RAE Low Volatility PLUS International Fund

PLVZX

Updated April 18, 2019

Objective

Seeks total return which exceeds that of its benchmark

Primary Portfolio

An equity strategy that use RAE Low Volatility International portfolio derivatives backed by an actively managed portfolio of fixed income securities with an absolute return orientation

Overview

Fund Overview

Systematic, low-volatility approach to international equity investing

The fund invests in a diversified portfolio that seeks to capture the returns of less volatile and potentially higher yielding international stocks, using the Research Affiliates Equity (RAE) Low Volatility investment strategy, a systematic approach designed to outperform the MSCI EAFE Index, plus an additional source of return potential.

Why Invest In This Fund

Offers benefits of low volatility investing while being conscious of valuations

Proprietary screens that emphasize lower volatility stocks with higher yields and strong financial health are applied to each sector of the international equity market. Going beyond simple volatility screens, the fund’s value orientation and focus on diversification may help investors avoid owning expensive low volatility stocks. The RAE methodology then weights stocks based on non-price measures of company size including sales, cash flow, dividends and book value.

International equity investing with the potential for a smoother ride

Investors may experience periods of high volatility when investing in the stock market, yet most accept that risk in exchange for the long-term capital appreciation potential of global developed stocks outside the U.S. A key tenet of the fund’s riskoriented approach is to manage short-term risk with respect to volatility.

Offers additional sources of potential returns

The fund provides an additional source of alpha potential by employing PIMCO’s “PLUS” implementation to equity investing. Because the fund uses equity-linked instruments, which do not require the same cash outlay as physical stocks, it seeks to generate incremental return by investing the remaining cash in an actively managed bond alpha strategy.

Our Expertise

PIMCO introduced the groundbreaking StocksPLUS strategy in 1986 - the same award-winning approach used across our “PLUS” portfolios, which capitalizes on the depth and breadth of PIMCO’s global resources. PIMCO has partnered with Research Affiliates since 2005, when they introduced fundamental indexes to the marketplace. Today, we manage RAE “PLUS” portfolios across a range of objectives and market exposures.