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Seeking to Absorb Market Shocks, Recover and Keep on Growing?
October 17, 2016
The objective of alternatives—which soared in popularity following the financial crisis of 2008—is that they offer downside protection. Because downward moves can be large and fast, it can be helpful to evaluate alternative funds’ effectiveness over short periods as well as over the long term.
Since 2000 there have been nine periods when the Standard & Poor’s 500 was down more than 5%. That’s nine shocks to your clients’ portfolios, all producing drawdowns that their portfolios need to recover from.
The most recent shock was the market’s response after the Brexit referendum in the UK.
June 24, the day the U.S. markets opened after the vote, ranks #7 on the top 10 largest one-day drops (see The Largest One-Day Changes Between a Given Day’s Close and the Close of the Previous Trading Day Since 1950). Now, that’s a shock to the system! On the two days of Friday, June 24, and Monday, June 27, the S&P 500 was down 5.34%.
Do you have a shock absorber in place for your clients to help shield their portfolios when the next sharp downturn happens?
Figure 1 demonstrates the performance of the Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund (CMNIX) in equity down markets (5% or more), with a highlight on the Brexit drawdown time period. The fund’s drawdowns average 22.8% of the S&P 500’s over the time periods below, consistent with the fund’s beta of 0.25¹. During the two-day Brexit pullback, the fund’s drawdown was just 17% of the S&P’s loss.
Cumulative performance as of 9/30/16. Source: Morningstar Direct.
Over longer periods, too, CMNIX has kept drawdowns to a minimum, which allowed it to recover sooner, and allowed client portfolios to get back on track.
Data as of 9/30/16.
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Covered Call Writing: As the writer of a covered call option on a security, the fund foregoes, during the option’s life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the security, covering the call option above the sum of the premium and the exercise price of the call.
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Convertible Hedging Risk: If the market price of the underlying common stock increases above the conversion price on a convertible security, the price of the convertible security will increase. The fund’s increased liability on any outstanding short position would, in whole or in part, reduce this gain.
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The principal risks of investing in the 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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Citigroup 30-Day T-Bill Index is generally considered representative of the performance of short-term money market instruments. Morningstar Market Neutral Category represent funds that attempt to eliminate the risks of the market by holding 50% of assets in long positions in stocks and 50% of assets in short positions.
Barclays U.S. Government/Credit Index comprises long-term government and investment grade corporate debt securities and is generally considered representative of the performance of the broad U.S. bond market. Unlike convertible bonds, U.S. Treasury bills are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government and offer a guarantee as to the timely repayment of principal and interest.
Morningstar Market Neutral Category represent funds that attempt to eliminate the risks of the market by holding 50% of assets in long positions in stocks and 50% of assets in short positions.
S&P 500 Index is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market.
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¹Beta reported is as of 9/30/16 for Calamos Market Neutral Income Fund A Shares (CVSIX) against the S&P 500 Index since inception.
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