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A benchmark serves a crucial role in investing. Often a market index, a benchmark typically provides a starting point for a portfolio manager to construct a portfolio and directs how that portfolio should be managed on an ongoing basis from the perspectives of both risk and return. It also allows investors to gauge the relative performance of their portfolios.

Bonds for Income

Bonds can offer attractive growth at an acceptable level of risk.

Building the Retirement Income Pyramid

Retirement planning isn’t easy. As more and more people approach retirement age, they’re turning to their financial advisors to help them tackle the difficult task of turning their savings into an income stream that will help fund their retirement goals for the rest of their lives.


Commodities are a distinct asset class with returns that are largely independent of stock and bond returns. Therefore, adding broad commodity exposure can help diversify a portfolio of stocks and bonds, potentially lowering the risk of an overall portfolio and boosting returns. Given their impact on consumer goods prices, commodities can also offer a hedge against inflation.

Corporate Bonds

After government bonds, the corporate bond market is the largest section of the global bond universe. With a vast array of maturities, yields and credit quality available, investing in corporate bonds has the potential to provide higher yields than government bonds and diversification benefits for investors.

Credit Default Swaps

Originally formed to provide banks with the means to transfer credit exposure, CDS has grown as an active portfolio management tool. The performance of CDS, like that of corporate bonds, is closely related to changes in credit spreads. This makes them an effective tool for hedging risk, and efficiently taking credit exposure.


The currency market is the largest and most liquid financial market in the world. Currencies like the U.S. dollar, the British pound and the euro trade in the foreign exchange (FX) market 24 hours a day, fluctuating in value relative to each other almost constantly – and there are several paths to potential profits in the FX market.

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PIMCO Highlights

PIMCO is one of the world’s premier fixed income investment managers.

More than 2,200

Employees around the world


Global offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia


Global investment professionals


Portfolio Managers with an average of 15 years of experience


Investment professionals who have been at PIMCO for 10 years or more


Global Credit Analysts


Sector Specialty Desks


Analytics/Asset Experts


Investors worldwide

$1.77 trillion

Assets under management

As of 31 March 2018