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Rate Hike Further Shifts Focus Toward Lower Volatility, Higher Yielding CSTIX

Calamos Short-Term Bond Fund (CSTIX)

Morningstar Overall RatingTM Among 539 Short-Term Bond funds. The Fund's risk-adjusted returns based on load-waived Class I Shares had 4 stars for 3 years out of 539 Short-Term Bond Funds, respectively, for the period ended 12/31/2022.

Pain is on the horizon, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell promised last month, and made good on today with the Fed’s decision to raise rates by 75 basis points for the third straight month. The move intended to control inflation will slow down the economy, impede corporate earnings, cool borrowing, and likely result in lost jobs. Given today’s news, prospects of a recession improve.

With each move by the Fed, the stock investor is that much more challenged. Volatility has been almost non-stop this year, and the S&P 500 is in a bear market in search of a bottom. Against that backdrop, lower volatility and now higher-yielding fixed income options appeal as they haven’t for years.

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We suggested breaking up with TINA (There Is No Alternative to equities) and re-engaging with CINDY (Credit Is Now Delivering Yield) in May. At that time, we quoted a 2.86% yield-to-worst for the Bloomberg US Government/Credit 1-3 Years Index as of April’s end. By the end of July, the Index’s return was 3.23%—only 28 basis points less than the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index. The opportunity, we said then, was to use short duration to take interest rate risk out of portfolios without surrendering yield.

On the day the Fed moved rates to 3.25%—the highest since 2008—we’re back to repeat the same message: In a challenging, even concerning environment for clients, investment professionals have at least one move they can make to reduce risk and generate income.

We recommend Calamos Short-Term Bond Fund (CSTIX), which as of September 15 paid an SEC yield of 3.62% on an 85% investment grade portfolio. There’s no need for your clients to take on credit risk in exchange for duration risk.

Are you ready to discuss? Reach out to your Calamos Investment Consultant at 800-582-6959 or

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Calamos Short-Term Bond Fund average annual returns and expense ratio

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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Short-Term Bond Fund include: interest rate risk consisting of loss of value for income securities as interest rates rise, credit risk consisting of the risk of the borrower to miss payments, high yield risk, liquidity risk, mortgage-related and other asset-back securities risk, including extension risk and prepayment risk, US Government security risk, foreign securities risk, non-US Government obligation risk 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.

Morningstar Short-Term Bond Category funds invest primarily in corporate and other investment-grade US fixed-income issues and typically have durations of 1.0 to 3.5 years. Short-term is defined as 25% to 75% of the three-year average effective duration of the MCBI.

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Morningstar Overall RatingTM Among 550 Short-Term Bond funds. The Fund's risk-adjusted returns based on load-waived Class I Shares had 4 stars for 3 years out of 550 Short-Term Bond Funds, respectively, for the period ended 8/31/2022.

S&P 500 Index is generally considered representative of the US stock market.

Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The index includes Treasuries, government related and corporate securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS and CMBS (agency and non-agency).

The Bloomberg US Government/Credit 1-3 Years Index includes all medium and larger issues of US government, investment-grade corporate, and investment grade international dollar-denominated bonds that have maturities of between 1 and 3 years and are publicly issued.

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