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Similar to most passive index strategies, the equity market exposure in a StocksPLUS portfolio is designed to be identical to that of the benchmark index. However, unlike passive index strategies, StocksPLUS endeavors to provide investors with excess returns.
What makes StocksPLUS unique? The strategy combines PIMCO’s expertise in global fixed-income management with the merits of its “best-of-both worlds” construction, which entails obtaining the equity exposure via derivatives that are collateralized by a fixed income portfolio. Because the fixed income portfolio tends to have both a low correlation to equities and a focus on capital preservation, the combination gives StocksPLUS the potential to mitigate the volatility of the equity exposure amid changing market conditions.
International StocksPLUS offers portfolios indexed to the international benchmarks, including the MSCI EAFE, for investors looking to diversity their equity allocations outside of the United States.
In some cases, total return swaps may provide a largely equivalent way to obtain equity exposure. Both total return index swaps and index futures contracts generally require very little or no cash required at the time the equity exposure is obtained and the investor subsequently receives the total return of the equity index in exchange for the payment of a money market based interest rate (generally LIBOR +/- a spread).
Past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future results. All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including market, interest-rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. Investing in non-U.S. securities involves heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhanced in emerging markets. Mortgage and asset-backed securities may be sensitive to changes in interest rates, subject to early repayment risk, and while generally backed by a government, government-agency or private guarantor there is no assurance that the guarantor will meet its obligations. High-yield, lower-rated, securities involve greater risk than higher-rated securities; portfolios that invest in them may be subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risk than portfolios that do not. PIMCO strategies utilize derivatives which may involve certain costs and risks such as liquidity, interest rate, market, credit, management and the risk that a position could not be closed when most advantageous. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested. Swaps are a type of derivative; while some swaps trade through a clearinghouse there is generally no central exchange or market for swap transactions and therefore they tend to be less liquid than exchange-traded instruments. There is no central exchange or market for swap transactions and therefore they are less liquid than exchange-traded instruments. The credit quality of a particular security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio. There is no guarantee that this investment strategy will work under all market conditions and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for a long-term especially during periods of downturn in the market. Diversification does not ensure against loss. Diversification does not ensure against loss.
This material contains the current opinions of the manager and such opinions are subject to change without notice. This material has been distributed for informational purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product.
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