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Designed to increase after-tax yield returns while preserving traditional fixed income benefits.


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Standardized performance, current 30-day SEC yields and performance data current to the most recent month end may be found by clicking on each Fund listed under MODEL FUNDS & COMPOSITION.

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown.


1The model’s distribution yield is the weighted average distribution yield of the underlying funds. The underlying funds distribution yield is calculated by annualizing actual dividends distributed for the monthly period ended on the most recent monthly distribution date and dividing by the net asset value for the same date. The yield does not include long- or short-term capital gains distributions.

2The tax equivalent distribution yield is the distribution is based on a federal tax rate of 40.8 % (Federal tax of 37.00% and Medicate Tax Rate of 3.80%). The Medicare Tax rate is not applicable for taxpayers with Modified Adjusted Gross Income below $200,000 (single filing status), $250,000 (married filing status) and $125,000 (married filing separately status).

Model Statistics reported quarter-end other than Distribution Yield and Total Expense Ratio, which are reported as of most recent month-end. Model statistics are based on the weighted Fund allocation within each model portfolio. The sum of these weighted Funds make up the respective model statistic.

3“Model Funds & Composition” information on this page is updated with a lag following the allocation adjustments that take place at the end of each calendar quarter. The “ current as of” date of the Model Funds & Composition information is refreshed monthly to align with the date of the Model Statistics information but no changes to the allocations of the models are made intra-quarter.

4“Model Statistics” information is updated monthly and published on this page with a lag following month-end. Model statistics are based on the weighted Fund allocation within each model portfolio. The sum of these weighted Funds make up the respective model statistic. The Model Funds & Composition may be updated during the quarterly update process prior to the Model Statistics and as such the stated as of dates between these data may vary. During these periods the Model Statistics are based on the prior reported Model Funds & Composition, which may be requested from your PIMCO representative.

5Model expense ratio is subject to change at time of model rebalance. Expense Ratio does not reflect any wrap program fees or other expenses charged by the implementing financial advisor.

A Tax Aware Model Portfolio allocates to a minimum of 50 percent municipal bond funds. A portfolio managed to a Tax Aware Model will experience a taxable event. PIMCO does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your tax and/or legal counsel for specific tax or legal questions and concerns.

The PIMCO Models described in this material are available exclusively through investment professionals.

PIMCO Models are created based on what Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (together with its affiliates, “PIMCO”) believes to be generally accepted investment theory. In adjusting PIMCO models PIMCO considers, among other things, the results of quantitative modeling. Such quantitative modeling is designed to optimize each Model’s allocation and align with the Model’s investment objective, and takes into account various factors or “inputs”, determined by PIMCO, including third party data, to generate a suggested allocation for the PIMCO Models. PIMCO’s investment team then reviews the quantitative output and adjusts the output to reflect variables, which may include, among other things, the anticipated trade size, target total expense ratio for the Model, and qualitative investment insights. PIMCO Model allocations are ultimately subject to the discretion of PIMCO’s investment team. PIMCO Models are for illustrative purposes only and may not be suitable for all investors. PIMCO Models are not based on any particularized financial situation, or need, and are not intended to be, and should not be construed as, a forecast, research, investment advice or a recommendation for any specific PIMCO or other strategy, product or service. Individuals should consult with their own financial advisors to determine the most appropriate allocations for their financial situation, including their investment objectives, time frame, risk tolerance, savings and other investments. Volatility is historical and is likely to change over time. PIMCO has not undertaken, and will not undertake, any analysis to determine any specific models’ suitability for specific investors.

The risks of a PIMCO Model’s allocations will be based on the risks of the PIMCO mutual funds (each, a “Fund”) included in the PIMCO Model’s allocation (“Underlying Fund”). The PIMCO Model’s allocations are subject to the risk that the Underlying Funds and the allocations and reallocation (or “rebalancing”) of the PIMCO Model among the various Underlying Funds may not produce the desired result. The PIMCO Model allocations to Underlying Funds have changed over time and are expected to change in the future. As described above. the selection and weighting process across Underlying Funds is informed based on return estimates driven by PIMCO’s quantitative models and forecasts for key risk factor inputs and forward looking view and risk estimates informed by PIMCO’s analytic infrastructure (“Systems”). These Systems rely heavily on the use of proprietary and nonproprietary data, software, hardware, and intellectual property, including data, software and hardware that may be licensed or otherwise obtained from third parties. The use of such Systems has inherent limitations and risks. Although we take reasonable steps to develop and use Systems appropriately and effectively, there can be no assurance that we will successfully do so. Errors may occur in the design, writing, testing, monitoring, and/or implementation of Systems, including in the manner in which Systems function together. The effectiveness of Systems may diminish over time, including as a result of market changes and changes in the behavior of market participants. The quality of the resulting analysis, including the PIMCO Model allocations depends on a number of factors including the accuracy and quality of data inputs into the Systems, the mathematical and analytical assumptions and underpinnings of the Systems’ coding, the accuracy in translating those analytics into program code or interpreting the output of a System by another System in order to facilitate a change in market conditions, the successful integration of the various Systems into the portfolio selection and trading process and whether actual market events correspond to one or more assumptions underlying the Systems. Management risk is the risk that the investment techniques and risk analyses applied by PIMCO will not produce the desired results, and that certain policies or developments may affect the investment techniques available to PIMCO in connection with managing the strategy.

