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How to Use an Equity Alt and an Income Alt to Design an Alternative Allocation: Webcast Aug. 1

A divide between fund providers and financial advisors was apparent in at least one session at the Morningstar Investment Conference held this spring.

“It’s never been a better time to be an asset allocator,“ proclaimed the panelists from the dais. But when it was time for the Q&A, advisor questioners expressed a very different sentiment.

“I disagree with you,” one said. “This is not a good time to be an asset allocator. We have a lot of choices but little clarity about what to do with them.”

We are hearing the same in our one-on-one conversations. Advisors are not averse to “alternative” funds, you just expect more detail on putting them to use.

The Detail You Need

The theory is that alternatives should keep drawdowns to a minimum, enabling investment returns to continue to grow. How much goes into alts? Where do you move from to fund alternative exposure? How much upside is sacrificed in the hopes of protecting on the downside?

Every asset allocator knows that the proof is in the pudding—or, if you will, “the blend.”

Since the start of this year, Calamos has been showing advisors precisely how to combine an income and equity alt in a portfolio to the advantage of their clients. The diversification and hedged equity risk benefits are detailed in our regularly updated blog post, along with performance data and multiple risk/return analytics.

August 1 Webcast

The popularity of the idea, which we call our “Half Caff” because it offers jump with less jolt, prompted us to organize a very special webcast starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, August 1. Register here.

Both portfolio managers—Michael Grant (Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund or CPLIX) and Eli Pars (Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund or CMNIX)—will be on hand offering their perspectives on volatility, equity valuations and market opportunities. Moderating the event will be Robert Behan, CFA, our President and Head of Global Distribution.

Send Your Questions Now

Send your webcast Questions:

The webcast is being planned to anticipate your questions on designing an alternative allocation. You’ll be invited to post your questions during the webcast but why wait? Send them now to This event for you and we want to provide you the clarity you need.

Calamos ranks as the 9th alternative fund manager by AUM (Morningstar data, 3/31/17).

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