Municipal Stability Managed Account


Strategy Overview


Targets steady returns, even in times of market distress, by adhering to an interest rate mandate focused on limiting downside risk potential

Invests primarily in high quality short- to intermediate-duration callable structures, dynamically adjusting duration to pursue enhanced after-tax yields relative to money market and other traditional cash strategies

Strives to maximize the tax-efficiency of portfolios through a systematic approach to tax loss harvesting and the option of National or California state-specification

Leverages our specialized separately managed accounts (SMA) team, which seeks to provide best-in-class service tailored to the needs of SMA clients


Process & Philosophy

Investment Process

Utilizing our disciplined investment research process, PIMCO aims to uncover value and protect principal in clients’ municipal investment portfolios through comprehensive credit and quantitative research. Leveraging our quantitative research to calculate what we believe are more accurate valuations of non-standard (e.g., callable) security structures, we identify attractive investment opportunities. By way of holistic fundamental credit research, we also aim to select securities possessing underlying credit strength that may be misaligned with market perception, positioning us to capture alpha while mitigating downside risk.

Municipal Bond Philosophy

Taking a 360-degree view, we seek to maximize tax-efficient income and help preserve principal by investing in high quality municipal bonds. Our muni experts identify opportunities and potential risks in the municipal bond market using fundamental bottom-up analysis informed by PIMCO’s top-down global macroeconomic outlook. By applying institutional discipline to a muni market traditionally comprised of smaller investors, we believe our muni platform is distinctly positioned to capitalize on market inefficiencies to unlock potential in clients’ muni portfolios. Supported by our specialized team of muni SMA experts, our muni SMA clients may additionally benefit from our belief that individual clients should receive individualized service.

Portfolio Construction

With a focus on limiting price volatility, the Stability strategy has historically generated more stable returns relative to the broad municipal market during periods of volatility. In pursuit of a stable return profile, portfolio managers leverage both quantitative analysis and our proprietary technology to identify what we consider the ideal mix of securities. This security mix is designed to meet a mandate of positive total returns if, over the course of the next 12 months, interest rates increase by 100 basis points (bps) and only minimal losses if interest rates increase by 200 bps over the same period.

With return of principal as the first priority, the Stability strategy also seeks to generate return on principal. Strategically allocating to callable and noncallable municipal bonds that meet our low volatility mandate, we pursue returns above those of cash and traditional cash investments, such as Treasury Bills, money market funds, and bank certificates of deposit. With higher after-tax return potential — and anchored by our strict downside risk mandate — we believe this strategy is an attractive solution for investors looking to put cash to work.


Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results.

The managed account strategies described in this material are offered by Pacific Investment Management Company LLC and are available exclusively through financial professionals. Managed accounts have a minimum asset level and may not be appropriate for all investors. Financial professionals seeking more information should contact their managed accounts department or call their PIMCO representative.

Individual account holdings will vary depending on the size of an account, cash flows and account restrictions. Portfolio holdings are subject to change daily without notice. At any time an individual account managed in this strategy may or may not include securities held by another portfolio. Consequently, any particular account may have portfolio characteristics and performance that differ from another individual account in this strategy.


A word about risk:

All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds and bond strategies with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and volatile than those with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise, and low interest rate environments increase this risk. Reductions in bond counterparty capacity may contribute to decreased market liquidity and increased price volatility. Bond investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. Income from municipal bonds while exempt from federal taxes may be subject to state and local taxes and at times the alternative minimum tax; a strategy concentrating in a single or limited number of states is subject to greater risk of adverse economic conditions and regulatory changes.

The credit quality of a particular security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of an overall portfolio.

PIMCO does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your tax and/or legal counsel for specific tax or legal questions and concerns. The discussion herein is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. There is no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness.  Any tax statements contained herein are not intended or written to be used, and cannot be relied upon or used for the purpose of avoiding penalties imposed by the Internal Revenue Service or state and local tax authorities. Individuals should consult their own legal and tax counsel as to matters discussed herein and before entering into any estate planning, trust, investment, retirement, or insurance arrangement.

There is no guarantee that these investment strategies will work under all market conditions or are appropriate for all investors and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market.

There can be no assurance that the investment approach outlined above will produce the desired results or achieve any particular level of returns. The references to yield targets is not a guarantee, projection, or prediction of future results. There can be no assurance that the opportunities in which the strategy seeks to invest will continue to be available.

PIMCO as a general matter provides services to qualified institutions, financial intermediaries and institutional investors. Individual investors should contact their own financial professional to determine the most appropriate investment options for their financial situation. 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. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. No part of this material may be reproduced in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission.

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