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As filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on September 13, 2013

Securities Act File No. 33-                

Investment Company Act File No. 811- 22887

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

   THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933  
   Post-Effective Amendment No.        x

and/or

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940

   Amendment No.        x

(Check appropriate box or boxes)

 

 

CALAMOS ETF TRUST

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

 

2020 Calamos Court
Naperville, Illinois
  60563
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

 

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (630) 245-7200

J. Christopher Jackson

Calamos ETF Trust

2020 Calamos Court

Naperville, Illinois 60563

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

With Copies to:

 

Paulita A. Pike
K&L Gates LLP
70 West Madison Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, Illinois 60602-4207
 

Eric S. Purple

K&L Gates LLP
1601 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

 

 

As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

(Approximate Date of Proposed Offering)

Registrant hereby amends the Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to Section 8(a), shall determine.

If appropriate, check the following box:

 

  ¨ This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed post-effective amendment.

 

 

 


CALAMOS ETF TRUST

CONTENTS OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM N-1A

This registration document is comprised of the following:

Cover Sheet

Part A – Prospectus

Part B – Statement of Additional Information

Part C – Other Information

Signature Pages

Exhibit Index

Exhibits


 

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Table of Contents

 

Calamos Select Growth ETF      3   
Other Important Information Regarding Fund Shares      7   
Additional Information About Investment Strategies and Related Risks      8   
Fund Facts      12   
How to Buy and Sell Shares      14   
Frequent Purchases and Redemptions of Fund Shares      15   
Distribution and Service Plan      15   
Net Asset Value      16   
Dividends, Other Distributions and Taxes      17   

For More Information

     back cover   


Calamos Select Growth ETF

Investment Objective

Calamos Select Growth ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to achieve long-term capital growth.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Shares, which are not reflected in the table or in the example below.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment):

 

Management Fees

     [      ]% 

Other Expenses1

     [      ]%

Total Annual Operating Expenses

     [      ]% 

Expense Reimbursement2

     [      ]% 

Total Annual Operating Expenses After Reimbursement

     [      ]% 

 

1 Estimated amount for the Fund’s current fiscal year.
2 The Fund’s investment advisor has contractually agreed to reimburse Fund expenses through [            ] to the extent necessary so that Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding taxes, interest, short interest, short dividend expenses, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, and extra-ordinary expenses, if any) are limited to [            ]% of average net assets. This agreement is not terminable by either party.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then sell all of your Shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that investors may pay to buy and sell Shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, your costs, based on these assumptions, would be:

 

1 Year

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3 Years

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Calamos Select Growth ETF

 

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Operating Expenses, or in the example, may affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund invests primarily in equity securities issued by U.S. companies. Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests primarily in companies with market capitalizations of greater than $1 billion that the Adviser believes offer the best opportunities for growth. The Fund may invest up to 25% of its net assets in foreign securities.

When buying and selling growth-oriented securities, the Adviser focuses on the company’s growth potential coupled with financial strength and stability. When selecting specific growth-oriented securities, the Adviser incorporates the firm’s top-down macro-economic views and focuses on individual security selections (referred to as a “bottom-up approach”) based on qualitative and quantitative research.

In seeking to meet the Fund’s investment objective, the Fund’s investment Adviser utilizes a disciplined investment process designed to help enhance investment returns while managing risk. As part of these strategies, an in-depth proprietary analysis is employed on an issuing company and its securities. At the portfolio level, risk management tools are also used, such as diversification across companies, sectors and industries to achieve a risk-reward profile suitable for the Fund’s objectives.

Principal Risks

The Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. The risks associated with an investment in the Fund can increase during times of significant market volatility. The principal risks of investing in the Fund include:

 

  Equity Securities Risk — The securities markets are volatile, and the market prices of the Fund’s securities may decline generally. The price of equity securities fluctuates based on changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions. If the market prices of the securities owned by the Fund fall, the value of your investment in the Fund will decline.

 

  Growth Stock Risk — Growth securities typically trade at higher multiples of current earnings than other securities and, therefore, may be more sensitive to changes in current or expected earnings than other equity securities and may be more volatile.

 

  Foreign Securities Risk — Risks associated with investing in foreign securities include fluctuations in the exchange rates of foreign currencies that may affect the U.S. dollar value of a security, the possibility of substantial price volatility as a result of political and economic instability in the foreign country, less public information about issuers of securities, different securities regulation, different accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and less liquidity than in U.S. markets.

 

  American Depositary Receipts Risk — The stocks of most foreign companies that trade in the U.S. markets are traded as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). U.S. depositary banks issue these stocks. Each ADR represents one or more shares of foreign stock or a fraction of a share. The price of an ADR corresponds to the price of the foreign stock in its home market, adjusted to the ratio of the ADRs to foreign company shares. Therefore while purchasing a security on a U.S. exchange, the risks inherently associated with foreign investing still apply to ADRs.

 

  Portfolio Selection Risk — The value of your investment may decrease if the investment adviser’s judgment about the attractiveness, value or market trends affecting a particular security, issuer, industry or sector or about market movements is incorrect.

 

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  Premium-Discount Risk — The Shares may trade above or below their net asset value, or NAV. The market prices of Shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in NAV as well as the relative supply of, and demand for, Shares on the Exchange. The trading price of Shares may deviate significantly from NAV during periods of market volatility.

 

  Secondary Market Trading Risk — Investors buying or selling Shares in the secondary market will pay brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers as determined by that broker. Brokerage commissions are often a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of Shares. Although the Shares are listed on the Exchange, there can be no assurance that an active or liquid trading market for them will develop or be maintained. In addition, trading in Shares on the Exchange may be halted.

 

  Small and Mid-Sized Company Stock Risk — Small to mid-sized company stocks have historically been subject to greater investment risk than large company stock. The prices of small to mid-sized company stocks tend to be more volatile and less liquid than large company stocks. Small and mid-sized companies may have no or relatively short operating histories, or be newly formed public companies. Some of these companies have aggressive capital structures, including high debt levels, or are involved in rapidly growing or changing industries and/or new technologies, which pose additional risks.

Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations, therefore performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance will be available at no cost by visiting [www.calamos.com] or by calling [800.582.6959]. When provided, the information will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund’s average annual returns compare with a broad measure of market performance. Past performance does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future.

Investment Adviser

Calamos Advisors LLC

 

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Calamos Select Growth ETF

 

PORTFOLIO MANAGER/

FUND TITLE (IF APPLICABLE)

  

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

EXPERIENCE IN THE FUND

  

PRIMARY TITLE
WITH INVESTMENT ADVISER

John P. Calamos, Sr. (President, Chairman)   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   Chief Executive Officer, Global Co-CIO
Gary D. Black (Vice President)   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   EVP, Global Co-CIO
Nick Niziolek   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   SVP, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Head of Research
Jeff Scudieri   

since Fund’s Inception

([            , 2013])

   SVP, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Head of Research
Jon Vacko   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   SVP, Co-Portfolio Manager & Co-Head of Research
John Hillenbrand   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   SVP, Co-Portfolio Manager
Steve Klouda   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   SVP, Co-Portfolio Manager
Eli Pars   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   SVP, Co-Portfolio Manager
Dennis Cogan   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   VP, Co-Portfolio Manager
Joe Wysocki   

since Fund’s inception

([            , 2013])

   VP, Co-Portfolio Manager

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund issues and redeems Shares at NAV only with authorized participants (“APs”) and only in large blocks of [50,000] Shares (each block of Shares is called a “Creation Unit”), or multiples thereof (“Creation Unit Aggregations”), in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of securities. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Individual Shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares are listed for trading on [            ] (the “Exchange”) and because the Shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount).

Tax Information

The Fund’s distributions will generally be taxable as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. A sale of Shares may result in capital gain or loss.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase Shares through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary, the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend Shares over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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Other Important Information Regarding Fund Shares

How is the Fund Different from an Index Fund?

Whereas index-based funds seek to replicate the holdings of a specified index, the Fund uses an actively managed investment strategy to meet its investment objective. This means that the Fund’s Adviser has the discretion on a daily basis to choose securities for the Fund’s portfolio consistent with the Fund’s investment objectives. The Fund is designed for investors who seek exposure to an actively managed portfolio of securities.

How is the Fund Different from Mutual Funds?

Redeemability. Mutual fund shares may be bought from, and redeemed with, the issuing fund for cash at NAV typically calculated once at the end of the business day. Shares of the Fund, by contrast, cannot be purchased from or redeemed with the Fund except by or through APs (defined below), and then typically for an in-kind basket of securities (and a limited cash amount) or cash amount. In addition, the Fund issues and redeems Shares on a continuous basis only in large blocks of Shares, typically [50,000] Shares, called “Creation Units.”

Exchange Listing. Unlike mutual fund shares, Shares will be listed for trading on the Exchange. Investors can purchase and sell Shares on the secondary market through a broker. Investors purchasing Shares in the secondary market through a brokerage account or with the assistance of a broker may be subject to brokerage commissions and charges. Secondary-market transactions do not occur at NAV, but at market prices that change throughout the day, based on the supply of, and demand for, Shares and on changes in the prices of the Fund’s portfolio holdings. The market price of Shares may differ from the NAV of the Fund. The difference between market price of Shares and the Fund’s NAV is called a premium when the market price is above the reported NAV, and called a discount when the market price is below the reported NAV, and the difference is expected to be small most of the time, though it may be significant, especially in times of extreme market volatility.

Tax Treatment. Shares have been designed to be tax-efficient. Specifically, their in-kind creation and redemption feature has been designed to protect Fund shareholders from adverse tax consequences applicable to mutual funds as a result of cash transactions in the mutual fund’s shares, including cash redemptions. Nevertheless, to the extent redemptions from the Fund are paid in cash, the Fund may realize capital gains or losses, including in some cases short-term capital gains, upon the sale of portfolio securities to generate the cash to satisfy the redemption. Because the Fund is actively managed, it may generate more taxable gains for shareholders than an index-based exchange-traded fund, particularly during the Fund’s growth stages when portfolio changes are more likely to be implemented within the Fund rather than through the in-kind creation and redemption mechanism.

Transparency. The Fund’s portfolio holdings are disclosed on its website daily after the close of trading on the Exchange and prior to the opening of trading on the Exchange the following day. A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI.

Premium/Discount Information. Information about the premiums and discounts at which the Fund’s Shares have traded will be available at [www.calamos.com].

 

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Additional Information About Investment Strategies and Related Risks

What are the investment objectives and principal strategies for the Fund?

When buying and selling growth-oriented securities, the Adviser focuses on the company’s growth potential coupled with financial strength and stability. When selecting specific growth-oriented securities, the Adviser incorporates the firm’s top-down macro-economic views and focuses on individual security selections (referred to as a “bottom-up approach”) based on qualitative and quantitative research.

In seeking to meet the Fund’s investment objective, the Fund’s investment Adviser utilizes a disciplined investment process designed to help enhance investment returns while managing risk. As part of these strategies, an in-depth proprietary analysis is employed on an issuing company and its securities. At the portfolio level, risk management tools are also used, such as diversification across companies, sectors and industries to achieve a risk-reward profile suitable for the Fund’s objectives.

The Fund may change its non-fundamental investment objectives without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of investing primarily in companies with market capitalizations greater than $1 billion that the Adviser believes have above-average growth prospects, without providing shareholders at least 60 days’ notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives.

 

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Additional Information About Investment Strategies and Related Risks

 

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

This prospectus describes the risks you may face as an investor in the Fund. It is important to keep in mind that generally, investments with a higher potential reward also have a higher risk of losing money. The reverse is also commonly true: the lower the risk, the lower the potential reward. However, as you consider an investment in the Fund, you should also take into account your tolerance for the daily fluctuations of the financial markets and whether you can afford to leave your money in this investment for a long period of time to ride out down periods.

As with any security, there are market and investment risks associated with your investment in the Fund. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time, and it is possible to lose money.

In response to market, economic, political, or other conditions, the Fund may temporarily use a different investment strategy for defensive purposes. If the Fund does so, different factors could affect the Fund’s performance, and the Fund may not achieve its investment objective.

What are the principal risks that apply to the Fund?

Market Risk. The risk that the securities markets will increase or decrease in value is considered market risk and applies to any security. If there is a general decline in the stock or fixed-income market, it is possible your investment may lose value regardless of the individual results of the companies in which the Fund invests.

Market Disruption Risk. Certain events have a disruptive effect on securities markets, including but not limited to, terrorist attacks, war and other geopolitical events or catastrophes. The Fund’s investment adviser, CALAMOS ADVISORS, cannot predict the effect of similar events in the future on the U.S. or foreign economies. Certain securities such as high yield and equity securities tend to be impacted more by these events than other types of securities in terms of price and volatility.

Recent Market Events. Over the last several years, domestic and international markets have experienced acute turmoil. This turmoil resulted in unusual and extreme volatility in the equity and debt markets, in the prices of individual securities and in the world economy. In addition, many governments and quasi-governmental entities throughout the world responded to the turmoil with a variety of significant fiscal and monetary policy changes, including but not limited to, direct capital infusions into companies, new monetary programs and dramatically lower interest rates. An unexpected or quick reversal of these policies could increase volatility in the equity and debt markets. These market conditions and continuing economic risks add significantly to the risk of short-term volatility of the Shares.

Investment Management Risk. Whether the Fund achieves its investment objective(s) is significantly impacted by whether CALAMOS ADVISORS is able to choose suitable investments for the Fund.

Premium-Discount Risk. The Shares may trade above or below their net asset value, or NAV. The market prices of Shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in NAV as well as the relative supply of, and demand for, Shares on the Exchange. The trading price of Shares may deviate significantly from NAV during periods of market volatility.

Secondary Market Trading Risk. Investors buying or selling Shares in the secondary market will pay brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers as determined by that broker. Brokerage commissions are often a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of Shares. Although the Shares are listed on the Exchange, there can be no assurance that an active or liquid trading market for them will develop or be maintained. In addition, trading in Shares on the Exchange may be halted.

 

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Additional Information About Investment Strategies and Related Risks

 

RISKS    SELECT
GROWTH ETF

American Depositary Receipts

  

Equity Investments Risk

  

Growth Stock Risk

  

Mid-Sized Company Risk

  

Small Company Risk

  

Foreign Securities Risk

  

Forward Foreign Currency Contract Risk

  

Portfolio Selection Risk

  

American Depositary Receipts. The stocks of most foreign companies that trade in the U.S. markets are traded as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). U.S. depositary banks issue these stocks. Each ADR represents one or more shares of foreign stock or a fraction of a share. The price of an ADR corresponds to the price of the foreign stock in its home market, adjusted to the ratio of the ADRs to foreign company shares. Therefore while purchasing a security on a U.S. exchange, the risks inherently associated with foreign investing still apply to ADRs.

Equity Securities Risk. The securities markets are volatile, and the market prices of the Fund’s securities may decline generally. The price of equity securities fluctuates based on changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions. If the market prices of the securities owned by the Fund fall, the value of your investment in the Fund will decline.

Growth Stock Risk. Growth securities experience relatively rapid earnings growth and typically trade at higher multiples of current earnings than other securities. Therefore, growth securities may be more sensitive to changes in current or expected earnings than other securities. Growth securities also may be more volatile because growth companies usually invest a high portion of earnings in their business, and they may lack the dividends of value stocks that can lessen the decreases in stock prices in a falling market. A company may never achieve the earnings expansion the Fund anticipates.

Mid-Sized Company Risk. Mid-sized company stocks have historically been subject to greater investment risk than large company stocks. The risks generally associated with these companies include more limited product lines, markets and financial resources, lack of management depth or experience, dependency on key personnel, and vulnerability to adverse market and economic developments. Accordingly, the prices of mid-sized company stocks tend to be more volatile than prices of large company stocks.

Small Company Risk. Small company stocks have historically been subject to greater investment risk than mid-sized and large company stocks. The risks generally associated with small companies include more limited product lines, markets and financial resources, lack of management depth or experience, dependency on key personnel, and vulnerability to adverse market and economic developments. Accordingly, the prices of small company stocks tend to be more volatile than prices of mid-sized and large company stocks. Further, the prices of small company stocks are often adversely affected by limited trading volumes and the lack of publicly available information.

 

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Additional Information About Investment Strategies and Related Risks

 

Foreign Securities Risk. There are special risks associated with investing in foreign securities that are not typically associated with investing in U.S. companies. These risks include fluctuations in the exchange rates of foreign currencies that may affect the U.S. dollar value of a security, and the possibility of substantial price volatility as a result of political and economic instability in the foreign country. Other risks of investing in foreign securities include: less public information about issuers of securities, different securities regulation, different accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and less liquidity in foreign markets than in U.S. markets.

Forward Foreign Currency Contract Risk. Forward foreign currency contracts are contractual agreements to purchase or sell a specified currency at a specified future date (or within a specified time period) at a price set at the time of the contract. The Fund may not fully benefit from, or may lose money on, forward foreign currency transactions if changes in currency exchange rates do not occur as anticipated or do not correspond accurately to changes in the value of the Fund’s holdings. The Fund’s ability to use forward foreign currency transactions successfully depends on a number of factors, including the forward foreign currency transactions being available at attractive prices, the availability of liquid markets and the ability of the portfolio managers to accurately predict the direction of changes in currency exchange rates. Currency exchange rates may be volatile and may be affected by, among other factors, the general economics of a country, the actions of U.S. and foreign governments or central banks, the imposition of currency controls and speculation. Currency transactions are also subject to the risk that the other party in the transaction will default its contractual obligation, which would deprive the Fund of unrealized profits or force the Fund to cover its commitments for purchase or sale of a currency, if any, at the current market price. If the Fund enters into a forward foreign currency contract, its custodian will segregate liquid assets of the Fund having a value equal to the Fund’s commitment under such forward contract from day to day, except to the extent that the Fund’s forward contract obligation is covered by liquid portfolio securities denominated in, or whose value is tied to, the currency underlying the forward contract.

Portfolio Selection Risk. The value of your investment may decrease if the investment adviser’s judgment about the attractiveness, value or market trends affecting a particular security, issuer, industry or sector or about market movements is incorrect.

Portfolio security holdings disclosure

A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures in connection with the disclosure of portfolio security holdings of the Fund is available in the statement of additional information and on the Fund’s website, [www.calamos.com].

 

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Fund Facts

Who manages the Fund?

The Fund’s investments are managed by CALAMOS ADVISORS LLC, 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, IL. CALAMOS ADVISORS is an indirect subsidiary of CALAMOS ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC., whose voting shares are majority-owned by CALAMOS FAMILY PARTNERS, INC., which is controlled by John P. Calamos, Sr. and the Calamos family.

Subject to the overall authority of the board of trustees, CALAMOS ADVISORS provides continuous investment supervision and management to the Fund under a management agreement and also furnishes office space, equipment and management personnel. For these services, the Fund pays CALAMOS ADVISORS a fee based on its average daily net assets, which is accrued daily and paid on a monthly basis. The Fund will pay fees (before any reimbursement) under the management agreement in the following amounts as a percentage of its average net assets:

 

FUND    FEES  

Calamos Select Growth ETF

     [      ]% 

CALAMOS ADVISORS has contractually agreed to limit the total annual fund operating expenses (excluding taxes, interest, short interest, short dividend expenses, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, and extra-ordinary expenses, if any) to [            ]% of average net assets. This expense limitation agreement is binding on CALAMOS ADVISORS through [            ]. This agreement is not terminable by either party.

A discussion regarding the basis for the approval by the board of trustees of the management agreement for the Fund will be included in the Fund’s [semi-annual report to shareholders for the fiscal period ending April 30, 2014].

Portfolio Managers

John P. Calamos, Sr. During the past five years, John P. Calamos, Sr. has been Chairman, CEO and Global Co-CIO of CALAMOS ADVISORS as of August 31, 2012, prior thereto he was Chairman, CEO and Co-CIO of CALAMOS ADVISORS and its predecessor company.

Gary D. Black. Gary D. Black became the Executive Vice President and Global Co-CIO of CALAMOS ADVISORS as of August 31, 2012. Mr. Black served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, and was a Founding Member of Black Capital LLC from July 2009 until August 2012. Prior thereto, Mr. Black served as Chief Executive Officer of Janus Capital Group from January 2006 through July 2009.

Nick Niziolek. Nick Niziolek joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in March 2005 and has been a Co-Portfolio Manager, Co-Head of Research since August 2013. Between March 2013 and August 2013 he was a Co-Portfolio Manager. Between March 2005 and March 2013 he was a senior strategy analyst.

Jeff Scudieri. Jeff Scudieri joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in 1997 and has been a Co-Portfolio Manager, Co-Head of Research since August 2013. Previously, he was a Co-Head of Research and Investments from July 2010 to August 2013. Prior thereto he was a senior strategy analyst between September 2002 and July 2010.

Jon Vacko. Jon Vacko joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in 2000 and has been a Co-Portfolio Manager, Co-Head of Research since August 2013. Previously, he was a Co-Head of Research and Investments from July 2010 to August 2013. Prior thereto he was a senior strategy analyst between July 2002 and July 2010.

John Hillenbrand. John Hillenbrand joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in 2002 and since March 2013 is a Co-Portfolio Manager. Between August 2002 and March 2013 he was a senior strategy analyst.

 

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Fund Facts

 

Steve Klouda. Steve Klouda joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in 1994 and since March 2013 is a Co-Portfolio Manager. Between July 2002 and March 2013 he was senior strategy analyst.

Eli Pars. Eli Pars joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in May 2013 as a Co-Portfolio Manager. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager at Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners from February 2009 until November 2012. Prior thereto, Mr. Pars was President at Mulligan Partners LLC from October 2006 until February 2009

Dennis Cogan. Dennis Cogan joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in March 2005 and since March 2013 is a Co-Portfolio Manager. Between March 2005 and March 2013 he was a senior strategy analyst.

Joe Wysocki. Joe Wysocki joined CALAMOS ADVISORS in October 2003 and since March 2013 is a Co-Portfolio

Manager. Between February 2007 and March 2013 he was a senior strategy analyst.

The Fund’s statement of additional information provides additional information about the team leaders, including other accounts they manage, their ownership in the CALAMOS FAMILY OF FUNDS and their compensation.

Team Approach to Management. CALAMOS ADVISORS employs a team approach to portfolio management, led by the Global Co-CIOs and comprised generally of the Global Co-CIOs and Co-Portfolio Managers. The Global Co-CIOs and Co-Portfolio Managers are supported by and lead a team of investment professionals whose valuable contributions create a synergy of expertise that can be applied across many different investment strategies. Co-Portfolio Managers are supported by a team of sector analysts making recommendations based upon rigorous fundamental research.

CALAMOS ADVISORS has an Investment Committee (“Investment Committee”) that performs the following functions:

 

    Establishment of top-down global macroeconomic views

 

    Discussion of sector, thematic and geographic positioning across strategies

 

    Oversight of risk management across strategies

 

    Monitoring and evaluation of investment performance

 

    Evaluation and recommendation of enhancements to the investment process

The Investment Committee operates as a team and consists of our Global Co-CIOs, who will lead the Committee, and a select group of senior investment professionals. Other members of the investment team will also participate in Committee meetings in connection with specific investment related issues or topics as deemed appropriate. Membership of the Investment Committee may be modified to ensure we adapt to dynamic economic, capital market and investment environments as well as incorporate diverse views into our investment process.

John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black, Global Co-CIOs of CALAMOS ADVISORS, generally focus on firm-wide risk management and the top-down approach of diversification by country and industry sector and macro-level investment themes. As Global Co-CIOs, Messrs. John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black direct the team’s focus on the macro themes upon which the portfolio’s strategy is based. The team, as a whole, implements the investment strategies, under the general direction and supervision of the Global Co-CIOs and the Co-Portfolio Managers. John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black are responsible for the day-to-day management of the team, bottom-up research efforts and strategy implementation. John Hillenbrand, Steve Klouda, Dennis Cogan, Eli Pars, Nick Niziolek, Jeff Scudieri, Jon Vacko and Joe Wysocki are each Co-Portfolio Managers.

 

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Fund Facts

 

How to Buy and Sell Shares

The Fund issues or redeems its Shares at NAV per Share only in Creation Units.

Most investors buy and sell Shares of the Fund in secondary market transactions through brokers. Shares of each Fund will be listed for trading on the secondary market on the Exchange. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like other publicly traded shares. There is no minimum investment. When buying or selling Shares through a broker, you will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and you may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and the offered price in the secondary market on each leg of a round trip (purchase and sale) transaction. Shares of the Fund trade on the Exchange under the trading symbol [            ].

Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per Share.

APs may acquire Shares directly from the Fund, and APs may tender their Shares for redemption directly to the Fund, at NAV per Share, only in Creation Units and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI.

The Fund may liquidate and terminate at any time without shareholder approval.

Book Entry

Shares are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding Shares of the Fund and is recognized as the owner of all Shares for all purposes.

Investors owning Shares are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for all Shares. Participants in DTC include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and other institutions that directly or indirectly maintain a custodial relationship with DTC. As a beneficial owner of Shares, you are not entitled to receive physical delivery of stock certificates or to have Shares registered in your name, and you are not considered a registered owner of Shares. Therefore, to exercise any right as an owner of Shares, you must rely upon the procedures of DTC and its participants. These procedures are the same as those that apply to any other securities that you hold in book entry or “street name” form.

Fund Share Trading Prices

The trading prices of Shares of the Fund on the Exchange may differ from the Fund’s daily NAV. Market forces of supply and demand, economic conditions and other factors may affect the trading prices of Shares of the Fund.

The approximate value of Shares of the Fund, an amount representing on a per share basis the sum of the current market price of the cash or securities, as applicable, accepted by the Fund in exchange for Shares of the Fund and an estimated cash component, if any, is disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association. This approximate value should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV per Share of the Fund because the approximate value may not be calculated in the same manner as the NAV, which is computed once a day, generally at the end of the business day. The Fund is not involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the approximate value of the Shares and the Fund does not make any warranty as to its accuracy.

Continuous Offering

The method by which Creation Units of Shares are created and traded may raise certain issues under applicable securities laws. Because new Creation Units of Shares are issued and sold by the Fund on an ongoing basis, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), may occur at any point. Broker-dealers and

 

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other persons are cautioned that some activities on their part may, depending on the circumstances, result in their being deemed participants in a distribution in a manner which could render them statutory underwriters and subject them to the prospectus delivery requirements and liability provisions of the Securities Act. For example, a broker-dealer firm or its client may be deemed a statutory underwriter if it takes Creation Units after placing an order with the Distributor, breaks them down into constituent Shares and sells the Shares directly to customers or if it chooses to couple the creation of a supply of new Shares with an active selling effort involving solicitation of secondary market demand for Shares. A determination of whether one is an underwriter for purposes of the Securities Act must take into account all the facts and circumstances pertaining to the activities of the broker-dealer or its client in the particular case, and the examples mentioned above should not be considered a complete description of all the activities that could lead to a characterization as an underwriter.

Broker-dealer firms should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are effecting transactions in Shares, whether or not participating in the distribution of Shares, are generally required to deliver a prospectus. This is because the prospectus delivery exemption in Section 4(a)(3)(C) of the Securities Act is not available in respect of such transactions as a result of Section 24(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”). As a result, broker-dealer firms should note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are participating in a distribution (as contrasted with engaging in ordinary secondary market transactions) and thus dealing with the Shares that are part of an overallotment within the meaning of Section 4(a)(3)(C) of the Securities Act, will be unable to take advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by Section 4(a)(3) of the Securities Act. For delivery of prospectuses to exchange members, the prospectus delivery mechanism of Rule 153 under the Securities Act is only available with respect to transactions on a national exchange.

Frequent Purchases and Redemptions of Fund Shares

[Shares of the Fund may be purchased and redeemed directly from the Fund only in Creation Units by APs. The vast majority of trading in Shares of the Fund occurs on the secondary market, and does not involve the Fund directly. In-kind purchases and redemptions of Creation Units by APs and cash trades on the secondary market are unlikely to cause many of the harmful effects of frequent purchases and/or redemptions of Shares. Cash purchases and/or redemptions of Creation Units, however, can result in disruption of portfolio management, dilution to the Fund and increased transaction costs, which could negatively impact the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective, and may lead to the realization of capital gains. These consequences may increase as the frequency of cash purchases and redemptions of Creation Units by APs increases. However, direct trading by APs is critical to ensuring that Shares trade at or close to NAV.

To minimize these potential consequences of frequent purchases and redemptions of Shares, the Fund employs fair valuation pricing, and imposes transaction fees on purchases and redemptions of Creation Units to cover the custodial and other costs the Fund incurs in effecting trades. In addition, the Adviser monitors trades by APs for patterns of abusive trading and the Fund reserves the right to not accept orders from APs that the Adviser has determined may be disruptive to the management of the Fund, or otherwise are not in the best interests of the Fund. For these reasons, the Board has not adopted policies and procedures with respect to frequent purchases and redemptions of Shares.

The Fund’s policies and procedures regarding frequent purchases and redemptions may be modified by the board of trustees at any time.]

Distribution and Service Plan

[The Fund has adopted a distribution and service plan (“Plan”) pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act. Under the Plan, the Fund is authorized to pay distribution fees to the Distributor and other firms that provide distribution and shareholder services (“Service Providers”). If a Service Provider provides such services, the Fund may pay fees at an annual rate not to exceed [0.25]% of average daily net assets, pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act.]

 

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[No distribution or service fees are currently paid by the Fund, however, and there are no current plans to impose these fees. In the event Rule 12b-1 fees are charged, over time they would increase the cost of an investment in the Fund because they would be paid on an ongoing basis.]

Net Asset Value

The net asset value, or “NAV,” of Shares is calculated each business day as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), generally 4:00 p.m., Eastern time.

The Fund calculates its NAV per Share by:

 

    Taking the current market value of its total assets,

 

    Subtracting any liabilities, and

 

    Dividing that amount by the total number of Shares owned by shareholders.

If you buy or sell Shares on the secondary market, you will pay or receive the market price, which may be higher or lower than NAV. Your transaction will be priced at NAV only if you purchase or redeem your Shares in Creation Units.

The valuation of the Fund’s portfolio securities is in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by, and under the ultimate supervision of, the board of trustees.

