Finding Opportunity in Uncertain Times

Our senior investment team members discuss their views of the opportunities they see in the markets and how the Calamos funds are positioned to capitalize on them. With an introduction by John P. Calamos, Sr., Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer.

John P. Calamos, Sr., Founder and Global CIO, puts recent economic data into context. He discusses his cautious optimism for global economic recovery and the reflationary tailwinds that can support additional upside in the markets. In a period of accelerated disruption, not all companies will survive, but many are adapting quickly and provide attractive opportunities for selective and risk-aware investors.

Economic Outlook, May 2020

The Calamos Investment Committee sees signs of recovery in the global economy and markets. The current downturn is likely to be severe but short, and oversold markets and dislocations have created many pockets of opportunity. However, unprecedented uncertainties make this is a critical period for active management.

Economic Outlook, January 2020

Although anxiety about the Fed and trade policy have abated, investors should be prepared for elevated volatility, rotation and sideways markets. Still, there are opportunities for active managers in equities, convertibles and fixed income, supported by accommodative monetary policy, stimulative fiscal policy and a resilient U.S. consumer.

Economic Outlook, October 2019

The global economy is positioned for continued expansion, buoyed by accommodative monetary policy, low inflation and resilient U.S. consumption. However, a global industrial recession and trade disputes will temper the pace of growth and make market conditions feel fragile. Elevated volatility supports the case for selective, risk-managed approaches to investing.

Economic Outlook, July 2019

Looking to the remainder of the year, we believe U.S. GDP growth will remain healthy and stable. Global growth is more concerning, but benign inflation, accommodative monetary policy and a weaker dollar support the case for subdued expansion. Markets can grind higher, but volatility will remain elevated. This creates a favorable backdrop for defensive equity market participation, growth company outperformance, economically sensitive high-yield debt, and liquid alternatives.

Economic Outlook, April 2019

Although we see tailwinds for economic growth and opportunities across asset classes—including in growth equities, convertibles and high yield bonds—conditions require a highly selective approach. Volatility and sideways moving markets will characterize this phase of the economic cycle, due to a wide range of entrenched global uncertainties. Given the crosscurrents in the economy and markets, risk-managed alternative strategies can provide timely enhancements for both the equity and fixed income sides of an asset allocation.

Economic Outlook, January 2019

The Calamos Investment Committee shares its perspective on the global economy and markets. Although there will be softening in U.S. economic data, the U.S. is positioned for continued slow expansion. The global economy will grow tepidly, with increased potential for acceleration in the second half of the year. Volatility will remain elevated, due to softening global economic data, and elevated political, geopolitical and monetary policy uncertainties.

Economic Outlook, October 2018

Economic fundamentals are encouraging but market volatility is likely to intensify. The U.S. economy looks set to continue on its growth trajectory for the next year, if not longer, and we expect growth outside the U.S. to accelerate. Even so, rising interest rates in the U.S., midterms and geopolitical pressures will contribute to elevated levels of market turbulence. The Calamos Investment Committee discusses how our teams are navigating the crosscurrents.

Economic Outlook, July 2018

Fears of an imminent U.S. recession are premature; tax policy and a more business-friendly regulatory environment provide long-term catalysts for the economy. Although conditions outside the U.S. are less encouraging, positive global growth should continue, albeit with growing divergence among countries. The need for active risk management has increased at this point of the economic cycle, and we believe the Calamos portfolios are well positioned.

Economic Outlook, April 2018

Volatility has returned to the markets in dramatic fashion. The shifting terrain may be jarring for some, but the conditions we are seeing today are more normal than recent years, when investors grew accustomed to record low interest rates, a near-absence of inflation and the subdued volatility. As a more typical environment emerges, our teams are identifying opportunities across asset classes.


Sustained Tailwinds for Global Risk Assets

Despite the uncertainty of U.S. elections and Covid-19, accommodative global monetary policy, fiscal stimulus and economic rebounds support the case synchronized global recovery, explains the Calamos Global Equity Team. They share their outlooks for the U.S., Europe, emerging markets and Japan, and discuss how those views are reflected in portfolio positioning.

