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Funding Retirement With Global Opportunity Plus Flexibility

A few months ago, we described how using the U.S.-focused Calamos Convertible Fund (CICVX) would have helped smooth the ride of a 65-year-old retiree seeking to fund a 20-year retirement. By buffering the volatility of a period that covered the dot-com bubble and the Great Financial Crisis, CICVX made returns more consistent and reliable. It participated in equity market gains while limiting the downside (see Could Calamos Convertible Fund Help Reduce Your Retirees’ Worries?).

Now let’s take a look at how the Calamos Global Growth and Income Fund, with its lower-volatility global strategy utilizing convertible securities and equities, achieved similar success over the same time period. We’ll compare the performance of its oldest share class, A Shares or CVLOX, since its inception in September of 1996 against the MSCI ACWI Index.

The hypothetical illustration below compares how a sum of $500,000 invested in CVLOX and an investment that mirrored the MSCI ACWI Index would have funded a retirement of 20+ years. Both assume annual withdrawals, starting with $30,000 in Year One, then adjusted by 3% for inflation each year, to generate an identical total income amount of $973,587.

As shown, the fund outperformed at various times during the period, such as the four-year span from the start of 1999 through the end of 2002. The fund gained 45.98% in 1999, followed by three years with single-digit negative returns. In comparison, the MSCI ACWI Index advanced 26.13% in 1999 and suffered double-digit negative returns in the next three years.

Another stretch of outperformance occurred later, when the market value of the fund surged from $576,507 at the end of 2008 to $700,831 at the end of 2011. In contrast, the index ended the three-year period lower.

What helped in this case was our active management, using our active levers to manage the fund’s risk profile and to adjust country allocations to favor developed markets and higher-quality securities—something not available to an index fund with a relatively static exposure to what in 2011 were underperforming emerging markets.

Throughout the investment period, the fund progressed at a steady pace, as the hypothetical illustration demonstrates. During drawdowns and double-digit declines, the fund lost less than the index while still participating in periods of strong growth.

The end result? Take a look at the difference in the ending values: $597,081 versus $81,641. The fund would have provided enough for retirement well beyond a 20-year period.

Withdrawal Example: Calamos Global Growth and Income Fund vs. MSCI ACWI



(9-9-96 to 2-28-19)
1996 500,000 30,000 485,197 509,152
1997 0 30,900 544,289 555,608
1998 0 31,827 585,689 639,099
1999 0 32,782 818,905 771,355
2000 0 33,765 739,091 632,869
2001 0 34,778 651,037 494,110
2002 0 35,822 578,705 361,708
2003 0 36,896 669,521 444,729
2004 0 38,003 687,478 472,112
2005 0 39,143 777,706 485,324
2006 0 40,317 857,854 545,796
2007 0 41,527 936,174 571,478
2008 0 42,773 576,507 299,088
2009 0 44,056 713,312 358,850
2010 0 45,378 768,519 356,882
2011 0 46,739 700,831 282,238
2012 0 48,141 701,492 280,069
2013 0 49,585 740,795 292,454
2014 0 51,073 703,149 254,877
2015 0 52,605 653,036 194,874
2016 0 54,183 604,647 156,520
2017 0 55,809 667,410 135,995
2018 0 57,483 551,264 73,641
2019 0 0 $597,081 $81,641

msci acwi index-linked vs calamos ggi withdrawals

We understand that the difference between the fund and its benchmark are stunning. Advisors, you’ll want to view the underlying hypotheticals for yourselves. Please call 888-571-2567 or email for more information about the Calamos Global Growth and Income Fund (I Share symbol: CGCIX).

Of course, it’s impossible to know what the future will bring, and whether such a discrepancy would recur between this fund and the MSCI ACWI Index at another time. As shown, dramatically different results are possible across 20 years, but it by no means guarantees similar performance across other time frames. While the timing and extent of drawdowns will always be impossible to predict, it’s not a stretch to say they can create conditions that warrant a long-term, diversified investment approach.

Click here to view CVLOX's standardized performance.

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.

Opinions and estimates offered constitute our judgment and are subject to change without notice, as are statements of financial market trends, which are based on current market conditions. We believe the information provided here is reliable, but do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. This material is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument. The views and strategies described may not be suitable for all investors. Opinions are subject to change due to changes in the market, economic conditions or changes in the legal and/or regulatory environment and may not necessarily come to pass. This information is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered tax, legal, or investment advice. References to specific securities, asset classes and financial markets are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, recommendations.

Alternative investments are not suitable for all investors.

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Global Growth and Income Fund include: 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 consisting of fluctuations inconsistent with a convertible security and the risk of components expiring worthless, foreign securities risk, emerging markets risk, equity securities risk, growth stock risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, high yield risk, forward foreign currency contract risk, portfolio selection risk, and liquidity risk.

The MSCI ACWI Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The index is calculated in both U.S. dollars and local currencies.

The MSCI World Index is a market capitalization weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of developed market countries in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. The MSCI indices are calculated without dividends, with net or with gross dividends reinvested, in both U.S. dollars and local currencies.

Unmanaged index returns assume reinvestment of any and all distributions and, unlike fund returns, do not reflect fees, expenses or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Morningstar World Allocation funds seek to provide both capital appreciation and income by investing in three major areas: stocks, bonds and cash. While these portfolios do explore the whole world, most of them focus on the U.S., Canada, Japan and the larger markets in Europe. It is rare for such portfolios to invest more than 10% of their assets in emerging markets. These portfolios typically have at least 10% of assets in bonds, less than 70% of assets in stocks, and at least 40% of assets in non-U.S. stocks or bonds.

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