Portfolio securities that are traded on U.S. securities exchanges, except option securities, are valued at the last current reported sales price at the time the Fund determines its NAV. Securities traded in the over-the-counter market and quoted on The NASDAQ Stock Market are valued at the NASDAQ Official Closing Price, as determined by NASDAQ, or lacking a NASDAQ Official Closing Price, the last current reported sale price on NASDAQ at the time the Fund determines its NAV.

When a last sale or closing price is not available, equity securities, other than option securities, that are traded on a U.S. securities exchange and other equity securities traded in the over-the-counter market are valued at the mean between the most recent bid and asked quotations in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of trustees. Each option security traded on a U.S. securities exchange is valued at the mid-point of the consolidated bid/ask quote for the option security, also in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of trustees. Each over-the-counter option that is not traded through the Options Clearing Corporation is valued based on a quotation provided by the counterparty to such option under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees. Fixed-income securities are generally traded in the over-the-counter market and are valued by independent pricing services or by dealers who make markets in such securities. Valuations of fixed income securities consider yield or price of bonds of comparable quality, coupon rate, maturity, type of issue, trading characteristics and other market data and do not rely exclusively upon exchange or over-the-counter prices.

Trading on European and Far Eastern exchanges and over-the-counter markets is typically completed at various times before the close of business on each day on which the NYSE is open. Each security trading on these exchanges or over-the-counter markets may be valued utilizing a systematic fair valuation model provided by an independent pricing service approved by the board of trustees. The valuation of each security that meets certain criteria in relation to the valuation model is systematically adjusted to reflect the impact of movement in the U.S. market after the foreign markets close. Securities that do not meet the criteria, or that are principally traded in other foreign markets, are valued as of the last reported sale price at the time the Fund determines its NAV, or when reliable market prices or quotations are not readily available, at the mean between the most recent bid and asked quotations as of the close of the appropriate exchange or other designated time. Trading of foreign securities may not take place on every NYSE business day. In addition, trading may take place in various foreign markets on Saturdays or on other days when the NYSE is not open and on which the Fund’s NAV is not calculated.

 

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If the pricing committee determines that the valuation of a security in accordance with the methods described above is not reflective of a fair value for such security, the security is valued at a fair value by the pricing committee, under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees, following the guidelines and/or procedures adopted by the board of trustees.

The Fund also may use fair value pricing, pursuant to guidelines adopted by the board of trustees and under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees, if trading in the security is halted or if the value of a security it holds is materially affected by events occurring before the Fund’s pricing time but after the close of the primary market or exchange on which the security is listed. Those procedures may utilize valuations furnished by pricing services approved by the board of trustees, which may be based on market transactions for comparable securities and various relationships between securities that are generally recognized by institutional traders, a computerized matrix system, or appraisals derived from information concerning the securities or similar securities received from recognized dealers in those securities.

When fair value pricing of securities is employed, the prices of securities used by the Fund to calculate its NAV may differ from market quotations or official closing prices. In light of the judgment involved in fair valuations, there can be no assurance that a fair value assigned to a particular security is accurate.

Fund Website and Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings

The Trust maintains a website for the Fund at [www.calamos.com]. Among other things, this website includes this Prospectus and the SAI, and will include the Fund’s holdings, the Fund’s last annual and semi-annual reports (when available), pricing information about Shares trading on the Exchange, daily NAV calculations and a historical comparison of the trading prices to NAV.

Each day the Fund is open for business, the Trust publicly disseminates the Fund’s full portfolio holdings as of the close of the previous day through its website at [www.calamos.com]. A description of the Trust’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI.

Investments by other Investment Companies

For purposes of the Investment Company Act, Shares are issued by a registered investment company and purchases of such Shares by registered investment companies and companies relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order of the SEC. The SEC has granted the Trust such an order to permit registered investment companies to invest in Shares of the Fund beyond the limits in Section 12(d)(1)(A), subject to certain terms and conditions, including that the registered investment company first enter into a written agreement with the Trust regarding the terms of the investment. Accordingly, registered investment companies that wish to rely on the order must first enter into such a written agreement with the Trust and should contact the Trust to do so.

Dividends, Other Distributions and Taxes

Fund Distributions

The Fund generally pays out dividends from its net investment income, and distributes its net capital gains, if any, to shareholders annually. The Fund typically earns dividends from stocks in which it invests. These amounts, net of expenses, are passed along to Fund shareholders as “income dividends.” The Fund realizes capital gains or losses whenever it sells securities. Net long-term capital gains are distributed to shareholders as “capital gain dividends.”

 

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Brokers may make available to their customers who own Shares the DTC book-entry dividend reinvestment service. To determine whether the dividend reinvestment service is available and whether there is a commission or other charge for using this service, consult your broker. Brokers may require Fund shareholders to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and net realized gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole Shares of the Fund purchased in the secondary market. Without this service, investors would receive their distributions in cash.

Taxes

As with any investment, you should consider how your investment in Shares of the Fund will be taxed. The tax information in this Prospectus is provided only as general information. You should consult your own tax professional about the tax consequences of an investment in Shares.

Fund distributions to you and sale of your Shares in the Fund will have tax consequences to you. Such consequences may not apply if you hold your Shares through a tax-exempt entity or tax-deferred retirement account, such as an individual retirement account or

401(k) plan.

Taxes on Distributions

Distributions by the Fund generally are taxable to you as ordinary income or capital gains. Distributions of the Fund’s “investment company taxable income” (which is, generally, ordinary income, net short-term capital gain in excess of net long-term capital loss, and net gains or losses from certain foreign currency transactions) will be taxable as ordinary income to the extent of the Fund’s current or accumulated earnings and profits, whether paid in cash or reinvested in additional Shares.

Distributions of the Fund’s net capital gain (which is net long-term capital gain in excess of net short-term capital loss) that are properly designated by the Fund as “capital gain dividends” will be taxable to you as long-term capital gains at a maximum rate of 15% in the case of individuals, trusts or estates (20% for taxpayers with taxable income exceeding $400,000 or $450,000 if married and filing jointly), regardless of your holding period in the Fund’s Shares and regardless of whether paid in cash or reinvested in additional Shares. Distributions in excess of the Fund’s earnings and profits first will reduce your adjusted tax basis in its Shares and, after the adjusted basis is reduced to zero, will constitute capital gain. Such capital gain will be long-term capital gain and thus, will be taxed at a maximum rate of 15% (20%), if the distributions are attributable to Shares held by you for more than one year. Distributions by the Fund that qualify as “qualified dividend income” are taxable to you at the long-term capital gain rate. In order for a distribution by the Fund to be treated as qualified dividend income, it must be attributable to dividends the Fund receives on stock of most domestic corporations and certain foreign corporations with respect to which the Fund satisfies certain holding period and other requirements and you must meet similar requirements with respect to the Fund’s Shares.

Distributions of the Fund’s investment company taxable income and net capital gains will also be subject to a 3.8% U.S. federal Medicare contribution tax on “net investment income” for individuals with incomes exceeding $200,000 (or $250,000 if married and filing jointly) and for certain trusts and estates.

Corporate shareholders are generally eligible for the 70% dividends-received deduction with respect to the Fund’s ordinary income dividends, but not its capital gain dividends, to the extent the Fund designates such dividends as qualifying for this deduction, except that the aggregate amount so designated in any year cannot exceed the dividends received by the Fund from domestic corporations.

 

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Under a dividend reinvestment service, you may have the option to have all cash distributions automatically reinvested in additional Fund Shares. Any distributions reinvested under such a service will nevertheless be taxable to you. You will have an adjusted basis in the additional Shares purchased through such a reinvestment service equal to the amount of the reinvested distribution plus the amount of any fees charged for the transaction. The additional Shares will have a holding period commencing on the day following the day on which they are credited to your account.

A distribution will reduce the Fund’s NAV per Share and may be taxable to you as ordinary income or capital gain even though, from an investment standpoint, the distribution may constitute a return of capital. In general, distributions are subject to federal income tax for the year when they are paid. However, certain distributions paid in January may be treated as paid on December 31 of the prior year.

You may be subject to federal back-up withholding tax, if you have not provided the Fund with a taxpayer identification number (for an individual, a social security number) and made other required certifications. You may also be subject to state and local taxes on distributions, sales and redemptions.

Taxes When Shares are Sold

Generally, you will recognize taxable gain or loss if you sell or otherwise dispose of your Shares. Any gain arising from such a disposition generally will be treated as long-term capital gain if you held the Shares for more than one year; otherwise, it will be classified as short-term capital gain. However, any capital loss arising from the disposition of Shares held for six months or less will be treated as long-term capital loss to the extent of the amount of capital gain dividends received with respect to such Shares. In addition, all or a portion of any loss recognized upon a disposition of Shares may be disallowed under “wash sale” rules if other Shares of the same Fund are purchased (whether through reinvestment of distributions or otherwise) within 30 days before or after the disposition. If disallowed, the loss will be reflected in an adjustment to the basis of the Shares acquired.

Taxes on Purchase and Redemption of Creation Units

An AP that exchanges equity securities for one or more Creation Units generally will recognize a gain or a loss on the exchange. The gain or loss will be equal to the difference between the market value of the Creation Unit(s) at the time and the exchanger’s aggregate basis in the securities surrendered plus (or minus) the Cash Component paid (or received). A person who redeems one or more Creation Units for equity securities will generally recognize a gain or loss equal to the difference between the exchanger’s basis in the Creation Unit(s) and the aggregate market value of the securities received plus (or minus) the Cash Component received (or paid). The Internal Revenue Service, however, may assert that a loss realized upon an exchange of securities for Creation Unit(s) cannot be deducted currently under the rules governing “wash sales,” or on the basis that there has been no significant change in economic position. Persons exchanging securities should consult their own tax advisor with respect to whether wash sale rules apply and when a loss might be deductible.

Any capital gain or loss realized upon a redemption of one or more Creation Units is generally treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the Creation Unit(s) have been held for more than one year and as short-term capital gain or loss if they have been held for one year or less. If you purchase or redeem Creation Units, you will be sent a confirmation statement showing how many Shares you purchased or sold and at what price.

The foregoing is only a summary of certain federal income tax considerations under current law, which is subject to change in the future. Shareholders such as non-resident aliens, foreign trusts or estates, or foreign corporations or partnerships may be subject to different U.S. federal income tax treatment.

You should consult your tax adviser for further information regarding federal, state, local and/or foreign tax consequences relevant to your specific situation. More information about taxes is in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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Delivery of Shareholder Documents – Householding

Householding is an option available to certain investors of the Fund. Householding is a method of delivery, based on the preference of the individual investor, in which a single copy of certain shareholder documents can be delivered to investors who share the same address, even if their accounts are registered under different names. Householding for the Fund is available through certain broker-dealers. If you are interested in enrolling in householding and receiving a single copy of prospectuses and other shareholder documents, please contact your broker-dealer. If you currently are enrolled in householding and wish to change your householding status, please contact your broker-dealer.

Financial Highlights

When this prospectus was prepared, the Fund had not yet commenced operations and had no financial highlights to report.

 

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If you would like more information about the Fund, the following resources are available upon request, free of charge.

 

Additional information about the Fund’s investments will be available in the Fund’s semiannual and annual reports to shareholders.

 

The Statement of Additional Information provides more detailed information about the Fund and, except for the information in the section entitled “Financial Statements,” is incorporated into this prospectus by reference.

 

Copies of the reports and the Statement of Additional Information are available, without charge, upon request, by calling [800.582.6959] or by visiting the Fund’s website at [www.calamos.com]. You can request other information and discuss your questions about the Fund by contacting Calamos Financial Services LLC at:

 

Calamos Financial Services LLC

2020 Calamos Court

Naperville, Illinois 60563

Telephone: [800.582.6959]

 

You can review the Fund’s reports and Statement of Additional Information at the Public Reference Room of the Securities and Exchange Commission. You can get text-only copies for free from the EDGAR database on the Commission’s Internet website at http://www.sec.gov, or for a duplicating fee by calling or writing to:

 

Public Reference Section of the Commission

Washington, D.C. 20549-0102

Telephone: 202.551.8090

E-mail: publicinfo@sec.gov

  

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STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION    [            , 2013]

CALAMOS (R) FAMILY OF

FUNDS

CALAMOS ETF TRUST

 

Fund    Ticker  

Calamos Select Growth ETF

     [    

2020 Calamos Court

Naperville, Illinois 60563

[800.582.6959]

This Statement of Additional Information relates to CALAMOS(R) Select Growth ETF (the “Fund”), a series of Calamos ETF Trust (the “Trust”). It is not a prospectus, but provides information that should be read in conjunction with the Fund’s prospectus, dated [             , 2013] and any supplements thereto, which are incorporated herein by reference. The Fund’s prospectus and annual and semi-annual reports, when available, may be obtained without charge by writing or telephoning the Fund at the address or telephone numbers set forth above, or by visiting [www.calamos.com].

Shares of the Fund will be listed on the [            ] (the “Exchange”). Shares of the Fund are neither guaranteed nor insured by the U.S. Government.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

THE TRUST AND THE FUND

     3   

EXCHANGE LISTING AND TRADING

     3   

DISCLOSURE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS

     3   

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

     4   

INVESTMENT PRACTICES

     4   

INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS

     21   

MANAGEMENT

     23   

INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES

     31   

TEAM APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT

     31   

DISTRIBUTOR

     34   

OTHER COMPENSATION TO INTERMEDIARIES

     34   

PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS

     35   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SHARES

     36   

TRANSACTIONS IN CREATION UNITS

     37   

TAXATION

     46   

CONTROL PERSONS AND PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDERS

     50   

CUSTODIAN AND TRANSFER AGENT

     50   

FUND ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AGENT

     50   

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

     50   

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     50   

APPENDIX A

     51   

APPENDIX B

     53   

APPENDIX C

     54   

 

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THE TRUST AND THE FUND

The Trust was organized as a Delaware statutory trust on June 17, 2013. The Trust is an open-end, registered management investment company. The Fund is currently the only series of the Trust, and it has not commenced operations prior to the date of this SAI. Additional series may be added or launched in the future. The offering of the Fund’s shares (“Shares”) is registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

The Fund is a diversified, actively managed exchange-traded fund. The Fund offers and issues Shares at net asset value (“NAV”) only in aggregations of a specified number of Shares, generally in exchange for a basket of securities constituting the portfolio holdings of the Fund, together with the deposit of a specified cash payment, or, in certain circumstances, for an all cash payment. Shares of the Fund will be listed and traded on the Exchange. Shares will trade on the Exchange at market prices that may be below, at, or above NAV.

Unlike mutual funds, Shares are not individually redeemable securities. Rather, the Fund issues and redeems Shares on a continuous basis at NAV, only in creation units of [50,000] Shares (each, a “Creation Unit”). In the event of the liquidation of the Fund, the Trust may lower the number of Shares in a Creation Unit.

In the instance of creations and redemptions, transaction fees may be imposed to compensate the Trust for costs incurred in connection with transactions for Creation Units (“Transaction Fees”). The Transaction Fees are comprised of a flat (or standard) fee and may include a variable fee. Such fees are limited in accordance with requirements of the SEC applicable to management investment companies offering redeemable securities. Some of the information contained in this SAI and the Prospectus — such as information about purchasing and redeeming Shares from the Fund and Transaction Fees — is not relevant to most retail investors because it applies only to transactions for Creation Units and most retail investors do not transact for Creation Units.

Once created, Shares generally trade in the secondary market, at market prices that change throughout the day, in amounts less than a Creation Unit. Investors purchasing Shares in the secondary market through a brokerage account or with the assistance of a broker may be subject to brokerage commissions and charges.

Unlike index-based ETFs, the Fund is “actively managed” and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specified index.

EXCHANGE LISTING AND TRADING

Shares of the Fund will be listed and traded on the Exchange. Shares trade on the Exchange or in secondary markets at prices that may differ from their NAV or Intraday Indicative Value (“IIV”), because such prices may be affected by market forces (such as supply and demand for Shares). As is the case of other securities traded on an exchange, when you buy or sell Shares on the Exchange or in the secondary markets your broker will normally charge you a commission or other transaction charges. Further, the Trust reserves the right to adjust the price of Shares in the future to maintain convenient trading ranges for investors (namely, to maintain a price per Share that is attractive to investors) by share splits or reverse share splits, which would have no effect on the NAV.

There can be no assurance that the requirements of the Exchange necessary to maintain the listing of Shares of the Fund will continue to be met. The Exchange may, but is not required to, remove the Shares of the Fund from listing if: [(i) following the initial 12-month period beginning at the commencement of trading of the Fund, there are fewer than 50 beneficial owners of the Shares of the Fund for 30 or more consecutive trading days, or (ii) such other event shall occur or condition exist that, in the opinion of the Exchange, makes further dealings on the Exchange inadvisable.] The Exchange will remove the Shares of the Fund from listing and trading upon termination of the Fund.

The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by the Exchange. The Exchange makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of Shares of the Funds or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or the ability of the Fund to achieve its objectives. The Exchange has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Fund.

DISCLOSURE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS

The Board has adopted a policy regarding the disclosure of information about the Fund’s portfolio securities. Under the policy, portfolio holdings of the Fund, which will form the basis for the calculation of NAV on any day on which the Trust is open for business (“Business Day”), are publicly disseminated prior to the opening of trading on the Exchange that Business Day through financial reporting or news services, including the website [www.calamos.com]. In addition, each Business Day a portfolio composition file, which displays the basket of securities to be deposited to purchase Creation Units of the Fund (“In-Kind Creation Basket”) and the amount of cash necessary to equal the difference between the NAV of a Creation Unit and the market value of the In-Kind Creation Basket (“Cash Component”), is publicly disseminated prior to the opening of the Exchange via the NSCC.

 

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INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The Fund seeks to achieve long-term capital growth.

INVESTMENT PRACTICES

The prospectus contains information concerning the Fund’s investment objectives and principal investment strategies and risks. This Statement of Additional Information provides additional information concerning certain securities and strategies used by the Fund and their associated risks. The Fund had not yet commenced operations as of the date of this SAI.

In pursuing its investment objectives, the Fund will invest as described below and in the Fund’s prospectus. The table below indicates whether the Fund invests in the securities and instruments listed as part of its principal (P) or non-principal (N) investment strategies.

 

INVESTMENTS AND

INVESTMENT- RELATED

PRACTICES

   SELECT
GROWTH
ETF
 

Equity Securities

     P   

Convertible Securities

     N   

Synthetic Convertible Instruments

     N   

Debt Securities (including High Yield Fixed-Income Securities)

     N   

U.S. Government Obligations

     N   

Stripped Securities

     N   

Mortgage-related and Other Asset-backed Securities

     N   

Loan Participations and Assignments

     N   

Inflation-indexed Bonds

     N   

Municipal Bonds

     N   

Rule 144A Securities

     N   

Foreign Securities

     P   

Currency Exchange Transactions

     N   

Synthetic Foreign Market Positions

     N   

Swaps, Caps, Floors and Collars

     N   

Structured Products

     N   

Lending of Portfolio Securities

     N   

Repurchase Agreements

     N   

Options on Securities, Indexes and Currencies*

     N   

Futures Contracts and Options on Futures Contracts

     N   

Warrants*

     N   

PortfolioTurnover

     N   

ShortSales

     N   

“When-Issued“Securities

     N   

Delayed Delivery Securities

     N   

Reverse Repurchase Agreements and Other Borrowings

     N   

Illiquid Securities

     N   

TemporaryInvestments

     N   

 

* Not including those acquired in connection with investments in synthetic convertible instruments.

 

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EQUITY SECURITIES

Equity securities include common and preferred stocks, warrants, rights, and depository receipts. An investment in the equity securities of a company represents a proportionate ownership interest in that company. Therefore, the Fund participates in the financial success or failure of any company in which it has an equity interest.

Equity investments are subject to greater fluctuations in market value than other asset classes as a result of such factors as the issuer’s business performance, investor perceptions, stock market trends and general economic conditions. Equity securities are subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure in terms of priority to corporate income and liquidation payments. See the prospectus for additional information regarding equity investments and their risks.

CONVERTIBLE SECURITIES

Convertible securities include any corporate debt security or preferred stock that may be converted into underlying shares of common stock. The common stock underlying convertible securities may be issued by a different entity than the issuer of the convertible securities. Convertible securities entitle the holder to receive interest payments paid on corporate debt securities or the dividend preference on a preferred stock until such time as the convertible security matures or is redeemed or until the holder elects to exercise the conversion privilege. As a result of the conversion feature, however, the interest rate or dividend preference on a convertible security is generally less than would be the case if the security were a non-convertible obligation.

The value of convertible securities is influenced by both the yield of non-convertible securities of comparable issuers and by the value of the underlying common stock. A convertible security’s value viewed without regard to its conversion feature (i.e., strictly on the basis of its yield) is sometimes referred to as its “investment value.” A convertible security’s investment value typically will fluctuate inversely with changes in prevailing interest rates. However, at the same time, the convertible security will be influenced by its “conversion value,” which is the market value of the underlying common stock that would be obtained if the convertible security were converted. Conversion value fluctuates directly with the price of the underlying common stock.

If, because of a low price of the common stock, a convertible security’s conversion value is substantially below its investment value, the convertible security’s price is governed principally by its investment value. If a convertible security’s conversion value increases to a point that approximates or exceeds its investment value, the convertible security’s value will be principally influenced by its conversion value. A convertible security will sell at a premium over its conversion value to the extent investors place value on the right to acquire the underlying common stock while holding a fixed-income security. Holders of convertible securities have a claim on the issuer’s assets prior to the common stockholders, but may be subordinated to holders of similar non-convertible securities of the same issuer.

SYNTHETIC CONVERTIBLE INSTRUMENTS

The Fund may establish a “synthetic” convertible instrument by combining fixed-income securities (which may be either convertible or non-convertible) with the right to acquire equity securities. In establishing a synthetic instrument, the Fund may pool a basket of fixed-income securities and a basket of warrants or options that produce the economic characteristics similar to a convertible security. Within each basket of fixed-income securities and warrants or options, different companies may issue the fixed- income and convertible components, which may be purchased separately and at different times.

More flexibility is possible in the assembly of a synthetic convertible instrument than in the purchase of a convertible security. Although synthetic convertible instruments may be selected where the two components are issued by a single issuer, the character of a synthetic convertible instrument allows the combination of components representing distinct issuers, when management believes that such a combination would better promote the Fund’s investment objectives. A synthetic convertible instrument also is a more flexible investment in that its two components may be purchased separately. For example, the Fund may purchase a warrant for inclusion in a synthetic convertible instrument but temporarily hold short-term investments while postponing the purchase of a corresponding bond pending development of more favorable market conditions.

A holder of a synthetic convertible instrument faces the risk of a decline in the price of the security or the level of the index involved in the convertible component, causing a decline in the value of the call option or warrant purchased to create the synthetic convertible instrument. Should the price of the stock fall below the exercise price and remain there throughout the exercise period, the entire amount paid for the call option or warrant would be lost. Because a synthetic convertible instrument includes the fixed-income component as well, the holder of a synthetic convertible instrument also faces the risk that interest rates will rise, causing a decline in the value of the fixed-income instrument.

The Fund may also purchase synthetic convertible instruments manufactured by other parties, including convertible structured notes. Convertible structured notes are fixed-income debentures linked to equity, and are typically issued by investment banks. Convertible structured notes have the attributes of a convertible security; however, the investment bank that issued the convertible note assumes the credit risk associated with the investment, rather than the issuer of the underlying common stock into which the note is convertible.

 

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DEBT SECURITIES (INCLUDING HIGH YIELD FIXED-INCOME SECURITIES)

In pursuing its investment objectives, the Fund may invest in convertible and non-convertible debt securities, including high yield fixed-income securities (i.e., securities rated BB or lower by Standard & Poor’s Corporation, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (“S&P”), or Ba or lower by Moody’s Investor Services, Inc. (“Moody’s”)) and securities that are not rated but are considered by Calamos Advisors LLC (“Calamos Advisors”), the Fund’s investment adviser, to be of similar quality. There are no restrictions as to the ratings of debt securities that may be acquired by the Fund or the portion of the Fund’s assets that may be invested in debt securities in a particular rating category, except that the Fund may not acquire a security rated below C.

Securities rated BBB or Baa are considered to be medium grade and to have speculative characteristics. High yield fixed-income securities are predominantly speculative with respect to the issuer’s capacity to pay interest and repay principal. Investment in medium- or lower-quality debt securities involves greater investment risk, including the possibility of issuer default or bankruptcy. An economic downturn could severely disrupt the market for such securities and adversely affect the value of such securities. In addition, lower-quality bonds are less sensitive to interest rate changes than higher-quality instruments and generally are more sensitive to adverse economic changes or individual corporate developments. During a period of adverse economic changes, including a period of rising interest rates, issuers of such bonds may experience difficulty in servicing their principal and interest payment obligations.

Achievement by the Fund of its investment objectives will be more dependent on Calamos Advisors’ credit analysis than would be the case if the Fund were investing in higher-quality debt securities. Because the ratings of rating services (which evaluate the safety of principal and interest payments, not market risks) are used only as preliminary indicators of investment quality, Calamos Advisors employs its own credit research and analysis. These analyses may take into consideration such quantitative factors as an issuer’s present and potential liquidity, profitability, internal capability to generate funds, debt/equity ratio and debt servicing capabilities, and such qualitative factors as an assessment of management, industry characteristics, accounting methodology, and foreign business exposure.

Medium- and lower-quality debt securities may be less marketable than higher-quality debt securities because the market for them is less broad. The market for unrated debt securities is even narrower. During periods of thin trading in these markets, the spread between bid and asked prices is likely to increase significantly, and the Fund may have greater difficulty selling its portfolio securities. The market value of these securities and their liquidity may be affected by adverse publicity and investor perceptions.

U.S. GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS

U.S. Government Obligations include securities that are issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury or by various U.S. Government agencies and instrumentalities. U.S. Treasury obligations (“U.S. Treasuries”) include Treasury bills, Treasury notes, and Treasury bonds. U.S. Treasuries also include the separate principal and interest components of U.S. Treasuries that are traded under the Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal of Securities (“STRIPS”) program. U.S. Treasury obligations are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S.

Obligations issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government agencies and instrumentalities may be supported by any of the following: (a) the full faith and credit of the U.S., (b) the right of the issuer to borrow an amount limited to a specific line of credit from the U.S. Treasury, (c) the discretionary authority of the U.S. Treasury to lend to such Government agency or instrumentality, or (d) the credit of the agency or instrumentality. Government agencies that issue or guarantee securities backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. include the Government National Mortgage Association (“GNMA”) and the Small Business Administration. Government agencies and instrumentalities that issue or guarantee securities not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. include the Federal Farm Credit Banks, the Federal Home Loan Banks, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“FHLMC”), the Federal National Mortgage Association (“FNMA”), the Federal Land Bank, the Bank for Cooperatives, the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank, the Federal Financing Bank, the Resolution Funding Corporation, the Financing Corporation of America and the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the case of securities not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S., the investor must look principally to the agency issuing or guaranteeing the obligation for ultimate repayment and may not be able to assert a claim against the U.S. in the event the agency or instrumentality does not meet its commitment.

The U.S. Treasury has historically had the authority to purchase obligations of FNMA and FHLMC. However, in 2008, due to capitalization concerns, Congress provided the U.S. Treasury with additional authority to lend FNMA and FHLMC emergency funds and to purchase their stock. In September 2008, those capital concerns lead the U.S. Treasury and the FHFA to announce that FNMA and FHLMC had been placed in conservatorship. Since that time, FNMA and FHLMC have received significant capital support through U.S. Treasury preferred stock purchases, as well as Treasury and Federal Reserve purchases of their mortgage backed securities (“MBS”). The FHFA and the U.S. Treasury (through its agreement to purchase FNMA and FHLMC preferred stock) have imposed strict limits on the size of their mortgage portfolios. While the mortgage-backed securities purchase programs ended in 2010, the U.S. Treasury continued its support for the entities’ capital as necessary to prevent a negative net worth through at least 2012. From the end of 2007 through the third quarter of 2012, FNMA and FHLMC required U.S. Treasury support of approximately $187.5 billion through draws under the preferred stock purchase agreements. However, they have repaid

 

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approximately $46 billion in dividends. FNMA and FHLMC ended the third quarter of 2012 with positive net worth and, as a result, neither required a draw from the U.S. Treasury. (FHLMC also has reported positive net worth as of the fourth quarter of 2012.) While the U.S. Treasury committed to offset negative equity at FNMA and FHLMC through its preferred stock purchases through 2012, FHFA has made projections for those purchases through 2015, predicting that cumulative U.S. Treasury draws (including dividends) at the end of 2015 could range from $191 billion to $209 billion. Nonetheless, no assurance can be given that the Federal Reserve or the U.S. Treasury will ensure that FNMA and FHLMC remain successful in meeting their obligations with respect to the debt and mortgage-backed securities that they issue.

In addition, the problems faced by FNMA and FHLMC, resulting in their being placed into federal conservatorship and receiving significant U.S. Government support, have sparked serious debate among federal policy makers regarding the continued role of the U.S. Government in providing liquidity for mortgage loans. The Obama Administration produced a report to Congress on February 11, 2011, outlining a proposal to wind down FNMA and FHLMC by increasing their guarantee fees, reducing their conforming loan limits (the maximum amount of each loan they are authorized to purchase), and continuing progressive limits on the size of their investment portfolio. In December 2011, Congress enacted the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act (“TCCA”) of 2011 which, among other provisions, requires that FNMA and FHLMC increase their single-family guaranty fees by at least 10 basis points and remit this increase to Treasury with respect to all loans acquired by FNMA or FHLMC on or after April 1, 2012 and before January 1, 2022. Serious discussions among policymakers continue, however, as to whether FNMA and FHLMC should be nationalized, privatized, restructured, or eliminated altogether. FNMA and FHLMC also are the subject of several continuing legal actions and investigations over certain accounting, disclosure or corporate governance matters, which (along with any resulting financial restatements) may continue to have an adverse effect on the guaranteeing entities. Importantly, the future of FNMA and FHLMC is in serious question as the U.S. Government considers multiple options.

The Fund may invest in securities issued or guaranteed by any of the entities listed above or by any other agency established or sponsored by the U.S. Government, provided that the securities are otherwise permissible investments of the Fund. Certain U.S. Government Obligations that have a variable rate of interest readjusted no less frequently than annually will be deemed to have a maturity equal to the period remaining until the next readjustment of the interest rate.

