Eli Pars
Eli Pars, CFA

Co-CIO, Head of Alternative Strategies and Co-Head of Convertible Strategies, Senior Co-Portfolio Manager
28 years of industry experience

As a Co-Chief Investment Officer, Eli Pars is responsible for oversight of investment team resources, investment processes, performance and risk. As Head of Alternative Strategies and Co-Head of Convertible Strategies, he manages investment team members and has portfolio management responsibilities for those investment verticals. He is a member of the Calamos Investment Committee, which is charged with providing a top-down framework, maintaining oversight of risk and performance metrics, and evaluating investment process. He also is a member of the Calamos Office of the CEO, responsible for comprehensive oversight of business execution and strategic growth initiatives. Eli has 28 years of industry experience, including nine at Calamos. Prior to returning to Calamos in 2013, he was a Portfolio Manager at Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners, where he co-managed a convertible arbitrage portfolio. Previously, he held senior roles at Mulligan Partners LLC, Ritchie Capital and SAM Investments/The Hampshire Company. Earlier in his career, Eli was a Vice President and Assistant Portfolio Manager at Calamos. He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. with a specialization in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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CoCos Are a No-Go for Calamos

Eli Pars, CFA

Amid market turmoil, contingent convertible bonds (CoCos) have become the subject of negative press. Co-CIO Eli Pars discusses our standing concerns with what he considers “the anti-convertible bond.”

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Why Higher Quality May Mean Higher Risk

Eli Pars, CFA

Co-Portfolio Manager Eli Pars, CFA, discusses issuance trends in the convertible marketplace. He also speaks to the potential advantages of investing in convertibles with a range of credit qualities.

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CoCos: An Overview of the Anti-Convertible Bond

Eli Pars

Contingent convertible bonds, or CoCos, have been getting more global press. But with risk/reward profiles that are the opposite of what Calamos seeks from traditional convertibles, the investment team is steering clear, explains Co-Portfolio Manager Eli Pars.

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