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Niziolek Talks Emerging Markets and the CNWIX Book on Animal Spirits Podcast

How emerging markets reopen, the effect of capital flows returning to the asset class, the appeal of specific markets, bottom-up stock selection, the inefficiency of the emerging markets benchmark, and an array of investment themes—all were covered in last week’s Animal Spirits podcast featuring Nick Niziolek, CFA, Calamos Co-CIO, Head of International and Global Strategies, Senior Co-Portfolio Manager.

“Talk Your Book: The Case for Emerging Markets” co-hosts Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson reviewed how Calamos Evolving World Growth Fund (CNWIX) navigated 2020 (up 54%) and discussed the linkage between the U.S. dollar and EM outperformance.

“What we've seen is that, first off, the dollar tends to operate in longer term seven- to 10-year cycles, as many markets do,” said Niziolek. “…If we do enter a weaker dollar regime where we are in a multi-year period of dollar weakness, ultimately that enables these central banks around the world to loosen policy and implement the reforms that are needed to really unlock the growth potential of these emerging markets.”

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Carlson commented, “The cycles are crazy how you can have five- to seven-year cycles where the U.S. will outperform by 200% over EM, and then it switches.”

The hosts touched on the potential to miss out on a mean reversion. “This does seem like the space that everyone is underinvested in…Emerging markets are so much smaller. They can go on a run like they had in the 2000s where they just dominate everything. That could happen. And you can see the flows just completely trying to play catch-up in this space. I could totally see that happen,” Carlson said.

Batnick added, “I think people would be shocked to learn that over the last year, the S&P 500 is underperforming emerging market stocks. The numbers are, it's close, but still. Now don't zoom out, it doesn't look as pretty. But maybe that's the point is that there is so much catching up to do.”

Carlson and Batnick were complimentary about CNWIX’s recent performance. Batnick reminisced about his visit to a Morningstar investment conference four years ago, “right around the time when everyone was saying active management was dead…I remember seeing five dozen companies with exhibit booths that I hadn't heard of.”

“…Calamos, I think, is a good example of why that argument is completely bunk. Active management is not dying. It's quite the opposite,” said Batnick.

Much of the conversation covered the Calamos team’s work in understanding the innovation and disruption underway in emerging markets.

“I would say that ultimately the global outlook and the global recovery will be a significant driver for overall emerging markets, but we do have idiosyncratic stories within the emerging markets that will be very important and significant to pay attention to,” Niziolek said.

Many emerging markets are starting with “a clean slate,” he said. “They're almost skipping the phase that we [the U.S.] were just in. Whether we're talking about the banking sector and digital payments and the rise of online marketplaces, there isn't that Establishment or that old way of executing commerce and purchasing things that exists in a lot of these developed markets. So they're just skipping that step a little bit, or at least accelerating through that step with a little less disruption, and they're already on to where we're headed.”

The full 37-minute podcast can be found on the major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Android, Spotify and Stitcher.

Investment professionals, for more about the team’s views in general or CNWIX, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or

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Top 10 Holdings

As of 12/31/20
Company Security Type Industry %
Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. Stocks Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 5.2%
Tencent Holdings, Ltd. Stocks Interactive Media & Services 4.3%
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Stocks Semiconductors 4.2%
HDFC Bank, Ltd. Stocks Diversified Banks 3.3%
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Convertible Bonds Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 2.4%
MercadoLibre, Inc. Stocks Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 2.4%
Yandex, NV Convertible Bonds Interactive Media & Services 2.2%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (ADR) Stocks Semiconductors 2.2%
Cemex, SAB de CV Stocks Construction Materials 1.9%
Itau Unibanco Holding, SA Stocks Diversified Banks 1.8%
Total 29.9%

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Evolving World Growth Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, growth stock risk consisting of potential increased volatility due to securities trading at higher multiples, foreign securities risk, emerging markets risk, 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, and portfolio selection 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 potential for greater economic and political instability in less developed countries.

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