The Fund’s yield will fluctuate due to changes in interest rates, economic conditions, quality ratings and other factors. The prepayment experience of the mortgages underlying mortgage-related securities, such as obligations issued by GNMA, may affect the value of, and return on, an investment in such securities.

STRIPPED SECURITIES

Stripped securities include Treasury receipts, securities of government-sponsored enterprises (“GSEs”), stripped mortgage- backed securities (“SMBS”), and other “stripped” securities that evidence ownership in either the future interest payments or the future principal payments on U.S. Government, mortgage and other obligations. The stripped securities purchased are issued by the U.S. Government (or a U.S. Government agency or instrumentality) or by private issuers such as banks, corporations and other institutions at a discount to their face value. These securities generally are structured to make a lump-sum payment at maturity and do not make periodic payments of principal or interest. Hence, the duration of these securities tends to be longer and they are therefore more sensitive to interest rate fluctuations than similar securities that offer periodic payments over time. The Fund will not purchase stripped securities that are subject to direct prepayment or extension risk, although in the case of SMBS, their underlying securities may be subject to such risks. SMBS are usually structure with two classes that receive different proportions of the interest and principal distributions on a pool of mortgage assets. SMBS that are structured to receive interest only are extremely sensitive to changes in the prevailing interest rates as well as the rate of principal payments (including prepayments) on the related underlying mortgage assets, and are therefore much more volatile than SMBS that receive principal only.

Stripped securities may also include participations in trusts that hold U.S. Treasury securities such as Treasury Investors Growth Receipts (“TIGRs”) and Certificates of Accrual on Treasury Securities (“CATS”) or other obligations where the trust participations evidence ownership in either the future interest payments or the future principal payments on the obligations. These participations are normally issued at a discount to their “face value,” and can exhibit greater price volatility than ordinary debt securities because of the way in which their principal and interest are returned to investors.

MORTGAGE-RELATED AND OTHER ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES

The Fund may invest in mortgage- or other asset-backed securities. Mortgage-related securities include mortgage pass-through securities, collateralized mortgage obligations (“CMOs”), commercial mortgage-backed securities, mortgage dollar rolls, CMO residuals, SMBSs and other securities that directly or indirectly represent a participation in, or are secured by and payable from, mortgage loans on real property.

The value of some mortgage- or asset-backed securities may be particularly sensitive to changes in prevailing interest rates. Early repayment of principal on some mortgage-related securities may expose the Fund to a lower rate of return upon reinvestment of principal. When interest rates rise, the value of a mortgage-related security generally will decline; however, when interest rates are

 

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declining, the value of mortgage-related securities with prepayment features may not increase as much as other fixed-income securities. The rate of prepayments on underlying mortgages will affect the price and volatility of a mortgage-related security, and may shorten or extend the effective maturity of the security beyond what was anticipated at the time of purchase. If unanticipated rates of prepayment on underlying mortgages accelerate the effective maturity of a mortgage-related security, the volatility of the security can be expected to increase. The value of these securities may fluctuate in response to the market’s perception of the creditworthiness of the issuers. Additionally, although mortgages and mortgage-related securities are generally supported by some form of government or private guarantee and/or insurance, there is no assurance that private guarantors or insurers will meet their obligations.

One type of SMBS has one class receiving all of the interest from the mortgage assets (the interest-only, or “IO” class), while the other class will receive all of the principal (the principal- only, or “PO” class). The yield to maturity on an IO class is extremely sensitive to the rate of principal payments (including prepayments) on the underlying mortgage assets, and a rapid rate of principal payments may have a material adverse effect on the Fund’s yield to maturity from these securities.

The Fund may invest in collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”), which include collateralized bond obligations (“CBOs”), collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”) and other similarly structured securities. CBOs and CLOs are types of asset-backed securities. A CBO is a trust that is backed by a diversified pool of high risk, below investment grade fixed-income securities. A CLO is a trust typically collateralized by a pool of loans, which may include, among others, domestic and foreign senior secured loans, senior unsecured loans, and subordinate corporate loans, including loans that may be rated below investment grade or equivalent unrated loans. The Fund may invest in other asset-backed securities that have been offered to investors.

LOAN PARTICIPATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS

The Fund may invest in fixed- and floating-rate loans, which investments generally will be in the form of loan participations and assignments of portions of such loans. Participations and assignments involve special types of risk, including credit risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk, and the risks of being a lender. If the Fund purchases a participation, it may only be able to enforce its rights through the lender, and may assume the credit risk of the lender in addition to the borrower.

INFLATION-INDEXED BONDS

Inflation-indexed bonds (other than municipal inflation-indexed bonds and certain corporate inflation-indexed bonds, which are more fully described below) are fixed-income securities whose principal value is periodically adjusted according to the rate of inflation. If the index measuring inflation falls, the principal value of inflation-indexed bonds (other than municipal inflation indexed bonds and certain corporate inflation-indexed bonds) will be adjusted downward, and consequently the interest payable on these securities (calculated with respect to a smaller principal amount) will be reduced. Repayment of the original bond principal upon maturity (as adjusted for inflation) is guaranteed in the case of U.S. Treasury inflation-indexed bonds. For bonds that do not provide a similar guarantee, the adjusted principal value of the bond repaid at maturity may be less than the original principal.

With regard to municipal inflation-indexed bonds and certain corporate inflation-indexed bonds, the inflation adjustment is reflected in the semi-annual coupon payment. As a result, the principal value of municipal inflation-indexed bonds and such corporate inflation-indexed bonds does not adjust according to the rate of inflation.

The value of inflation-indexed bonds is expected to change in response to changes in real interest rates. Real interest rates are tied to the relationship between nominal interest rates and the rate of inflation. If nominal interest rates increase at a faster rate than inflation, real interest rates may rise, leading to a decrease in value of inflation-indexed bonds. Any increase in the principal amount of an inflation-indexed bond will be considered taxable ordinary income, even though investors do not receive their principal until maturity.

MUNICIPAL BONDS

Municipal bonds are generally issued by states and local governments and their agencies, authorities and other instrumentalities. Municipal bonds are subject to interest rate, credit and market risk. The ability of an issuer to make payments could be affected by litigation, legislation or other political events or the bankruptcy of the issuer. Lower rated municipal bonds are subject to greater credit and market risk than higher quality municipal bonds. The types of municipal bonds in which the Fund may invest include municipal lease obligations. The Fund may also invest in securities issued by entities whose underlying assets are municipal bonds.

RULE 144A SECURITIES

The Fund may purchase securities that have been privately placed but that are eligible for purchase and sale by certain qualified institutional buyers, such as the Fund, under Rule 144A (“Rule 144A Securities”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Calamos Advisors, under the supervision and oversight of the Trust’s board of trustees, will consider whether Rule 144A Securities are illiquid and thus subject to the Fund’s restriction of investing no more than a specified

 

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percentage of its net assets in securities that are illiquid at the time of purchase. A determination of whether a Rule 144A Security is liquid or not is a question of fact. In making this determination, Calamos Advisors will consider the trading markets for the specific security, taking into account the unregistered nature of a Rule 144A Security. In addition, Calamos Advisors may consider the (1) frequency of trades and quotes, (2) number of dealers and potential purchasers, (3) dealer undertakings to make a market and (4) nature of the security and of marketplace trades (e.g., the time needed to dispose of the security, the method of soliciting offers and the mechanics of transfer). The liquidity of Rule 144A Securities will be monitored and, if as a result of changed conditions, it is determined that a Rule 144A Security is no longer liquid, the Fund’s holdings of illiquid securities would be reviewed to determine what, if any, steps are required to assure that the Fund does not invest more than 15% of its net assets in illiquid securities. Investing in Rule 144A Securities could have the effect of increasing the amount of the Fund’s assets invested in illiquid securities if qualified institutional buyers are unwilling to purchase such securities.

FOREIGN SECURITIES

The Fund may invest up to 40% of its net assets in securities of foreign issuers. A foreign security is a security issued by a foreign government or a company whose country of incorporation is a foreign country. For this purpose, foreign securities do not include American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) or securities guaranteed by a U.S. person, but may include foreign securities in the form of European Depositary Receipts (EDRs), Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) or other securities representing underlying shares of foreign issuers. Positions in those securities are not necessarily denominated in the same currency as the common stocks into which they may be converted. ADRs are receipts typically issued by an American bank or trust company evidencing ownership of the underlying securities. EDRs are European receipts listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange evidencing a similar arrangement. GDRs are U.S. dollar-denominated receipts issued by international banks evidencing ownership of foreign securities. Generally, ADRs, in registered form, are designed for the U.S. securities markets and EDRs and GDRs, in bearer form, are designed for use in foreign securities markets. The Fund may invest in sponsored or unsponsored ADRs. In the case of an unsponsored ADR, the Fund is likely to bear its proportionate share of the expenses of the depository and it may have greater difficulty in receiving shareholder communications than it would have with a sponsored ADR.

To the extent positions in portfolio securities are denominated in foreign currencies, the Fund’s investment performance is affected by the relative strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar against those currencies. For example, if the dollar falls in value relative to the Japanese yen, the dollar value of a Japanese stock held in the portfolio will rise even though the price of the stock remains unchanged. Conversely, if the dollar rises in value relative to the yen, the dollar value of the Japanese stock will fall. (See discussion of transaction hedging and portfolio hedging below under “Currency Exchange Transactions.”)

Investors should understand and consider carefully the risks involved in foreign investing. Investing in foreign securities, which are generally denominated in foreign currencies, and utilization of forward foreign currency exchange contracts involve certain considerations comprising both risks and opportunities not typically associated with investing in U.S. securities. These considerations include: fluctuations in exchange rates of foreign currencies; possible imposition of exchange control regulation or currency restrictions that would prevent cash from being brought back to the U.S.; less public information with respect to issuers of securities; less governmental supervision of stock exchanges, securities brokers, and issuers of securities; lack of uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards; lack of uniform settlement periods and trading practices; less liquidity and frequently greater price volatility in foreign markets than in the U.S.; greater costs of buying, holding and selling securities, including brokerage, tax and custody costs; and sometimes less advantageous legal, operational and financial protections applicable to foreign sub-custodial arrangements.

Although the Fund invests in foreign securities, it intends to invest in companies and government securities of countries having stable political environments, there is the possibility of expropriation or confiscatory taxation, seizure or nationalization of foreign bank deposits or other assets, establishment of exchange controls, the adoption of foreign government restrictions, or other adverse political, social or diplomatic developments that could affect investment in these nations.

The Fund may invest in the securities of emerging countries. The securities markets of emerging countries are substantially smaller, less developed, less liquid and more volatile than the securities markets of the U.S. and other more developed countries. Disclosure and regulatory standards in many respects are less stringent than in the U.S. and other major markets. There also may be a lower level of monitoring and regulation of emerging markets and the activities of investors in such markets, and enforcement of existing regulations has been extremely limited. Economies in individual emerging markets may differ favorably or unfavorably from the U.S. economy in such respects as growth of gross domestic product, rates of inflation, currency depreciation, capital reinvestment, resource self-sufficiency and balance of payments positions. Many emerging market countries have experienced high rates of inflation for many years, which has had and may continue to have very negative effects on the economies and securities markets of those countries.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS

Currency exchange transactions may be conducted either on a spot (i.e., cash) basis at the spot rate for purchasing or selling currency prevailing in the foreign exchange market or through forward currency exchange contracts (“forward contracts”). Forward contracts are contractual agreements to purchase or sell a specified currency at a specified future date (or within a specified time period) and price set at the time of the contract. Forward contracts are usually entered into with banks, foreign exchange dealers and broker-dealers, are not exchange traded, and are usually for less than one year, but may be renewed.

 

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Forward currency exchange transactions may involve currencies of the different countries in which the Fund may invest and serve as hedges against possible variations in the exchange rate between these currencies. Currency exchange transactions are limited to transaction hedging and portfolio hedging involving either specific transactions or portfolio positions, except to the extent described below under “Synthetic Foreign Money Market Positions.” Transaction hedging is the purchase or sale of forward contracts with respect to specific receivables or payables of the Fund accruing in connection with the purchase and sale of its portfolio securities or the receipt of dividends or interest thereon. Portfolio hedging is the use of forward contracts with respect to portfolio security positions denominated or quoted in a particular foreign currency. Portfolio hedging allows the Fund to limit or reduce its exposure in a foreign currency by entering into a forward contract to sell such foreign currency (or another foreign currency that acts as a proxy for that currency) at a future date for a price payable in U.S. dollars so that the value of the foreign denominated portfolio securities can be approximately matched by a foreign denominated liability. The Fund may not engage in portfolio hedging with respect to the currency of a particular country to an extent greater than the aggregate market value (at the time of making such sale) of the securities held in its portfolio denominated or quoted in that particular currency, except that the Fund may hedge all or part of its foreign currency exposure through the use of a basket of currencies or a proxy currency where such currencies or currency act as an effective proxy for other currencies. In such a case, the Fund may enter into a forward contract where the amount of the foreign currency to be sold exceeds the value of the securities denominated in such currency. The use of this basket hedging technique may be more efficient and economical than entering into separate forward contracts for each currency held in the Fund. The Fund may not engage in “speculative” currency exchange transactions.

If the Fund enters into a forward contract, its custodian will segregate liquid assets of the Fund having a value equal to the Fund’s commitment under such forward contract from day to day, except to the extent that the Fund’s forward contract obligation is covered by liquid portfolio securities denominated in, or whose value is tied to, the currency underlying the forward contract. At the maturity of the forward contract to deliver a particular currency, the Fund may either sell the portfolio security related to the contract and make delivery of the currency, or it may retain the security and either acquire the currency on the spot market or terminate its contractual obligation to deliver the currency by purchasing an offsetting contract with the same currency trader obligating it to purchase on the same maturity date the same amount of the currency.

It is impossible to forecast with absolute precision the market value of portfolio securities at the expiration of a forward contract. Accordingly, it may be necessary for the Fund to purchase additional currency on the spot market (and bear the expense of such purchase) if the market value of the security is less than the amount of currency the Fund is obligated to deliver and if a decision is made to sell the security and make delivery of the currency. Conversely, it may be necessary to sell on the spot market some of the currency received upon the sale of the portfolio security if its market value exceeds the amount of currency the Fund is obligated to deliver.

If the Fund retains the portfolio security and engages in an offsetting currency transaction, it will incur a gain or a loss to the extent that there has been movement in forward contract prices. If the Fund engages in an offsetting currency transaction, it subsequently may enter into a new forward contract to sell the currency. Should forward prices decline during the period between the Fund’s entering into a forward contract for the sale of a currency and the date it enters into an offsetting contract for the purchase of the currency, the Fund will realize a gain to the extent the price of the currency it has agreed to sell exceeds the price of the currency it has agreed to purchase. Should forward prices increase, the Fund will suffer a loss to the extent the price of the currency it has agreed to purchase exceeds the price of the currency it has agreed to sell. A default on the contract would deprive the Fund of unrealized profits or force the Fund to cover its commitments for purchase or sale of currency, if any, at the current market price.

Hedging against a decline in the value of a currency does not eliminate fluctuations in the value of a portfolio security traded in that currency or prevent a loss if the value of the security declines. Hedging transactions also preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the hedged currency should rise. Moreover, it may not be possible for the Fund to hedge against a devaluation that is so generally anticipated that the Fund is not able to contract to sell the currency at a price above the devaluation level it anticipates. The cost to the Fund of engaging in currency exchange transactions varies with such factors as the currency involved, the length of the contract period, and prevailing market conditions. Because currency exchange transactions are usually conducted on a principal basis, no fees or commissions are involved.

SYNTHETIC FOREIGN MONEY MARKET POSITIONS

The Fund may invest in money market instruments denominated in foreign currencies. In addition to, or in lieu of, such direct investment, the Fund may construct a synthetic foreign money market position by (a) purchasing a money market instrument denominated in one currency, generally U.S. dollars, and (b) concurrently entering into a forward contract to deliver a corresponding amount of that currency in exchange for a different currency on a future date and at a specified rate of exchange. For example, a synthetic money market position in Japanese yen could be constructed by purchasing a U.S. dollar money market instrument, and entering concurrently into a forward contract to deliver a corresponding amount of U.S. dollars

 

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in exchange for Japanese yen on a specified date and at a specified rate of exchange. Because of the availability of a variety of highly liquid short-term U.S. dollar money market instruments, a synthetic money market position utilizing such U.S. dollar instruments may offer greater liquidity than direct investment in foreign currency and a concurrent construction of a synthetic position in such foreign currency, in terms of both income yield and gain or loss from changes in currency exchange rates, in general should be similar, but would not be identical because the components of the alternative investments would not be identical.

SWAPS, CAPS, FLOORS AND COLLARS

The Fund may enter into interest rate, currency, index, credit default and other swaps and the purchase or sale of related caps, floors and collars. The Fund expects to enter into these transactions primarily to preserve a return or spread on a particular investment or portion of its portfolio, to protect against currency fluctuations, as a duration management technique or to protect against any increase in the price of securities the Fund anticipates purchasing at a later date. The Fund will not sell interest rate caps or floors where it does not own securities or other instruments providing the income stream the Fund may be obligated to pay. Interest rate swaps involve the exchange by the Fund with another party of their respective commitments to pay or receive interest, e.g., an exchange of floating rate payments for fixed rate payments with respect to a notional amount of principal. A currency swap is an agreement to exchange cash flows on a notional amount of two or more currencies based on the relative value differential among them and an index swap is an agreement to swap cash flows on a notional amount based on changes in the values of the reference indices. A credit default swap is an agreement to transfer the credit exposure of fixed-income products between parties. The purchase of a cap entitles the purchaser to receive payments on a notional principal amount from the party selling such cap to the extent that a specified index exceeds a predetermined interest rate or amount. The purchase of a floor entitles the purchaser to receive payments on a notional principal amount from the party selling such floor to the extent that a specified index falls below a predetermined interest rate or amount. A collar is a combination of a cap and a floor that preserves a certain return within a predetermined range of interest rates or values.

The Fund will usually enter into swaps on a net basis, i.e., the two payment streams are netted out in a cash settlement on the payment date or dates specified in the instrument, with the Fund receiving or paying, as the case may be, only the net amount of the two payments. Inasmuch as the Fund will segregate assets (or enter into offsetting positions) to cover its obligations under swaps, Calamos Advisors believes such obligations do not constitute senior securities under the 1940 Act and, accordingly, will not treat them as being subject to its borrowing restrictions. The Fund will not enter into any swap, cap, floor or collar transaction unless, at the time of entering into such transaction, the unsecured long-term debt of the securities dealers, financial institutions or other parties with whom the Fund has entered into such a transaction (“Counterparties”), combined with any credit enhancements, is rated at least A by S&P or Moody’s or has an equivalent rating from an NRSRO or is determined to be of equivalent credit quality by Calamos Advisors. If there is a default by the Counterparty, the Fund may have contractual remedies pursuant to the agreements related to the transaction. The swap market has grown substantially in recent years with a large number of banks and investment banking firms acting both as principals and as agents utilizing standardized swap documentation. As a result, the swap market has become relatively liquid, however, some swaps may be considered illiquid. Caps, floors and collars are more recent innovations for which standardized documentation has not yet been fully developed and, accordingly, they are less liquid than swaps.

In addition, some swaps are, and more in the future will be, centrally cleared. Swaps that are centrally-cleared are subject to the creditworthiness of the clearing organizations involved in the transaction. For example, a swap investment by the Fund could lose margin payments deposited with the clearing organization, as well as the net amount of gains not yet paid by the clearing organization, if the clearing organization breaches the swap agreement with the Fund or becomes insolvent or goes into bankruptcy. In the event of bankruptcy of the clearing organization, the Fund may be entitled to the net amount of gains the Fund is entitled to receive, plus the return of margin owed to it, only in proportion to the amount received by the clearing organization’s other customers, potentially resulting in losses to the Fund.

STRUCTURED PRODUCTS

The Fund may invest in interests in entities organized and operated for the purpose of restructuring the investment characteristics of certain other investments. This type of restructuring involves the deposit with or purchase by an entity, such as a corporation or trust, of specified instruments and the issuance by that entity of one or more classes of securities (“structured products”) backed by, or representing interests in, the underlying instruments. The term “structured products” as used herein excludes synthetic convertibles. See “Investment Practices — Synthetic Convertible Securities.” The cash flow on the underlying instruments may be apportioned among the newly issued structured products to create securities with different investment characteristics such as varying maturities, payment priorities and interest rate provisions, and the extent of the payments made with respect to structured products is dependent on the extent of the cash flow on the underlying instruments. The Fund may invest in structured products, which represent derived investment positions based on relationships among different markets or asset classes.

 

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The Fund may also invest in other types of structured products, including, among others, baskets of credit default swaps referencing a portfolio of high-yield securities. A structured product may be considered to be leveraged to the extent its interest rate varies by a magnitude that exceeds the magnitude of the change in the index rate. Because they are linked to their underlying markets or securities, investments in structured products generally are subject to greater volatility than an investment directly in the underlying market or security. Total return on the structured product is derived by linking return to one or more characteristics of the underlying instrument. Because certain structured products of the type in which the Fund may invest may involve no credit enhancement, the credit risk of those structured products generally would be equivalent to that of the underlying instruments. The Fund may invest in a class of structured products that is either subordinated or unsubordinated to the right of payment of another class. Subordinated structured products typically have higher yields and present greater risks than unsubordinated structured products. Although the Fund’s purchase of subordinated structured products would have similar economic effect to that of borrowing against the underlying securities, the purchase will not be deemed to be leverage for purposes of the Fund’s limitations related to borrowing and leverage.

Certain issuers of structured products may be deemed to be “investment companies” as defined in the 1940 Act. As a result, the Fund’s investments in these structured products may be limited by the restrictions contained in the 1940 Act. Structured products are typically sold in private placement transactions, and there may not be an active trading market for structured products. As a result, certain structured products in which the Fund invests may be deemed illiquid.

LENDING OF PORTFOLIO SECURITIES

In seeking to earn additional income, the Fund may lend its portfolio securities to qualified parties (typically broker-dealers and banks) who need to borrow securities in order to cover transactions into which they have entered. Any such loan must be continuously secured by collateral in cash or cash equivalents maintained on a current basis in an amount at least equal to the market value of the securities loaned by the Fund. The Fund would continue to receive the equivalent of the interest or dividends paid by the issuer on the securities loaned, and would also receive an additional return that may be in the form of a fixed fee or a percentage of income earned on the collateral. The Fund may experience losses as a result of a diminution in value of its cash collateral investments. The Fund may pay reasonable fees to persons unaffiliated with the Fund for services in arranging these loans. The Fund would have the right to call the loan and obtain the securities loaned at any time on notice of not less than five business days. The Fund would not have the right to vote the securities during the existence of the loan; however, the Fund may attempt to call back the loan and vote the proxy if time permits prior to the record date. In the event of bankruptcy or other default of the borrower, the Fund could experience both delays in liquidating the loan collateral or recovering the loaned securities and losses, including (a) possible decline in the value of the collateral or in the value of the securities loaned during the period while the Fund seeks to enforce its rights thereto, (b) possible subnormal levels of income and lack of access to income during this period, and (c) expenses of enforcing its rights. In an effort to reduce these risks, the Fund’s securities lending agent will monitor, and report to Calamos Advisors on, the creditworthiness of the firms to which the Fund lends securities.

REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS

As part of its strategy for the temporary investment of cash, the Fund may enter into “repurchase agreements” pertaining to U.S. Government securities with member banks of the Federal Reserve System or primary dealers (as designated by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York) in such securities. The Fund may invest in repurchase agreements, provided that the Fund may not invest more than 15% of its net assets in illiquid securities, including repurchase agreements maturing in more than seven days, and any other illiquid securities. A repurchase agreement arises when the Fund purchases a security and simultaneously agrees to resell it to the vendor at an agreed upon future date. The resale price is greater than the purchase price, reflecting an agreed upon market rate of return that is effective for the period of time the Fund holds the security and that is not related to the coupon rate on the purchased security. Such agreements generally have maturities of no more than seven days and could be used to permit the Fund to earn interest on assets awaiting long term investment. The Fund requires continuous maintenance by the custodian for the Fund’s account in the Federal Reserve/Treasury Book Entry System of collateral in an amount equal to, or in excess of, the market value of the securities that are the subject of a repurchase agreement. In the event of a bankruptcy or other default of a seller of a repurchase agreement, the Fund could experience both delays in liquidating the underlying security and losses, including: (a) possible decline in the value of the underlying security during the period while the Fund seeks to enforce its rights thereto; (b) possible subnormal levels of income and lack of access to income during this period; and (c) expenses of enforcing its rights. In an effort to reduce these risks, Calamos Advisors will monitor the creditworthiness of the firms with which the Fund enters into repurchase agreements.

OPTIONS ON SECURITIES, INDEXES AND CURRENCIES

The Fund may purchase and sell (write) put options and call options on securities, indexes or foreign currencies. The Fund may purchase agreements, sometimes called cash puts, that may accompany the purchase of a new issue of bonds from a dealer.

A put option gives the purchaser of the option, upon payment of a premium, the right to sell, and the writer the obligation to buy, the underlying security, commodity, index, currency or other instrument at the exercise price. For instance, the Fund’s purchase of a put option on a security might be designed to protect its holdings in the underlying instrument (or, in some cases, a similar

 

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instrument) against a substantial decline in the market value by giving the Fund the right to sell such instrument at the option exercise price. A call option, upon payment of a premium, gives the purchaser of the option the right to buy, and the seller the obligation to sell, the underlying instrument at the exercise price. The Fund’s purchase of a call option on a security, financial future, index, currency or other instrument might be intended to protect it against an increase in the price of the underlying instrument that it intends to purchase in the future by fixing the price at which it may purchase such instrument.

The Fund may purchase and sell (write) exchange listed options and over-the-counter options (“OTC options”). Exchange listed options are issued by a regulated intermediary such as the Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”), which guarantees the performance of the obligations of the parties to such options. The discussion below uses the OCC as an example, but is also applicable to other financial intermediaries.

With certain exceptions, OCC issued and exchange listed options generally settle by physical delivery of the underlying security or currency, although in the future cash settlement may become available. Index options and Eurodollar instruments are cash settled for the net amount, if any, by which the option is “in-the-money” (i.e., where the value of the underlying instrument exceeds, in the case of a call option, or is less than, in the case of a put option, the exercise price of the option) at the time the option is exercised. Frequently, rather than taking or making delivery of the underlying instrument through the process of exercising the option, listed options are closed by entering into offsetting purchase or sale transactions that do not result in ownership of the new option.

OTC options are purchased from or sold to sellers or purchasers (“Counterparties”) through direct bilateral agreement with the Counterparties. In contrast to exchange listed options, which generally have standardized terms and performance mechanics, all the terms of an OTC option, including such terms as method of settlement, term, exercise price, premium, guarantees and security, are set by negotiation of the parties. The Fund will only sell (write) OTC options (other than OTC currency options) that are subject to a buy- back provision permitting the Fund to require the Counterparty to sell the option back to the Fund at a formula price within seven days. The Fund generally is expected to enter into OTC options that have cash settlement provisions, although it is not required to do so. The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) currently takes the position that OTC options purchased by a fund, and portfolio securities “covering” the amount of a fund’s obligation pursuant to an OTC option sold by it (or the amount of assets equal to the formula price for the repurchase of the option, if any, less the amount by which the option is “in the money”) are illiquid, and are subject to a fund’s limitation on investing no more than 15% of its net assets in illiquid securities.

The Fund may also purchase and sell (write) options on securities indices and other financial indices. Options on securities indices and other financial indices are similar to options on a security or other instrument except that, rather than settling by physical delivery of the underlying instrument, they settle by cash settlement, i.e., an option or an index gives the holder the right to receive, upon exercise of the option, an amount of cash if the closing level of the index upon which the option is based exceeds, in the case of a call, or is less than, in the case of a put, the exercise price of the option (except if, in the case of an OTC option, physical delivery is specified). This amount of cash is equal to the excess of the closing price of the index over the exercise price of the option, which also may be multiplied by a formula value. The seller of the option is obligated, in return for the premium received, to make delivery of this amount. The gain or loss on an option on an index depends on price movements in the instruments making upon the market, market segment, industry or other composite on which the underlying index is based, rather than price movements in individual securities, as is the case with respect to options on securities.

The Fund will sell (write) call options and put options only if they are “covered.” For example, a call option written by the Fund will require the Fund to hold the securities subject to the call (or securities convertible into the needed securities without additional consideration) or to segregate cash or liquid assets sufficient to purchase and deliver the securities if the call is exercised. A call option sold by the Fund on an index will require the Fund to own portfolio securities that correlate with the index or to segregate cash or liquid assets equal to the excess of the index value over the exercise price on a current basis. A put option written by the Fund requires the Fund to segregate cash or liquid assets equal to the exercise price.

OTC options entered into by the Fund and OCC issued and exchange listed index options will generally provide for cash settlement. As a result, when the Fund sells (writes) these instruments, it will only segregate an amount of cash or liquid assets equal to its accrued net obligations, as there is no requirement for payment or delivery of amounts in excess of the net amount. These amounts will equal 100% of the exercise price in the case of a non cash-settled put, the same as an OCC guaranteed listed option sold by the Fund, or the “in-the-money” amount plus any sell-back formula amount in the case of a cash-settled put or call. In addition, when the Fund sells (writes) a call option on an index at a time when the in-the-money amount exceeds the exercise price, the Fund will segregate, until the option expires or is closed out, cash or cash equivalents equal in value to such excess. OCC issued and exchange listed options sold by the Fund other than those above generally settle with physical delivery, or with an election of either physical delivery or cash settlement and the Fund will segregate an amount of cash or liquid assets equal to the full value of the option. OTC options settling with physical delivery, or with an election of either physical delivery or cash settlement, will be treated the same as other options settling with physical delivery.

If an option written by the Fund expires, the Fund realizes a capital gain equal to the premium received at the time the option was written. If an option purchased by the Fund expires, the Fund realizes a capital loss equal to the premium paid.

