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The Market Turned, and Our Alts Worked: CMNIX, CIHEX and CPLIX in January

After avoiding a 5% pullback for most of 2021, the S&P 500 was down a full 4% intraday on January 25. The overall volatile start to 2022—which included touching -10% at one point in the month—sent a strong signal that this year may be nothing like last.

The traditional investor was shut out in the first month of the year. Stocks were down, bonds were down. But here’s what worked: the Calamos suite of alternatives. Added to clients’ portfolios expressly to diversify risk, our alts performed as advertised.

fund vs peers, benchmarks

The charts below review how the funds progressed through every day of January as the S&P 500 rose to set an all-time high, fell and then climbed back into positive territory to end the month. Also, see the bottom of the page for their long-term performance records.


Fixed income alternative Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund (CMNIX) in January extended its 31-year-old history of providing stability to a portfolio during times of market shocks.

cmnix vs s&p500


Investment professionals turn to Calamos Hedged Equity Fund (CIHEX) to potentially de-risk an equity portfolio without trading away all of the equity upside potential. By blending a core long-equity portfolio with an actively managed option overlay, the goal is to capture 60% of the S&P’s upside while mitigating 40% of the downside. And, that’s what CIHEX did in January.

cihex vs s&p500


With a 7.39% return in a month when the S&P 500 is down -5.17%, Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund (CPLIX) in January demonstrated its ability to diversify equity exposure. Co-CIO, Senior Co-Portfolio Manager and Head of Long/Short Strategies Michael Grant has been bullish on what he considered an “extraordinary” earnings recovery since the COVID crisis lows of 2020 (see post). The fund’s net equities exposure was almost 54% at 2021’s year-end.

But, the equities that the CPLIX team has been leaning into have been related to the value/reopen trade (Industrials, Energy) and reflation (Financials). At the same time, CPLIX has leaned away from higher duration growth (Technology). While Grant expects the earnings cycle to remain supportive for risk assets through 2022, “there is discontinuity on the horizon that implies more discrimination across styles and industries: decelerating nominal GDP, rising wage pressures and rising investment needs.”

cplix vs s&p500

Investment professionals, January provided another illustration of how risk-managed strategies can contribute to an overall portfolio when equities are under pressure. Please talk to your Calamos Investment Consultant about putting our alternatives to work for your clients’ portfolios in the likely volatile days ahead. You can reach him or her at 888-571-2567 or

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Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund average annual returns and expense ratio

Calamos Hedged Equity Fund average annual returns and expense ratio

Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund average annual returns and expense ratio

The principal risks of investing in Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, 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, synthetic convertible instruments risk, convertible hedging risk, covered call writing risk, options risk, short sale risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, high yield risk, liquidity risk, portfolio selection risk, and portfolio turnover risk.

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Hedged Equity Fund include: covered call writing risk, options risk, equity securities risk, correlation risk, mid-sized company risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, portfolio turnover risk, portfolio selection risk, foreign securities risk, American depository receipts, and REITs risks. As of March 1, Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund’s name has been changed to Calamos Hedged Equity Fund.

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, short sale risk consisting of potential for unlimited losses, foreign securities risk, currency risk, geographic concentration risk, other investment companies (including ETFs) risk, derivatives risk, options risk, and leverage 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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