Strategy Objective

A US convertible strategy that leverages Calamos' capital structure research by investing predominantly in convertible securities, in order to generate consistent alpha and manage downside volatility. The strategy seeks to outperform the ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index over a full market cycle.

Key Differentiators

  • In-depth capital structure analysis
  • Rigorous top-down and fundamental research
  • Proprietary credit and convertible research
  • Team approach to management

Strategy Details

As of 6/30/22
Inception Date: 10/01/79
Strategy Assets*: $2.2 B
Benchmark: ICE BofA All US Convertibles 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 6/30/22
Sector % of Assets ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index Under/Overweight %
Information Technology 38.1% 32.6%
Health Care 18.0% 16.7%
Consumer Discretionary 16.3% 11.6%
Communication Services 9.8% 10.5%
Industrials 6.2% 6.4%
Utilities 3.8% 6.8%
Materials 2.5% 1.2%
Energy 2.4% 3.1%
Financials 2.4% 7.9%
Real Estate 0.5% 2.4%
Consumer Staples 0.0% 0.8%
Other 0.0% 0.0%

Representative Portfolio Ten Largest Holdings

As of 6/30/22
Company Security Type Sector %
ON Semiconductor Corp. Convertible Bonds Information Technology 2.5
Broadcom, Inc. DECS,ACES,PRIDES Information Technology 2.5
Ford Motor Company Convertible Bonds Consumer Discretionary 2.3
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Convertible Bonds Consumer Discretionary 2.0
Uber Technologies, Inc. Convertible Bonds Industrials 1.9
DexCom, Inc. Convertible Bonds Health Care 1.9
Booking Holdings, Inc. Convertible Bonds Consumer Discretionary 1.8
Vail Resorts, Inc. Convertible Bonds Consumer Discretionary 1.8
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Convertible Bonds Information Technology 1.8
Microchip Technology, Inc. Convertible Bonds Information Technology 1.8


As of 6/30/22
Name Calamos Portfolio ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index
Number of Holdings 100 515
Portfolio Turnover (12 months) 28.1% N/A
Investment Premium 12.8% 7.5%
Conversion Premium 42.8% 51.8%

Credit Quality of Bonds

As of 6/30/22
Class %
AAA 0.0%
AA 0.0%
A 2.5%
BBB 16.5%
BB 54.1%
B 21.3%
CCC and below 5.6%
Unrated Securities 0.0%


Annualized Total Returns

As of 6/30/22
Name 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Since Inception (1/91)
US Convertible (Gross) -20.55% 9.89% 9.97% 9.43% 9.70%
US Convertible (Net) -21.13% 9.11% 9.19% 8.67% 9.02%
ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index -20.63% 10.09% 10.03% 10.64% 9.80%

Calendar Year Returns

As of 6/30/22
Name Qtr ending Jun 22 YTD 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
US Convertible (Gross) -16.07% -21.89% 6.46% 49.49% 20.46% 1.60% 15.82% 5.56% -2.62% 6.22% 21.41%
US Convertible (Net) -16.22% -22.17% 5.70% 48.43% 19.63% 0.89% 15.02% 4.83% -3.31% 5.48% 20.61%
ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index -15.65% -20.21% 6.34% 46.22% 23.15% 0.15% 13.70% 10.43% -2.99% 9.44% 24.92%

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/Rewards statistics presented reflect the Calamos Institutional Convertible Composite which is an actively managed composite investing in primarily high-quality US convertible securities. The Composite was created March 1, 2014, calculated with an inception date of January 1, 1991 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 ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index (VXA0) measures the return of all US convertibles.

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 6/30/22
Name Calamos Institutional Convertible Composite ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index
Alpha 1.18% N/A
Beta 0.86 1.00
Annualized Standard Deviation 11.24% 12.34%
Upside Semivariance 7.21% 7.94%
Downside Semivariance 3.98% 5.43%
Sharpe Ratio 0.65 0.60
Information Ratio -0.02 N/A

Since Inception Up/Down Capture Vs. ICE BofA All US Convertibles Index

As of 6/30/22

Vehicles & Minimums

Vehicles and Minimums

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


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Fact Sheet

The US Convertible 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 US Convertible Strategy’s performance versus a benchmark, positioning, related market commentary, and outlook.

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Convertible Securities Offer Many Benefits, Including as a Hedge Against Higher Interest Rates and Inflation

For more than 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.