 

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The Fund will realize a capital gain from a closing purchase transaction if the cost of the closing option is less than the premium received from writing the option, or, if it is more, the Fund will realize a capital loss. If the premium received from a closing sale transaction is more than the premium paid to purchase the option, the Fund will realize a capital gain or, if it is less, the Fund will realize a capital loss. The principal factors affecting the market value of a put or a call option include supply and demand, interest rates, the current market price of the underlying security or index in relation to the exercise price of the option, the volatility of the underlying security or index, and the time remaining until the expiration date.

A put or call option purchased by the Fund is an asset of the Fund, valued initially at the premium paid for the option. The premium received for an option written by the Fund is recorded as a deferred credit. The value of an option purchased or written is marked-to-market daily and is valued at the closing price on the exchange on which it is traded or, if not traded on an exchange or no closing price is available, at the mean between the last bid and asked prices.

RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OPTIONS

There are several risks associated with transactions in options. For example, there are significant differences between the securities markets, the currency markets and the options markets that could result in an imperfect correlation among these markets, causing a given transaction not to achieve Calamos Advisors’ objective. A decision as to whether, when and how to use options involves the exercise of skill and judgment, and even a well-conceived transaction may be unsuccessful to some degree because of market behavior or unexpected events. The Fund’s ability to utilize options successfully will depend on Calamos Advisors’ ability to predict pertinent market investments, which cannot be assured.

The Fund’s ability to close out its position as a purchaser or seller (writer) of an OCC or exchange listed put or call option is dependent, in part, upon the liquidity of the option market. Among the possible reasons for the absence of a liquid option market on an exchange are: (i) insufficient trading interest in certain options; (ii) restrictions on transactions imposed by an exchange;

(iii) trading halts, suspensions or other restrictions imposed with respect to particular classes or series of options or underlying securities including reaching daily price limits; (iv) interruption of the normal operations of the OCC or an exchange; (v) inadequacy of the facilities of an exchange or OCC to handle current trading volume; or (vi) a decision by one or more exchanges to discontinue the trading of options (or a particular class or series of options), in which event the relevant market for that option on that exchange would cease to exist, although outstanding options on that exchange would generally continue to be exercisable in accordance with their terms. If the Fund were unable to close out an option that it has purchased on a security, it would have to exercise the option in order to realize any profit or the option would expire and become worthless. If the Fund were unable to close out a covered call option that it had written on a security, it would not be able to sell the underlying security until the option expired. As the writer of a covered call option on a security, the Fund foregoes, during the option’s life, the opportunity to profit from increases in the market value of the security covering the call option above the sum of the premium and the exercise price of the call. As the writer of a covered call option on a foreign currency, the Fund foregoes, during the option’s life, the opportunity to profit from any currency appreciation.

The hours of trading for listed options may not coincide with the hours during which the underlying financial instruments are traded. To the extent that the option markets close before the markets for the underlying financial instruments, significant price and rate movements can take place in the underlying markets that cannot be reflected in the option markets.

Unless the parties provide for it, there is no central clearing or guaranty function in an OTC option. As a result, if the Counterparty (as described above under “Options on Securities, Indexes and Currencies”) fails to make or take delivery of the security, currency or other instrument underlying an OTC option it has entered into with the Fund or fails to make a cash settlement payment due in accordance with the terms of that option, the Fund will lose any premium it paid for the option as well as any anticipated benefit of the transaction. Accordingly, Calamos Advisors must assess the creditworthiness of each such Counterparty or any guarantor or credit enhancement of the Counterparty’s credit to determine the likelihood that the terms of the OTC option will be satisfied.

The Fund may purchase and sell (write) call options on securities indices and currencies. All calls sold by the Fund must be “covered.” Even though the Fund will receive the option premium to help protect it against loss, a call sold by the Fund exposes the Fund during the term of the option to possible loss of opportunity to realize appreciation in the market price of the underlying security or instrument and may require the Fund to hold the security or instrument that it might otherwise have sold. The Fund may purchase and sell (write) put options on securities indexes and currencies. In selling (writing) put options, there is a risk that the Fund may be required to buy the underlying index or currency at a disadvantageous price above the market price.

FUTURES CONTRACTS AND OPTIONS ON FUTURES CONTRACTS

The Fund may enter into interest rate futures contracts, index futures contracts, volatility index futures contracts and foreign currency futures contracts. An interest rate, index, volatility index or foreign currency futures contract provides for the future sale by one party and purchase by another party of a specified quantity of a financial instrument or the cash value of an index(1) at a

 

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specified price and time. A public market exists in futures contracts covering a number of indexes (including, but not limited to, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Russell 2000 Index, the Value Line Composite Index, and the New York Stock Exchange Composite Index) as well as financial instruments (including, but not limited to, U.S. Treasury bonds, U.S. Treasury notes, Eurodollar certificates of deposit and foreign currencies). Other index and financial instrument futures contracts are available and it is expected that additional futures contracts will be developed and traded. The Fund may enter into such contract if, in Calamos Advisors’ opinion, such contract meets the Fund’s investment parameters.

The Fund may purchase and write call and put futures options. Futures options possess many of the same characteristics as options on securities, indexes and foreign currencies (discussed above). A futures option gives the holder the right, in return for the premium paid, to assume a long position (call) or short position (put) in a futures contract at a specified exercise price at any time during the period of the option. Upon exercise of a call option, the holder acquires a long position in the futures contract and the writer is assigned the opposite short position. In the case of a put option, the opposite is true. The Fund might, for example, use futures contracts to hedge against or gain exposure to fluctuations in the general level of stock prices, anticipated changes in interest rates or currency fluctuations that might adversely affect either the value of the Fund’s securities or the price of the securities that the Fund intends to purchase. Although other techniques could be used to reduce or increase the Fund’s exposure to stock price, interest rate and currency fluctuations, the Fund may be able to achieve its desired exposure more effectively and perhaps at a lower cost by using futures contracts and futures options.

The Fund will only enter into futures contracts and futures options that are standardized and traded on an exchange, board of trade or similar entity, or quoted on an automated quotation system.

The success of any futures transaction by the Fund depends on Calamos Advisors’ correctly predicting changes in the level and direction of stock prices, interest rates, currency exchange rates and other factors. Should those predictions be incorrect, the Fund’s return might have been better had the transaction not been attempted; however, in the absence of the ability to use futures contracts, Calamos Advisors might have taken portfolio actions in anticipation of the same market movements with similar investment results, but, presumably, at greater transaction costs.

When the Fund makes a purchase or sale of a futures contract, the Fund is required to deposit with its custodian (or broker, if legally permitted) a specified amount of cash or U.S. Government securities or other securities acceptable to the broker (“initial margin”). The margin required for a futures contract is set by the exchange on which the contract is traded and may be modified during the term of the contract, although the Fund’s broker may require margin deposits in excess of the minimum required by the exchange. The initial margin is in the nature of a performance bond or good faith deposit on the futures contract, which is returned to the Fund upon termination of the contract, assuming all contractual obligations have been satisfied. The Fund expects to earn interest income on its initial margin deposits. A futures contract held by the Fund is valued daily at the official settlement price of the exchange on which it is traded. Each day the Fund pays or receives cash, called “variation margin,” equal to the daily change in value of the futures contract. This process is known as “marking-to-market.” Variation margin paid or received by the Fund does not

represent a borrowing or loan by the Fund but is instead settlement between the Fund and the broker of the amount one would owe the other if the futures contract had expired at the close of the previous day. In computing daily net asset value, the Fund will mark-to-market its open futures positions.

The Fund is also required to deposit and maintain margin with respect to put and call options on futures contracts written by it. Such margin deposits will vary depending on the nature of the underlying futures contract (and the related initial margin requirements), the current market value of the option and other futures positions held by the Fund.

Although some futures contracts call for making or taking delivery of the underlying securities, usually these obligations are closed out prior to delivery by offsetting purchases or sales of matching futures contracts (same exchange, underlying security or index, and delivery month). If an offsetting purchase price is less than the original sale price, the Fund engaging in the transaction realizes a capital gain, or if it is more, the Fund realizes a capital loss. Conversely, if an offsetting sale price is more than the original purchase price, the Fund engaging in the transaction realizes a capital gain, or if it is less, the Fund realizes a capital loss. The transaction costs must also be included in these calculations.

 

(1) A futures contract on an index is an agreement pursuant to which two parties agree to take or make delivery of an amount of cash equal to the difference between the value of the index at the close of the last trading day of the contract and the price at which the index contract was originally written. Although the value of a securities index is a function of the value of certain specified securities, no physical delivery of those securities is made.

 

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RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH FUTURES

There are several risks associated with the use of futures contracts and futures options. A purchase or sale of a futures contract or option may result in losses in excess of the amount invested in the futures contract or option. In trying to increase or reduce market exposure, there can be no guarantee that there will be a correlation between price movements in the futures contract or option and in the portfolio exposure sought. In addition, there are significant differences between the securities and futures markets that could result in an imperfect correlation between the markets, causing a given transaction not to achieve its objectives. The degree of imperfection of correlation depends on circumstances such as: variations in speculative market demand for futures, futures options and the related securities, including technical influences in futures and futures options trading and differences between the securities markets and the securities underlying the standard contracts available for trading. For example, in the case of index futures contracts, the composition of the index, including the issuers and the weighing of each issue, may differ from the composition of the Fund’s portfolio, and, in the case of interest rate futures contracts, the interest rate levels, maturities and creditworthiness of the issues underlying the futures contract may differ from the financial instruments held in the Fund’s portfolio. A decision as to whether, when and how to use futures contracts involves the exercise of skill and judgment, and even a well-conceived transaction may be unsuccessful to some degree because of market behavior or unexpected stock price or interest rate trends.

Futures exchanges may limit the amount of fluctuation permitted in certain futures contract prices during a single trading day. The daily limit establishes the maximum amount that the price of a futures contract may vary either up or down from the previous day’s settlement price at the end of the current trading session. Once the daily limit has been reached in a futures contract subject to the limit, no more trades may be made on that day at a price beyond that limit. The daily limit governs only price movements during a particular trading day and therefore does not limit potential losses because the limit may work to prevent the liquidation of unfavorable positions. For example, futures prices have occasionally moved to the daily limit for several consecutive trading days with little or no trading, thereby preventing prompt liquidation of positions and subjecting some holders of futures contracts to substantial losses. Stock index futures contracts are not normally subject to such daily price change limitations.

There can be no assurance that a liquid market will exist at a time when the Fund seeks to close out a futures or futures option position. The Fund would be exposed to possible loss on the position during the interval of inability to close, and would continue to be required to meet margin requirements until the position is closed. In addition, many of the contracts discussed above are relatively new instruments without a significant trading history. As a result, there can be no assurance that an active secondary market will develop or continue to exist.

LIMITATIONS ON OPTIONS AND FUTURES

If options, futures contracts or futures options of types other than those described herein are traded in the future, the Fund may also use those investment vehicles, provided the board of trustees determines that their use is consistent with the Fund’s investment objectives.

The Fund will not enter into a futures contract or purchase an option thereon if, immediately thereafter, the initial margin deposits for futures contracts held by the Fund plus premiums paid by it for open futures option positions, less the amount by which any such positions are “in-the-money,”(2) would exceed 5% of the Fund’s total assets.

When purchasing a futures contract or writing a put option on a futures contract, the Fund must maintain with its custodian (or broker, if legally permitted) cash or cash equivalents (including any margin) equal to the market value of such contract. When writing a call option on a futures contract, the Fund similarly will maintain with its custodian cash or cash equivalents (including any margin) equal to the amount by which such option is in-the-money until the option expires or is closed by the Fund.

The Fund may not maintain open short positions in futures contracts, call options written on futures contracts or call options written on indexes if, in the aggregate, the market value of all such open positions exceeds the current value of the securities in its portfolio, plus or minus unrealized gains and losses on the open positions, adjusted for the historical relative volatility of the relationship between the portfolio and the positions. For this purpose, to the extent the Fund has written call options on specific securities in its portfolio, the value of those securities will be deducted from the current market value of the securities portfolio.

The use of options and futures is subject to applicable regulations of the SEC, the several exchanges upon which they are traded and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”). In addition, the Fund’s ability to use options and futures will be limited by tax considerations. See “Taxation of Options and Futures” below. The Trust is not subject to regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). However, the registration exclusion was amended in February 2012, and such amendments took effect on April 24, 2012.

 

(2) A call option is “in-the-money” to the extent, if any, that the value of the futures contract that is the subject of the option exceeds the exercise price. A put option is “in-the-money” if the exercise price exceeds the value of the futures contract that is the subject of the option.

 

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Under Rule 4.5, if the Fund uses commodity interests (such as futures contracts, options on futures contracts and swaps) other than for bona fide hedging purposes (as defined by the CFTC) the aggregate initial margin and premiums required to establish these positions (after taking into account unrealized profits and unrealized losses on any such positions and excluding the amount by which options that are “in-the-money” at the time of purchase) may not exceed 5% of a fund’s NAV, or alternatively, the aggregate net notional value of those positions, as determined at the time the most recent position was established, may not exceed 100% of the fund’s NAV (after taking into account unrealized profits and unrealized losses on any such positions). The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operation and/or change the competitive landscape. In this regard, any further amendments to the CEA or its related regulations that subject the Fund to additional regulation may have adverse impacts on the Fund’s operations and expenses.

TAXATION OF OPTIONS AND FUTURES

If the Fund exercises a call or put option that it holds, the premium paid for the option is added to the cost basis of the security purchased (call) or deducted from the proceeds of the security sold (put). For cash settlement options and futures options exercised by the Fund, the difference between the cash received at exercise and the premium paid is a capital gain or loss.

If a call or put option written by the Fund is exercised, the premium is included in the proceeds of the sale of the underlying security (call) or reduces the cost basis of the security purchased (put). For cash settlement options and futures options written by the Fund, the difference between the cash paid at exercise and the premium received is a capital gain or loss.

Entry into a closing purchase transaction will result in capital gain or loss. If an option written by the Fund was in-the-money at the time it was written and the security covering the option was held for more than the long-term holding period prior to the writing of the option, any loss realized as a result of a closing purchase transaction will be long-term. The holding period of the securities covering an in-the-money option will not include the period of time the option is outstanding.

If the Fund writes an equity call option(3) other than a “qualified covered call option,” as defined in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), any loss on such option transaction, to the extent it does not exceed the unrealized gains on the securities covering the option, may be subject to deferral until the securities covering the option have been sold.

A futures contract held until delivery results in capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the price at which the futures contract was entered into and the settlement price on the earlier of delivery notice date or expiration date. If the Fund delivers securities under a futures contract, the Fund also realizes a capital gain or loss on those securities.

For federal income tax purposes, the Fund generally is required to recognize as income for each taxable year its net unrealized gains and losses as of the end of the year on futures, futures options and non-equity options positions (“year-end mark-to-market”). Generally, any gain or loss recognized with respect to such positions (either by year-end mark-to-market or by actual closing of the positions) is considered to be 60% long-term and 40% short-term, without regard to the holding periods of the contracts. However, in the case of positions classified as part of a “mixed straddle,” the recognition of losses on certain positions (including options, futures and futures options positions, the related securities and certain successor positions thereto) may be deferred to a later taxable year. Sale of futures contracts or writing of call options (or futures call options) or buying put options (or futures put options) that are intended to hedge against a change in the value of securities held by the Fund: (1) will affect the holding period of the hedged securities; and (2) may cause unrealized gain or loss on such securities to be recognized upon entry into the hedge.

If the Fund were to enter into a short index future, short index futures option or short index option position and the Fund’s portfolio were deemed to “mimic” the performance of the index underlying such contract, the option or futures contract position and the Fund’s stock positions would be deemed to be positions in a mixed straddle, subject to the above-mentioned loss deferral rules.

In order for the Fund to continue to qualify for federal income tax treatment as a regulated investment company, at least 90% of its gross income for a taxable year must be derived from qualifying income; i.e., dividends, interest, income derived from loans of securities and gains from the sale of securities or foreign currencies, or other income (including but not limited to gains from options, futures or forward contracts). Any net gain realized from the types of futures (or futures options) contracts in which the Fund may invest will be considered gain from the sale of securities and therefore be qualifying income for purposes of the 90% requirement.

 

(3) An equity option is an option to buy or sell stock, and any other option whose value is determined by reference to an index of stocks of a type that is ineligible to be traded on a commodity futures exchange (e.g., an option contract on a sub-index based on the price of nine hotel-casino stocks). An option on a broad-based stock index (such as the S&P 500 index) is not an equity option.

 

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The Fund distributes to shareholders annually any net capital gains that have been recognized for federal income tax purposes (including year-end mark-to-market gains) on options and futures transactions. Such distributions are combined with distributions of capital gains realized on the Fund’s other investments, and shareholders are advised of the nature of the payments.

WARRANTS

The Fund may invest in warrants. A warrant is a right to purchase common stock at a specific price (usually at a premium above the market value of the underlying common stock at time of issuance) during a specified period of time. A warrant may have a life ranging from less than a year to 20 years or longer, but a warrant becomes worthless unless it is exercised or sold before expiration. In addition, if the market price of the common stock does not exceed the warrant’s exercise price during the life of the warrant, the warrant will expire worthless. Warrants have no voting rights, pay no dividends and have no rights with respect to the assets of the corporation issuing them. The percentage increase or decrease in the value of a warrant may be greater than the percentage increase or decrease in the value of the underlying common stock.

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

Although the Fund does not purchase securities with a view to rapid turnover, there are no limitations on the length of time that a portfolio security must be held. Portfolio turnover can occur for a number of reasons, including calls for redemption, general conditions in the securities markets, more favorable investment opportunities in other securities, or other factors relating to the desirability of holding or changing a portfolio investment. The portfolio turnover rates may vary greatly from year to year. A high rate of portfolio turnover in the Fund would result in increased transaction expense, which must be borne by the Fund. High portfolio turnover may also result in the realization of capital gains or losses and, to the extent net short-term capital gains are realized, any distributions resulting from such gains will be considered ordinary income for federal income tax purposes. Portfolio turnover for the Fund will be shown under “Financial Highlights” in the prospectus. A portfolio turnover rate of 100% would mean that the Fund had sold and purchased securities valued at 100% of its net assets within a one-year period.

SHORT SALES

The Fund may sell securities short to enhance income and protect against market risk by hedging a portion of the equity risk inherent in the Fund’s portfolio. A short sale may be effected when Calamos Advisors believes that the price of a security will decline or underperform the market, and involves the sale of borrowed securities, in the hope of purchasing the same securities at a later date at a lower price. There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to close out a short position (i.e., purchase the same securities) at any particular time or at an acceptable or advantageous price. To make delivery to the buyer, the Fund must borrow the securities from a broker-dealer through which the short sale is executed, and the broker-dealer delivers the securities, on behalf of the Fund, to the buyer.

The broker-dealer is entitled to retain the proceeds from the short sale until the Fund delivers to it the securities sold short. In addition, the Fund is required to pay to the broker-dealer the amount of any dividends or interest paid on the securities sold short.

To secure its obligation to deliver to the broker-dealer the securities sold short, the Fund must segregate an amount of cash or liquid securities that are marked to market daily with its custodian equal to any excess of the current market value of the securities sold short over any cash or liquid securities deposited as collateral with the broker in connection with the short sale (not including the proceeds of the short sale). As a result of that requirement, the Fund will not gain any leverage merely by selling short, except to the extent that it earns interest or other income or gains on the segregated cash or liquid securities while also being subject to the possibility of gain or loss from the securities sold short.

The Fund is said to have a short position in the securities sold until it delivers to the broker-dealer the securities sold, at which time the Fund receives the proceeds of the short sale. The Fund will normally close out a short position by purchasing on the open market and delivering to the broker-dealer an equal amount of the securities sold short.

The Fund will realize a gain if the price of the securities decline between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund purchases securities to replace the borrowed securities. On the other hand, the Fund will incur a loss if the price of the securities increases between those dates. The amount of any gain will be decreased and the amount of any loss increased by any premium or interest that the Fund may be required to pay in connection with the short sale. It should be noted that possible losses from short sales differ from those that could arise from a cash investment in a security in that losses from a short sale may be limitless, while the losses from a cash investment in a security cannot exceed the total amount of the investment in the security.

There is also a risk that securities borrowed by the Fund and delivered to the buyer of the securities sold short will need to be returned to the broker-dealer on short notice. If the request for the return of securities occurs at a time when other short sellers of the security are receiving similar requests, a “short squeeze” can occur, meaning that the Fund might be compelled, at the most disadvantageous time, to replace the borrowed securities with securities purchased on the open market, possibly at prices significantly in excess of the proceeds received from the short sale.

 

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It is possible that the market value of the securities the Fund holds in long positions will decline at the same time that the market value of the securities the Fund has sold short increases, thereby increasing the Fund’s potential volatility.

The Fund may also make short sales “against the box,” meaning that at all times when a short position is open the Fund owns an equal amount of such securities or securities convertible into or exchangeable, without payment of further consideration, for securities of the same issue as, and in an amount equal to, the securities sold short. A short sale “against the box” would be made in anticipation of a decline in the market price of the securities sold short. Short sales “against the box” result in a “constructive sale” and require the Fund to recognize any taxable gain unless an exception to the constructive sale rule applies.

Short sales also may afford the Fund an opportunity to earn additional current income to the extent it is able to enter into arrangements with broker-dealers through which the short sales are executed to receive income with respect to the proceeds of the short sales during the period the Fund’s short positions remain open. Calamos Advisors believes that some broker-dealers may be willing to enter into such arrangements, but there is no assurance that the Fund will be able to enter into such arrangements to the desired degree.

“WHEN-ISSUED” AND DELAYED DELIVERY SECURITIES

The Fund may purchase securities on a when-issued or delayed-delivery basis. Although the payment and interest terms of these securities are established at the time the Fund enters into the commitment, the securities may be delivered and paid for a month or more after the date of purchase, when their value may have changed. The Fund makes such commitments only with the intention of actually acquiring the securities, but may sell the securities before the settlement date if Calamos Advisors deems it advisable for investment reasons. The Fund may utilize spot and forward foreign currency exchange transactions to reduce the risk inherent in fluctuations in the exchange rate between one currency and another when securities are purchased or sold on a when-issued or delayed-delivery basis.

At the time when the Fund enters into a binding obligation to purchase securities on a when-issued basis, liquid assets (cash, U.S. Government securities or other “high-grade” debt obligations) of the Fund having a value at least as great as the purchase price of the securities to be purchased will be segregated on the books of the Fund and held by the custodian throughout the period of the obligation. The use of this investment strategy, as well as entering into reverse repurchase agreements or engaging in other borrowing as described below, may increase net asset value fluctuation.

REVERSE REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS AND OTHER BORROWINGS

The Fund may enter into reverse repurchase agreements, mortgage dollar rolls, and economically similar transactions to the extent permitted under the leverage limitations of the 1940 Act and the Fund’s investment restrictions described below. A reverse repurchase agreement is a repurchase agreement in which the Fund is the seller of, rather than the investor in, securities and agrees to repurchase them at an agreed-upon time and price. A reverse repurchase agreement enables the Fund to obtain cash to satisfy unusually heavy redemption requests or for other temporary or emergency purposes without needing to sell portfolio securities, or to earn additional income on portfolio securities, such as Treasury bills or notes. Use of a reverse repurchase agreement may be preferable to a regular sale and later repurchase of securities because it avoids certain market risks and transaction costs.

A “mortgage dollar roll” is similar to a reverse repurchase agreement in certain respects. In a “dollar roll” transaction the Fund sells a mortgage-related security, such as a security issued by GNMA, to a dealer and simultaneously agrees to repurchase a similar security (but not the same security) in the future at a pre-determined price. A “dollar roll” can be viewed, like a reverse repurchase agreement, as a collateralized borrowing in which the Fund pledges a mortgage-related security to a dealer to obtain cash. Unlike in the case of reverse repurchase agreements, the dealer with which the Fund enters into a dollar roll transaction is not obligated to return the same securities as those originally sold by the Fund, but only securities which are “substantially identical.” To be considered “substantially identical,” the securities returned to the Fund generally must: (1) be collateralized by the same types of underlying mortgages; (2) be issued by the same agency and be part of the same program; (3) have a similar original stated maturity; (4) have identical net coupon rates; (5) have similar market yields (and therefore price); and (6) satisfy “good delivery” requirements, meaning that the aggregate principal amounts of the securities delivered and received back must be within 0.01% of the initial amount delivered.

The Fund’s obligations under a dollar roll agreement must be covered by segregated or “earmarked” liquid assets equal in value to the securities subject to repurchase by the Fund. As with reverse repurchase agreements, to the extent that positions in dollar roll agreements are not covered by segregated or “earmarked” liquid assets at least equal to the amount of any forward purchase commitment, such transactions would be subject to the Fund’s restrictions on borrowings. Furthermore, because dollar roll transactions may be for terms ranging between one and six months, dollar roll transactions may be deemed “illiquid” and subject to the Fund’s overall limitations on investments in illiquid securities.

 

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The Fund also may effect simultaneous purchase and sale transactions that are known as “sale-buybacks.” A sale-buyback is similar to a reverse repurchase agreement, except that in a sale-buyback, the counterparty who purchases the security is entitled to receive any principal or interest payments made on the underlying security pending settlement of the Fund’s repurchase of the underlying security. The Fund’s obligations under a sale-buyback typically would be covered by segregated liquid assets equal in value to the amount of the Fund’s forward commitment to repurchase the subject security.

ILLIQUID SECURITIES

The Fund may invest up to 15% of its net assets, taken at market value, in illiquid securities, including any securities that are not readily marketable either because they are restricted securities or for other reasons. Restricted securities are securities that are subject to restrictions on resale because they have not been registered for sale under the Securities Act. A position in restricted securities might adversely affect the liquidity and marketability of a portion of the Fund’s portfolio, and the Fund might not be able to dispose of its holdings in such securities promptly or at reasonable prices. In those instances where the Fund is required to have restricted securities held by it registered prior to sale by the Fund and the Fund does not have a contractual commitment from the issuer or seller to pay the costs of such registration, the gross proceeds from the sale of securities would be reduced by the registration costs and underwriting discounts. Any such registration costs are not included in the percentage limitation on the Fund’s investment in restricted securities.

TEMPORARY INVESTMENTS

The Fund may make temporary investments without limitation when Calamos Advisors determines that a defensive position is warranted, or as a reserve for possible cash needs. Such investments may be in money market instruments, consisting of obligations of, or guaranteed as to principal and interest by, the U.S. Government or its agencies or instrumentalities; certificates of deposit, bankers’ acceptances and other obligations of domestic banks having total assets of at least $500 million and that are regulated by the U.S. Government, its agencies or instrumentalities; commercial paper rated in the highest category by a recognized rating agency; cash; and repurchase agreements.

Recent Market Conditions

The financial crisis in both the U.S. and global economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt crisis, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets and the economy at large. Both domestic and international equity and fixed income markets have been experiencing heightened volatility and turmoil, with issuers that have exposure to the real estate, mortgage and credit markets particularly affected. It is uncertain how long these conditions will continue.

In addition to the recent unprecedented turbulence in financial markets, the reduced liquidity in credit and fixed income markets may negatively affect many issuers worldwide. Reduced liquidity in these markets may mean there is less money available to purchase raw materials, goods and services, which may, in turn, bring down the prices of these economic staples. It may also result in some issuers having more difficulty obtaining financing and ultimately may lead to a decline in their stock prices. The values of some sovereign debt and of securities of issuers that hold that sovereign debt have fallen. These events, and the potential for continuing market turbulence, may have an adverse effect on the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region.

The U.S. federal government and certain foreign central banks have acted to calm credit markets and increase confidence in the U.S. and world economies. Certain of these entities have injected liquidity into the markets and taken other steps in an effort to stabilize the markets and grow the economy. The ultimate effect of these efforts is, of course, not yet known. Changes in government policies may exacerbate the market’s difficulties and the withdrawal of this support, or other policy changes by governments or central banks, could negatively affect the value and liquidity of certain securities.

The situation in the financial markets has resulted in calls for increased regulation, and the need of many financial institutions for government help has given lawmakers and regulators new leverage. The Dodd-Frank Act initiated a dramatic revision of the U.S. financial regulatory framework that is expected to continue to unfold over several years. The Dodd-Frank Act covers a broad range of topics, including (among many others) a reorganization of federal financial regulators; a process intended to improve financial systemic stability and the resolution of potentially insolvent financial firms; new rules for derivatives trading; the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the registration and additional regulation of hedge and private equity fund managers; and new federal requirements for residential mortgage loans. Instruments in which the Fund may invest, or the issuers of such instruments, may be affected by the new legislation and regulation in ways that may be unforeseeable. Much of the implementing regulations have not yet been finalized. Accordingly, the ultimate effect of the Dodd-Frank Act is not yet certain.

The statutory provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act significantly change in several respects the ways in which investment products are marketed, sold, settled or terminated. In particular, the Dodd-Frank Act mandates the elimination of references to credit ratings in numerous securities laws, including the 1940 Act. Derivatives may be mandated for central clearing under the Dodd-Frank Act, which would likely require technological and other changes to Fund operations and the market in which it will trade. Central clearing would also entail the use of assets of the Fund to satisfy margin calls and this may have an effect on the performance of the Fund. Final regulations implementing the Dodd-Frank Act’s margin requirements and clearing mandates have not yet been issued by the regulators.

 

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Because the situation in the markets is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.

INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS

The Fund has elected to be a diversified, actively managed exchange-traded fund. Except as noted below, the Fund operates under the following investment restrictions and may not:

 

(i) make any investments inconsistent with the Fund’s classification as a diversified investment company under the 1940 Act, the rules or regulations thereunder, and any applicable exemptive relief;(4);

 

(ii) acquire more than 10%, taken at the time of a particular purchase, of the outstanding voting securities of any one issuer, except to the extent otherwise permitted under the 1940 Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and any applicable exemptive relief;

 

(iii) act as an underwriter of securities, except insofar as it may be deemed an underwriter for purposes of the Securities Act on disposition of securities acquired subject to legal or contractual restrictions on resale, or to the extent otherwise permitted under the 1940 Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and any applicable exemptive relief;

 

(iv) purchase or sell real estate (although it may purchase securities secured by real estate or interests therein, or securities issued by companies that invest in real estate or interests therein), commodities or commodity contracts, except: (1) to the extent otherwise permitted under the 1940 Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and any applicable exemptive relief, and (2) the Fund may enter into (a) futures, options and options on futures, (b) forward contracts and (c) other financial transactions not requiring the delivery of physical commodities;

 

(v) make loans, except to the extent otherwise permitted under the 1940 Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and any applicable exemptive relief, but this restriction shall not prevent the Fund from (a) investing in debt obligations, (b) investing in repurchase agreements or (c) lending portfolio securities, provided, however, that it may not lend securities if, as a result, the aggregate value of all securities loaned would exceed 33% of its total assets (taken at market value at the time of such loan);

 

(vi) borrow, except from banks, other affiliated funds and other entities to the extent that the 1940 Act, the rules and regulations thereunder and any applicable exemptive relief, allows(5)(6);

 

(vii) invest in a security if more than 25% of its total assets (taken at market value at the time of a particular purchase) would be invested in the securities of issuers in any particular industry, except that this restriction does not apply to securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government or its agencies or instrumentalities; or

 

(viii) issue any senior security, except to the extent permitted under the 1940 Act, the rules and regulations thereunder and any applicable exemptive relief.

