Real Return Fund


Updated November 24, 2015


Seeks maximum real return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management

Primary Portfolio

Inflation-indexed bonds


Fund Overview

Help protect long-term purchasing power

Inflation often appears quickly and unexpectedly, making it important for long-term investors to be prepared in all market environments. The fund aims to help investors protect their purchasing power against the effects of inflation by seeking real (inflation-adjusted) returns primarily from Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).

Why Invest In This Fund

A high quality inflation hedge

Active management has helped the fund deliver short- and long-term returns solidly ahead of inflation, while the portfolio’s investment-grade orientation has provided a smoother ride than other real return assets such as commodities and real estate.

Potential diversification benefits

While traditional asset classes such as stocks and bonds usually move inversely to inflation, TIPS tend to move in the same direction as inflation. Investing in assets with low correlations to one another, i.e., assets influenced by different factors, can enhance a portfolio’s diversification, potentially lowering overall volatility. Like bond investments in general, TIPS can decline in value if interest rates rise, and may be particularly sensitive if real interest rates rise rapidly.

PIMCO’s expertise

By drawing on the expertise of our global real return team, the fund is able to take advantage of our macro inflation outlook and bottom-up research capabilities.

Our Expertise

The strategy is managed by veteran investors Mihir Worah, CIO Real Return and Asset Allocation and head of the real return and multi-asset portfolio management teams, and Jeremie Banet, executive vice president. PIMCO, one of the largest U.S. investors in TIPS and other inflation-linked assets, launched the country’s first TIPS-focused mutual fund, the same day as the first TIPS auction.


Barclays U.S. TIPS Index


Barclays U.S. TIPS Index is an unmanaged market index comprised of all U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities rated investment grade (Baa3 or better), have at least one year to final maturity, and at least $250 million par amount outstanding. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.


Monthly with Daily Accrual






Mihir P. Worah

CIO Asset Allocation and Real Return

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Jeremie Banet

Portfolio Manager, Real Return

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Yields & Distributions

Historical Prices & Distributions

Distribution Yield (At NAV) 1 as of 10/31/2015 0.90%
30 - Day SEC Yield2 as of 10/31/2015 -0.39%
30 - Day SEC Yield2 as of 11/24/2015 -
Latest Dividend Distribution ($ Share)3 as of 10/30/2015 $0.008435390
Dividend Distribution (YTD) 4 as of 10/30/2015 $0.088033309
Yields & Distributions Footnotes & Disclosures


1The distribution yield for monthly paying Funds is calculated by annualizing actual dividends distributed for the monthly period ended on the date shown and dividing by the net asset value on the last business day for the same period. The distribution yield for quarterly paying Funds is calculated by taking the average of the prior four quarterly distribution yields. The quarterly distribution yields are calculated by annualizing actual dividends distributed for the quarterly period ended on the most recent quarterly distribution date and dividing by the net asset value for the same date. The distribution yield for annual paying Funds is calculated by taking the annual distribution divided by the Fund’s net asset value on ex-date. The yield is annualized if the Fund incepted less than a year ago. The yield does not include long- or short-term capital gains distributions.
2The 30-Day SEC yield is an annualized yield based on the most recent 30 day period.
3Data does not include special cash dividends.
4Data is based on distributions since the most recent calendar year end and does not include special cash dividends.
The SEC yield is an annualized yield based on the most recent 30 day period. The fund’s yield quotation includes an adjustment to the principal value of the TIPS securities to reflect changes in the government’s official inflation rate, if any; changes in the government’s official inflation rate can cause the fund’s yield to vary substantially from one month to the next. At times, including during periods of deflation, the SEC yield calculation may result in a negative number. If the current 30-day SEC yield is denoted with a “‡,” we believe it is attributable to a rise in the inflation rate, and might not be repeated. Due to the consolidation of operations and permanence of the fund’s fee waivers, such waivers do not materially affect the fund’s SEC yield.
Unless stated, the Fund does not have an unsubsidized yield.

Fees & Expenses

Total Annual Operating Expenses 0.50%
Net Operating Expenses Ex-interest5 0.45%
Fees & Expenses Footnotes & Disclosures


5Ex-interest expenses reflect the accounting treatment of certain investments (e.g., reverse repurchase agreements) but do not reflect actual expenses paid to PIMCO.

Prices & Performance

Daily Statistics

All data as of 11/24/2015

NAV $10.66 One Day Return 0.10%
Daily Change $0.01 Daily YTD Return -1.54%
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  • Average Annual Returns
  • Cumulative Returns

All data as of

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All data as of

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Performance quoted represents past performance and 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 average annual returns shown. Performance quoted does not reflect any sales charges, if applicable, and performance would be lower if it did.

