Strategy Objective

The Calamos High Income Opportunities strategy invests primarily in a diversified portfolio of US high-yield bonds. Rather than an exclusive focus on yield, the strategy employs a total return framework designed to enhance our ability to generate alpha and preserve capital over entire credit cycles.

Key Differentiators

  • Our portfolio construction process demands keen, security-level awareness of appropriate compensation for risks taken.
  • An expanded investable universe, including bank loans and preferred securities, enhances portfolio opportunities, construction and risk management.
  • Our robust, independent credit research, uniting quantitative and qualitative analyses in historical and forward-looking models, produces a credit rating reflective of where a company is heading.
  • Our macro-overlay, which considers the business cycle, geopolitical factors, inflation and real rate expectations, acts as a risk control while capitalizing on opportunities in misunderstood industries and sectors.

Strategy Details

As of 12/31/21
Inception Date: 11/01/99
Strategy Assets*: $4.3 B
Benchmark: Bloomberg US High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index

*Strategy Assets reflect all assets that are currently being managed (collectively) under the strategy, which may contain multiple performance composites.


Sector Weightings

As of 12/31/21
Sector % of Assets Bloomberg US High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index Under/Overweight %
Consumer Cyclical 16.7% 20.3%
Consumer Non Cyclical 16.6% 13.8%
Communications 16.4% 16.4%
Energy 9.1% 13.0%
Capital Goods 6.6% 8.5%
Technology 5.8% 6.3%
Insurance 4.9% 2.4%
Basic Industry 4.5% 5.2%
REITs 4.1% 1.8%
Finance Companies 3.5% 2.6%

Security Type Allocation

As of 12/31/21
Name % of Assets
High Yield Corporate Debt 75.9
Investment Grade Corporate Debt 7.4
Syndicated Loans 10.3
Equity 1.5
Mutual Funds 1.0
Preferred Shares 0.9
Cash 2.8

Maturity Schedule

As of 12/31/21
Range %
< 1 Year 4.1%
1 to 3 Years 7.4%
3 to 5 Years 20.0%
5 to 7 Years 31.8%
7 to 10 Years 26.4%
10 to 20 Years 4.1%
> 20 Years 1.6%
Equities and Other 4.7%

Credit Quality of Bonds

As of 12/31/21
Class %
AAA 0.0%
AA 0.0%
A 0.3%
BBB 7.9%
BB 47.6%
B 34.6%
CCC and below 9.5%
Unrated Securities 0.0%

Representative Portfolio Ten Largest Holdings

As of 12/31/21
Company Coupon Maturity %
iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF - - 1.0
HUB International, Ltd. 7.00% 5/1/2026 1.0
Bausch Health Americas, Inc. 8.50% 1/31/2027 0.8
Occidental Petroleum Corp. 4.30% 8/15/2039 0.8
CSC Holdings, LLC 5.75% 1/15/2030 0.7
Jefferies Finance, LLC / JFIN Co-Issuer Corp. 5.00% 8/15/2028 0.6
DIRECTV Financing, LLC 5.75% 8/2/2027 0.6
Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC 3.64% 5/4/2025 0.6
CSC Holdings, LLC 5.38% 2/1/2028 0.6
Sprint Corp. 7.13% 6/15/2024 0.6


Annualized Total Returns

As of 12/31/21
Name 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Since Inception (11/99)
High Income Opportunities (Gross) 7.04% 9.14% 6.32% 6.23% 7.40%
High Income Opportunities (Net) 6.56% 8.62% 5.71% 5.54% 6.65%
Bloomberg US High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index 5.26% 8.81% 6.28% 6.82% 7.16%

Calendar Year Returns

As of 12/31/21
Name Qtr ending Dec 21 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
High Income Opportunities (Gross) 0.87% 7.04% 6.11% 14.47% -2.61% 7.27% 13.22% -3.52% 2.10% 7.34%
High Income Opportunities (Net) 0.76% 6.56% 5.61% 13.87% -3.27% 6.47% 12.38% -4.24% 1.37% 6.55%
Bloomberg US High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index 0.69% 5.26% 7.05% 14.32% -2.09% 7.50% 17.13% -4.43% 2.46% 7.44%

Past performance does not guarantee or indicate future results. Portfolios are managed according to their respective strategies which may differ significantly in terms of security holdings, industry weightings, and asset allocation from those of the benchmark(s). Portfolio performance, characteristics and volatility may differ from the benchmark(s) shown.

Returns and Risk/Reward statistics presented reflect the Calamos High Income Opportunities Composite which is an actively managed composite investing in high-yield fixed-income securities, primarily with credit ratings lower than investment grade securities. The Composite was created January 1, 2001, calculated with an inception date of November 1, 1999 and includes all fully discretionary, fee paying accounts, including those no longer with the Firm.

Unmanaged index returns, unlike fund returns, do not reflect fees, expenses or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

The Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index measures the performance of high yield corporate bonds with a maximum allocation of 2% to any one issuer. Unmanaged index returns assume reinvestment of any and all distributions and, unlike fund returns, do not reflect fees, expenses or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Fees include the investment advisory fee charge by Calamos Advisors LLC. Returns greater than 12 months are annualized. Chart Data Sources: Calamos Advisors LLC.

Average annual total return measures net investment income and capital gain or loss from portfolio investments as an annualized average. All performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions.


Risk/Reward Since Inception

As of 12/31/21
Name Calamos High Income Opportunities Composite Bloomberg US High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index
Alpha 1.04% N/A
Beta 0.88 1.00
Annualized Standard Deviation 8.48% 9.03%
Upside Semivariance 3.41% 4.00%
Downside Semivariance 2.95% 3.15%
Sharpe Ratio 0.69 0.62
Information Ratio 0.08 N/A

Since Inception Up/Down Capture Vs. Bloomberg US High Yield 2% Issuer Capped Index

As of 12/31/21

Vehicles & Minimums

Vehicles and Minimums

Vehicle Minimum Availability
Separately Managed Accounts $25 million Available to new investors
Institutional Mutual Fund (CIHYX) $1 million These investment offerings are intended for investors inside the United States.


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Fact Sheet

The High Income Opportunities Strategy fact sheet provides a snap shot of the investment team, the investment strategy, performance, composition, ratings and returns.

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Performance Review

A discussion of the Calamos High Income Opportunities Strategy’s performance versus a benchmark, positioning, related market commentary, and outlook.

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Calamos Fixed Income Credit Analysis Process

Credit analysis is the foundation of our fixed income investment process. We provide an overview of how our team of dedicated credit analysts evaluate a company’s ability to meet its debt obligations utilizing rigorous bottom-up fundamental analysis informed by macroeconomic insights.