 

(4) Currently, under the 1940 Act, for the Fund to be classified as a diversified investment company, at least 75% of the value of the Fund’s total assets must be represented by cash and cash items (including receivables), government securities, securities of other investment companies, and securities of other issuers, which for the purposes of this calculation are limited in respect of any one issuer to an amount (valued at the time of investment) not greater in value than 5% of the Fund’s total assets and to not more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer.
(5) The Fund does not intend to purchase securities when its borrowings exceed 5% of total assets.
(6) The Fund’s borrowing practices are limited by the 1940 Act. Currently, under the 1940 Act, the Fund may borrow in an aggregate amount not exceeding 33 1/3% of its total assets, including the proceeds of borrowings, for any purpose, but borrowings from entities other than banks may not exceed 5% of its total assets and may be only as a temporary measure for extraordinary or emergency purposes, unless the Fund has received an exemptive order from the SEC permitting it to borrow from other affiliated funds in excess of 5% of its total assets.

 

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The above restrictions are fundamental policies and may not be changed with respect to the Fund without the approval of a “majority” of the outstanding shares of that Fund, which for this purpose means the approval of the lesser of (a) more than 50% of the outstanding voting securities of that Fund or (b) 67% or more of the outstanding shares if the holders of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of that Fund are present or represented at the meeting by proxy.

In addition to the fundamental restrictions listed above, and as a non-fundamental policy the Fund may not:

 

(a) invest in shares of other investment companies, except as permitted by the 1940 Act , the rules and regulations thereunder, and any applicable exemptive relief;(7)

 

(b) invest in companies for the purpose of exercising control or management;

 

(c) purchase securities on margin (except for use of such short-term credits as are necessary for the clearance of transactions, including transactions in options, futures and options on futures), or participate on a joint or a joint and several basis in any trading account in securities, except in connection with transactions in options, futures and options on futures;

 

(d) invest more than 40% of its net assets (valued at time of purchase) in securities of foreign issuers (other than securities represented by ADRs and securities guaranteed by a U.S. person); and

 

(e) invest more than 15% of the Fund’s net assets (taken at market value at the time of each purchase) in illiquid securities, including repurchase agreements maturing in more than seven days.

The non-fundamental investment restrictions above may be changed by the board of trustees without shareholder approval.

Notwithstanding the foregoing investment restrictions, the Fund may purchase securities pursuant to the exercise of subscription rights, subject to the condition that such purchase will not result in the Fund’s ceasing to be a diversified investment company. Far Eastern and European corporations frequently issue additional capital stock by means of subscription rights offerings to existing shareholders at a price substantially below the market price of the shares. The failure to exercise such rights would result in the Fund’s interest in the issuing company being diluted. The market for such rights is not well developed in all cases and, accordingly, the Fund may not always realize full value on the sale of rights. The exception applies in cases where the limits set forth in the investment restrictions would otherwise be exceeded by exercising rights or would have already been exceeded as a result of fluctuations in the market value of the Fund’s portfolio securities with the result that the Fund would be forced either to sell securities at a time when it might not otherwise have done so, to forego exercising the rights.

 

(7) [The Trust and the Fund has obtained an exemptive order from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) allowing a registered investment company to invest in the Fund beyond the limits of Section 12(d)(1) subject to certain conditions, including that a registered investment company enters into a Participation Agreement with the Trust regarding the terms of the investment. Any investment company considering purchasing Shares in amounts that would cause it to exceed the restrictions under Section 12(d)(1) should contact the Trust.]

 

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MANAGEMENT

TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS

The management of the Trust, including general supervision of the duties performed for the Fund under the investment management agreement between the Trust and Calamos Advisors, is the responsibility of its board of trustees. Each trustee elected will hold office for the lifetime of the Trust or until such trustee’s earlier resignation, death or removal; however, each trustee who is not an interested person of the Trust shall retire as a trustee at the end of the calendar year in which the trustee attains the age of

72 years.

The following table sets forth each trustee’s name, age at [             , 2013], position(s) with the Trust, number of portfolios in the Calamos Fund Complex overseen, principal occupation(s) during the past five years and other directorships held, and date first elected or appointed. Each trustee oversees series of the Trust, including the Fund.

TRUSTEES WHO ARE INTERESTED PERSONS OF THE TRUST:

 

NAME AND AGE

  

POSITION(S) WITH TRUST

   PORTFOLIOS
OVERSEEN
  

PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S)
AND OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS

[             ,     ]*    Trustee and President (since inception)    [    ]    Chairman, CEO, and Global Co- Chief Investment Officer, Calamos Asset Management, Inc. (“CAM”), Calamos Investments LLC (“CILLC”), Calamos Advisors LLC and its predecessor (“Calamos Advisors”) and Calamos Wealth Management LLC (“CWM”), and Chief Executive Officer, Calamos Financial Services LLC and its predecessor (“CFS”); Director, CAM

 

* [            ] is an “interested person” of the Trust as defined in the 1940 Act because he is an officer of the Trust and an affiliate of Calamos Advisors and CFS.

TRUSTEES WHO ARE NOT INTERESTED PERSONS OF THE TRUST:

 

NAME AND AGE

  

POSITION(S) WITH TRUST

   PORTFOLIOS
OVERSEEN
  

PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S)
AND OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS

[             ,     ]    Trustee (since inception)    [    ]    Of Counsel and, until December 31, 2005, Partner, Freeborn & Peters LLP (law firm)

[             ,     ]

   Trustee (since inception)    [    ]    Private investor; Director, Equity Residential Trust (publicly-owned REIT) and Creation Investment (private international microfinance company); Partner, Linden LLC (health care private equity)

[             ,     ]

   Trustee (since inception)    [    ]    Private investor; Director, Christian Brothers Investment Services Inc. (since February 2010); Director, Private Bancorp (since December 2003); formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Van Kampen Investments, Inc. and subsidiaries (investment manager); Director, Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett (until March 2011); Trustee, JNL Series Trust, JNL Investors Series Trust and JNL Variable Fund LLC**; Trustee, Lewis University (since October 2012)

 

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NAME AND AGE

  

POSITION(S) WITH TRUST

   PORTFOLIOS
OVERSEEN
  

PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S)
AND OTHER DIRECTORSHIPS

[             ,     ]   

Trustee (since inception);

Lead Independent

   [    ]    Private investor
   Trustee (since inception)      
[             ,     ]    Trustee (since inception)    [    ]    Private investor; Trustee, Century Growth Opportunities Fund (since 2010), Century Shares Trust and Century Small Cap Select Fund (since January 2004)***

 

* [            ] is an “interested person” of the Trust as defined in the 1940 Act because he is an officer of the Trust and an affiliate of Calamos Advisors and CFS.
** Overseeing 104 portfolios in fund complex.
*** Overseeing three portfolios in fund complex.

The address of each trustee is 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, Illinois 60563.

OFFICERS. The preceding table gives information about [         ] who is President and CEO of the Trust. The following table sets forth each other officer’s name, age at [            , 2013], position with the Trust and date first appointed to that position, and principal occupation(s) during the past five years. Each officer serves until his or her successor is chosen and qualified or until his or her resignation or removal by the board of trustees.

 

NAME AND AGE

  

POSITION(S) WITH TRUST

  

PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S)

[            ,    ]    Vice President (since inception)    Executive Vice President, Global Co-Chief Investment Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Alternative Strategies (since August 2012), CAM, CILLC, Calamos Advisors, CWM and CFS; prior thereto CEO, Chief Investment Officer and Founding Member of Black Capital (2009-2012); prior thereto, CEO of Janus Capital Group (2006- 2009)
[            ,    ]   

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(since inception)

   Senior Vice President (since 2004), Chief Financial Officer (since May 2011), Head of Fund Administration (since November 2011), CAM, CILLC, Calamos Advisors, CWM and CFS; Director, Calamos Global Funds PLC (since 2007); prior thereto Director of Operations (since 2004);
[            ,    ]   

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

(since inception)

   President (since 2013) and Chief Operating Officer, CAM, CILLC, CWM, Calamos Advisors and CFS (since 2011); prior thereto Executive Vice President (2011-2013) President of Distribution and Operations (2008-2011); Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, CAM, CILLC, CWM, Calamos Advisors ( 2008); Chief Operating Officer – Distribution, CFS ( 2008); prior thereto, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Executive Managing Director of McDonnell Investment Management, LLC (2001-2008)

 

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NAME AND AGE

  

POSITION(S) WITH TRUST

  

PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION(S)

[            ,    ]    Treasurer (since inception)    Vice President, Fund Administration, Calamos Advisors (since 2013); Treasurer of Calamos Investment Trust, Calamos Advisors Trust, CHI, CHY, CSQ, CGO and CHW (since June 2010); prior thereto Assistant Treasurer (since 2007)

[            ,    ]

   Vice President and Secretary (since inception)    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, CAM, CILLC, Calamos Advisors and CFS (since 2010); Director, Calamos Global Funds PLC (since 2011); Director, Calamos Arista Strategic Master Fund Ltd. and Calamos Arista Strategic Fund Ltd. (since 2013); prior thereto Director, U.S. Head of Retail Legal and Co-Global Head of Retail Legal of Deutsche Bank AG (2006- 2010);

[            ,    ]

   Chief Compliance Officer (since inception)    Chief Compliance Officer, Calamos Funds (since 2005)

The address of each officer is 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, Illinois 60563.

COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. [The Trust’s board of trustees currently has five standing committees:

Executive Committee. Messrs. [            ] and [            ] are members of the executive committee, which has authority

during intervals between meetings of the board of trustees to exercise the powers of the board, with certain exceptions. [            ] is an interested trustee of the Trust.

Dividend Committee. [            ] serves as the sole member of the dividend committee. The dividend committee is authorized to declare distributions on the shares of the Trust’s series in accordance with such series’ distribution policies, including, but not limited to, regular dividends, special dividends and short- and long-term capital gains distributions.

Audit Committee. Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [            ] serve on the audit committee. The audit committee operates under a written charter adopted and approved by the board. The audit committee selects independent auditors, approves services to be rendered by the auditors, monitors the auditors’ performance, reviews the results of the Trust’s audit and responds to other matters deemed appropriate by the board. All members of the audit committee are independent trustees of the Trust.

Valuation Committee. Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [            ] serve on the valuation committee. The valuation committee operates under a written charter approved by the board. The valuation committee oversees valuation matters of the Trust delegated to the pricing committee, including the fair valuation determinations and methodologies proposed and utilized by the pricing committee, reviews the Trust’s valuation procedures and their application by the pricing committee, reviews pricing errors and procedures for calculation of net asset value of each series of the Trust and responds to other matters deemed appropriate by the board.

Governance Committee. Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [            ] serve on the governance committee. The governance committee operates under a written charter adopted and approved by the board. The governance committee oversees the independence and effective functioning of the board of trustees and endeavors to be informed about good practices for mutual fund boards. It also makes recommendations to the board regarding compensation of independent trustees. The governance committee also functions as a nominating committee by making recommendations to the board of trustees regarding candidates for election as non- interested trustees. The governance committee looks to many sources for recommendations of qualified trustees, including current trustees, employees of Calamos Advisors, current shareholders of the Fund, search firms that are compensated for their services and other third party sources. Any such search firm identifies and evaluates potential candidates, conducts screening interviews and provides information to the governance committee with respect to the individual candidates and the market for available candidates. In making trustee recommendations, the governance committee considers a number of factors, including a candidate’s background, integrity, knowledge and relevant experience. These factors are set forth in an appendix to the committee’s charter. Any prospective candidate is interviewed by the trustees and officers, and references are checked. The governance committee will consider shareholder recommendations regarding potential trustee candidates that are properly submitted to the governance committee for its consideration.

 

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A Fund shareholder who wishes to propose a trustee candidate must submit any such recommendation in writing via regular mail to the attention of the Trust’s Secretary, at the address of the Trust’s principal executive offices. The shareholder recommendation must include:

 

  the number of Shares owned beneficially or of record by the nominating shareholder at the time the recommendation is submitted and the dates on which such shares were acquired, specifying the number of shares owned beneficially;

 

  a full listing of the proposed candidate’s education, experience (including knowledge of the investment company industry, experience as a director or senior officer of public or private companies, and directorships on other boards of other registered investment companies), current employment, date of birth, business and residence address, and the names and addresses of at least three professional references;

 

  information as to whether the candidate is, has been or may be an “interested person” (as such term is defined in the 1940 Act) of the Trust, Calamos Advisors or any of its affiliates, and, if believed not to be or have been an “interested person,” information regarding the candidate that will be sufficient for the committee to make such determination;

 

  the written and signed consent of the candidate to be named as a nominee and to serve as a trustee of the Trust, if elected;

 

  a description of all arrangements or understandings between the nominating shareholder, the candidate and/or any other person or persons (including their names) pursuant to which the shareholder recommendation is being made, and if none, so specify;

 

  the number of Shares of the Fund owned of record or beneficially by the candidate, as reported by the candidate; and

 

  such other information that would be helpful to the governance committee in evaluating the candidate.

The governance committee may require the nominating shareholder to furnish other information it may reasonably require or deem necessary to verify any information furnished pursuant to the procedures delineated above or to determine the qualifications and eligibility of the candidate proposed by the nominating shareholder to serve as a trustee. If the nominating shareholder fails to provide such additional information in writing within seven days of receipt of written request from the governance committee, the recommendation of such candidate will be deemed not properly submitted for consideration, and the governance committee is not required to consider such candidate.

Unless otherwise specified by the governance committee’s chairman or by legal counsel to the non-interested trustees, the Trust’s Secretary will promptly forward all shareholder recommendations to the governance committee’s chairman and the legal counsel to the non-interested trustees, indicating whether the shareholder recommendation has been properly submitted pursuant to the procedures adopted by the governance committee for the consideration of trustee candidates nominated by shareholders.

Recommendations for candidates as trustees will be evaluated, among other things, in light of whether the number of trustees is expected to change and whether the trustees expect any vacancies. During periods when the governance committee is not actively recruiting new trustees, shareholder recommendations will be kept on file until active recruitment is under way. After consideration of a shareholder recommendation, the governance committee may dispose of the shareholder recommendation.

In addition to the above committees, there is a pricing committee, appointed by the board of trustees, comprised of officers of the Trust and employees of Calamos Advisors.]

The Trust commenced operations in 2013, and has not had operations for a full year.

LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AND QUALIFICATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. [The board of trustees is responsible for oversight of the Trust. The Trust has engaged Calamos Advisors to manage the Fund on a day-to-day basis. The board of trustees oversees Calamos Advisors and certain other principal service providers in the operations of the Fund. The board of trustees is currently composed of six members, five of whom are non-interested trustees. The board of trustees meets in-person at regularly scheduled meetings four times throughout the year. In addition, the board may meet in-person or by telephone at special meetings or on an informal basis at other times. As described above, the board of trustees has established five standing committees — Audit, Dividend, Executive, Governance and Valuation — and may establish ad hoc committees or working groups from time to time to assist the board of trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities. The non-interested trustees also have engaged independent legal counsel to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities. Such independent legal counsel also serves as counsel to the Trust.

The chairman of the board of trustees is an “interested person” of the Trust (as such term is defined in the 1940 Act). The non- interested trustees have appointed a lead independent trustee. The lead independent trustee serves as a liaison between Calamos Advisors and the non-interested trustees and leads the non-interested trustees in all aspects of their oversight of the Fund. Among other things, the lead independent trustee reviews and approves, with the chairman, the agenda for each board and committee meeting and facilitates communication among the Trust’s non-interested trustees. The trustees believe that the board’s leadership structure is appropriate given the characteristics and circumstances of the Trust. The trustees also believe that this structure facilitates the exercise of the board’s independent judgment in fulfilling its oversight function and efficiently allocates responsibility among committees.

 

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The board of trustees has concluded that, based on each trustee’s experience, qualifications, attributes or skills on an individual basis and in combination with those of the other trustees, each trustee should serve as a member of the board. In making this determination, the board has taken into account the actual service of the trustees during their tenure in concluding that each should continue to serve. The board also has considered each trustee’s background and experience. Set forth below is a brief discussion of the specific experience qualifications, attributes or skills of each trustee that led the board to conclude that he should serve as a trustee.

Each of Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [            ] has served for more than eight years as a trustee of other trusts in the Calamos Family of Funds fund complex. In addition, each of Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [                ] has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. [            ] has over 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney, counseling corporations and litigating commercial disputes. Each of Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [            ] has experience serving on boards of other entities, including other investment companies. Each of Messrs. [            ], [            ], [            ], [            ] and [            ] has earned a Masters of Business Administration degree, and each of Messrs. [            ] and [            ] has earned a Juris Doctor degree.]

RISK OVERSIGHT. [The operation of a mutual fund, including its investment activities, generally involves a variety of risks. As part of its oversight of the Fund, the board of trustees oversees risk through various regular board and committee activities. The board of trustees, directly or through its committees, reviews reports from, among others, Calamos Advisors, the Trust’s Compliance Officer, the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm, outside legal counsel, and internal auditors of Calamos Advisors or its affiliates, as appropriate, regarding risks faced by the Fund and the risk management programs of Calamos Advisors and certain service providers. The actual day-to-day risk management with respect to the Fund resides with Calamos Advisors and other service providers to the Fund. Although the risk management policies of Calamos Advisors and the service providers are designed to be effective, there is no guarantee that they will anticipate or mitigate all risks. Not all risks that may affect the Fund can be identified, eliminated or mitigated and some risks simply may not be anticipated or may be beyond the control of the board of trustees or Calamos Advisors, its affiliates or other service providers.]

TRUSTEE AND OFFICER COMPENSATION. [            ], the trustee who is an “interested person” of the Trust, does not receive compensation from the Trust. Although they are compensated, the non-interested trustees do not receive any pension or retirement benefits from the Trust. Mr. [            ] is the only Trust officer who receives compensation from the Trust. The Trust commenced operations in 2013 and has not had operations for a full year. The following table sets forth the estimated compensation (including any amounts deferred, as described below) that is contemplated to be paid to the Trustees for a full year by the Calamos Family of Funds fund complex:

 

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     FISCAL YEAR ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2012  

NAME

   AGGREGATE
COMPENSATION
FROM THE TRUST(1)
     TOTAL COMPENSATION
FROM CALAMOS FUND
COMPLEX(2)
 

[         ]

     0         0   

[         ](1)

   $ [        ]       $ [        ]   

[         ](1)

   $ [        ]       $ [        ]   

[         ]

   $ [        ]       $ [        ]   

[         ]

   $ [        ]       $ [        ]   

[         ]

   $ [        ]       $ [        ]   

[         ]

   $ [        ]       $ [        ]   

 

(1) Includes fees deferred during the relevant period pursuant to a deferred compensation plan. Deferred amounts are treated as though such amounts have been invested and reinvested in shares of one or more series of the Trust as selected by the trustee.
(2) Consisting of [             ] portfolios as of the end of the period indicated.

The compensation paid to the non-interested trustees of Calamos Funds for their services as such consists of an annual retainer fee in the amount of $[            ], with annual supplemental retainers of $[            ] to the lead independent trustee, $[            ] to the chair of the audit committee and $[            ] to the chair of any other committee. Each non-interested trustee receives a meeting attendance fee of $[            ] for any regular board meeting attended in person, $[            ] for any regular board meeting attended by telephone or any special board meeting attended in person or by phone, $[            ] for any committee meeting attended in person or by telephone, and $[            ] per ad-hoc committee meeting to the Ad-hoc committee chair.

Compensation paid to the non-interested trustees is allocated among the series of the Calamos Funds in accordance with a procedure determined from time to time by the board.

[The Trust has adopted a deferred compensation plan for non-interested trustees (the “Plan”). Under the Plan, a trustee who is not an “interested person” of Calamos Advisors and has elected to participate in the Plan (a “participating trustee”) may defer receipt of all or a portion of his compensation from the Trust in order to defer payment of income taxes or for other reasons. The deferred compensation payable to the participating trustee is credited to the trustee’s deferral account as of the business day such compensation otherwise would have been paid to the trustee. The value of a trustee’s deferred compensation account at any time is equal to what the value would be if the amounts credited to the account had instead been invested in Shares. Thus, the value of the account increases with contributions to the account or with increases in the value of the measuring shares, and the value of the account decreases with withdrawals from the account or with declines in the value of the measuring shares. If a participating trustee retires, the trustee may elect to receive payments under the plan in a lump sum or in equal annual installments over a period of five years. If a participating trustee dies, any amount payable under the Plan will be paid to the trustee’s beneficiaries. Each series’ obligation to make payments under the Plan is a general obligation of that series. No series is liable for the obligations of any other series to make payments under the Plan.]

 

     AGGREGATE
DOLLAR
RANGE OF
SHARES OF
ALL FUNDS IN
THE FUND
COMPLEX
 

[            ]

   Over $ 100,000   

[            ]

   Over $ 100,000   

[            ]

   Over $ 100,000   

[            ]

   Over $ 100,000   

[            ]

   Over $ 100,000   

[            ]

   Over $ 100,000   

 

* Valuation as of [ , 2013].

[No trustee who is not an “interested person” of the Trust owns beneficially or of record, any security of Calamos Advisors, CFS, or any person (other than a registered investment company) directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with Calamos Advisors or CFS.]

CODE OF ETHICS. Employees of Calamos Advisors [and Calamos Financial Services LLC (“CFS”), the Fund’s distributor,] are permitted to make personal securities transactions, including transactions in securities that the Trust may purchase, sell or hold, subject to requirements and restrictions set forth in the Code of Ethics of the Trust, Calamos Advisors and CFS. The Code of Ethics adopted pursuant to Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act contains provisions and requirements designed to identify and address certain conflicts of interest between personal investment activities of Calamos Advisors and CFS employees and the interests of investment advisory clients such as the Trust. Among other things, the Code of Ethics prohibits certain types of transactions absent prior approval, imposes time periods during which personal transactions may not be made in certain securities, and requires the submission of duplicate broker confirmations and statements and quarterly reporting of securities transactions. Additional restrictions apply to portfolio managers, traders, research analysts and others involved in the investment advisory process. Exceptions to these and other provisions of the Code of Ethics may be granted in particular circumstances after review by appropriate personnel.

 

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Affiliates of Calamos Advisors and CFS, CAM, CILLC, Calamos Family Partners, Inc. (“CFP”) and the owners of these affiliates, which include [            ], [            ] and [            ]. (“Calamos Family”), may invest in products managed by Calamos Advisors to support the continued growth of our investment products and strategies, including investments to seed new products. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Code of Ethics, investments made by CAM, CILLC, CFP and the Calamos Family in products managed by Calamos Advisors are not subject to restrictions of the Code of Ethics regarding short term or speculative trading. As a result, such entities or individuals may hedge corporate or personal investments in such products. However, these hedging transactions are subject to pre-clearance by the Compliance Department and reporting to the CAM Audit Committee. In addition, the trading execution order must be (1) products or accounts managed by Calamos Advisors (2) CAM, (3) CILLC, (4) and CFP and/or the Calamos Family. All other provisions of the Code of Ethics are otherwise applicable.

The General Counsel may approve additional strategies or instruments based on unusual market circumstances and on the determination that the transactions would not impact the broader market or conflict with any customer activity.

PROXY VOTING PROCEDURES. [The Fund has delegated proxy voting responsibilities to Calamos Advisors, subject to the board of trustees’ general oversight. The Fund expects Calamos Advisors to vote proxies related to the Fund’s portfolio securities for which the Fund has voting authority consistent with the Fund’s best interests. Calamos Advisors has adopted its own Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures (the “Policies”). The Policies address, among other things, conflicts of interest that may arise between the Fund’s interests, and the interests of Calamos Advisors and its affiliates.

The following is a summary of the Policies used by Calamos Advisors in voting proxies.

To assist it in voting proxies, Calamos Advisors has established a committee comprised of members of its Portfolio Management and Research Departments. The committee and/or its members will vote proxies using the following guidelines.

In general, if Calamos Advisors believes that a company’s management and board have interests sufficiently aligned with the Fund’s interest, Calamos Advisors will vote in favor of proposals recommended by the company’s board. More specifically, Calamos Advisors seeks to ensure that the board of directors of a company is sufficiently aligned with security holders’ interests and provides proper oversight of the company’s management. In many cases this may be best accomplished by having a majority of independent board members. Although Calamos Advisors will examine board member elections on a case-by-case basis, it will generally vote for the election of directors that would result in a board comprised of a majority of independent directors.

Because of the enormous variety and complexity of transactions that are presented to shareholders, such as mergers, acquisitions, reincorporations, adoptions of anti-takeover measures (including adoption of a shareholder rights plan, requiring supermajority voting on particular issues, adoption of fair price provisions, issuance of blank check preferred stocks and the creation of a separate class of stock with unequal voting rights), changes to capital structures (including authorizing additional shares, repurchasing stock or approving a stock split), executive compensation and option plans, that occur in a variety of industries, companies and market cycles, it is extremely difficult to foresee exactly what would be in the best interests of the Fund in all circumstances. Moreover, voting on such proposals involves considerations unique to each transaction. Accordingly, Calamos Advisors will vote on a case-by-case basis on proposals presenting these transactions.

To assist it in analyzing proxies, Calamos subscribes to Broadridge, an unaffiliated third-party corporate governance research service that provides in-depth analyses of shareholder meeting agendas, voting recommendations, record keeping and vote disclosure services. Proxies received by the Fund are voted based upon Calamos’ proxy voting guidelines. CAL has established an internal proxy group that is responsible for maintaining oversight of all facets of the processes described above. Any proxy that is not covered by the proxy voting guidelines is reviewed and considered by Calamos’ proxy group and is voted in accordance with that review. In addition, this service facilitates the voting of each proxy in accordance with our proxy voting policy. Based on the instruction provided by the proxy group and/or the principles inherent in CAL’s proxy policy, the Corporate Actions Department will vote and process proxies.

Finally, Calamos Advisors has established procedures to help resolve conflicts of interests that might arise when voting proxies for the Fund. These procedures provide that the committee, along with Calamos Advisors’ Legal and Compliance Departments, will examine conflicts of interests with the Fund of which Calamos Advisors is aware and seek to resolve such conflicts in the Fund’s best interests, irrespective of any such conflict. If a member of the committee has a personal conflict of interest, that member will refrain from voting and the remainder of the committee will determine how to vote the proxy solely on the investment merits of any proposal. The committee will then memorialize the conflict and the procedures used to address the conflict.]

The Trust is required to file with the SEC its complete proxy voting record for the 12-month period ending June 30, by no later than August 31 of each year. The Trust’s proxy voting record for the most recent 12-month period ending June 30 is available by August 31 of each year (1) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, and (2) without charge, upon request, by calling [800-582-6959].

 

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You may obtain a copy of Calamos Advisors’ Policies by calling [800.582.6959], by visiting Calamos Advisors’ website at [www.calamos.com], by writing Calamos Advisors at: Calamos Investments, Attn: Client Services, 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, IL 60563, and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

DISCLOSURE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS. [The board of trustees, including a majority of the non-interested trustees, has adopted policies and procedures to govern the disclosure of portfolio security holdings. The board of trustees considered the circumstances under which portfolio security holdings may be disclosed to different categories of persons and how to address actual and potential conflicts of interests between the interests of the Fund’s shareholders, on the one hand, and those of Calamos Advisors and CFS, on the other. After giving due consideration to such matters and after exercising their fiduciary duties and reasonable business judgment, the board of trustees determined that the Fund has a legitimate business purpose for disclosing portfolio security holdings to the persons described in the policies and procedures, and that the policies and procedures are reasonably designed to ensure that disclosures of portfolio security holdings are not opposed to the best interests of shareholders and appropriately address the potential for material conflicts of interest.

Calamos Advisors and CFS carry out the policies and procedures governing disclosure of portfolio security holdings, and as

such have access to information regarding portfolio security holdings on a daily basis and may disclose that information to the Fund’s service providers and other third parties only in accordance with the policies and procedures adopted by the board of trustees.]

Disclosure to the Public

[The Fund’s portfolio holdings are disseminated publicly each day that the Fund is open for business through financial reporting and news services, including publicly accessible Internet websites. In addition, for in-kind creations, a basket composition file, which includes the security names and share quantities to deliver in exchange for Shares, together with estimates and actual cash components, is publicly disseminated daily prior to the opening of the Exchange via the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”). The basket represents one Creation Unit of the Fund. The Trust, the Calamos Advisors, and [            ] (“[    ]” or the “Administrator”) will not disseminate non-public information concerning the Trust.

Access to information concerning the Fund’s portfolio holdings may be permitted at other times to personnel of third party service providers, including the Fund’s custodian, transfer agent, auditors and counsel, as may be necessary to conduct business in the ordinary course in a manner consistent with such service providers’ agreements with the Trust on behalf of the Fund, as described below.]

The Fund’s most current public portfolio holdings information may be found at [www.calamos.com].

Non-Public Disclosure

[Disclosure to Third Parties. Portfolio security holdings may be disclosed more frequently than described above to third parties, with little or no lag time, when the Fund has a legitimate business purpose for doing so. The frequency and lag time of such disclosure is based upon each party’s need for the information. Third parties include, but are not limited to, the Fund’s investment adviser, principal underwriter, custodian, transfer agent, administrator, fund accounting agent, financial accounting agent, independent auditors, attorneys or such other selected third parties. The following parties receive non-public portfolio security holdings disclosure: [            ]. The third parties have a duty to keep the Fund’s non-public information confidential either through written contractual arrangements with the Fund or Calamos Advisors, or by the nature of their fiduciary duty with respect to the Fund, which includes a duty of confidentiality and a duty to refrain from trading on non-public information. The Fund may be harmed if the service providers breach any non-contractual duty to keep the Fund’s non-public information confidential as the Fund may have no contractual remedies or recourse against such breaching parties.