Calendar Year Returns %

All data as of

Growth of $10,000 (hypothetical)

Since inception 01/29/1997 to 10/31/2015 = $30,709

Morningstar and Lipper

  • Morningstar Ratings
  • Lipper Rankings
Prices & Performance Footnotes & Disclosures


Performance figures presented reflect the total return performance after fees and reflect changes in share price and reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions on the payable date. All periods longer than one year are annualized.
Total return performance does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. The minimum initial investment for Institutional class shares is $1 million; however, it may be modified for certain financial intermediaries who submit trades on behalf of eligible investors.
Daily YTD return is from the most recent calendar year end.
Growth of $10,000 is calculated at NAV and assumes that all dividend and capital gain distributions were reinvested. It does not take into account sales charges or the effect of taxes. Results are not indicative of future performance.
Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. For funds with at least a 3-yr history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees) with an emphasis on downward variations and consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating is a weighted average of the performance figures for its 3-, 5- and 10-yr (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Morningstar, Inc.® 2015. All rights reserved. The information contained herein; (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its affiliates; (2) may not be copied or distributed; (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Hollow stars represent a class of shares with inception dates that is different than the inception date of the fund. For the period prior to the inception date of these shares, performance information is based on the performance of the fund’s Institutional Class shares, adjusted to reflect the actual distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees and other expenses paid by the newer share class.
The Lipper Category returns and rankings are calculated by Lipper Inc., a Reuters Company, which is a nationally recognized organization that compares the performance of mutual funds with similar investment objectives. The Category returns represent the average performance of included funds, while rankings compare an individual fund's returns to those of the other funds in its category. Both are based on total return performance, with capital gains and dividends reinvested, with annual operating expenses deducted, but without including front- or back-end sales charges. Rankings begin with the actual share class inception. Rankings are relative to a peer group and do not necessarily mean that the fund had high total returns.

Portfolio Composition

All data as of unless otherwise stated

Maturity %

0-1 yrs 6.07
1-3 yrs -5.13
3-5 yrs 21.93
5-10 yrs 53.83
10-20 yrs 21.22
20+ yrs 2.07
Effective Maturity (yrs) 8.06

Sector Allocation
Duration in Years

Inflation Linked Bonds
United States 9.00
United Kingdom 0.28
Europe 0.17
Canada 0.00
Other6 0.31
Other Short Duration Instruments -0.04
Non Inflation Linked Bonds
US Government Related7 -1.45
Mortgage 0.03
Invest. Grade Credit 0.14
High Yield Credit 0.02
Non-U.S. Developed -1.04
Emerging Markets8 0.02
EM Short Duration Instruments -0.01
Municipal 0.00
Other6 0.01
Net Other Short Duration Instruments9 -0.12

Risk Characteristics
(Trailing 3 Years)

Standard Deviation 5.90
Sharpe Ratio10 -0.38
Information Ratio11 -0.21
Tracking Error12 1.34

Duration in Years

Effective Duration (yrs) 7.31
Portfolio Composition Footnotes & Disclosures


6May include municipals, convertibles, preferreds, and yankee bonds.
7May include nominal and inflation-protected Treasuries, Treasury futures and options, agencies, FDIC-guaranteed and government-guaranteed corporate securities, and interest rate swaps.
8Short duration emerging markets instruments includes an emerging market security or other instrument economically tied to an emerging market country by country of risk with an effective duration less than one year and rated investment grade or higher or if unrated, determined to be similar quality by PIMCO. Emerging Markets includes the value of short duration emerging markets instruments previously reported in another category.
9Net Other Short Duration Instruments includes securities and other instruments (except instruments tied to emerging markets by country of risk) with an effective duration less than one year and rated investment grade or higher or, if unrated, determined by PIMCO to be of comparable quality, commingled liquidity funds, uninvested cash, interest receivables, net unsettled trades, broker money, short duration derivatives (for example Eurodollar futures) and derivatives offsets. With respect to certain categories of short duration securities, the Adviser reserves the discretion to require a minimum credit rating higher than investment grade for inclusion in this category. Derivatives Offsets includes offsets associated with investments in futures, swaps and other derivatives. Such offsets may be taken at the notional value of the derivative position which in certain instances may exceed the actual amount owed on such positions.
10The Sharpe Ratio measures the risk-adjusted performance. The risk-free rate is subtracted from the rate of return for a portfolio and the result is divided by the standard deviation of the portfolio returns.
11The information ratio is defined as the portfolio's excess return per unit of risk, or tracking error. For example, an information ratio of 1 means that a portfolio manager generates 100 basis points, or one percent of excess return for every 100 basis points of risk taken.
12Tracking error, a measure of risk, is defined as the standard deviation of the portfolio's excess return vs. the benchmark expressed in percent.
Portfolio information in the charts is based on the fund's net assets. These percentages may differ from those used for the fund's compliance calculations, including the fund's prospectus, regulatory, and other investment limitations and policies, which may be based on total assets of the fund or other measurements, may include or exclude various categories of investments from those covered in the portfolio allocation categories shown in this report, and may be based on different classifications and measurements of the fund’s investments and other criteria.
References to specific sectors, securities or issuers are for illustrative purposes only. All holdings are subject to change daily. All share classes have the same portfolio but different expenses.
Duration is a measure of a portfolio’s price sensitivity expressed in years. Effective duration is the duration for a bond with an embedded option when the value is calculated to include the expected change in cash flow caused by the option as interest rates change.


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