Short-Term Strategies

Is your cash allocation pulling its weight?

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. 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?

$135 billion

In dedicated money market, short-term, and low duration strategies (as of 3/31/2021)

$315 billion

In cash-equivalent securities across the firm (as of 3/31/2021)

30+ years

Experience successfully managing short duration strategies

Straight From PIMCO: Time to Be Conscious of Your Cash

Jerome Schneider explains how investors seeking capital preservation may benefit from the additional yield premiums available beyond near-zero-yielding money market funds.

Highly experienced management team and award-winning portfolio managers

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)

Scott Mather

Scott Mather

Managing Director

CIO U.S. Core Strategies

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

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The Market Transition Away From LIBOR

A broad range of market participants from regulators to investors are preparing for the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) as a benchmark for trillions of dollars of financial instruments.

The transition away from LIBOR is a global event impacting all aspects of financial markets (e.g. investments, operations, technology, legal and regulatory) and PIMCO aims to arm clients with the tools and information necessary to navigate these changes.

  • 01What is LIBOR?

    LIBOR is widely used as a floating-rate benchmark index, as a reference rate for a wide range of securities and derivatives worldwide, and also as a signal for market liquidity and changes in financial conditions.

    It is estimated that $200 trillion of financial contracts and securities are tied to USD LIBOR according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.1

    1 As of 31 December 2020

  • 02Why is the market transitioning?

    Concerns regarding the reliability of LIBOR in the wake of bank manipulation of the rate in 2012 prompted regulators to develop alternative “risk-free benchmark” rates supported by more liquid and observable markets.

    PIMCO’s base case assumption is that LIBOR publication will cease at the end of 2021.

  • 03How is PIMCO responding?

    PIMCO is working closely with investors and regulators to navigate this transition. PIMCO is a participant in official sector working groups and will continue to provide input to establish and transition to alternative rates to LIBOR.

  • 04What are the replacement rates?

    The Federal Reserve System established the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”) to lead the transition away from LIBOR. The ARRC selected the Secured Overnight Funding Rate (“SOFR”) as the recommended alternative reference rate for the U.S.

    Similarly, working groups outside of the U.S. have nominated alternative reference rates in their funding currencies.

    Sterling: SONIA

    Swiss Franc: SARON

    Japanese Yen: TONA

    Euro: €STR


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