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Looking to De-Risk? Consider CGIIX
September 11, 2018
The longevity of the current bull market has financial advisors and their clients wondering how long it will last. “It’s as if investors believe the markets are playing a board game and there’s a timer—and the longer you play, the more nervous you get,” says Scott Becker, Calamos Senior Vice President, Head of Portfolio Specialists.
Here’s an idea for such an uncertain environment: Calamos Growth and Income Fund (CGIIX). CGIIX’s performance has consistently compared favorably to the S&P 500 through various market conditions and over market cycles. The fund invests primarily in U.S. equity and convertible securities in an attempt to manage risk and reward while providing growth and income.
If You Think the Trend Is Still Up…
Financial advisors, do you believe the stock market will continue to climb? CGIIX has delivered strong risk-managed returns over several recent market cycles.
If You Think Time Is Almost Up…
If you expect the market’s next major move is down, triggering a period of weak equity performance, check out the resilience of CGIIX. Its risk-managed approach may help lessen deep drawdowns—and that enables clients to recover from a downtrend sooner, enabling their portfolios to get back to growing.
If You’re Expecting Markets to Move Sideways…
Perhaps you expect the market to drift sideways for a while. See how the fund performed during such a period, the “lost decade” that began in 2000. From 12/31/1999 through 12/31/2009, the fund’s average annual total return was 5.85%, compared to -0.95% for the S&P 500 over the same period.
Putting It All Together
By managing risk over the past several market cycles, CGIIX has delivered better performance (in terms of rolling 3-year periods) than the S&P 500, as shown below. It’s been positive in 94% of periods versus 82% for the S&P 500, as well as outperforming the S&P 500 in 98% of all 3-year periods when the index returns were negative.
“There’s no timer going on in the economic markets. There are fundamentals that will drive when things will start to slow or when things might start to invert,” says Becker. “But everyone keeps thinking that the longer this game goes on, there has to be an end so I have to do something today.”
May we suggest a different approach? Take a longer-term view of the market’s direction, building portfolios for multi-year market cycles. That’s what CGIIX is structured for.
Financial advisors, for more information about CGIIX and how it could help you manage the risks of today’s uncertain markets, talk to a Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or email [email protected].
Data as of 6/30/18
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