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Allocating across a broad range of global sectors and asset classes can help enhance return potential and moderate overall portfolio volatility. Learn about our risk-factor-based approach to asset allocation and the factors that investors should consider when deciding where to invest.

Commodities

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.

The Benefits of Staying Invested

Investors are more likely to reach their long-term goals if they remain invested and avoid short-term decisions that may take them off course.

Currencies

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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Bonds offer the potential for regular income, preservation of capital and portfolio diversification, and can also serve as a hedge against riskier asset classes, particularly in times of economic uncertainty. Learn about the benefits of a diversified global bond portfolio and the broad array of sectors from which investors can choose.

Understanding Interval Funds

An interval fund is a type of closed-end fund that is not listed on an exchange that periodically offers to repurchase a limited percentage of outstanding shares, as defined in its prospectus, from its shareholders. Interval funds can provide investors with access to less liquid investment strategies than open-end funds in an attempt to enhance risk-adjusted returns and can be used as an alternative source of return and/or income.

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.

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.

Understanding the De Minimis Tax Rule

Tax risk within the tax-exempt market escalates in a rising rate environment. Buying premium bonds is one way PIMCO seeks to help protect client portfolios from this risk.

Understanding Premium Municipal Bonds

Municipal bonds priced at a premium often provide the same return as par bonds that have the same credit quality and structure – with the added potential benefit of higher cash flows and lower market volatility.

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Complementary asset classes and investment strategies can potentially provide an overall risk and reward balance in a portfolio over the long term. Explore these select topics to learn more about the ever-expanding range of investment choices available today.

Commodities

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.

Understanding Interval Funds

An interval fund is a type of closed-end fund that is not listed on an exchange that periodically offers to repurchase a limited percentage of outstanding shares, as defined in its prospectus, from its shareholders. Interval funds can provide investors with access to less liquid investment strategies than open-end funds in an attempt to enhance risk-adjusted returns and can be used as an alternative source of return and/or income.

Portable Alpha Strategies

Passive strategies strive to match the performance of a market index. Portable alpha strategies go further, combining key benefits of active and passive management in an effort to enhance returns while also seeking to manage risk – especially important goals in today’s lower-return markets.

Benchmarks

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.

Managed Futures Strategies: Inside the “Black Box”

Momentum, trend-following, managed futures - are terms that can seem intimidating and opaque for many investors. But, while these types of investment strategies may be less familiar than traditional strategies, they can be quite intuitive and offer attractive diversification and return potential that is worth getting to know.

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Understanding the impact that volatility and severe market shocks can have on long-term returns, and planning accordingly, should be an important consideration in investment decision-making. Learn how investors can proactively guard their portfolios against these risks and their potentially disastrous outcomes.

Risk factor diversification

Learn about risk factors and the benefits of applying risk factor-based diversification to your portfolio.

Understanding Tail Risk

Learn about “tail risk” and how portfolios can be managed to minimize losses without curtailing growth.

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Over time, inflation erodes investment returns and reduces the purchasing power of savings, posing a significant threat to long-term financial goals. Inflation can also spike unexpectedly, defying the predictions of even the most seasoned professionals. Learn about the historical impact of inflation and ways investors can hedge their portfolios against this threat.

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