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Taking Advantage of New Global Convertible Issuance to Enhance Risk/Reward

Eli Pars, CFA

  • CXGCX’s positioning reflects our expectation for continued volatility.
  • We are encouraged by global convertible issuance trends, including new investment-grade paper coming to market during the first quarter.

Well, the Fed finally broke something. There has been a lot of conversation about tightening cycles ultimately triggering financial accidents. The collapse of Long-Term Capital Management and Lehman are top of mind. Does Silicon Valley Bank’s implosion signal the bottom of this cycle? It’s hard to say, but quite possibly it’s at least the start of a bottoming process. With signs of weakness in the real economy popping up, it’s reasonable to think we are close to the end of the Fed’s tightening cycle. Whether we are close to the start of the next Fed easing cycle may determine the path the market takes from here. 

During the first quarter, $19.7 billion in new global convertible issuance came to market, including many attractively structured deals. This uptick in new issuance gave us the opportunity to marginally increase Calamos Global Convertible Fund’s risk level closer to the level of risk in the global convertible market. Overall, however, we remain cautious and are prepared for continued volatility.

In our January commentary, we noted that higher interest rates could bring investment-grade issuers back to the market. The addition of several investment-grade names to the convertible market was a welcome sight this quarter. We took advantage of this new issuance to modestly upgrade both the risk/reward and credit quality of the portfolio. The fund remains overweight to the United States and the technology sector and underweight to Europe.

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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Global Convertible Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, growth stock risk consisting of potential increased volatility due to securities trading at higher multiples, foreign securities risk, emerging markets risk, currency risk, geographic concentration risk, American depository receipts, midsize company risk, small company risk, portfolio turnover risk and portfolio selection risk.

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