In addition, the Fund, Calamos Advisors, CFS and the Fund’s administrator and custodian may, for legitimate business purposes within the scope of their duties and responsibilities, disclose portfolio security holdings (whether a complete list of portfolio security holdings or a subset thereof) and other positions comprising the Fund’s assets to one or more broker-dealers or foreign custodians during the course of, or in connection with, normal day-to-day securities and derivative transactions with or through such broker- dealers or foreign custodians, subject to such broker-dealer’s obligation and/or foreign custodian’s fiduciary duty not to disclose or use material, non-public information concerning the Fund’s portfolio security holdings without the consent of the Fund or its agents. Any such disclosure must be approved in writing by Calamos Advisors’ General Counsel or, in his absence, the Trust’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Disclosures required by Applicable Law. The Fund, Calamos Advisors and CFS may disclose portfolio security holdings information of the Fund as may be required by applicable law, rule, regulation or court order. Any officer of the Fund, Calamos Advisors or CFS is authorized to disclose portfolio security holdings pursuant to these policies and procedures.

 

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As part of the Fund’s compliance program under Rule 38a-1 under the 1940 Act, the Trust’s Chief Compliance Officer periodically will review or cause to be reviewed portfolio security holding disclosures in order to seek compliance with these policies and procedures. The board of trustees will oversee disclosures through the reporting of the Chief Compliance Officer.]

The Fund, Calamos Advisors and [CFS] do not receive compensation or other consideration for the disclosure of portfolio security holdings.

INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES

[Investment management and certain other services are provided to the Trust by Calamos Advisors pursuant to a Management Agreement (the “Management Agreement”) dated [            ]. Calamos Advisors also furnishes office space, equipment and management personnel to the Trust. For more information, see the prospectus under “Who manages the Fund?”

The Fund pays Calamos Advisors a fee based on its average daily net assets that is accrued daily and paid on a monthly basis. The Fund pays a fee on its average daily net assets at the annual rate of [    ]%.]

Calamos Advisors is an indirect subsidiary of Calamos Asset Management, Inc., whose voting shares are majority-owned by Calamos Family Partners, Inc., which is controlled by John P. Calamos, Sr. and the Calamos family. John P. Calamos, Sr., is an affiliated person of the Fund and its advisor by virtue of his position as Trustee and President and CEO of the Trust and Chairman, CEO and Global Co-Chief Investment Officer of CALAMOS ADVISORS. Gary D. Black, Nimish S. Bhatt, James J. Boyne and J. Christopher Jackson are affiliated persons of the Fund and its advisor by virtue of their positions as Vice President, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Vice President and Assistant Secretary, and Vice President and Secretary of the Trust; respectively, and as Executive Vice President and Global Co-Chief Investment Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; President and Chief Operating Officer; and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Calamos Advisors, respectively.

The use of the name “Calamos” in the name of the Trust and in the name of the Fund is pursuant to licenses granted by Calamos Investments LLC, and the Trust has agreed to change the name to remove the reference if Calamos Advisors ceases to act as investment adviser to the Fund.

EXPENSES

Subject to the expense limitations described below, Fund pays all of its own operating expenses that are not specifically assumed by Calamos Advisors, including (i) fees of Calamos Advisors; (ii) interest, taxes and any governmental filing fees; (iii) compensation and expenses of the trustees, other than those who are interested persons of the Trust, Calamos Advisors or CFS; (iv) legal, audit, custodial and transfer agency fees and expenses; (v) fees and expenses related to the Fund’s organization and registration and qualification of the Fund and its shares under federal and state securities laws; (vi) expenses of printing and mailing reports, notices and proxy material to shareholders, and expenses incidental to meetings of shareholders; (vii) expenses of preparing prospectuses and of printing and distributing them to existing shareholders; (viii) insurance premiums; (ix) litigation and indemnification expenses and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the normal course of the business of the Trust; (x) distribution expenses pursuant to the Fund’s Distribution Plans; and (xi) brokerage commissions and other transaction-related costs.

CALAMOS ADVISORS has contractually agreed to limit the annual ordinary operating expenses of the Fund, as a percentage of the average net assets of the Shares to [    ]%. [For purposes of this expense limitation agreement, operating expenses do not include dividend expense on short positions.] This expense limitation agreement is binding on CALAMOS ADVISORS through [        ].

TEAM APPROACH TO

MANAGEMENT

CALAMOS ADVISORS employs a team approach to portfolio management, led by the Global Co-CIOs and comprised generally of the Global Co-CIOs and Co-Portfolio Managers. The Global Co-CIOs and Co-Portfolio Managers are supported by and lead a team of investment professionals whose valuable contributions create a synergy of expertise that can be applied across many different investment strategies. Co-Portfolio Managers are supported by a team of sector analysts making recommendations based upon rigorous fundamental research.

CALAMOS ADVISORS has an Investment Committee (“Investment Committee”) that performs the following functions:

 

  Establishment of top-down global macroeconomic views

 

  Discussion of sector, thematic and geographic positioning across strategies

 

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  Oversight of risk management across strategies

 

  Monitoring and evaluation of investment performance

 

  Evaluation and recommendation of enhancements to the investment process

The Investment Committee operates as a team and consists of our Global Co-CIOs, who will lead the Committee, and a select group of senior investment professionals. Other members of the investment team will also participate in Committee meetings in connection with specific investment related issues or topics as deemed appropriate. Membership of the Investment Committee may be modified to ensure we adapt to dynamic economic, capital market and investment environments as well as incorporate diverse views into our investment process.

While day-to-day management of the portfolio is a team effort, the Global Co-CIOs, along with the Co-Portfolio Managers, have joint primary and supervisory responsibility for the Fund and work with all team members in developing and executing each

respective portfolio’s investment program. Each member of the senior investment team is further identified below.

John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black, Global Co-CIOs of CALAMOS ADVISORS, generally focus on firm-wide risk management and the top-down approach of diversification by country and industry sector and macro-level investment themes. As Global Co-CIOs, Messrs. John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black direct the team’s focus on the macro themes upon which the portfolio’s strategy is based. The team, as a whole, implements the investment strategies, under the general direction and supervision of the Global Co-CIOs, as well as the Co-Heads of Research, Nick Niziolek, Jeff Scudieri and Jon Vacko, and the Co-Portfolio Managers. John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black, along with Nick Niziolek, Jeff Scudieri and Jon Vacko, are responsible for the day-to-day management of the team, bottom-up research efforts and strategy implementation. John Hillenbrand, Steve Klouda, Dennis Cogan, Nick Niziolek, Eli Pars and Joe Wysocki are each Co-Portfolio Managers.

The Co-Portfolio Managers also have responsibility for the day-to-day management of accounts other than the Fund. Information regarding these other accounts as of [            ] is set forth below.

 

     Registered
Investment
Companies
    Other Pooled
Investment
Vehicles
    Other
Accounts
 
   Accounts     Assets     Accounts     Assets     Accounts     Assets  

John P. Calamos Sr.

                        

Gary D. Black

                        

Jeff Scudieri

                        

Jon Vacko

                        

Dennis Cogan

                        

John Hillenbrand

                        

Steve Klouda

                        

Nick Niziolek

                        

Eli Pars

            

Joe Wysocki

                        

As of [            ], the accounts listed below include an advisory fee that is based on performance of the account.

 

     Registered
Investment
Companies
    Other Pooled
Investment
Vehicles
    Other
Accounts
 
     Accounts     Assets     Accounts    Assets     Accounts    Assets  

John P. Calamos Sr.

                      

Gary D. Black

                      

Jeff Scudieri

                      

Jon Vacko

                      

Dennis Cogan

                      

John Hillenbrand

                      

Steve Klouda

                      

Nick Niziolek

                      

Eli Pars

              

Joe Wysocki

                      

Each Co-Portfolio Manager may invest for his own benefit in securities held in brokerage and mutual fund accounts. The information shown in the table does not include information about those accounts where the Team Leader or members of his family have a beneficial or pecuniary interest because no advisory relationship exists with Calamos Advisors or any of its affiliates.

 

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The Fund’s Co-Portfolio Managers are responsible for managing both the Fund and other accounts, including separate accounts and funds not required to be registered under the 1940 Act.

Other than potential conflicts between investment strategies, the side-by-side management of both the Fund and other accounts may raise potential conflicts of interest due to the interest held by Calamos Advisors in an account and certain trading practices used by the portfolio managers (e.g., cross trades between the Fund and another account and allocation of aggregated trades). Calamos Advisors has developed policies and procedures reasonably designed to mitigate those conflicts. For example, Calamos Advisors will only place cross-trades in securities held by the Fund in accordance with the rules promulgated under the 1940 Act and has adopted policies designed to ensure the fair allocation of securities purchased on an aggregated basis. The allocation methodology employed by Calamos Advisors varies depending on the type of securities sought to be bought or sold and the type of client or group of clients. Generally, however, orders are placed first for those clients that have given Calamos Advisors brokerage discretion (including the ability to step out a portion of trades), and then to clients that have directed Calamos Advisors to execute trades through a specific broker. However, if the directed broker allows Calamos Advisors to execute with other brokerage firms, which then book the transaction directly with the directed broker, the order will be placed as if the client had given Calamos Advisors full brokerage discretion. Calamos Advisors and its affiliates frequently use a “rotational” method of placing and aggregating client orders and will build and fill a position for a designated client or group of clients before placing orders for other clients.

A client account may not receive an allocation of an order if: (a) the client would receive an unmarketable amount of securities based on account size; (b) the client has precluded Calamos Advisors from using a particular broker; (c) the cash balance in the client account will be insufficient to pay for the securities allocated to it at settlement; (d) current portfolio attributes make an allocation inappropriate; and (e) account specific guidelines, objectives and other account specific factors make an allocation inappropriate. Allocation methodology may be modified when strict adherence to the usual allocation is impractical or leads to inefficient or undesirable results. Calamos Advisors’ head trader must approve each instance that the usual allocation methodology is not followed and provide a reasonable basis for such instances and all modifications must be reported in writing to the Calamos Advisors’ Chief Compliance Officer on a monthly basis.

Investment opportunities for which there is limited availability generally are allocated among participating client accounts pursuant to an objective methodology (i.e., either on a pro rata basis or using a rotational method, as described above). However, in some instances, Calamos Advisors may consider subjective elements in attempting to allocate a trade, in which case the Fund may not participate, or may participate to a lesser degree than other clients, in the allocation of an investment opportunity. In considering subjective criteria when allocating trades, Calamos Advisors is bound by its fiduciary duty to its clients to treat all client accounts fairly and equitably.

The Team Leaders advise certain accounts under a performance fee arrangement. A performance fee arrangement may create an incentive for a Team Leader to make investments that are riskier or more speculative than would be the case in the absence of performance fees. A performance fee arrangement may result in increased compensation to the Team Leaders from such accounts due to unrealized appreciation as well as realized gains in the client’s account.

As of December 31, 2012, John P. Calamos, Sr. and Gary D. Black, our Global Co-CIOs receive all of their compensation from Calamos Advisors. Each has entered into an employment agreement that provides for compensation in the form of an annual base salary and a target bonus, both components payable in cash. Their target bonus is set at a percentage of the respective base salary. Similarly, there is a target for Long-Term Incentive (“LTI”) awards and that target is also set at a percentage of the respective base salaries.

As of December 31, 2012, Messrs. Scudieri, Vacko, Hillenbrand, Klouda, Cogan, Niziolek, Pars and Joe Wysocki receive all of their compensation from Calamos Advisors. They receive their compensation in the form of an annual base salary, a discretionary bonus (payable in cash) and LTI awards. They have a bonus range of opportunity which is expressed as a percentage of base salary. Each of these individuals is also eligible for discretionary LTI awards based on individual and collective performance, however these awards are not guaranteed from year to year. LTI awards consist of restricted stock units or a combination of restricted stock units and stock options. Additionally, they are also eligible to receive a portion of certain investment advisory fees and incentive fee payments collected by Calamos Advisors or an affiliated entity, determined by the Global Co-CIOs.

The amounts paid to all Team Leaders and the criteria utilized to determine the amounts are benchmarked against industry specific data provided by third party analytical agencies. The Team Leaders’ compensation structure does not differentiate between the Fund and other accounts managed by the Team Leaders, and is determined on an overall basis, taking into consideration annually the performance of the various strategies managed by the Team Leaders. Portfolio performance, as measured by risk-adjusted portfolio performance, is utilized to determine the target bonus, as well as overall performance of Calamos Advisors. All Team Leaders are eligible to receive annual equity awards in shares of Calamos Asset Management, Inc. under an incentive compensation plan.

 

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Historically, the annual equity awards granted under the incentive compensation plan have been comprised of stock options and restricted stock units which vest over periods of time. Unless terminated early, the stock options have a ten-year term. Grants of restricted stock units and stock options must generally be approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Calamos Asset Management, Inc.

The compensation structure described above is also impacted by additional corporate objectives set by the Board of Directors of Calamos Asset Management, Inc., which for 2012 included investment performance, as measured annually by risk-adjusted performance of the investment strategies managed by Calamos Advisors over a blended short- and long-term measurement period; distribution effectiveness, as measured by redemption rates and net sales in products that are open to new investors; and financial performance, as measured by operating earnings and margin.

DISTRIBUTOR

The Distributor is [            ] (the “Distributor”), [address].

Shares will be continuously offered for sale by the Trust through the Distributor only in Creation Units, as described below under “Transactions in Creation Units.” Shares in less than Creation Units are not distributed by the Distributor. The Distributor also acts as agent for the Trust. The Distributor will deliver a Prospectus to persons purchasing Shares in Creation Units and will maintain records of both orders placed with it and confirmations of acceptance furnished by it. The Distributor is a broker-dealer registered under the 1934 Act and a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. The Distributor has no role in determining the investment policies of the Fund, or which securities are to be purchased or sold by the Fund.

[The Board has adopted a distribution and service plan (“Distribution and Service Plan”) pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act (“Plan”). In accordance with its Plan, the Fund is authorized to pay an amount up to [0.25]% of its average daily net assets each year for certain distribution-related activities. In addition, if the payment of management fees by the Fund is deemed to be indirect financing by the Fund of the distribution of its shares, such payment is authorized by the Plan. The Plan specifically recognizes that Calamos Advisors may use management fee revenue, as well as past profits or other resources, to pay for expenses incurred in connection with providing services intended to result in the sale of Shares. The Investment Adviser may pay amounts to third parties for distribution or marketing services on behalf of the Funds.

The Plan was adopted in order to permit the implementation of the Funds’ method of distribution. No fees are currently paid by any Fund under a Plan, however, and there are no current plans to impose such fees. In the event such fees were to be charged, over time they would increase the cost of an investment in the Fund because they would be paid on an ongoing basis. If fees were charged under the Plan, the Trustees would receive and review at the end of each quarter a written report provided by the Distributor of the amounts expended under the Plan and the purpose for which such expenditures were made.

The Plan will remain in effect for a period of one year and is renewable from year to year with respect to the Fund, so long as its continuance is approved at least annually (1) by the vote of a majority of the Trustees and (2) by a vote of the majority of the independent trustees, cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval. The Plan may not be amended to increase materially the amount of fees paid by the Fund unless such amendment is approved by majority vote of the outstanding shares and by the independent trustees in the manner described above. The Plan is terminable with respect to the Fund at any time by a vote of a majority of the independent trustees or by 1940 Act majority vote of the outstanding shares.]

OTHER COMPENSATION TO INTERMEDIARIES

[CAL, CFS and their affiliates are currently subject to supplemental compensation payment requests by certain securities broker- dealers, banks or other intermediaries, including third party administrators of qualified plans (each an “Intermediary”) whose customers have purchased Shares. In their discretion, CAL, CFS or their affiliates may make payments to an Intermediary for various purposes. These payments do not increase the amount paid by you or the Fund, as they are paid from the legitimate profits from these entities in what is generally referred to as “revenue sharing.”

Revenue sharing payments are generally a percentage of the account’s average annual net assets. CAL and CFS may make these payments to an Intermediary for various purposes, including to help defray costs incurred by the Intermediary to educate financial advisers about the Fund so they can make recommendations and provide services that are suitable and meet shareholder needs, to access the Intermediary’s representatives, to provide marketing support and other specified services. To the extent that the Fund does not pay for these costs directly, CAL and CFS may also make payments to certain financial intermediaries for administrative services such as record keeping, sub-accounting for shareholder accounts, client account maintenance support, statement preparation, transaction processing, payment of ticket charges per purchase or exchange order placed by a financial intermediary, payment of networking fees in connection with certain mutual fund trading systems, or one-time payments for services such as setting up the Fund on an intermediary’s trading system.

 

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These payments may provide Intermediaries with an incentive to favor Shares over sales of shares of other non-mutual fund investments. These payments may influence the Intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Shares over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your Intermediary’s website for more information. You may wish to take such payment arrangements into account when considering and evaluating any recommendations relating to Fund shares and you should discuss this matter with your Intermediary and its representatives. The Fund may utilize an Intermediary that offers and sells Shares to execute portfolio transactions for the Fund. The Fund, Calamos Advisors and CFS do not consider sales of Shares as a factor in the selection of broker-dealers to execute portfolio transactions for the Fund.]

PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS

Calamos Advisors is responsible for decisions to buy and sell securities for the Fund, the selection of brokers and dealers to effect the transactions and the negotiation of prices and any brokerage commissions on such transactions.

Portfolio transactions on behalf of the Fund affected on stock exchanges involve the payment of negotiated brokerage commissions. There is generally no stated commission in the case of securities traded in the over-the-counter markets, but the price the Fund pays usually includes an undisclosed dealer commission or mark-up. For securities purchased in an underwritten offering, the price the Fund pays includes a disclosed, fixed commission or discount retained by the underwriter or dealer.

In executing portfolio transactions, Calamos Advisors uses its best efforts to obtain for the Fund the most favorable combination of price and execution available. In seeking the most favorable combination of price and execution, Calamos Advisors considers all factors it deems relevant, including price, the size of the transaction, the nature of the market for the security, the amount of commission, the timing of the transaction taking into account market prices and trends, the execution capability of the broker-dealer and the quality of service rendered by the broker-dealer in other transactions.

In allocating the Fund’s portfolio brokerage transactions to unaffiliated broker-dealers, Calamos Advisors may take into consideration the research, analytical, statistical and other information and services provided by the broker-dealer, such as general economic reports and information, reports or analyses of particular companies or industry groups, market timing and technical information, and the availability of the brokerage firm’s analysts for consultation. Although Calamos Advisors believes these services have substantial value, they are considered supplemental to Calamos Advisors’ own efforts in performing its duties under the Management Agreement.

Calamos Advisors does not guarantee any broker the placement of a predetermined amount of securities transactions in return for the research or brokerage services it provides. Calamos Advisors does, however, have internal procedures for allocating transactions in a manner consistent with its execution policies to brokers that it has identified as providing research, research-related products or services, or execution-related services of a particular benefit to its clients. Calamos Advisors has entered into client commission agreements (“CCAs”) with certain broker-dealers under which the broker-dealers may use a portion of their commissions to pay third parties or other broker-dealers that provide Calamos Advisors with research or brokerage services, as permitted under Section 28(e) of the Exchange Act. CCAs allow Calamos Advisors to direct broker-dealers to pool commissions that are generated from orders executed at that broker-dealer, and then periodically direct the broker-dealer to pay third parties or other broker-dealers for research or brokerage services. All uses of CCAs by Calamos Advisors are subject to applicable law and their best execution obligations. Brokerage and research products and services furnished by brokers may be used in servicing any or all of the clients of Calamos Advisors and such research may not necessarily be used by Calamos Advisors in connection with the accounts which paid commissions to the broker providing such brokerage and research products and services.

As permitted by Section 28(e) of the 1934 Act, Calamos Advisors may pay a broker-dealer that provides brokerage and research services an amount of commission for effecting a securities transaction for the Fund in excess of the commission that another broker- dealer would have charged for effecting that transaction if Calamos Advisors believes the amount to be reasonable in relation to the value of the overall quality of the brokerage and research services provided. Other clients of Calamos Advisors may indirectly benefit from the availability of these services to Calamos Advisors, and the Fund may indirectly benefit from services available to Calamos Advisors as a result of research services received by Calamos Advisors through transactions for other clients. In addition, Calamos Advisors may execute portfolio transactions for the Fund, to the extent permitted by law, through broker-dealers affiliated with the Fund, Calamos Advisors, CFS, or other broker-dealers distributing shares of the Fund if it reasonably believes that the combination of price and execution is at least as favorable as with unaffiliated broker-dealers, and in such transactions any such broker-dealer would receive brokerage commissions paid by the Fund.

In certain cases, Calamos Advisors may obtain products or services from a broker that have both research and non-research uses. Examples of non-research uses are administrative and marketing functions. These are referred to as “mixed use” products. In each case, Calamos Advisors makes a good faith effort to determine the proportion of such products or services that may be used for research and non-research purposes. That determination is based upon the time spent by Calamos Advisors

 

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personnel for research and non-research uses. The portion of the costs of such products or services attributable to research usage may be defrayed by Calamos Advisors through brokerage commissions generated by transactions of its clients, including the Fund. Calamos Advisors pays the provider in cash for the non-research portion of its use of these products or services.

The Fund had not commenced operations prior to the date of this SAI, accordingly, the Fund has no brokerage data to report.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SHARES

Organization and Description of Shares of Beneficial Interest

The Trust is a Delaware statutory trust and registered open-end investment company. The Trust was organized on June 17, 2013, and has authorized capital of unlimited Shares of beneficial interest of no par value that may be issued in more than one class or series. Currently, the Trust consists of one actively managed series, which has not commenced operations prior to the date of this SAI. The board of trustees may designate additional series and classify Shares of a particular series into one or more classes of that series.

Under Delaware law, the Trust is not required to hold an annual shareholders meeting if the 1940 Act does not require such a meeting. Generally, there will not be annual meetings of Trust shareholders, [but if requested in writing by shareholders of at least 25% of the outstanding Shares of the Trust, the Trust will call a meeting of shareholders. Shareholders holding two-thirds of Shares outstanding of the relevant Fund may remove Trustees from office by votes cast at a meeting of Trust shareholders or by written consent.]

All Shares are freely transferable. Shares will not have preemptive rights or cumulative voting rights, and none of the Shares will have any preference to conversion, exchange, dividends, retirements, liquidation, redemption, or any other feature. Shares have equal voting rights. The Trust Instrument confers upon the Board the power, by resolution, to alter the number of Shares constituting a Creation Unit or to specify that Shares of the Fund may be individually redeemable. The Trust reserves the right to adjust the stock prices of Shares to maintain convenient trading ranges for investors. Any such adjustments would be accomplished through stock splits or reverse stock splits that would have no effect on the NAV of the Fund.

The Trust Instrument of the Trust disclaims liability of the shareholders or the officers of the Trust for acts or obligations of the Trust that are binding only on the assets and property of the Trust. The Trust Instrument provides for indemnification out of the Fund’s property for all loss and expense of the Fund’s shareholders being held personally liable solely by reason of his or her being or having been a shareholder and not because of his or her acts or omissions or for some other reason. The risk of a Trust shareholder incurring financial loss on account of shareholder liability is limited to circumstances in which the Fund itself would not be able to meet the Trust’s obligations and this risk should be considered remote.

If the Fund does not grow to a size to permit it to be economically viable, the Fund may cease operations. In such an event, shareholders may be required to liquidate or transfer their Shares at an inopportune time and shareholders may lose money on their investment.

Book Entry Only System

The following information supplements, and should be read in conjunction with, the section in the Prospectus entitled “Book Entry.”

The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) acts as Securities Depository for Shares. Shares of the Fund are represented by securities registered in the name of DTC or its nominee and deposited with, or on behalf of, DTC.

DTC, a limited purpose trust company, was created to hold securities of its participants (the “DTC Participants”) and to facilitate the clearance and settlement of securities transactions among the DTC Participants in such securities through electronic book entry changes in accounts of the DTC Participants, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of securities certificates. DTC Participants include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and certain other organizations, some of whom (and/or their representatives) own DTC. More specifically, DTC is owned by a number of its DTC Participants and by NYSE and FINRA. Access to the DTC system is also available to others such as banks, brokers, dealers and trust companies that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a DTC Participant, either directly or indirectly (the “Indirect Participants”).

Beneficial ownership of Shares is limited to DTC Participants, Indirect Participants and persons holding interests through DTC Participants and Indirect Participants. Ownership of beneficial interests in Shares (owners of such beneficial interests are referred to herein as “Beneficial Owners”) is shown on, and the transfer of ownership is effected only through, records maintained by DTC (with respect to DTC Participants) and on the records of DTC Participants (with respect to Indirect Participants and Beneficial Owners that are not DTC Participants). Beneficial Owners will receive from or through the DTC Participant a written confirmation relating to their purchase and sale of Shares.

 

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Conveyance of all notices, statements and other communications to Beneficial Owners is effected as follows. Pursuant to the Depositary Agreement between the Trust and DTC, DTC is required to make available to the Trust upon request and for a fee to be charged to the Trust a listing of the Shares of the Fund held by each DTC Participant. The Trust shall inquire of each such DTC Participant as to the number of Beneficial Owners holding Shares, directly or indirectly, through such DTC Participant. The Trust shall provide each such DTC Participant with copies of such notice, statement or other communication, in such form, number and at such place as such DTC Participant may reasonably request, in order that such notice, statement or communication may be transmitted by such DTC Participant, directly or indirectly, to such Beneficial Owners. In addition, the Trust shall pay to each such DTC Participant a fair and reasonable amount as reimbursement for the expenses attendant to such transmittal, all subject to applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Fund distributions shall be made to DTC or its nominee, Cede & Co., as the registered holder of all Shares. DTC or its nominee, upon receipt of any such distributions, shall immediately credit DTC Participants’ accounts with payments in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in Shares of the Fund as shown on the records of DTC or its nominee. Payments by DTC Participants to Indirect Participants and Beneficial Owners of Shares held through such DTC Participants will be governed by standing instructions and customary practices, and will be the responsibility of such DTC Participants.

The Trust has no responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to or notices to Beneficial Owners, or payments made on account of beneficial ownership interests in such Shares, or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records relating to such beneficial ownership interests, or for any other aspect of the relationship between DTC and the DTC Participants or the relationship between such DTC Participants and the Indirect Participants and Beneficial Owners owning through such DTC Participants.

DTC may decide to discontinue providing its service with respect to Shares at any time by giving reasonable notice to the Trust and discharging its responsibilities with respect thereto under applicable law. Under such circumstances, the Trust shall take action to find a replacement for DTC to perform its functions at a comparable cost.

TRANSACTIONS IN CREATION UNITS

The Fund sells and redeems Shares in Creation Units on a continuous basis through the Distributor, without a sales load, at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order in proper form on any Business Day. As of the date of this SAI, the NYSE observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Fund will not issue fractional Creation Units.

A Creation Unit is an aggregation of [50,000] Shares. The Board may declare a split or a consolidation in the number of Shares outstanding of the Fund or Trust, and make a corresponding change in the number of Shares in a Creation Unit.

To purchase or redeem any Creation Units from the Fund, you must be, or transact through, an Authorized Participant. In order to be an Authorized Participant, you must be either a broker-dealer or other participant (“Participating Party”) in the Continuous Net Settlement System (“Clearing Process”) of the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) or a participant in DTC with access to the DTC system (“DTC Participant”), and you must execute an agreement (“Participant Agreement”) with the Distributor that governs transactions in the Fund’s Creation Units.

Transactions by an Authorized Participant that is a Participating Party using the NSCC system are referred to as transactions “through the Clearing Process.” Transactions by an Authorized Participant that is a DTC Participant using the DTC system are referred to as transactions “outside the Clearing Process.”

Investors who are not Authorized Participants but want to transact in Creation Units may contact the Distributor for the names of Authorized Participants. An Authorized Participant may require investors to enter into a separate agreement to transact through it for Creation Units and may require orders for purchases of shares placed with it to be in a particular form. Investors should be aware that their broker may not be an Authorized Participant and, therefore, may need to place any order to purchase or redeem Creation Units through another broker or person that is an Authorized Participant, which may result in additional charges. There are expected to be a limited number of Authorized Participants at any one time.

Orders must be transmitted by an Authorized Participant by telephone or other transmission method acceptable to the Distributor pursuant to procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement. Market disruptions and telephone or other communication failures may impede the transmission of orders.

 

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Purchasing Creation Units

Deposit of Securities and Deposit or Delivery of Cash. Creation Units generally are sold partially in cash and partially in-kind, plus fixed and variable transaction fees as discussed below. The Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued principally in-kind. When creations principally in-kind are permitted or required, an investor must deposit the Deposit Securities per each Creation Unit Aggregation constituting a substantial replication of the securities included held by the Fund (“Fund Securities”) and the Cash Component, computed as discussed below. Together, the Deposit Securities and the Cash Component constitute the “Fund Deposit,” which represents the minimum initial and subsequent investment amount for a Creation Unit Aggregation of the Fund. When principally in-kind creations are permitted or required, as applicable, the Adviser expects that the Deposit Securities should correspond pro rata, to the extent practicable, to the securities held by the Fund.

The Cash Component is sometimes also referred to as the “Balancing Amount.” The Cash Component serves the function of compensating for any differences between the NAV per Creation Unit Aggregation and the Deposit Amount (as defined below). The Cash Component is an amount equal to the difference between the NAV of the Shares (per Creation Unit Aggregation) and the “Deposit Amount”—an amount equal to the market value of the Deposit Securities. If the Cash Component is a positive number (i.e., the NAV per Creation Unit Aggregation exceeds the Deposit Amount), the Authorized Participant will deliver the Cash Component. If the Cash Component is a negative number (i.e., the NAV per Creation Unit Aggregation is less than the Deposit Amount), the Authorized Participant will receive the Cash Component.

