Equity markets have had an incredible run since the global financial crisis, but with prospects for lower returns and the persistent failure of traditional stock pickers to beat their benchmarks, investors are seeking strategies that provide the potential for more reliable outperformance. Many may consider smart beta strategies, which can offer the potential for higher returns and can serve as a complement to traditional approaches in a diversified equity allocation. Yet the increasingly disparate smart beta and factor landscape can be overwhelming, and as with any investment approach, there are risks of both underperformance and performance-chasing.

To help investors harness the potential benefits of smart beta while addressing these challenges, PIMCO has partnered with smart beta pioneer Research Affiliates to launch a suite of equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor ETFs seek to provide diversification and structural sources of potential returns through an innovative methodology that introduces “buy-low, sell-high” discipline to factor investing. Incorporating the latest research from Research Affiliates, the PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor ETFs offer a differentiated solution for smart beta investors that seeks to address some key pitfalls of typical multi-factor approaches.

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Robert Arnott

Founder and Chairman, Research Affiliates

Chris Brightman

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Research Affiliates

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Smart beta refers to a benchmark designed to deliver a better risk and return trade-off than conventional market cap weighted indices. PIMCO’s liquid alternative strategies are without the principal lock-ups of traditional private equity funds and hedge funds and include separate accounts whose holdings can be liquidated at a client’s request subject to current market conditions, mutual funds that can be liquidated at NAV on a daily basis and ETFs that can be liquidated on the secondary market under normal market conditions. There is no guarantee that a security will be able to be liquidated in a timely fashion or when it would be most advantageous to do so.

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PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor ETFs: Innovation in Smart Beta
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