Short-Term Strategies

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What role can short-term strategies play in portfolios?

Active short-term bond strategies may offer a more attractive return profile than traditional cash in exchange for a modest increase in risk.

  • Enhance yield potential. With interest rates at historic lows, over-allocations to cash could mean investors have less earning potential.
  • De-risk portfolio. Shortening duration can help reduce interest rate risk and limit overall volatility.
  • Navigate changing rates. Flexibility and a defensive mindset are crucial to finding attractive opportunities at the front-end of the yield curve.
Stepping Out from Cash: A Look at the Risk/Reward Potential of PIMCO’s Short-Duration Strategies

*Short-term investments will be more volatile than traditional cash investments and their value will fluctuate. The investments may also invest a portion of their total assets in junk bonds. Short-term strategies are not federally guaranteed and may lose value.

Why PIMCO for short term?

+$134 billion

In dedicated money market, short-term, and low duration strategies (as of 03/31/2024)

~$269 billion

In cash-equivalent securities across the firm (as of 03/31/2024)

Over 35 years

Experience successfully managing short-term strategies

The Cost of Cash: Talking to Clients about their Cash Allocations

Investors often keep cash in their portfolios for liquidity needs and defensive reasons, and cash balances are currently at record high levels. Help investors overcome concerns about putting cash to work and how best to position cash allocations in this environment to maximize potential. Watch now to learn why the time is right to consider moving cash off the sidelines into fixed income.

Highly experienced management team

Jerome Schneider

Jerome Schneider

Managing Director

Head of Short-Term Portfolio Management

Morningstar Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year (2015)

Morningstar Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year (2015)

David Braun

David Braun

Managing Director

Head of US Financial Institutions Portfolio Management

Andrew Wittkop

Andrew T. Wittkop

Executive Vice President

Portfolio Manager, Treasuries, Agencies, Rates

Nathan Chiaverini

Nathan Chiaverini

Senior Vice President

Portfolio Manager, Short-Term Desk

William Martinez

William Martinez

Senior Vice President

Portfolio Manager, Short-Term Desk

Geoff Miles

Geoff Miles

Vice President

Portfolio Manager, Short-Term Desk

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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. 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 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. 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. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic and industry conditions.; 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. 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 guarantee against loss. A Fund’s ESG investing strategy may select or exclude securities of certain issuers for reasons other than financial performance.  Such strategy carries the risk that the Fund’s performance will differ from similar funds that do not utilize an ESG investing strategy. For example, the application of this strategy could affect the Fund’s exposure to certain sectors or types of investments, which could negatively impact the Fund’s performance. ESG investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the factors utilized by PIMCO or any judgment exercised by PIMCO will reflect the opinions of any particular investor, and the factors utilized by PIMCO may differ from the factors that any particular investor considers relevant in evaluating an issuer’s ESG practices. In evaluating an issuer, PIMCO is dependent upon information and data obtained through voluntary or third-party reporting that may be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable, or present conflicting information and data with respect to an issuer, which in each case could cause PIMCO to incorrectly assess an issuer’s business practices with respect to its ESG practices. Socially responsible norms differ by region, and an issuer’s ESG practices or PIMCO’s assessment of an issuer’s ESG practices may change over time. There is no assurance that the ESG investing strategy or techniques employed will be successful. Past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future results.

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PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ESG Exchange-Traded Fund (EMNT) is an actively managed exchange-traded fund (ETF) that seeks maximum current income, consistent with preservation of capital and daily liquidity, while incorporating PIMCO s environmental-, social- and governance-oriented (ESG) investment strategy. [1]EMNT will primarily invest in short duration investment grade debt securities, and will disclose all portfolio holdings on a daily basis. The average portfolio duration of EMNT will vary based on PIMCO s economic forecasts and active investment process decisions, and will not normally exceed one year. Please see the Fund’s prospectus for more detailed information related to its investment objectives, investment strategies and approach to ESG.

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Monthly Morningstar Rating™ is for the Institutional share class only; other classes may have different performance characteristics. The PIMCO Short-Term Fund was rated against the following numbers of Ultrashort Bond funds over the following time periods: Overall 4 Stars (203 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 3 Stars (203 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 4 Stars (184 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 5 Stars (110 funds rated). The PIMCO Short Asset Investment Fund was rated against the following numbers of Ultrashort Bond funds over the following time periods: Overall 4 Stars (203 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 4 Stars (203 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 3 Stars (184 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 4 Stars (110 funds rated). The PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active Exchange-Traded Fund was rated against the following numbers of Ultrashort Bond funds over the following time periods: Overall 3 Stars (203 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 2 Stars (203 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 3 Stars (184 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 3 Stars (110 funds rated). The PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ESG Exchange-Traded Fund was rated against the following numbers of Ultrashort Bond funds over the following time periods: Overall 3 Stars (203 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 3 Stars (203 funds rated). The PIMCO Enhanced Low Duration Active Exchange-Traded Fund was rated against the following numbers of Short-Term Bond funds over the following time periods: Overall 4 Stars (532 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 3 Stars (532 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 3 Stars (492 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 4 Stars (358 funds rated).

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