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When Rates Rose, CICVX Outperformed Both Stocks And Bonds

The digital ink had barely dried on Tuesday’s blog post Rising Rates Don’t Intimidate Fixed Income Alt CMNIX when an investment professional asked a follow-up question: So, how did Calamos Convertible Fund (CICVX) perform as rates climbed more than 100 basis points from August to last week?

Great question, glad you asked. The interactive chart below shows CICVX’s outperformance vs. the S&P 500, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, and the Morningstar Bank Loan category during the period.

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Source: Morningstar Direct.

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Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, U.S. 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).

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

Bank Loan: Bank-loan portfolios primarily invest in floating-rate bank loans and floating-rate below investment-grade securities instead of bonds. In exchange for their credit risk, these loans offer high interest payments that typically float above a common short-term benchmark such as the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR.

Remember that convertible securities are hybrids, with characteristics of both bonds and stocks. While fixed income tends to lose value in an environment of rising interest rates, equities in many cases have historically headed the opposite direction.

Convertibles can take on equity qualities because of the option to convert them into a predetermined number of issuer shares. In general, the more a convertible’s price is determined by the value of its underlying equities, the greater its tendency not to be influenced by changing interest rates.

For the period in question, CICVX’s outperformance vs. the S&P 500 had to do with several factors, as outlined by Joe Wysocki, Senior Vice President and Senior Co-Portfolio Manager.

The fund was well positioned in investment themes that strongly benefited from COVID-19 (e.g., the “at home” paradigm). Also, the team’s actively repositioning the fund to take advantage of attractively priced cyclical opportunities added value as many appreciated materially when vaccines were rolled out and progress toward ending the pandemic began to materialize.

What’s more, Wysocki notes, smaller and mid-sized capitalization stocks began to strongly outperform large capitalization stocks starting late summer 2020. These are often the sweet spot for convertible issuers and the portfolio benefited as it had a significantly larger allocation to the small and mid-capitalization areas of the market than the S&P 500.

The bottomline: CICVX in this most recent period extended its historical record of offering an attractive return profile versus traditional bonds in a rising interest rate environment.

calamos convertible outperformed indices when interest rates rose more than 100 basis points

Investment professionals, for more about CICVX, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or

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.

Convertible average annual returns and expense ration 1-31-21

Convertible average annual returns and expense ration 12-31-20

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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Convertible Fund include: 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 consisting of fluctuations inconsistent with a convertible security and the risk of components expiring worthless, foreign securities risk, equity securities risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, high yield risk, portfolio selection risk and liquidity 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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