Addressing the Search for Income and Growth: The Opportunity of Calamos Closed-End Funds

August 21, 2020

In a high volatility, low yield world, Calamos closed-end funds offer multi-asset class approaches designed to provide investors with powerful tools for addressing the search for income. John P. Calamos, Sr., Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer, provides an overview of the funds and the opportunities he sees in the markets.

The Case for Strategic Convertible Allocations

July 21, 2020

John P. Calamos, Sr. and Eli Pars discuss the role of convertible securities within portfolios, the value of active management, and encouraging global trends within the convertible market.

Calamos Convertible Fund: Mid-Year Performance Update

July 10, 2020

Active management has been key to Calamos Convertible Fund’s strong performance during the unprecedented market conditions of 2020, explains John P. Calamos, Sr., Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer.

Investor Insights

June 17, 2020

In these challenging times, it’s important to maintain long-term focus. For investors who are afraid to be in the market but also recognize the value of staying invested, a fund utilizing convertible securities may provide attractive potential benefits. Drawing on 50 years of investment industry experience, John P. Calamos, Sr. provides an overview of the opportunity of actively managed convertible securities.

Calamos Global Insights

April 01, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has put the global economy and financial markets into uncharted and uncertain waters. This compendium from this Calamos Global Equity Team includes thought leadership on investing through the coronavirus uncertainty, and secular themes that the team believes are gaining traction during these extraordinary times: bioprocessing, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, and global payments.

Convertible Securities Offer Many Benefits, Including as a Hedge Against Inflation

January 28, 2020

For nearly 50 years, John P. Calamos, Sr. has helped investors manage the risks that difficult markets and challenging economic environments present. In this paper, he discusses how actively managed convertible securities can provide an array of benefits for the long-term investor. In addition to providing lower-volatility stock market participation, convertibles can be used as a hedge against rising inflation and long-term interest rates.

Attractive Assets? It’s All Relative!

January 27, 2020

We believe the U.S. small cap equity asset class provides an attractive opportunity for institutional asset owners. Our Calamos Timpani Small Cap Growth Team has managed small cap growth equities through multiple market cycles. In this paper, we discuss how the team is well positioned to capitalize on this current opportunity.

Investor Insights

December 20, 2019

The New Year brings continued investment opportunities but also the prospect of market volatility, explains John P. Calamos, Sr. In an environment where risk management matters, the time-tested approach of Calamos Growth and Income Fund may be especially compelling for the core of an asset allocation.

Asset Allocation Perspectives

August 14, 2019

In “Strategies for Market Volatility and Rising Uncertainty,” John P. Calamos, Sr. discusses the opportunities and risks in the current environment and their implications for asset allocation.

Investor Insights

June 19, 2019

Small company stocks have the potential for outsized growth, but fundamental research is key to identifying opportunities. Senior Portfolio Manager Brandon Nelson shares his perspective on small caps and what differentiates the Calamos approach.

Investor Insights

December 21, 2018

In this edition of our investor newsletter, John P. Calamos, Sr. discusses asset allocation strategies for the New Year. He explains why investors may wish to enhance their exposure to defensive equity strategies and the different approaches Calamos offers, including alternative and convertible funds.

Navigating Volatility: Calamos Hedged Equity Fund

February 22, 2018

As volatility has picked up, investors have gained a renewed appreciation for funds that have been able to steer clear of the worst of the downside while still participating in upside. In this Q&A, John P. Calamos, Sr. and Eli Pars discuss how Calamos Hedged Equity Fund has risen to the challenge of volatile markets.

Positioning for the Late Stages of the Bull Market: 2017-2018

September 27, 2016

Michael Grant, Sr. Co-Portfolio Manager of Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund, shares his team’s views on why they see more optimistic storylines on the horizon and how macro considerations are influencing the fund’s positioning.

Alternatives 101: Tools for Enhancing Asset Allocation

February 13, 2015

This brochure provides an introduction to Alternative Investments, and explores that many types of alternative funds. Learn how an alternative allocation may potentially enhance a portfolio’s diversification and decrease exposure to market volatility.