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Watch: CIHEX’s Dynamic Approach to Pursuing Market Opportunities

Equities have a natural drift to the upside, but at all times are vulnerable to downside risk that comes in the form of shocks and pullbacks. In this Q&A video series you’ll learn from Joe Cusick, Vice President, Portfolio Specialist, about how the portfolio management team of Calamos Hedged Equity Fund (CIHEX) seeks to take advantage of market gains while potentially protecting against the downside.

What explains the recent popularity of options-based funds?

Cusick addresses “a growing need for investors to use more transparent liquid vehicles that genuinely deliver reduction of portfolio risk as well as volatility risk.” The video below explores why options-based funds are attracting the attention of more financial advisors and their clients (and see our infographic on the category).


How does Calamos Hedged Equity Fund differ from its peers?

Below, Cusick comments on the two essential traits—a long core portfolio blended with actively managed options strategies—that make CIHEX stand apart from its peers in the options-based fund category. Managers of funds who use more mechanical position management (i.e., set and forget) are less able to take advantage of selling expensive volatility and buying cheap volatility.


Why does Calamos Hedged Equity Fund favor dynamic vs. mechanical management?

“In options pricing, there’s something embedded in the price of that option. It’s called implied volatility,” observes Cusick in the video below, explaining how the CIHEX team analyzes price to “buy options when they’re potentially inexpensive and sell options when they’re expensive.”


Where does Calamos Hedged Equity Fund fit in a portfolio?

Where does it fit? According to Cusick, CIHEX should be part of the discussion when financial advisors are looking for “less volatility, shallow drawdowns and quicker rebounds after pullbacks.” Below, he defines the role the fund can play in a client's portfolio.


Please explain the baseline North Star trade.

Below, Cusick talks about the meaning of the “North Star trade” and how the portfolio management team “likes to look up and to the right on the portfolio profit and loss chart.”


To learn more about CIHEX, talk to your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or

Calamos is the fourth largest alternatives manager by assets under management (Morningstar data, 3/31/19) and #1 in alternative flows for 2018 (Morningstar data, 12/31/18).

Before investing carefully consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please see the prospectus and summary prospectus containing this and other information which can be obtained by calling 1-800-582-6959. Read it carefully before investing.

Videos recorded 03/21/19.

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Active management does not guarantee investment returns or eliminate the risk of loss. It should not be assumed that any securities mentioned in this recording will be profitable or experience equal performance in the future.

Important Risk Information. An investment in the Fund(s) is subject to risks, and you could lose money on your investment in the Fund(s). There can be no assurance that the Fund(s) will achieve its investment objective. Your investment in the Fund(s) is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. The risks associated with an investment in the Fund(s) can increase during times of significant market volatility. The Fund(s) also has specific principal risks, which are described below. More detailed information regarding these risks can be found in the Fund’s prospectus.

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.

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