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Small Cap Correction Is Over, CTSIX’s Nelson Says

Brandon Nelson invites you to do the math.

Small cap fundamental momentum (rising sales and earnings estimates) + Intermediate term price momentum + Inexpensive relative valuation = High probability of outperformance

“The intermediate to long term setup for small caps looks too good for the recent correction to last much longer,” says Nelson, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Calamos Timpani Small Cap Growth Fund (CTSIX). As he’s noted before (see post), when small caps take a leadership role, they tend to lead for seven years on average. Having started last September, this run is in only its tenth month. 

In fact, Nelson declares, “The relative correction in small caps is over!” in the just-published issue of the Calamos Small Cap Market Snapshot. The Snapshot is a monthly review including Nelson’s market analysis and asset class performance and flow data (read here).

While substantial—with the Russell 1000 outperforming the Russell 2000 by 926 basis points from March 12 through the end of May—the pullback is getting “less intense,” Nelson notes. The large cap outperformance advantage in May was just 26 basis points. The first half of June has started out promising, with the Russell 2000 ahead of the Russell 1000.

large cap outperformance since march

The asset class still looks cheap vs. large caps, currently sitting at the inexpensive 22nd percentile, Nelson says.

small cap stocks are cheap

Also, Nelson adds in the newsletter, “Don’t be surprised if the microcaps perform disproportionately well over the coming months and years. The smallest of the small are the cheapest of the cheap.” (See this related post.)

Nelson’s CTSIX is up 9.12% for the year as of the end of May, ahead of the year-to-date return of both the Russell 2000 Growth (up 4.10%) and the Morningstar Small Growth Category (up 8.95%). The 10-year-old fund has performed in the top quartile of its peer group for all time periods since inception.

ctsix top quartile performance

Investment professionals, for more information about Nelson’s small cap outlook or CTSIX, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or

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calamos timpani small cap growth fund average annual returns and expense ratio

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