To the extent that the Fund permits or requires Creation Units in-kind, the Custodian, through the NSCC, will make available on each Business Day, prior to the opening of business on the Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m., Eastern time), the list of the names and the required number of shares of each Deposit Security to be included in the current Fund Deposit (based on information at the end of the previous Business Day) for the Fund. Such Fund Deposit is applicable, subject to any adjustments as described below, to effect creations of Creation Unit Aggregations of the Fund until such time as the next-announced composition of the Deposit Securities is made available.

During times when the Fund utilizes in-kind creations, the identity and number of shares of the Deposit Securities required for the Fund Deposit for the Fund will change as rebalancing adjustments and corporate action events occur. In addition, the Trust reserves the right to permit or require the substitution of an amount of cash—i.e., a “cash in lieu” amount—to be added to the Cash Component to replace any Deposit Security that may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery or which might not be eligible for trading by an Authorized Participant or the investor for which it is acting or other relevant reason. Brokerage commissions incurred in connection with the acquisition of Deposit Securities not eligible for transfer through the systems of DTC, and hence not eligible for transfer through the Clearing Process (discussed below), if any, will be at the expense of the Fund and will affect the value of all Shares; but the Adviser may adjust the transaction fee to protect ongoing shareholders. The adjustments described above will reflect changes known to the Adviser on the date of announcement to be in effect by the time of delivery of the Fund Deposit, resulting from certain corporate actions.

In addition to the list of names and numbers of securities constituting the current Deposit Securities of the Fund Deposit, the Custodian, through the NSCC, also makes available on each Business Day the estimated Cash Component, effective through and including the previous Business Day, per outstanding Creation Unit Aggregation of the Funds.

Creations and redemptions of Shares for Fund Securities are subject to compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws, and the Fund (whether or not they otherwise permit cash redemptions) reserves the right to redeem Creation Aggregations for cash to the extent that an investor could not lawfully purchase or the Fund could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities under such laws. An Authorized Participant or an investor for which it is acting subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. An Authorized Participant that is not a qualified institutional buyer (“QIB”) as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act will not be able to receive, as part of a redemption, restricted securities eligible for resale under Rule 144A.

Procedures for Creation of Creation Unit Aggregations. To be eligible to place orders with the Distributor and to create a Creation Unit Aggregation of the Fund, an entity must be (i) a “Participating Party,” i.e., a broker-dealer or other participant in the clearing process through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the NSCC (the “Clearing Process”), a clearing agency that is registered with the SEC; or (ii) a DTC Participant (see the “Book Entry Only System” section), and, in each case, must have executed an agreement with the Distributor, with respect to creations and redemptions of Creation Unit Aggregations (“Participant Agreement”) (discussed below). A Participating Party and DTC Participant are collectively referred to as an “Authorized Participant.” Investors should contact the Distributor for the names of Authorized Participants that have signed a Participant Agreement. All Shares, however created, will be entered on the records of DTC in the name of Cede & Co. for the account of a DTC Participant.

 

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The Distributor must receive all orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations no later than the closing time of the regular trading session on the NYSE (“Closing Time”) (ordinarily 4:00 p.m., Eastern time), in each case on the date such order is placed in order for creation of Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected based on the NAV of Shares of the Fund as next determined on such date after receipt of the order in proper form. In the case of custom orders, the Distributor must receive the order no later than 3:00 p.m., Eastern time, on the trade date. With respect to in-kind creations, a custom order may be placed by an Authorized Participant when cash replaces any Deposit Security which may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery or which may not be eligible for trading by such Authorized Participant or the investor for which it is acting or other relevant reason.

On days when a listing exchange or the bond markets close earlier than normal, the Fund may require orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations to be placed earlier in the day. For example, on days when the generally accepted close of the bond market occurs earlier than normal (such as the day before a holiday), in-kind creation orders requesting a “cash-in-lieu” amount must be received by the Distributor no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time. The date on which an order to create Creation Unit Aggregations (or an order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations, as discussed below) is placed is referred to as the “Transmittal Date.” Orders must be transmitted by an Authorized Participant by telephone or other transmission method acceptable to the Distributor pursuant to procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement, as described below (see the “Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process” and the “Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process” sections). Orders to create Creation Units of the Fund may be placed through the Clearing Process (see “—Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process”) or outside the Clearing Process (see “—Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process”). Severe economic or market disruptions or changes, or telephone or other communication failure may impede the ability to reach the Distributor or an Authorized Participant.

All orders from investors who are not Authorized Participants to create Creation Unit Aggregations shall be placed with an Authorized Participant in the form required by such Authorized Participant. In addition, the Authorized Participant may request the investor to make certain representations or enter into agreements with respect to the order, e.g., to provide for payments of cash, when required. Investors should be aware that their particular broker may not have executed a Participant Agreement and that, therefore, orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations of the Fund have to be placed by the investor’s broker through an Authorized Participant that has executed a Participant Agreement. In such cases, there may be additional charges to such investor. At any given time, there may be only a limited number of broker-dealers that have executed a Participant Agreement. Those placing orders for Creation Unit Aggregations through the Clearing Process should afford sufficient time to permit proper submission of the order to the Distributor prior to the Closing Time on the Transmittal Date. Orders for Creation Unit Aggregations that are effected outside the Clearing Process are likely to require transmittal by the DTC Participant earlier on the Transmittal Date than orders effected using the Clearing Process. Those persons placing orders outside the Clearing Process should ascertain the deadlines applicable to DTC and the Federal Reserve Bank wire system by contacting the operations department of the broker or depository institution effectuating such transfer of Deposit Securities and Cash Component.

Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process. The Clearing Process is the process of creating or redeeming Creation Unit Aggregations through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the NSCC. Fund Deposits made through the Clearing Process must be delivered through a Participating Party that has executed a Participant Agreement. The Participant Agreement authorizes the Distributor to transmit through the Custodian to NSCC, on behalf of the Participating Party, such trade instructions as are necessary to effect the Participating Party’s creation order. Pursuant to such trade instructions to NSCC, the Participating Party agrees to deliver the requisite Deposit Securities and the Cash Component to the Trust, together with such additional information as may be required by the Distributor. An order to create Creation Unit Aggregations through the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Distributor on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Distributor not later than the Closing Time on such Transmittal Date and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed.

Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process. Fund Deposits made outside the Clearing Process must be delivered through a DTC Participant that has executed a Participant Agreement pre-approved by the Adviser and the Distributor. A DTC Participant who wishes to place an order creating Creation Units of the Fund does not need to be a Participating Party, but such orders must state that the DTC Participant is not using the Clearing Process and that the creation of Creation Unit Aggregations will instead be effected through a transfer of cash and/or securities directly through DTC. The Fund Deposit transfer must be ordered by the DTC Participant on the Transmittal Date in a timely fashion so as to ensure the delivery of the requisite number of Deposit Securities through DTC to the account of the Fund by no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the next Business Day immediately following the Transmittal Date.

When the Fund issues Creation Units in-kind, Creation Unit Aggregations may be created in advance of receipt by the Trust of all or a portion of the applicable Deposit Securities as described below. In these circumstances, the initial deposit will have a value greater than the NAV of the Shares on the date the order is placed in proper form since, in addition to available Deposit Securities, cash must be deposited in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the Cash Component, plus (ii) 105% of the market value of the undelivered Deposit Securities (the “Additional Cash Deposit”). The order shall be deemed to be received on the Business Day on which the order is placed provided that the order is placed in proper form prior to 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, on such date, and federal funds in the appropriate amount are deposited with the Transfer Agent by 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, the following Business Day. If the order is not placed in proper form by 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, or federal funds in the appropriate amount are not received by 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, the next Business Day, then the order may be deemed to be canceled and the Authorized Participant shall be liable to the Fund for losses, if any, resulting therefrom. An additional amount of cash shall be required to be deposited with the Trust, pending delivery of the missing Deposit Securities to the extent necessary to maintain the Additional Cash Deposit with the Trust in an amount at least equal to 105% of the daily marked-to-market value of the missing Deposit Securities.

 

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All questions as to the number of Deposit Securities to be delivered, and the validity, form and eligibility (including time of receipt) for the deposit of any tendered securities, will be determined by the Trust, whose determination shall be final and binding. The amount of cash equal to the Cash Component must be transferred directly to the Custodian through the Federal Reserve Bank wire transfer system in a timely manner so as to be received by the Custodian no later than 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, by the “regular way” settlement date. An order to create Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Distributor on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Distributor no later than the Closing Time on such Transmittal Date; and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. However, if the Custodian does not receive both the required Deposit Securities and the Cash Component by 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, respectively, by the “regular way” settlement date, such order will be canceled. Upon written notice to the Distributor, such canceled order may be resubmitted the following Business Day using a Fund Deposit as newly constituted to reflect the then current Deposit Securities and Cash Component. The delivery of Creation Unit Aggregations so created will occur no later than the third Business Day following the day on which the purchase order is deemed received by the Distributor.

Additional transaction fees may be imposed with respect to transactions made in connection with the creation or redemption of Creation Units. (See “Creation Transaction Fee” and “Redemption Transaction Fee” sections below.)

Acceptance of Orders for Creation Unit Aggregations. The Trust reserves the absolute right to reject a creation order transmitted to it by the Distributor in respect of the Fund if: (i) the order is not in proper form; (ii) the investor(s), upon obtaining the Shares ordered, would own 80% or more of the currently outstanding shares of the Fund; (iii) the Deposit Cash or Fund Deposit delivered are not as designated for that date by the Custodian, as described above; (iv) acceptance of the Deposit Cash or Fund Deposit would have certain adverse tax consequences to the Fund; (v) acceptance of the Deposit Cash or Fund Deposit would, in the opinion of counsel, be unlawful; (vi) acceptance of the Fund Deposit would otherwise, in the discretion of the Trust or the Adviser, have an adverse effect on the Trust or the rights of Beneficial Owners; or (vii) in the event that circumstances outside the control of the Trust, the Custodian, the Distributor and the Adviser make it for all practical purposes impossible to process creation orders. Examples of such circumstances include acts of God; public service or utility problems such as fires, floods, extreme weather conditions and power outages resulting in telephone, telecopy and computer failures; market conditions or activities causing trading halts; systems failures involving computer or other information systems affecting the Trust, the Distributor, the Adviser, DTC, NSCC, the Federal Reserve, the Custodian or sub-custodian or any other participant in the creation process, and similar extraordinary events. The Distributor shall notify a prospective creator of a Creation Unit and/or the AP acting on behalf of such prospective creator of its rejection of the order of such person. The Trust, the Distributor, the Custodian, any sub-custodian and the Transfer Agent are under no duty, however, to give notification of any defects or irregularities in the delivery of Fund Deposits nor shall any of them incur any liability for the failure to give any such notification.

All questions as to the number of shares of each security in the Deposit Securities and the validity, form, eligibility, and acceptance for deposit of any securities to be delivered shall be determined by the Trust, and the Trust’s determination shall be final and binding.

Creation Transaction Fee. A fixed creation transaction fee, described below, may be imposed on investors purchasing Creation Units regardless of the number of creations made each day. The standard creation transaction fee is payable on orders processed through the normal Clearing Process. An additional variable transaction fee of up to four times the fixed transaction fee (expressed as a percentage of the value of the Deposit Securities), as determined by the Adviser, may be imposed for (i) creations effected outside the Clearing Process; and (ii) cash creations (to offset the Trust’s brokerage and other transaction costs associated with using cash to purchase the requisite Deposit Securities). Investors are responsible for the costs of transferring the securities constituting the Deposit Securities to the account of the Trust.

The standard Creation Transaction Fee and the maximum Creation Transaction Fee for the Fund is [$     ].

Redemption of Shares in Creation Unit Aggregations. Shares may be redeemed only in Creation Unit Aggregations at their NAV next determined after receipt of a redemption request in proper form by the Fund through the Custodian and only on a Business Day. The Fund will not redeem Shares in amounts less than Creation Unit Aggregations. Beneficial owners must accumulate enough Shares in the secondary market to constitute a Creation Unit Aggregation in order to have such Shares redeemed by the Trust. There can be no assurance, however, that there will be sufficient liquidity in the public trading market at any time to permit assembly of a Creation Unit Aggregation. Investors should expect to incur brokerage and other costs in connection with assembling a sufficient number of Shares to constitute a redeemable Creation Unit Aggregation.

To the extent the Fund permits redemptions in-kind, the Custodian, through the NSCC, makes available prior to the opening of business on the Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m., Eastern time) on each Business Day, the identity of the Fund Securities that will be applicable (subject to possible amendment or correction) to redemption requests received in proper form (as described below) on that day. Fund Securities received on redemption may not be identical to Deposit Securities that are applicable to creations of Creation Unit Aggregations.

 

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Unless cash redemptions are permitted or required for the Fund, the redemption proceeds for a Creation Unit Aggregation generally consist of Fund Securities—as announced on the Business Day of the request for redemption received in proper form—plus or minus cash in an amount equal to the difference between the NAV of the Shares being redeemed, as next determined after a receipt of a request in proper form, and the value of the Fund Securities (the “Cash Redemption Amount””), less a redemption transaction fee as noted below. In the event that the Fund Securities have a value greater than the NAV of the Shares, a compensating cash payment equal to the difference is required to be made by or through an Authorized Participant by the redeeming shareholder.

The right of redemption may be suspended or the date of payment postponed (i) for any period during which the NYSE is closed (other than customary weekend and holiday closings); (ii) for any period during which trading on the NYSE is suspended or restricted; (iii) for any period during which an emergency exists as a result of which disposal of the Shares of the Fund or determination of the Fund’s NAV is not reasonably practicable; or (iv) in such other circumstances as is permitted by the SEC.

Redemptions of Shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws, and the Funds reserve the right to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations for cash to the extent that the Trust could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or could not do so without first registering the Fund Securities under such laws. An Authorized Participant or an investor for which it is acting subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. This would specifically prohibit delivery of Fund Securities that are not registered in reliance upon Rule 144A under the Securities Act, to a redeeming investor that is not a QIB, as such term is defined under Rule 144A of the Securities Act. The Authorized Participant may request the redeeming beneficial owner of the Shares to complete an order form or to enter into agreements with respect to such matters as compensating cash payment.

Redemption Transaction Fee. A redemption transaction fee is imposed to offset transfer and other transaction costs that may be incurred by the Fund. An additional charge of up to four times the fixed transaction fee for cash redemptions for the Fund may be imposed. Investors will also bear the costs of transferring the Fund Securities from the Trust to their account or on their order. Investors who use the services of a broker or other such intermediary in addition to an Authorized Participant to effect a redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be charged an additional fee of up to four times the fixed transaction fee for such services. The redemption transaction fees for the Fund are the same as the creation fees set forth above. The Adviser may adjust the redemption transaction fees from time to time to protect the Fund’s shareholders. In addition, from time to time, the Adviser may reimburse Authorized Participants for all or a portion of the redemption transaction fees.

Placement of Redemption Orders Using Clearing Process. Orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations must be delivered through an Authorized Participant that has executed a Participant Agreement. Investors other than Authorized Participants are responsible for making arrangements for an order to redeem to be made through an Authorized Participant. An order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations is deemed received by the Trust on the Transmittal Date if; (i) such order is received by the Custodian not later than the Closing, on the Transmittal Date; and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. Cash Redemption Amount will be transferred by the third NSCC Business Day following the date on which such request for redemption is deemed received.

Placement of Redemption Orders Outside Clearing Process. Orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process must be delivered through a DTC Participant that has executed the Participant Agreement. A DTC Participant who wishes to place an order for redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected outside the Clearing Process does not need to be a Participating Party, but such orders must state that the DTC Participant is not using the Clearing Process and that redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations will instead be effected through transfer of Shares directly through DTC. An order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Trust on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Transfer Agent not later than 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, on such Transmittal Date; (ii) such order is accompanied or followed by the requisite number of Shares of the Fund, which delivery must be made through DTC to the Custodian no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time (for the Shares), on the next Business Day immediately following such Transmittal Date (the “DTC Cut-Off-Time”) and 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, for any Cash Component, if any owed to the Fund; and (iii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. After the Trust has deemed an order for redemption outside the Clearing Process received, the Trust will initiate procedures to transfer the requisite Fund Securities which are expected to be delivered within three Business Days and the Cash Redemption Amount, if any owed to the redeeming Beneficial Owner to the Authorized Participant on behalf of the redeeming Beneficial Owner by the third Business Day following the Transmittal Date on which such redemption order is deemed received by the Transfer Agent.

After the Transfer Agent has deemed an order for redemption outside the Clearing Process received, the Transfer Agent will initiate procedures to transfer the requisite Fund Securities and the Cash Redemption Amount, if any, owed to the redeeming Beneficial Owner to the Authorized Participant on behalf of the redeeming Beneficial Owner by the third Business Day following the

 

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Transmittal Date on which such redemption order is deemed received by the Transfer Agent. In the event that the number of Shares is insufficient on trade date plus one, the Trust may deliver the Deposit Securities notwithstanding such deficiency in reliance on the undertaking of the AP to deliver the missing Shares as soon as possible. This undertaking shall be secured by such the Authorized Participant’s delivery on the contractual settlement date and subsequent maintenance of collateral consisting of cash having a value at least equal to 105% of the value of the missing Shares. The Authorized Participant’s agreement permits the Trust, acting in good faith, to purchase the missing Shares at any time and the Authorized Participant will be subject to liability for any shortfall between the cost to the Trust of purchasing such shares and the value of the collateral, which may be sold by the Trust at such time, and in such manner, as the Trust may determine in its sole discretion.

The calculation of the value of the Fund Securities and the Cash Redemption Amount to be delivered or received upon redemption will be made by the Custodian according to the procedures set forth under “Determination of NAV” computed on the Business Day on which a redemption order is deemed received by the Trust. Therefore, if a redemption order in proper form is submitted to the Transfer Agent by a DTC Participant no later than Closing Time on the Transmittal Date, and the requisite number of Shares of the Fund are delivered to the Custodian prior to the DTC Cut-Off-Time, then the value of the Fund Securities and the Cash Redemption Amount to be delivered/received will be determined by the Custodian on such Transmittal Date. If, however, a redemption order is submitted to the Custodian by a DTC Participant no later than Closing Time on the Transmittal Date but either (i) the requisite number of Shares of the relevant Fund are not delivered by the DTC Cut-Off-Time, as described above, on the Transmittal Date or (ii) the redemption order is not submitted in proper form, then the redemption order will not be deemed received as of the Transmittal Date. In such case, the value of the Fund Securities and the Cash Redemption Amount to be delivered/received will be computed on the Business Day that the order is received by the Trust (i.e., the Business Day on which Shares of the relevant Fund are delivered through DTC to the Custodian by the DTC Cut-Off-Time on such Business Day pursuant to a properly submitted redemption order).

If it is not possible to effect deliveries of the Fund Securities, the Trust may in its discretion exercise its option to redeem such Shares in cash, and the redeeming Beneficial Owner will be required to receive its redemption proceeds in cash. In addition, an investor may request a redemption in cash that the Fund may, in its sole discretion, permit. In either case, the investor will receive a cash payment equal to the NAV of its Shares based on the NAV of Shares of the relevant Fund next determined after the redemption request is received in proper form (minus a redemption transaction fee and additional charge for requested cash redemptions specified above, to offset the Fund’s brokerage and other transaction costs associated with the disposition of Fund Securities). The Fund also, in its sole discretion, upon request of a shareholder, may provide such redeemer a portfolio of securities that differs from the exact composition of the Fund Securities, or cash-in-lieu of some securities added to the Cash Component, but in no event will the total value of the securities delivered and the cash transmitted differ from the NAV. Redemptions of Shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws and the Fund (whether or not it otherwise permits cash redemptions) reserves the right to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations for cash to the extent that the Trust could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or could not do so without first registering the Fund Securities under such laws. An Authorized Participant or an investor for which it is acting subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. The Authorized Participant may request the redeeming Beneficial Owner of the Shares to complete an order form or to enter into agreements with respect to such matters as compensating cash payment, beneficial ownership of shares or delivery instructions.

The chart below describes in further detail the placement of creation and redemption orders through and outside the Clearing Process.

 

   

Transmittal Date (T)

 

Next Business Day (T+1)

 

Second
Business Day
(T+2)

 

Third Business Day (T+3)

Creation through NSCC
Standard Orders   4:00 p.m. (ET)
Order must be received by the Distributor.
  No action.   No action.   Creation Unit Aggregations will be delivered.
Custom Orders  

3:00 p.m. (ET)
Order must be received by the Distributor.

Orders received after 3:00 p.m. (ET) will be treated as standard orders.

  No action.   No action.   Creation Unit Aggregations will be delivered.

 

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Creation Outside NSCC
Standard Orders  

4:00 p.m. (ET)

Order in proper form must be received by the Distributor.

 

11:00 a.m. (ET)

Deposit Securities must be received by the Fund’s account through DTC. 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Cash Component must be received by the Custodian.

  No action.   Creation Unit Aggregations will be delivered.
Standard Orders created in advance of receipt by the Trust of all or a portion of the Deposit Securities   4:00 p.m. (ET)
Order in proper form must be received by the Distributor.
 

11:00 a.m. (ET)

Available Deposit Securities.

Cash in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the Cash Component, plus (ii) 105% of the market value of the undelivered Deposit Securities.

  No action.  

1:00 p.m. (ET)

Missing Deposit Securities are due to the Trust or the Trust may use cash on deposit to purchase missing Deposit Securities.

Creation Unit Aggregations will be delivered.

Custom Orders  

3:00 p.m. (ET)

Order in proper form must be received by the Distributor.

Orders received after 3:00 p.m. (ET) will be treated as standard orders.

 

11:00 a.m. (ET)

Deposit Securities must be received by the Fund’s account through DTC.

2:00 p.m. (ET)

Cash Component must be received by the Custodian.

  No action.   Creation Unit Aggregations will be delivered.

 

    

Transmittal Date (T)

  

Next Business Day (T+1)

  

Second

Business Day

(T+2)

  

Third Business Day (T+3)

Redemption Through NSCC

Standard Orders   

4:00 p.m. (ET)
Order must be received by the Transfer Agent.

Orders received after 4:00 p.m. (ET) will be deemed received on the next business day (T+1).

   No action.    No action.    Fund Securities and Cash Redemption Amount will be transferred.
Custom Orders   

3:00 p.m. (ET)
Order must be received by the Transfer Agent.

Orders received after 3:00 p.m. (ET) will be treated as standard orders.

   No action.    No action.    Fund Securities and Cash Redemption Amount will be transferred.

 

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Redemption Outside NSCC
Standard Orders   

4:00 p.m. (ET)

Order must be received by the Transfer Agent.

Orders received after 4:00 p.m. (ET) will be deemed received on the next business day (T+1).

  

11:00 a.m. (ET)

Shares must be delivered through DTC to the Custodian.

2:00 p.m. (ET)

Cash Component, if any, is due.

*If the order is not in proper form or the Shares are not delivered, then the order will not be deemed received as of T.

   No action.    Fund Securities and Cash Redemption Amount is delivered to the redeeming beneficial owner.
Custom Orders   

3:00 p.m. (ET)

Order must be received by the Transfer Agent.

Orders received after 3:00 p.m. (ET) will be treated as standard orders.

  

11:00 a.m. (ET)

Shares must be delivered through DTC to the Custodian.

2:00 p.m. (ET)

Cash Component, if any, is due.

*If the order is not in proper form or the Shares are not delivered, then the order will not be deemed received as of T.

   No action.    Fund Securities and Cash Redemption Amount is delivered to the redeeming beneficial owner.

Settlement of Foreign Securities and Regular Foreign Holidays

The Fund generally intend to effect deliveries of Creation Units and portfolio securities on a basis of the Transmittal Date (“T”) plus three Business Days (i.e., days on which the national securities exchange is open) (“T+3”). The Funds may effect deliveries of Creation Units and portfolio securities on a basis other than T+3 in order to accommodate local holiday schedules, to account for different treatment among foreign and U.S. markets of dividend record dates and ex-dividend dates or under certain other circumstances. Given that foreign securities settle in accordance with the normal rules of settlement of such securities in the applicable foreign market, coupled with foreign market holiday schedules, the Settlement Date may be up to 14 calendar days after the Transmittal Date in certain circumstances.

The ability of the Trust to effect in-kind creations and redemptions within three Business Days of receipt of an order in good form is subject, among other things, to the condition that, within the time period from the date of the order to the date of delivery of the securities, there are no days that are holidays in the applicable foreign market. In such cases, the local market settlement procedures will not commence until the end of the local holiday periods. For every occurrence of one or more intervening holidays in the applicable foreign market that are not holidays observed in the U.S. equity market, the redemption settlement cycle will be extended by the number of such intervening holidays. In addition to holidays, other unforeseeable closings in a foreign market due to emergencies may also prevent the Trust from delivering securities within normal settlement periods. The proclamation of new holidays, the treatment by market participants of certain days as “informal holidays” (e.g., days on which no or limited securities transactions occur, as a result of substantially shortened trading hours), the elimination of existing holidays or changes in local securities delivery practices could affect the information set forth herein at some time in the future.

Because the Fund’s portfolio securities may trade on days that the Funds’ Exchange is closed or on days that are not Business Days for the Funds, Authorized Participants may not be able to redeem their Shares, or to purchase and sell Shares on the Exchange, on days when the NAV of the Funds could be significantly affected by events in the relevant non-U.S. markets.

A schedule of regular foreign holidays applicable to the Funds is included in Appendix C.

CERTAIN REDEMPTIONS AND REINVESTMENTS

Calamos Advisors and its affiliates may have investments in Shares. From time to time, Calamos Advisors or an affiliate may, for tax purposes, redeem a portion of its Shares, reinvesting in Shares shortly thereafter. These transactions are subject to the Fund’s excessive trading policies and procedures and will only be consummated if they are determined not to be disruptive to the management of the Fund under those procedures.

NET ASSET VALUE

The net asset value, or NAV, of Shares is calculated each business day as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE, generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Fund’s NAV per Share is computed by dividing the net assets by the number of Shares outstanding.

 

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VALUATION PROCEDURES

The valuation of the Fund’s portfolio securities is in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by and under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees. Securities for which market quotations are readily available will be valued using the market value of those securities. Securities for which market quotations are not readily available will be fair valued in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by and under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees. The method by which a security may be fair valued will depend on the type of security and the circumstances under which the security is being fair valued.

Portfolio securities that are traded on U.S. securities exchanges, except option securities, are valued at the last current reported sales price at the time the Fund determines its NAV. Securities traded in the over-the-counter market and quoted on The NASDAQ Stock Market are valued at the NASDAQ Official Closing Price, as determined by NASDAQ, or lacking a NASDAQ Official Closing Price, the last current reported sale price on NASDAQ at the time the Fund determines its NAV.

When a last sale or closing price is not available, equity securities, other than option securities, that are traded on a U.S. securities exchange and other equity securities traded in the over-the-counter market are valued at the mean between the most recent bid and asked quotations in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of trustees. Each option security traded on a U.S. securities exchange is valued at the mid-point of the consolidated bid/ask quote for the option security, also in accordance with guidelines adopted by the board of trustees. Each over-the-counter option that is not traded through the Options Clearing Corporation is valued based on a quotation provided by the counterparty to such option under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees.

Fixed-income securities and certain convertible preferred securities are generally traded in the over-the-counter market and are valued by independent pricing services or by dealers who make markets in such securities. Valuations of such fixed income securities and certain convertible preferred securities consider yield or price of equivalent securities of comparable quality, coupon rate, maturity, type of issue, trading characteristics and other market data and do not rely exclusively upon exchange or over-the-counter prices.

Trading on European and Far Eastern exchanges and over-the-counter markets is typically completed at various times before the close of business on each day on which the NYSE is open. Each security trading on these exchanges or over-the-counter markets may be valued utilizing a systematic fair valuation model provided by an independent pricing service approved by the board of trustees. The valuation of each security that meets certain criteria in relation to the valuation model is systematically adjusted to reflect the impact of movement in the U.S. market after the foreign markets close. Securities that do not meet the criteria, or that are principally traded in other foreign markets, are valued as of the last reported sale price at the time the Fund determines its NAV, or when reliable market prices or quotations are not readily available, at the mean between the most recent bid and asked quotations as of the close of the appropriate exchange or other designated time. Trading of foreign securities may not take place on every NYSE business day. In addition, trading may take place in various foreign markets on Saturdays or on other days when the NYSE is not open and on which the Fund’s NAV is not calculated.

If the pricing committee determines that the valuation of a security in accordance with the methods described above is not reflective of a fair value for such security, the security is valued at a fair value by the pricing committee, under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees, following the guidelines and/or procedures adopted by the board of trustees. The Fund also may use fair value pricing, pursuant to guidelines adopted by the board of trustees and under the ultimate supervision of the board of trustees, if trading in the security is halted or if the value of a security it holds is materially affected by events occurring before the Fund’s pricing time but after the close of the primary market or exchange on which the security is listed. Those procedures may utilize valuations furnished by pricing services approved by the board of trustees, which may be based on market transactions for comparable securities and various relationships between securities that are generally recognized by institutional traders, a computerized matrix system, or appraisals derived from information concerning the securities or similar securities received from recognized dealers in those securities.

When fair value pricing of securities is employed, the prices of securities used by the Fund to calculate its NAV may differ from market quotations or official closing prices. In light of the judgment involved in fair valuations, there can be no assurance that a fair value assigned to a particular security is accurate.

 

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TAXATION

The following supplements the tax information contained in the Prospectus.

For federal income tax purposes, the Fund is treated as a separate corporate entity and will elect and intends to continue to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Code. Such qualification generally relieves the Fund of liability for federal income taxes to the extent its earnings are distributed in accordance with applicable requirements. If, for any reason, the Fund does not qualify for a taxable year for the special federal tax treatment afforded regulated investment companies, the Fund would be subject to federal tax on all of its taxable income at regular corporate rates, without any deduction for dividends to shareholders. In such event, dividend distributions would be taxable as ordinary income to shareholders to the extent of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits and would be eligible for taxation at reduced rates for non-corporate shareholders and for the dividends received deduction available in some circumstances to corporate shareholders. Moreover, if the Fund were to fail to make sufficient distributions in a year, the Fund would be subject to corporate income taxes and/or excise taxes in respect of the shortfall or, if the shortfall is large enough and cannot be remedied, the Fund could be disqualified as a regulated investment company.

