RAE Low Volatility PLUS International Fund


Updated August 16, 2019


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


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.




MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged index designed to represent the performance of large and mid-cap securities across 21 developed markets, including countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East, excluding the U.S. and Canada. It is not possible to invest directly in the index.


RAE Low Volatility International


The RAE Low Volatility International portfolio contains stocks of large Developed Markets ex-U.S. companies ranked by the Fundamental Index® methodology and further screened by a composite score of yield, volatility, and leverage. Companies are weighted by the product of the fundamental score of each company and a factor that reduces the weight for higher beta companies (and increases those for lower beta companies). The portfolio is rebalanced on a monthly staggered basis. Companies in 23 developed ex US market countries are eligible for inclusion.