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“Eyes Wide Open”: CPLIX Quarterly Insights Now Available

“The easy part of 2023 is behind us,” according to Michael Grant, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Senior Co-Portfolio Manager of Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund (CPLIX). During the first half of 2023, the combination of more benign inflation and no recession allowed equities to enjoy a “window of relief” but “this move higher should be characterized as part of broad multi-year trading range for equities rather than a sustained bull market.” 

In his latest commentary, Grant makes the case that investors should expect a very different decade ahead. “Enjoy the Interregnum and stay nimble. Amidst price instability and cost-push pressures for labor, 2024 is ripe for a comet tail of policy errors by central bankers.”

This environment calls for a more tactical approach, according to Grant. Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund’s current positioning includes quality GARP information technology names as well as businesses that benefit from structural undersupply in air travel and strength in consumer leisure.

Grant’s key points include:

  • Disinflation momentum has been the key narrative in 2023, but the entry point for this trade was last October. There’s a wide dispersion of possible outcomes for what comes next.
  • By late summer, the easy part of “fixing inflation” may give way to the harder part. This will be decisive for market perceptions and whether we see a hard or soft economic landing in 2024.
  • The easy part of H1 will give way to a more nuanced setting. Investors may be underestimating the potential for market volatility as debates on how to finally tame inflation are resolved.
  • CPLIX’s long positioning is balanced between select quality GARP opportunities and cyclicals that appear “too cheap” in the absence of a US recession in 2023. A more tactical approach to equity allocation, style mix and security selection is appropriate.

Read the full commentary here.

CPLIX Has Delivered What an Alternative Should

CPLIX Has Delivered What an Alternative Should

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Average Annual Performance as of 6/30/2023

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Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Please refer to Important Risk Information. The principal value and return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. You can obtain performance data current to the most recent month end by visiting The Fund’s gross expense ratios as of the prospectus dated 3/1/2023 are as follows: A Shares 2.39%, C Shares 3.13% and I Shares 2.15%.

The total expense ratio is inclusive of the 1.24% management fee; dividend and interest expense on short sales (Class A: 0.74%, Class C: 0.73%, Class I: 0.75%); acquired fund fees and expenses (Class A: 0.01%, Class C: 0.01%, Class I: 0.01%); 12b-1 fees (Class A: 0.25%, Class C: 1.00%); and other expenses (Class A: 0.15%, Class C: 0.15%, Class I: 0.15%). The Adjusted Expense Ratio, which reflects the total expense ratio excluding the dividend and interest expense on short sales, is as follows: Class A: 1.65%, Class C: 2.40% and Class I: 1.40%. “Dividend and Interest Expense on Short Sales” reflect interest expense and dividends paid on borrowed securities. Interest expenses result from the Fund’s use of prime brokerage arrangements to execute short sales. Dividends paid on borrowed securities are an expense of short sales. Such expenses are required to be treated as a Fund expense for accounting purposes and are not payable to Calamos Advisors LLC. Any interest expense amount or dividends paid on securities sold short will vary based on the Fund’s use of those investments as an investment strategy best suited to seek the objective of the Fund.

The performance shown for periods prior to 4/6/16 is the performance of a predecessor investment vehicle (the “Predecessor Fund”). The Predecessor Fund was reorganized into the Fund on 4/6/16, the date upon which the Fund commenced operations. On 10/1/15 the parent company of Calamos Advisors, purchased Phineus Partners LP, the prior investment adviser to the Predecessor Fund (“Phineus”), and Calamos Advisors served as the Predecessor Fund’s investment adviser between 10/1/15 until it was reorganized into the Fund. Phineus and Calamos Advisors managed the Predecessor Fund using investment policies, objectives, guidelines and restrictions that were in all material respects equivalent to those of the Fund. Phineus and Calamos Advisors managed the Predecessor Fund in this manner either directly or indirectly by investing all the Predecessor Fund’s assets in a master fund structure. The Predecessor Fund performance information has been adjusted to reflect Class A and I shares expenses. However, the Predecessor Fund was not a registered mutual fund and, thus, was not subject to the same investment and tax restrictions as the Fund. If it had been, the Predecessor Fund’s performance may have been lower.

Important Risk Information. An investment in the Fund is subject to risks, and you could lose money on your investment in the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Your investment in the Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. The risks associated with an investment in the Fund can increase during times of significant market volatility. The Fund also has specific principal risks, which are described below. More detailed information regarding these risks can be found in the Fund’s prospectus.

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 the potential for unlimited losses, leverage risk, and foreign securities 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 the potential for greater economic and political instability in less-developed countries.

Alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors. The Fund takes long positions in companies that are expected to outperform the equity markets, while taking short positions in companies that are expected to underperform the equity markets and for hedging purposes. The Fund may lose money should the securities the Fund is long decline in value or if the securities the Fund has shorted increase in value, but the ultimate goal is to realize returns in both rising and falling equity markets while providing a degree of insulation from increased market volatility.

This material is distributed for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is based on internal research derived from various sources and does not purport to be statements of all material facts relating to the information mentioned and, while not guaranteed as to the accuracy or completeness, has been obtained from sources we believe to be reliable. Morningstar Long-Short Equity Category funds hold sizeable stakes in both long and short positions in equities, exchange traded funds, and related derivatives. Alpha is a measurement of performance on a risk-adjusted basis. A positive alpha shows that performance of a portfolio was higher than expected given the risk. A negative alpha shows that the performance was less than expected given the risk. Downside capture ratio measures manager’s performance in down markets as defined by the named index. A down-market is defined as those periods (months or quarters) in which named index return is less than 0. In essence, it tells you what percentage of the down-market was captured by the manager. For example, if the ratio is 110%, the manager has captured 110% of the down-market and therefore underperformed the market on the downside. Upside capture ratio measures a manager’s performance in up markets relative to a named index. It is calculated by taking the security’s upside capture return and dividing it by the benchmark’s upside capture return.

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