A 4% non-deductible excise tax is imposed on regulated investment companies that fail to distribute currently an amount equal to at least 98% of their ordinary taxable income and 98.2% of their capital gain net income (excess of capital gains over capital losses), if any. The Fund intends to make sufficient distributions or deemed distributions of its ordinary taxable income and any capital gain net income prior to the end of each calendar year to avoid liability for this excise tax.

Dividends declared in October, November or December of any year payable to shareholders of record on a specified date in such months will be deemed to have been received by shareholders and paid by the Fund on December 31 of such year if such dividends are actually paid during January of the following year.

Distributions from the Fund’s net investment income, including any net short-term capital gains, if any, and distributions of income from securities lending, are taxable as ordinary income. Distributions reinvested in additional Shares of the Fund through the means of a dividend reinvestment service

MEDICARE TAX ON CERTAIN INVESTMENT INCOME

Certain non-corporate taxpayers are subject to an additional tax of 3.8% with respect to the lesser of (1) their “net investment income” or (2) the excess of their “modified adjusted gross income” over a threshold amount ($250,000 for married persons filing jointly and $200,000 for single taxpayers). For this purpose, “net investment income” includes interest, dividends (including dividends paid with respect to shares), annuities, royalties, rent, net gain attributable to the disposition of property not held in a trade or business (including net gain from the sale, exchange or other taxable disposition of shares) and certain other income, but will be reduced by any deductions properly allocable to such income or net gain.

BACKUP WITHHOLDING

The Fund may be required to withhold up to 28% of all taxable distributions payable to shareholders who fail to provide the Fund with their correct taxpayer identification number or to make required certifications, or who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that they are subject to backup withholding. Corporate shareholders and certain other shareholders specified in the Code generally are exempt from such backup withholding. Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld may be credited against the shareholder’s U.S. federal tax liability.

OPTIONS, FUTURES AND FORWARD CONTRACTS, AND SWAP AGREEMENTS OR DERIVATIVES

Some of the options, futures contracts, forward contracts, and swap agreements used by the Fund may be “section 1256 contracts.” Any gains or losses on section 1256 contracts are generally considered 60% long-term and 40% short-term capital gains or losses (“60/40”), although certain foreign currency gains and losses from such contracts may be treated as ordinary in character. Also, section 1256 contracts held by the Fund at the end of each taxable year (and, for purposes of the 4% excise tax, on certain other dates as prescribed under the Code) are “marked to market” with the result that unrealized gains or losses are treated as though they were realized and the resulting gain or loss is treated as ordinary or 60/40 gain or loss.

Generally, the hedging transactions and certain other transactions in options, futures and forward contracts undertaken by the Fund, may result in “straddles” for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In some cases, the straddle rules also could apply in connection with swap agreements. The straddle rules may affect the character of gains (or losses) realized by the Fund. In addition, losses realized by the Fund on positions that are part of a straddle may be deferred under the straddle rules, rather than being taken into account in calculating the taxable income for the taxable year in which such losses are realized. Because only a few regulations implementing the straddle rules have been promulgated, the tax consequences to the Fund of transactions in options, futures, forward contracts, and swap agreements are not entirely clear. The transactions may increase the amount of short-term capital gain, which is taxed as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders.

 

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The Fund may make one or more of the elections available under the Code which are applicable to straddles. If the Fund makes any of the elections, the amount, character and timing of the recognition of gains or losses from the affected straddle positions will be determined under rules that vary according to the election(s) made. The rules applicable under certain of the elections operate to accelerate the recognition of gains or losses from the affected straddle positions.

Because application of the straddle rules may affect the character of gains or losses, defer losses and/or accelerate the recognition of gains or losses from the affected straddle positions, the amount which must be distributed to shareholders, and which will be taxed to shareholders as ordinary income or long-term capital gain, may be increased or decreased substantially as compared to a fund that did not engage in such hedging transactions.

Rules governing the tax aspects of swap agreements and other derivative instruments are in a developing stage and are not entirely clear in certain respects. Accordingly, while the Fund intends to account for such transactions in a manner it deems to be appropriate, the Internal Revenue Service might not accept such treatment. If it did not, the status of the Fund as a regulated investment company might be affected. Calamos Advisors intends to monitor developments in this area. Certain requirements that must be met under the Code in order for the Fund to qualify as a regulated investment company may limit the extent to which the Fund will be able to engage in swap agreements and other derivative instruments.

The qualifying income and diversification requirements applicable to the Fund’s assets may limit the extent to which the Fund will be able to engage in transactions in options, futures contracts, forward contracts, swap agreements, and other derivative instruments.

SHORT SALES

The Fund may make short sales of securities. Short sales may increase the amount of short-term capital gain realized by the Fund, which is taxed as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders.

PASSIVE FOREIGN INVESTMENT COMPANIES

The Fund may invest in the stock of foreign corporations which may be classified under the Code as passive foreign investment companies (“PFICs”). In general, a foreign corporation is classified as a PFIC for a taxable year if at least one-half of its assets constitute investment-type assets or 75% or more of its gross income is investment-type income. If the Fund receives a so-called “excess distribution” with respect to PFIC stock, the Fund itself may be subject to tax on a portion of the excess distribution, whether or not the corresponding income is distributed by the Fund to stockholders. In general, under the PFIC rules, an excess distribution is treated as having been realized ratably over the period during which the Fund held the PFIC stock. The Fund itself will be subject to tax on the portion, if any, of an excess distribution that is so allocated to prior taxable years and an interest factor will be added to the tax, as if the tax had been payable in such prior taxable years. Certain distributions from a PFIC as well as gain from the sale of PFIC stock are treated as excess distributions. Excess distributions are characterized as ordinary income even though, absent application of the PFIC rules, certain excess distributions might have been classified as capital gain.

The Fund may be eligible to elect alternative tax treatment with respect to PFIC stock. Under an election that currently is available in some circumstances, the Fund generally would be required to include in its gross income its share of the earnings of a PFIC on a current basis, regardless of whether distributions are received from the PFIC in a given year. If this election were made, the special rules, discussed above, relating to the taxation of excess distributions, would not apply. Alternatively, another election may be available that would involve marking to market the Fund’s PFIC shares at the end of each taxable year (and on certain other dates prescribed in the Code), with the result that unrealized gains are treated as though they were realized and reported as ordinary income. Any mark-to-market losses and any loss from an actual disposition of PFIC shares would be deductible as ordinary losses to theextent of any net mark-to-market gains included in income with respect to such shares in prior years. If this election were made, tax at the Fund level under the PFIC rules would generally be eliminated, but the Fund could, in limited circumstances, incur nondeductible interest charges. The Fund’s intention to qualify annually as a regulated investment company may limit its elections with respect to PFIC shares.

Because the application of the PFIC rules may affect, among other things, the character of gains and the amount of gain or loss and the timing of the recognition of income with respect to PFIC shares, and may subject the Fund itself to tax on certain income from PFIC shares, the amount that must be distributed to shareholders and will be taxed to shareholders as ordinary income or long- term capital gain may be increased or decreased substantially as compared to a fund that did not invest in PFIC shares.]

FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS

Under the Code, gains or losses attributable to fluctuations in exchange rates which occur between the time the Fund accrues income or other receivables or accrues expenses or other liabilities denominated in a foreign currency and the time the Fund actually collects such receivables or pays such liabilities generally are treated as ordinary income or loss. Similarly, on disposition of debt securities denominated in a foreign currency and on disposition of certain other instruments, gains or losses attributable to fluctuations in the value of the foreign currency between the date of acquisition of the security or contract and the date of disposition also are treated as ordinary gain or loss. These gains and losses, referred to under the Code as “section 988” gains or losses, may increase or decrease the amount of the Fund’s investment company taxable income to be distributed to its shareholders as ordinary income.

 

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FOREIGN TAXATION

Income received by the Fund from sources within foreign countries may be subject to withholding and other taxes imposed by such countries. Tax conventions between certain countries and the U.S. may reduce or eliminate such taxes. In addition, the Fund intends to minimize foreign taxation in cases where it is deemed prudent to do so. If more than 50% of the value of the Fund’s total assets at the close of its taxable year consists of securities of foreign corporations, the Fund will be eligible to elect to “pass-through” to the Fund’s shareholders the amount of foreign income and similar taxes paid by the Fund. If this election is made, a shareholder generally subject to tax will be required to include in gross income (in addition to taxable dividends actually received) his pro rata share of the foreign taxes paid by the Fund, and may be entitled either to deduct (as an itemized deduction) his or her pro rata share of foreign taxes in computing his taxable income or to use it (subject to limitations) as a foreign tax credit against his or her U.S. federal income tax liability. No deduction for foreign taxes may be claimed by a shareholder who does not itemize deductions. Each shareholder will be notified within 60 days after the close of the Fund’s taxable year if the foreign taxes paid by the Fund will “pass- through” for that year.

Generally, a credit for foreign taxes is subject to the limitation that it may not exceed the shareholder’s U.S. tax attributable to his or her total foreign source taxable income. For this purpose, if the pass-through election is made, the source of the Fund’s income will flow through to shareholders. With respect to the Fund, gains from the sale of securities will be treated as derived from U.S. sources and certain currency fluctuation gains, including fluctuation gains from foreign currency- denominated debt securities, receivables and payables will be treated as ordinary income derived from U.S. sources. The limitation on the foreign tax credit is applied separately to foreign source passive income, and to certain other types of income. Shareholders may be unable to claim a credit for the full amount of their proportionate share of the foreign taxes paid by the Fund. The foreign tax credit can be used to offset only 90% of the revised alternative minimum tax imposed on corporations and individuals and foreign taxes generally are not deductible in computing alternative minimum taxable income.

ORIGINAL ISSUE DISCOUNT AND MARKET DISCOUNT

Some of the debt securities (with a fixed maturity date of more than one year from the date of issuance) that may be acquired by the Fund may be treated as debt securities that are issued originally at a discount. Generally, the amount of the original issue discount (“OID”) is treated as interest income and is included in income over the term of the debt security, even though payment of that amount is not received until a later time, usually when the debt security matures. A portion of the OID includable in income with respect to certain high-yield corporate debt securities may be treated as a dividend for Federal income tax purposes.

Some of the debt securities (with a fixed maturity date of more than one year from the date of issuance) that may be acquired by the Fund in the secondary market may be treated as having market discount. Generally, any gain recognized on the disposition of, and any partial payment of principal on, a debt security having market discount is treated as ordinary income to the extent the gain, or principal payment, does not exceed the “accrued market discount” on such debt security. Market discount generally accrues in equal daily installments. The Fund may make one or more of the elections applicable to debt securities having market discount, which could affect the character and timing of recognition of income.

Some debt securities (with a fixed maturity date of one year or less from the date of issuance) that may be acquired by the Fund may be treated as having acquisition discount, or OID in the case of certain types of debt securities. Generally, the Fund will be required to include the acquisition discount, or OID, in income over the term of the debt security, even though payment of that amount is not received until a later time, usually when the debt security matures. The Fund may make one or more of the elections applicable to debt securities having acquisition discount, or OID, which could affect the character and timing of recognition of income.

The Fund generally will be required to distribute dividends to shareholders representing discount on debt securities that is currently includable in income, even though cash representing such income may not have been received by the Fund. Cash to pay such dividends may be obtained from sales proceeds of securities held by the Fund.

CONSTRUCTIVE SALES

Certain rules may affect the timing and character of gain if the Fund engages in transactions that reduce or eliminate its risk of loss with respect to appreciated financial positions. If the Fund enters into certain transactions in property while holding substantially identical property, the Fund would be treated as if it had sold and immediately repurchased the property and would be taxed on any gain (but not loss) from the constructive sale. The character of gain from a constructive sale would depend upon the Fund’s holding period in the property. Loss from a constructive sale would be recognized when the property was subsequently disposed of, and its character would depend on the Fund’s holding period and the application of various loss deferral provisions of the Code.

 

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NON-U.S. SHAREHOLDERS

Withholding of Income Tax on Dividends: Under U.S. federal tax law, dividends paid on shares beneficially held by a person who is a “foreign person” within the meaning of the Code, are, in general, subject to withholding of U.S. federal income tax at a rate of 30% of the gross dividend, which may, in some cases, be reduced by an applicable tax treaty. However, if a beneficial holder who is a foreign person has a permanent establishment in the United States, and the shares held by such beneficial holder are effectively connected with such permanent establishment and, in addition, the dividends are effectively connected with the conduct by the beneficial holder of a trade or business in the United States, the dividend will be subject to U.S. federal net income taxation at regular income tax rates. Distributions of long-term net realized capital gains will not be subject to withholding of U.S. federal income tax.

Under current law, for taxable years beginning before January 1, 2014, the Fund is generally able to report certain distributions to foreign persons as being derived from certain net interest income or net short-term capital gains and such distributions will generally not be subject to U.S. tax withholding. It should be noted that the provision does not eliminate all withholding on distributions by Fund to foreign investors. Distributions that are derived from any dividends on corporate stock or from ordinary income other than U.S. source interest would still be subject to withholding. Foreign currency gains, foreign source interest, and ordinary income from swaps or investments in PFICs would still be subject to withholding when distributed to foreign investors. There can be no assurance as to the amount of distributions that would not be subject to withholding when paid to foreign persons.

Under legislation known as “FATCA” (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), the Fund will be required to withhold 30% of the ordinary dividends it pays after June 30, 2014, and the gross proceeds of share redemptions and certain capital gain dividends it pays after December 31, 2016, to shareholders that fail to meet prescribed information reporting or certification requirements. Non-U.S. investors should consult their own tax advisers regarding the impact of these requirements on their investment in the Fund.

Income Tax on Sale of the Fund’s shares: Under U.S. federal tax law, a beneficial holder of shares who is a foreign person is not, in general, subject to U.S. federal income tax on gains (and is not allowed a deduction for losses) realized on the sale of such shares unless (i) the shares in question are effectively connected with a permanent establishment in the United States of the beneficial holder and such gain is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business carried on by such holder within the United States or (ii) in the case of an individual holder, the holder is present in the United States for a period or periods aggregating 183 days or more during the year of the sale and certain other conditions are met.

State and Local Tax: A beneficial holder of shares who is a foreign person may be subject to state and local tax in addition to the federal tax on income referred above.

The availability of reduced U.S. taxation pursuant to any applicable treaties depends upon compliance with established procedures for claiming the benefits thereof and may further, in some circumstances, depend upon making a satisfactory demonstration to U.S. tax authorities that a foreign investor qualifies as a foreign person under U.S. domestic tax law and such treaties.

OTHER TAXATION

Distributions also may be subject to additional state, local and foreign taxes, depending on each shareholder’s particular situation. Under the laws of various states, distributions of investment company taxable income generally are taxable to shareholders even though all or a substantial portion of such distributions may be derived from interest on certain federal obligations which, if the interest were received directly by a resident of such state, would be exempt from such state’s income tax (“qualifying federal obligations”). However, some states may exempt all or a portion of such distributions from income tax to the extent the shareholder is able to establish that the distribution is derived from qualifying federal obligations. Moreover, for state income tax purposes, interest on some federal obligations generally is not exempt from taxation, whether received directly by a shareholder or through distributions of investment company taxable income (for example, interest on FNMA Certificates and GNMA Certificates). The Fund will provide information annually to shareholders indicating the amount and percentage of the Fund’s dividend distribution which is attributable to interest on federal obligations, and will indicate to the extent possible from what types of federal obligations such dividends are derived. Shareholders are advised to consult their own tax advisers with respect to the particular tax consequences to them of an investment in the Fund.

The Fund (or its administrative agent) must to report to the IRS and furnish to Fund shareholders the cost basis information for Fund shares purchased on or after January 1, 2012, and sold on or after that date. In addition to the present law requirement to report the gross proceeds from the sale of Fund shares, the Fund will also be required to report the cost basis information for such shares and indicate whether these shares had a short-term or long-term holding period. For each sale of Fund shares the Fund will permit Fund shareholders to elect from among several IRS-accepted cost basis methods, including average cost. In the absence of an election, the Fund will use the average cost method as a default cost basis method for the Fund’s direct shareholders. Shareholders who purchased Fund shares through a broker or other intermediary should contact that broker or intermediary regarding the

 

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applicable default method, or other electable method, as these methods may vary. The cost basis method elected by a Fund shareholder (or the cost basis method applied by default) for each sale of Fund shares may not be changed after the settlement date of each such sale of Fund shares. Fund shareholders should consult with their tax advisors to determine the best IRS-accepted cost basis method for their tax situation and to obtain more information about how the new cost basis reporting law applies to them.

CONTROL PERSONS AND PRINCIPAL

SHAREHOLDERS

The Fund had not yet commenced operations prior to the date of this SAI and therefore had no beneficial and record owners of more than five percent of the Shares.

CUSTODIAN AND TRANSFER AGENT

[            ], is the custodian for the assets of the Fund. The custodian is responsible for holding all cash and securities of the Funds, directly or through a book entry system, delivering and receiving payment for securities sold by the Fund, receiving and paying for securities purchased by the Fund, collecting income from investments of the Fund and performing other duties, all as directed by authorized persons of the Trust. The custodian does not exercise any supervisory functions in such matters as the purchase and sale of securities by the Fund, payment of dividends or payment of expenses of the Fund.

[                    ], serves as transfer agent and dividend paying agent for the Fund.

FUND ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AGENT

Under the arrangements with [            ] to provide fund accounting services, [            ] provides certain administrative and accounting services including providing daily reconciliation of cash, trades and positions; maintaining general ledger and capital stock accounts; preparing daily trial balance; calculating net asset value; providing selected general ledger reports; preferred share compliance; calculating total returns; and providing monthly distribution analysis to the Fund. For the services rendered to the Fund, the Fund pays fees based on the total average daily net assets of the Fund.

Pursuant to agreement between the Fund and Calamos Advisors, Calamos Advisors is obligated to provide the following financial accounting services to the Fund: management of expenses and expense payment processing; monitoring of the calculation of expense accrual amounts for the Fund and making of any necessary modifications; coordination of any expense reimbursement calculations and payment; calculation of yields on the Fund in accordance with the SEC’s rules and regulations; calculation of net investment income dividends and capital gains distributions; calculation, tracking and reporting of tax adjustments on all assets of the Fund, including but not limited to contingent debt and preferred trust obligations; preparation of excise tax and fiscal year distributions schedules; preparation of tax information required for financial statement footnotes; preparation of state and federal income tax returns; preparation of specialized calculations of amortization on convertible securities; preparation of year-end dividend disclosure information; monitoring of trustee deferred compensation plan accruals and valuations; and preparation of Form 1099 information statements for board members and service providers. For such services, the Fund pays Calamos Advisors a monthly fee at the annual rate of 0.0175% on the first $1 billion of Combined Assets, 0.0150% on the next $1 billion, and 0.0110% on Combined Assets above $2 billion (“financial accounting service fee”).

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

[            ], an independent registered public accounting firm, is the Trust’s independent auditor and is located at [            ]. [            ] audits and reports on the Fund’s annual financial statements and performs audit, audit-related and other services when approved by the Trust’s audit committee.

SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

FINANCIAL

STATEMENTS

The Fund has not yet commenced operations prior to the date of this SAI, and therefore had no financial statements.

 

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APPENDIX A

DESCRIPTION OF BOND RATINGS

A rating of a rating service represents the service’s opinion as to the credit quality of the security being rated. However, the ratings are general and are not absolute standards of quality or guarantees as to the creditworthiness of an issuer. Consequently, Calamos Advisors believes that the quality of debt securities in which the Fund invests should be continuously reviewed. A rating is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold a security, because it does not take into account market value or suitability for a particular investor. When a security has received a rating from more than one service, each rating should be evaluated independently. Ratings are based on current information furnished by the issuer or obtained by the ratings services from other sources that they consider reliable. Ratings may be changed, suspended or withdrawn as a result of changes in or unavailability of such information, or for other reasons.

The following is a description of the characteristics of ratings used by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) and Standard & Poor’s Corporation, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (“S&P”).

MOODY’S RATINGS

The following descriptions of Moody’s ratings have been published by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

Aaa — Obligations rated Aaa are judged to be of the highest quality, with minimal credit risk.

Aa — Obligations rated Aa are judged to be of high quality and are subject to very low credit risk.

A — Obligations rated A are considered upper-medium grade and are subject to low credit risk.

Baa — Obligations rated Baa are subject to moderate credit risk. They are considered medium-grade and as such may possess certain speculative characteristics.

Ba — Obligations rated Ba are judged to have speculative elements and are subject to substantial credit risk.

B — Obligations rated B are considered speculative and are subject to high credit risk.

Caa — Obligations rated Caa are judged to be of poor standing and are subject to very high credit risk.

Ca — Obligations rated Ca are highly speculative and are likely in, or very near, default, with some prospect of recovery of principal and interest.

C — Obligations rated C are the lowest rated class of bonds and are typically in default, with little prospect for recovery of principal or interest.

Modifiers: Moody’s appends numerical modifiers 1, 2, and 3 to each generic rating classification from Aa through Caa. The modifier 1 indicates that the obligation ranks in the higher end of its generic rating category; the modifier 2 indicates a mid-range ranking; and the modifier 3 indicates a ranking in the lower end of that generic rating category.

S&P RATINGS

The following descriptions of S&P’s credit ratings have been published by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC.

AAA — An obligation rated ‘AAA’ has the highest rating assigned by S&P. The obligor’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is extremely strong.

AA — An obligation rated ‘AA’ differs from the highest-rated obligations only to a small degree. The obligor’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is very strong.

A — An obligation rated ‘A’ is somewhat more susceptible to the adverse effects of changes in circumstances and economic conditions than obligations in higher-rated categories. However, the obligor’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is still strong.

 

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BBB — An obligation rated ‘BBB’ exhibits adequate protection parameters. However, adverse economic conditions or changing circumstances are more likely to lead to a weakened capacity of the obligor to meet its financial commitment on the obligation.

BB, B, CCC, CC, and C — Obligations rated ‘BB’, ‘B’, ‘CCC’, ‘CC’, and ‘C’ are regarded as having significant speculative characteristics. ‘BB’ indicates the least degree of speculation and ‘C’ the highest. While such obligations will likely have some quality and protective characteristics, these may be outweighed by large uncertainties or major exposures to adverse conditions.

BB — An obligation rated ‘BB’ is less vulnerable to nonpayment than other speculative issues. However, it faces major ongoing uncertainties or exposure to adverse business, financial, or economic conditions which could lead to the obligor’s inadequate capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation.

B — An obligation rated ‘B’ is more vulnerable to nonpayment than obligations rated ‘BB’, but the obligor currently has the capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation. Adverse business, financial, or economic conditions will likely impair the obligor’s capacity or willingness to meet its financial commitment on the obligation.

CCC — An obligation rated ‘CCC’ is currently vulnerable to nonpayment, and is dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions for the obligor to meet its financial commitment on the obligation. In the event of adverse business, financial, or economic conditions, the obligor is not likely to have the capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation.

CC — An obligation rated ‘CC’ is currently highly vulnerable to nonpayment.

C — A ‘C’ rating is assigned to obligations that are currently highly vulnerable to nonpayment, obligations that have payment arrearages allowed by the terms of the documents, or obligations of an issuer that is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or similar action which have not experienced a payment default. Among others, the ‘C’ rating may be assigned to subordinated debt, preferred stock or other obligations on which cash payments have been suspended in accordance with the instrument’s terms or when preferred stock is the subject of a distressed exchange offer, whereby some or all of the issue is either repurchased for an amount of cash or replaced by other instruments having a total value that is less than par.

D — An obligation rated ‘D’ is in payment default. The ‘D’ rating category is used when payments on an obligation, including a regulatory capital instrument, are not made on the date due even if the applicable grace period has not expired, unless Standard & Poor’s believes that such payments will be made during such grace period. The ‘D’ rating also will be used upon the filing of a bankruptcy petition or the taking of similar action if payments on an obligation are jeopardized. An obligation’s rating is lowered to ‘D’ upon completion of a distressed exchange offer, whereby some or all of the issue is either repurchased for an amount of cash or replaced by other instruments having a total value that is less than par.

Plus (+) or Minus (-) — The ratings from ‘AA’ to ‘CCC’ may be modified by the addition of a plus (+) or minus (-) sign to show relative standing within the major rating categories.

NR — This indicates that no rating has been requested, that there is insufficient information on which to base a rating, or that Standard & Poor’s does not rate a particular obligation as a matter of policy.

 

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APPENDIX B

PROXY VOTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF THE TRUST

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APPENDIX C

FOREIGN HOLIDAYS

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CALAMOS ETF TRUST

PART C

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 28. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Description

(a)   

(1)    Certificate of Trust. (Filed herewith)

  

(2)    Trust Instrument (Filed herewith)

(b)    By-Laws (Filed herewith)
(c)   

(1)    Trust Instrument. Incorporated by Reference to Item (a)(2) above.

  

(2)    By-Laws. Incorporated by Reference to Item (b) above.

(d)    Investment Advisory Agreement Between Registrant, on behalf of its series, Calamos Select Growth ETF and Calamos Advisors LLC (“Calamos”), to be filed by subsequent amendment.
(e)    Distribution Agreement to be filed by subsequent amendment.
(f)    Bonus or Profit Sharing Contracts. None.
(g)    Custody Agreement to be filed by subsequent amendment.
(h)   

(1)    Administration Agreement to be filed by subsequent amendment.

  

(2)    Expense Limitation Agreement Between Registrant, on behalf of its series, Calamos Select Growth ETF and Calamos, to be filed by subsequent amendment.

(i)    Opinion and Consent of counsel, to be filed by subsequent amendment.
(j)    Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, to be filed by subsequent amendment.
(k)    Financial Statements Omitted from Prospectuses. None.
(l)    Agreement for Providing Initial Capital, be filed by subsequent amendment.
(m)    Plan Pursuant to Rule 12b-1, to be filed by subsequent amendment.
(n)    Not Applicable.
(o)    Reserved.
(p)   

(1)    Code of Ethics of Registrant, to be filed by subsequent amendment.

  

(2)    Code of Ethics of Calamos, to be filed by subsequent amendment.

  

(3)    Code of Ethics of Distributor, to be filed by subsequent amendment.


Item 29. Persons Controlled By or Under Common Control with Registrant.

[No person is controlled by or under common control with the Registrant.]

 

Item 30. Indemnification.

A Delaware business trust may provide in its governing instrument for indemnification of its officers and trustees from and against any and all claims and demands whatsoever. Article IX, Section 2 of the Trust Instrument provides that the Registrant shall indemnify any present or former trustee, officer, employee or agent of the Registrant (“Covered Person”) to the fullest extent permitted by law against liability and all expenses reasonably incurred or paid by him or her in connection with any claim, action, suit or proceeding (“Action”) in which he or she becomes involved as a party or otherwise by virtue of his or her being or having been a Covered Person and against amounts paid or incurred by him or her in settlement thereof. Indemnification will not be provided to a person adjudged by a court or other body to be liable to the Registrant or its shareholders by reason of “willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of the duties involved in the conduct of his office” (“Disabling Conduct”), or not to have acted in good faith in the reasonable belief that his or her action was in the best interest of the Registrant. In the event of a settlement, no indemnification may be provided unless there has been a determination that the officer or trustee did not engage in Disabling Conduct (i) by the court or other body approving the settlement; (ii) by at least a majority of those trustees who are neither interested persons, as that term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”), of the Registrant (“Independent Trustees”), nor parties to the matter based upon a review of readily available facts; or (iii) by written opinion of independent legal counsel based upon a review of readily available facts.

Pursuant to Article IX, Section 3 of the Trust Instrument, if any present or former shareholder of any series (“Series”) of the Registrant shall be held personally liable solely by reason of his or her being or having been a shareholder and not because of his or her acts or omissions or for some other reason, the present or former shareholder (or his or her heirs, executors, administrators or other legal representatives or in the case of any entity, its general successor) shall be entitled out of the assets belonging to the applicable Series to be held harmless from and indemnified against all loss and expense arising from such liability. The Registrant, on behalf of the affected Series, shall, upon request by such shareholder, assume the defense of any claim made against such shareholder for any act or obligation of the Series and satisfy any judgment thereon from the assets of the Series.

[Further, the Registrant’s Investment Advisory Agreement and Distribution Agreement, to be filed by subsequent amendment, contain provisions limiting the liability, and providing for indemnification, of the respective advisor and distributor and its personnel, under certain circumstances.]


Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 (“1933 Act”) may be permitted to trustees, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the 1933 Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a trustee, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such trustee, officer or controlling person, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the 1933 Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

Item 31. Business and Other Connections of Investment Adviser and Sub-Adviser.

The information in the Statement of Additional Information under the caption “Management — Trustees and Officers” is incorporated by reference.

 

Item 32. Principal Underwriters.

(a) [                    ], Registrant’s underwriter, serves as principal underwriter for the following investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended:

[                    ]

(b) The following are the Officers and Managers of [                    ], the Registrant’s underwriter. Their main business address is [                    ].

 

Name

 

Address

 

Position with
Underwriter

 

Position with
Registrant

(c) Not applicable.

 

Item 33. Location of Accounts and Records.

All accounts, books and other documents required by Rule 31(a) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 are maintained at the offices, as applicable of: (1) the Registrant, (2) Calamos, (3) the Registrant’s custodian, and (4) the Registrant’s administrator.

 

1. Calamos ETF Trust
   2020 Calamos Court
   Naperville, Illinois 60563
2. Calamos Advisors LLC
   2020 Calamos Court
   Naperville, Illinois 60563
3. [                    ]
4. [                    ]

 

Item 34. Management Services.

Not applicable.

 

Item 35. Undertakings.

None.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City of Naperville and the State of Illinois, on the 13th day of September 2013.

 

CALAMOS ETF TRUST
By:   /s/ J. Christopher Jackson
 

J. Christopher Jackson

Trustee

Pursuant to the requirements of the 1933 Act, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the date(s) indicated.

 

Name

  

Title

 

Date

/s/    J. Christopher Jackson

J. Christopher Jackson

  

Trustee                                                                )

)

)

  September 13, 2013


CALAMOS ETF TRUST

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Index No.

 

Description of Exhibit

(a)(1)   Certificate of Trust
(a)(2)   Trust Instrument
(b)   Bylaws