How to Keep Your Clients from Calling the Market Top

The S&P 500 had its best first half of the year in 22 years and its best June since 1955. And yet, many investors have been calling the end of the bull market for months.

Flows out of equities and into bonds are now at extreme levels. As reported in the June 17 issue of the Calamos Weekly Alternatives Snapshot, the divergence between the two asset classes is the largest it’s been in more than 15 years.

Financial advisors’ client conversations at this point cover the gamut. At one extreme are the talks with those who have been invested but now want out of the market, believing a correction is overdue. And then there are the communications with clients in cash, wondering if they should plunge back in.

Here’s how you can add value right now: Introduce Calamos Hedged Equity Fund (CIHEX), a fund whose experienced portfolio management doesn’t try to call the market.

The fund has two distinct parts—equities and options. While the equity investment represents a portfolio closely based on the S&P 500, the potential alpha generation comes mainly from trading options and constructing what the team believes is the best possible hedge for the specific market environment.

“The goal is to construct the best hedge based on what the market is giving us,” explains Eli Pars, CFA, Co-CIO, Head of Alternative Strategies & Co-Head of Convertible Strategies and Senior Co-Portfolio Manager.

“We don’t have much of an opinion about the market, but we do have an idea where volatility normally trades. We don’t make big bets on the direction. Our strategy is more about the best trade we can get based on the volatility regime that we are in.”

CIHEX continuously searches for a hedge that provides as much potential downside protection as possible, while giving up as little participation as possible in a market rally.