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1000 Basis Points: CPLIX’s Q4 Difference

How much more can equity investors take? The S&P 500 fell by more than 5% not just once but three times in 2018, and the year ended with the largest weekly outflow in stock funds ($46 billion between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12) since Lipper began tracking weekly flows in 1992.

Financial advisors, whether capital preservation is your top priority right now or you’re focused on risk-adjusted returns over a full market cycle, consider the role that Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund (CPLIX) can play in your clients’ portfolios.

Further, we can divide the September to December period in two. The S&P struggled most from December 4 to December 24 when it fell -15.64% versus CPLIX's decline of -6.53%.

Earlier, from September 21 to November 23, the S&P dropped -9.88% while CPLIX was down just -3.95%.

Overall, during the stock market drawdown from September to December 2018, CPLIX outperformed the index by more than 1000 basis points (see chart below).

cplix preserved capital in times of stress

The fund’s differentiation from the Morningstar Long/Short category—CPLIX goes its own way, as suggested in this comparison of its beta versus its long/short equity peers—is a consistent characteristic of the fund. The tendency of the correlation of many long/short funds to have floated much closer to the S&P is what’s prompted Michael Grant, Calamos Co-CIO, Head of Global Long/Short Strategies and Senior Portfolio Manager of CPLIX, to call other long/short funds “long light.”

Here’s CPLIX’s performance against its peers in the Morningstar Long-Short Equity category during the selloffs.

and outperformed its long/short peers

Advisors, talk to your Calamos Investment Consultant about why CPLIX has outpaced the S&P 500 since its inception in 2002. He or she can be reached at 888-571-2567 or

Calamos was #1 in flows to funds in the Morningstar Alternatives Category in 2018, and ranks fourth on the list of alternative fund managers by assets under management as of 12/31/18.

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.

Data as of 12/31/18

average annual returns phineus long short fund 12-31-18

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    The principal risks of investing in 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.

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