PIMCO Model allocations are licensed or otherwise made available to investment professionals. PIMCO Models’ allocations are updated on a defined production cycle. The Underlying Funds are available by prospectus only. Implementing investment professionals may or may not implement the PIMCO Model’s allocation as provided, and actual allocations to Underlying Funds may vary. There are expenses associated with the Underlying Funds in addition to any fees charged by implementing investment professionals. Additionally, the implementing investment professional may include cash allocations, which are not reflected herein.

Model statistics are hypothetical and are provided for illustrative purposes only. Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown. In fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program. One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual results.

We employed a block bootstrap methodology to calculate volatilities. We start by computing historical factor returns that underlie each asset class proxy from January 1997 through the present date. We then draw a set of 12 monthly returns within the dataset to come up with an annual return number. This process is repeated 25,000 times to have a return series with 25,000 annualized returns. The standard deviation of these annual returns is used to model the volatility for each factor. We then use the same return series for each factor to compute covariance between factors. Finally, volatility of each asset class proxy is calculated as the sum of variances and covariance of factors that underlie that particular proxy. For each asset class, index, or strategy proxy, we will look at either a point in time estimate or historical average of factor exposures in order to determine the total volatility. Please contact your PIMCO representative for more details on how specific proxy factor exposures are estimated.

Exchange Traded Funds (“ETF”) are afforded certain exemptions from the Investment Company Act. The exemptions allow, among other things, for individual shares to trade on the secondary market. Individual shares cannot be directly purchased from or redeemed by the ETF. Purchases and redemptions directly with ETFs are only accomplished through creation unit aggregations or “baskets” of shares. Shares of an ETF, traded on the secondary market, are bought and sold at market price (not NAV). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Investment policies, management fees and other information can be found in the individual ETF’s prospectus. Buying or selling ETF shares on an exchange may require the payment of fees, such as brokerage commissions, and other fees to financial intermediaries. In addition, an investor may incur costs attributed to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares of the Fund (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares of the Fund (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the bid-ask spread). Due to the costs inherent in buying or selling Fund shares, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment returns. Investment in Fund shares may not be advisable for investors who expect to engage in frequent trading. Net Asset Value (NAV) represents an ETF’s per-share value. The per-share value of an ETF is calculated by dividing the total value of the securities in its portfolio, less any liabilities, by the number of ETF shares outstanding. ETF shares are valued as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE Arca (normally 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time) (The “NYSE Close”) on each business day. The Fund’s Net Asset Value, shares outstanding and total net assets are calculated as of the close of regular trading on each day that the NYSE Arca is open, and do not reflect security transactions or Fund shares created or redeemed on the date stated. Such transactions are recorded on the next business day and reported on the website the following business day. Returns are average annualized total returns, except for those periods of less than one year, which are cumulative. Market returns are based upon the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern time (when NAV is normally determined for most ETFs), and do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Market Price is the Official Closing Price on NYSE Arca, or if it more accurately reflects market value at the time as of which NAV is calculated, the midpoint between the national best bid and national best offer as of that time. ETF shares may be bought or sold throughout the day at their market price on the exchange on which they are listed. However, there can be no guarantee that an active trading market for PIMCO ETF shares will develop or be maintained, or that their listing will continue or remain unchanged. Median Bid/Ask Spread is the difference between the bid price for a security and its ask price. It represents the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay for a security and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept. Premium/Discount is the difference between the market price and NAV expressed as a percentage of NAV. Current holdings are subject to risk. Holdings are subject to change at any time. An investment in an ETF involves risk, including the loss of principal. Investment return, price, yield and Net Asset Value (NAV) will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. The PIMCO Investment Grade Corp Bond Index ETF, PIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corp Bond Index ETF and PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index ETF use an indexing approach and may be affected by a general decline in market segments or asset classes relating to its Underlying Index. The Funds invest in securities and instruments included in, or representative of, its Underlying Index regardless of the investment merits of the Underlying Index.

A word about risk: All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including the risk that fixed income securities will decline in value because of changes in interest rates; the risk that fund shares could trade at prices other than the net asset value; and the risk that the manager's investment decisions might not produce the desired results. 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. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are ILBs issued by the U.S. government. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic and industry conditions. 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. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities may be sensitive to changes in interest rates, subject to early repayment risk, and while generally supported by a government, government-agency or private guarantor, there is no assurance that the guarantor will meet its obligations. 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.  Income from municipal bonds may be subject to state and local taxes and at times the alternative minimum tax. 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. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested. Diversification does not ensure against loss.

For risks associated with a particular Fund, please refer to the Fund’s prospectus.

PIMCO does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult your tax and/or legal counsel for specific tax or legal questions and concerns. The discussion herein is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. There is no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness.  Any tax statements contained herein are not intended or written to be used, and cannot be relied upon or used for the purpose of avoiding penalties imposed by the Internal Revenue Service or state and local tax authorities. Individuals should consult their own legal and tax counsel as to matters discussed herein and before entering into any estate planning, trust, investment, retirement, or insurance arrangement. 

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For financial professionals: The implementation of, or reliance on, a model portfolio allocation is left to your discretion. PIMCO is not responsible for determining the securities to be purchased, held and sold for a client's account(s), nor is PIMCO responsible for determining the suitability or appropriateness of a model portfolio allocation or any securities included therein for any of your clients. PIMCO does not place trade orders for any of the your clients' account(s). Information and other marketing materials provided to you by PIMCO concerning a model portfolio allocation -including holdings, performance and other characteristics -may not be indicative of a client's actual experience from an account managed in accordance with the model portfolio allocation.

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