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One-year-old CPZ Boosts Distribution, Positions for Re-opening Trade

Having completed its first year in one of the most volatile market environments in history, Calamos Long/Short Equity & Dynamic Income Trust (CPZ) is marking its anniversary with an increase in its distribution and a positive view of the markets.

Calamos Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer John P. Calamos, Sr. yesterday announced a $0.01 increase in the distribution per share, representing a more than 9% increased payout to shareholders (see press release).

2020 posed its share of challenges for closed-end funds, as we’ve commented throughout the year in blog posts and webcasts, and CPZ established itself by making its initial investments during this extremely volatile time. Even today, CEF price recoveries are lagging their respective NAVs as investors remain cautious heading into year-end—and this presents an opportunity to buy solidly performing CEFs at discounts to NAV, says Robert Bush, Calamos Senior Vice President and Director of Closed-End Fund Products.

In spite of CPZ investing into the teeth of one of the most precipitous equity declines in the history of financial markets (S&P 500 down 20% in Q1 2020), CPZ was able to recover to achieve a positive NAV return of 7.26% since inception (1-year) as of 11/30/20.

“In spite of generally positive returns generated by financial markets YTD, which is reflected in the performance of their underlying portfolios, most funds are trading worse relative to their respective NAVs than they were at the beginning of the year. This is especially the case for younger CEFs, like CPZ, with both limited trading and distribution histories that the market can assess,” Bush says.

In 2020, CPZ demonstrated an ability to deliver on the objective of offering both risk-managed returns and providing income to shareholders. “In spite of CPZ investing into the teeth of one of the most precipitous equity declines in the history of financial markets (S&P 500 down 20% in Q1 2020), CPZ was able to recover to achieve a positive NAV return of 7.26% since inception (1-year) as of 11/30/20,” Bush says.

The fund’s ability to garner income through its “fixed income sleeve” and preferred stock investments has been instrumental in maintaining and now increasing its distribution level, says Bush.

While the portfolio was engaged in capital preservation earlier this year, the CPZ team is now positioning for what they believe will be continued improvement in financial markets. The fund had more than an 80% net long equity exposure as of 10/31/20.

A significant focus is on underperforming sectors YTD, such as Industrials and Financials. These sectors have been the best performing areas in the S&P 500 over the past three months (as of 11/30/20), propelling CPZ's price and NAV returns to 12.41% and 11.00%, respectively, outperforming both the S&P 500 and the MSCI World Index for the same period.

CPZ is well positioned to participate in the “reopening trade” in equity markets, as the underperforming sectors favored by the fund may gain favor as the economy normalizes and the recovery in financial markets eventually broadens.

Investment professionals, for more information on CPZ or any of our seven closed-end funds, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or caminfo@calamos.com.

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