CPLIX at 20

Risk on or risk off? That’s what you hire Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund (CPLIX) Co-CIO, Senior Co-Portfolio Manager and Head of Long/Short Strategies Michael Grant and team to negotiate. Over the life of the fund, CPLIX has produced better than equity-like returns (as of 6/30/22) with an average net equity exposure of 28% since inception in 2002.

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CPLIX celebrated its 20th birthday in May as the #1 fund since inception in the Morningstar Long-Short Equity category (as of 5/31/22). Its 21st year is off to a strong start, with the fund having significantly outperformed its benchmarks and Morningstar peer category in a bear market, as of 6/30/22.

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Over 20 Years, CPLIX Has Provided Better Than Equity-like Returns

cplix produced a positive return while benchmarks, category peers corrected

cplix has outperformed benchmarks, category peers

cplix has outperformed in 12 out of 14 equity drawdowns of >5%

Over 182 rolling periods since the fund’s founding in 2002, those who could commit to CPLIX for a minimum of five years never lost money.

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CPLIX exhibits greater volatility relative to its peers, often skewed to the upside—and with superior results.

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Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund is half of an alternative blend investment professionals have been using since 2017. We call it the Half Caff, as inspired by coffee drinkers who like the jolt that caffeine provides but want to dial back on the accompanying jumpiness.

While it doesn’t have the storied history of the 60/40, the Half Caff is a combination of CPLIX as our equity alt and fixed income alt Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund (CMNIX). To see how the blend has stood the test of recent markets, see this 2017 post, its sequel and these updates on its 2020 resilience and 2021 performance.

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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.

Alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors. The fund takes long positions in companies that are expected to outperform the equity markets, while taking short positions in companies that are expected to underperform the equity markets and for hedging purposes. The fund may lose money should the securities the fund is long decline in value or if the securities the fund has shorted increase in value, but the ultimate goal is to realize returns in both rising and falling equity markets while providing a degree of insulation from increased market volatility.

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.

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