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Ride Out the Bull Market with a Lower Volatility Alternative: CIHEX

August 22 marks the longest equity market expansion since the end of World War II. Congratulations to all who remained invested throughout. Those who did experienced a cumulative 367% return from March 1, 2009 to July 31, 2018.

But the 3,453-day period posed multiple—and some unprecedented—tests of investors’ resolve. Remember QE1, QE2, Operation Twist, the Taper tantrum, the Arab Spring, the depreciation of the Chinese yuan, ebola, the Greek debt crisis, U.S. debt downgrade, the Flash Crash, etc.?

As the bull market aged, as interest rates began to reverse course, as valuations continued to climb, equity investing became increasingly perilous for some. The end was near, many concluded. In the last three-and-a-half years, $1.14 billion left the Morningstar U.S. Equity fund categories.

U.S. equity asset flows in the aging bull market

And yet U.S. stocks continued to be the place to be—the S&P 500 returned a cumulative 47% since the start of 2015.

The financial advisor positioning his or her client in the last few years might have considered one of three scenarios:

  • Full tilt to equities—remain 100% invested through six drawdowns of more than 5%, including a 12.71% decline at its deepest.
  • Capitulation—withdraw from equities in favor of fixed income, to protect gains.
  • Hedge equity—assure exposure to advancing equity markets while tempering the effect of drawdowns that are known to send investors to the sidelines.
    cihex tempered the impact of 6 drawdowns

    Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The principal value and return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance reflected at NAV does not include the Fund’s maximum front-end sales load of 4.75%. Had it been included, the Fund’s return would have been lower. For the most recent month-end fund performance information visit www.calamos.com.

    Today’s markets are what Calamos Hedged Equity Income Fund (CIHEX) is designed to address. CIHEX pursues equity market returns with lower volatility. Its covered call strategy invests in a diversified portfolio of equities while using options to generate income and manage risk.

Here’s how CIHEX provided hedged equity exposure since its inception on 12/31/2014. It’s been a less volatile ride than the S&P, with half the standard deviation (5.60 vs. 10.17 for the period from 1/1/15 to 7/31/18), and offered more growth than the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. Also see CIHEX Played Defense in the First Half—and Finished Ahead of the S&P 500.

cihex provided hedged equity exposure

Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The principal value and return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance reflected at NAV does not include the Fund’s maximum front-end sales load of 4.75%. Had it been included, the Fund’s return would have been lower. For the most recent month-end fund performance information visit www.calamos.com.

Financial advisors, if now is not the time for your clients to be all in, learn more about CIHEX by talking to a Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or email [email protected]. Calamos ranks fifth on the list of alternative fund managers by assets under management in the Morningstar Alternatives Category as of 6/30/18.




Data as of 7/31/18

average annual returns HEI 7-31-18

Data as of 6/30/18

average annual returns CIHEX 6-30-18

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.

Opinions and estimates offered constitute our judgment and are subject to change without notice, as are statements of financial market trends, which are based on current market conditions. We believe the information provided here is reliable, but do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. This material is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument. The views and strategies described may not be suitable for all investors. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, accounting, legal or tax advice. References to future returns are not promises or even estimates of actual returns a client portfolio may achieve. Any forecasts contained herein are for illustrative purposes only and are not to be relied upon as advice or interpreted as a recommendation.

An investment in the Fund(s) is subject to risks, and you could lose money on your investment in the Fund(s). There can be no assurance that the Fund(s) will achieve its investment objective. Your investment in the Fund(s) is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. The risks associated with an investment in the Fund(s) can increase during times of significant market volatility. The Fund(s) also has specific principal risks, which are described below. More detailed information regarding these risks can be found in the Fund's prospectus.

Alternative investments are not suitable for all investors.

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.

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 flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The index includes Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS and CMBS (agency and non-agency).

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