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WATCH: Our Opportunistic Approach to Fixed Income

In this series of brief Q&A videos, watch Matt Freund, CFA, Co-CIO, Head of Fixed Income Strategies and Senior Co-Portfolio Manager, and Christian Brobst, Vice President, Co-Portfolio Manager, explain how our team is capitalizing on today’s opportunity with short duration bonds. For those of you new to Calamos’ fixed income capabilities, Matt and Christian also expand on the team’s overall approach.

Q. Is this a good time to allocate to short-term bonds?


Yes, in a very rare occurrence referred to as an inversion, investors are “being paid more to take less duration risk,” explains Freund. That makes the short duration space currently a target-rich environment, Brobst adds—providing investors the opportunity to take interest rate risk off the table without giving up yield compensation (also see this post).

Q. How do you use high-yield investments in the Calamos Short-Term Bond Fund (CSTIX)?


CSTIX takes a measured approach to below-investment grade risk, with a cap of 20%. The difference-maker, according to Brobst: the fund relies on a unified credit research team responsible for covering names in the investment grade and high yield universe—enabling it “to capture trades that might be missed at firms where the two functions are divided.”

Q. How do you incorporate bond ratings in your process?


A three-day, three-month, three-year or 30-year security can all carry the same rating, even though the risks are obviously very different, notes Freund. This can lead to a misunderstanding of bond ratings that creates market inefficiencies.

Q. What are the key tenets of Calamos’ fixed income philosophy?


Freund comments on the disciplined and repeatable process emphasizing credit research. “The most important thing is that we understand the risks that we're taking on our clients’ behalf and that we're being well paid,” he says.

Q. How does your philosophy and style compare to peers in the fixed income space?


The Calamos Fixed Income team takes the middle ground, according to Freund, and is neither macro-driven like some funds or index-like comparable to other funds.

“We're really very opportunistic within the style box, so we're cognizant of the risks and characteristics that our investors are expecting. But at the same time, we're focused on risks and being well paid,” he says.

Q. Tell us about the role of ESG in your approach.


The team’s application of ESG factors to its bond-by-bond approach has earned high marks for its sustainability, explains Brobst.

Investment professionals, for more information about Calamos Short-Term Bond Fund (CSTIX) or our approach to fixed income investing, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or email

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