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CIHEX Took the Sting Out of S&P 500 Volatility

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S&P 500 down 3.29% on October 10…S&P 500 down 2.06% on October 11… S&P 500 down 3.09% on October 24…

These are the days financial advisors prepare for. Fortunately, those whose clients were in Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund (CIHEX) were cushioned from the market’s downturns.

While CIHEX pursues upside participation in equity markets, it uses a covered call strategy attempting to limit downside risk (see related post). With this approach, the fund has been able to minimize the effect of market drawdowns, big and small, in October and over the first 10 months of the year.

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Today’s markets are what CIHEX is designed to address. Over the long term, the fund’s options-based risk management strategy seeks to continue to generate returns with less volatility. See this previous post to get an idea of how well the fund has handled prior drawdowns.

Advisors, for additional information about CIHEX, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or [email protected].

Calamos ranks fifth on the list of alternative fund managers by assets under management in the Morningstar Alternatives Category as of 9/30/18.




Data as of 9/30/18

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^The Fund’s investment advisor has contractually agreed to reimburse Fund expenses through March 1, 2020 to the extent necessary so that Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding taxes, interest, short interest, short dividend expenses, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, and extraordinary expenses, if any) of Class A, Class C and Class I shares are limited to 1.25%, 2.00% and 1.00% of average net assets, respectively. Calamos Advisors may recapture previously waived expense amounts within the same fiscal year for any day where the respective Fund’s expense ratio falls below the contractual expense limit up to the expense limit for that day. ‡As of prospectus dated 3/1/18.

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.

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Alternative investments are not suitable for all investors.

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

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment-grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market of SEC-registered securities. The index includes bonds from the Treasury, Government Related, Corporate, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS, and CMBS sectors.

The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund include: covered call writing risk, options risk, equity securities risk, correlation risk, mid-sized company risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, portfolio turnover risk, portfolio selection risk, foreign securities risk, American depository receipts, and REITs risks.

†Morningstar ratings shown are for Class I shares and do not include any front-end sales load. Not all investors have access to or may invest in the share class shown. Other share classes with front-end or back-end sales charges may have different ratings than the ratings shown.

Morningstar Ratings™ are based on risk-adjusted returns for Class I shares and will differ for other share classes. Morningstar ratings are based on a risk adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly historical performance (reflecting sales charges), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Within each asset class, the top 10%, the next 22.5%, 35%, 22.5%, and the bottom 10% receive 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 star, respectively. Each fund is rated exclusively against U.S. domiciled funds. The information contained herein is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; may not be copied or distributed; and is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Source: ©2018 Morningstar, Inc.

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