PIMCO RealPath Blend:
Rated Gold by Morningstar

Active where it matters.
Passive where it saves.

Glide Path

Seeking to Provide a Smoother Ride to Retirement

RealPath Blend glide path's asset class allocations aim to generate strong returns and income, while seeking to reduce volatility through meaningful diversification and help retain participant confidence to stay invested throughout the glidepaths time-horizon.

We allocate 90% of the portfolio to risk seeking assets for young participants who are typically focused on maximizing wealth. And gradually move the portfolio to a more conservative wealth preservation portfolio as participants get closer to retirement.

We aim for our return risk seeking assets to be well diversified, which means they have less home markets bias and more exposure to non-U.S. and emerging markets investments.

RealPath Blend seeks to preserve retirement wealth through a meaningful diversification in equities and fixed income. This is the first step to smoothing the transition from a return seeking to an income generating asset allocation.

PIMCO also employs active downside risk strategies for investors who are nearest and in retirement to help defend wealth during times when traditional diversification fails.

RealPath Blend seeks to deliver retirement income by going beyond just core bonds for fixed income exposure, which seeks to lead to a meaningful return advantage and may potentially improve and extend retirement income expectations.

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The three key benefits of PIMCO’s RealPath Blend target date funds are that the funds are: cost conscious, benefit from PIMCO’s expertise in active management and provide an optimized glide path that is focused on individual outcomes and emphasizes income and diversification.

Realpath Blend

Blending the Best of Both Worlds

Most defined contribution (DC) plan core line-ups include both active and passive equity and fixed income options—why should Target Date Funds be any different? PIMCO RealPath Blend is a powerful combination of PIMCO’s active fixed income and Vanguard’s passive equity funds.

  1. Active where it matters, passive where it saves – Powered by PIMCO and Vanguard*
  2. Delivering value for 45+ years with PIMCO’s fixed income resources, and explicit downside risk management
  3. Individual outcome focused emphasizing income and diversification, with a disciplined annual review
*PIMCO and Vanguard are not affilated

PIMCO RealPath Blend

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Glide Path Leadership

Optimized by Team of PIMCO Experts

PIMCO's glide path leadership team is comprised of industry-leading economists, investment managers and experts in retirement, research and analytics. They employ our vast global resources and a unique, in-depth review process to optimize the glide path for every PIMCO RealPath Blend target date fund annually.

Glide Path Leadership Team

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Joachim Fels 

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Erin Browne 

Portfolio Manager, Multi-Asset Strategies

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Jamil Baz 

Head of Client Solutions and Analytics

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Rene Martel 

Head of Retirement

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PIMCO DC Analytical Modeling Team

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Steve Sapra 

Senior Advisor

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Niels K. Pedersen 

Quantitative Research Analyst, Asset Allocation Research

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Mukundan Devarajan 

Quantitative Research Analyst, Asset Allocation Research

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Sean Klein 

Head of Client Business Strategy – Client Solutions and Analytics

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PIMCO's Investment Resources

RealPath Blend benefits from the depth and breadth of PIMCO's global resources – working to help your plan participants achieve their retirement goals.


Portfolio managers with an average of 17 years of experience2


Analysts on our industry-leading credit research team2


Winners of Morningstar Fixed-Income Manager of the Year1

PIMCO – a trusted partner for DC Sponsors

$104.9 bn

in DC AUM2


in DC plans include a PIMCO Strategy3


Funds held by DC plans by category4

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1 The following individuals received the US Morningstar Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year award: Jerome Schneider (2015); Dan Ivascyn and Alfred Murata (2013); Mark Kiesel (2012); The Morningstar Fixed Income Fund Manager of the Year award (US) is based on the strength of the manager, performance, strategy, and firm's stewardship, 2 PIMCO, 30 September 2022; 3 Brightscope, 30 September 2022; 4 Based on study of PIMCO DC AUM and data from P&I article dated December 2021. On this date Vanguard Total Bond Mkt. Index-Inst. had $26b while PIMCO Total Return had $28b.

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A word about risk: The fund invests in other funds and performance is subject to underlying investment weightings which will vary. 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. Mortgage and asset-backed securities may be sensitive to changes in interest rates, subject to early repayment risk, and their value may fluctuate in response to the market’s perception of issuer creditworthiness; while generally supported by some form of government or private guarantee there is no assurance that private guarantors will meet their obligations. Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhanced in emerging markets. Sovereign securities are generally backed by the issuing government, obligations of U.S. Government agencies and authorities are supported by varying degrees but are generally not backed by the full faith of the U.S. Government; portfolios that invest in such securities are not guaranteed and will fluctuate in value. Inflation-linked bonds (ILBs) issued by a government are fixed-income securities whose principal value is periodically adjusted according to the rate of inflation; ILBs decline in value when real interest rates rise. Commodities contain heightened risk including market, political, regulatory, and natural conditions, and may not be suitable for all investors. 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. Investing in securities of smaller companies tends to be more volatile and less liquid than securities of larger companies. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. Derivatives and commodity-linked derivatives 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. Commodity-linked derivative instruments may involve additional costs and risks such as changes in commodity index volatility or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested. The cost of investing in the Fund will generally be higher than the cost of investing in a fund that invests directly in individual stocks and bonds. Diversification does not ensure against loss.

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Glide path is the asset allocation within a target-date strategy (also known as a lifecycle or target maturity strategy) that adjusts over time as the participant’s age increases and their time horizon to retirement shortens. The basis of the glide path is to reduce the portfolio risk as the participant’s time horizon decreases. Typically, younger participants with a longer time horizon to retirement have sufficient time to recover from market losses, their investment risk level is higher, and they are able to make larger contributions (depending on various factors such as salary, savings, account balance, etc.). Generally, older participants and eligible retirees have a shorter time horizon to retirement, and their investment risk level declines as preserving income wealth becomes more important.

Target Date Funds are designed to provide investors with a retirement solution tailored to the time when they expect to retire or plan to start withdrawing money (the "target date"). Target Date Funds will gradually shift their emphasis from more aggressive investments to more conservative ones based on their target dates. Target Date Funds invest in other funds and instruments based on a long-term asset allocation glide path developed by PIMCO, and performance is subject to underlying investment weightings, which will change over time. An investment in a Target Date Fund does not eliminate the need for an investor to determine whether a Fund is appropriate for his or her financial situation. An investment in a Fund is not guaranteed.  Investors may experience losses, including losses near, at, or after the target date, and there is no guarantee that a Fund will provide adequate income at and through retirement.

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.

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