to those they lack conviction in.”

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The evaluation is based on five key pillars—process, performance, people, parent and price—that the analysts believe “lead to funds that are more likely to outperform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis.”

Process. The Analyst commentary comments on the fund’s investment process, which “combines an effective convertible arbitrage strategy and a dynamic, yet conservatively-managed options strategy, resulting in a risk-aware approach.”

“…Although the team manages the options dynamically, it’s thoughtful about risk management with strict limits in place, bolstering our confidence and resulting in an upgrade to the Process Pillar. Since the strategy benefits from rising and falling volatility, it should provide steady returns in most market environments.”

The assessment, which is behind the paywall, also includes the following notes about CMNIX:

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Performance. “Calamos Market Neutral Income has generated modest but steady returns since Eli Pars took the reins in June 2014, resulting in strong risk-adjusted performance and returns that placed in the best decile of the Market Neutral Morningstar Category under his watch. From June 2014 through June 2020, the fund’s institutional shares returned 3.5% annualized compared with the Market Neutral Category average of 0.3%. It achieved those results with muted volatility, resulting in an attractive Sharpe ratio of 0.8.”

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People. “The close-knit team managing this strategy is led by an experienced pair of hands. Pars is supported by Co-managers Jason Hill, David O'Donohue, and Jimmy Young, who also bring dedicated convertible-arbitrage and options-trading experience to the table. The team works together to determine asset allocation and pick individual securities while also utilizing a dedicated analyst and another nine sector specialists to bolster its fundamental research across convertible bonds and equities.”

Price. “The share class on this report levies a fee that ranks in its Morningstar category’s cheapest quintile. Based on our assessment of the fund’s People, Process and Parent pillars in the context of these fees, we think this share class will be able to deliver positive alpha relative to the category benchmark index.”

Investment professionals, for more information on CMNIX or the rest of our liquid alternatives suite, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant 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.

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The principal risks of investing in Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, 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, synthetic convertible instruments risk, convertible hedging risk, covered call writing risk, options risk, short sale risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, high yield risk, liquidity risk, portfolio selection risk, and portfolio turnover risk.

The Bloomberg Barclays US Government/Credit Index comprises long-term government and investment grade corporate debt securities and is generally considered representative of the performance of the broad U.S. bond market. Unlike convertible bonds, U.S. Treasury bills are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government and offer a guarantee as to the timely repayment of principal and interest.

The FTSE 30-Day T-Bill Index is generally considered representative of the performance of short-term money market instruments.

The Morningstar Market Neutral Category represents funds that attempt to eliminate the risks of the market by holding 50% of assets in long positions of stocks and 50% of assets in short positions.

Sharpe ratio is a calculation that reflects the reward per each unit of risk in a portfolio. The higher the ratio, the netter the portfolio's risk-adjusted return is.

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