PIMCO Files For PIMCO Diversified Income Exchange-Traded Fund
PIMCO has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “PIMCO Diversified Income Exchange-Traded Fund.” The Fund will seek maximum total return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management. This actively managed exchange-traded fund will mimic their existing Pimco Diversified Income Fund (MUTF:PDVAX) bond fund. They did not specify a trading symbol or expense ratio in the initial filing.
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing under normal circumstances at least 65% of its total assets in a diversified portfolio of Fixed Income Instruments of varying maturities, which may be represented by forwards. “Fixed Income Instruments” include bonds, debt securities and other similar instruments issued by various U.S. and non-U.S. public- or private-sector entities. In selecting individual Fixed Income Instruments, or in making broader sector allocations for the Fund, PIMCO develops an outlook for interest rates, currency exchange rates and the economy, analyzes credit and call risks and uses other investment selection techniques. The proportion of the Fund’s assets committed to an individual investment, or investments with particular characteristics (such as quality, sector, interest rate or maturity), varies based on PIMCO’s outlook for the U.S. economy and the economies of other countries in the world, the financial markets and other factors. PIMCO attempts to identify areas of the bond market that are undervalued relative to the rest of the market. PIMCO may identify these areas by grouping Fixed Income Instruments into sectors such as money markets, governments, corporates, mortgages, asset-backed and international. Once investment opportunities are identified, PIMCO will shift assets among individual Fixed Income Instruments, or among sectors, depending upon changes in relative valuations, credit spreads and other factors.
In managing the Fund, PIMCO may employ both a bottom-up and top-down approach to investment selection. PIMCO’s bottom-up value investment style attempts to identify Fixed Income Instruments or sectors that are undervalued by the market in comparison to PIMCO’s own determination of value, taking into account criteria such as [asset value, book value, cash flow and earnings estimates of relevant issuers and quality of management.] Using a top-down value investment style, PIMCO also considers various qualitative and quantitative factors relating to the U.S. and non-U.S. economies, and financial markets. These factors may include the outlook and projected growth of various sectors, projected growth trends in the U.S. and non-U.S. economies, forecasts for interest rates and the relationship between short- and long-term interest rates (yield curve), relative valuation levels in the financial markets and various segments within those markets, information relating to business cycles, borrowing needs and the cost of capital, political trends data relating to trade balances, and labor information. PIMCO has the flexibility to reallocate the Fund’s assets among individual investments or sectors based on its ongoing analyses.
The average portfolio duration of this Fund normally varies from three to eight years, based on PIMCO’s forecast for interest rates. Duration is a measure used to determine the sensitivity of a security’s price to changes in interest rates. The longer a security’s duration, the more sensitive it will be to changes in interest rates. The Fund may invest in both investment-grade securities and high yield securities (“junk bonds”) subject to a maximum of 10% of its total assets in securities rated below B by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), or equivalently rated by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (“S&P”) or Fitch, Inc. (“Fitch”), or, if unrated, determined by PIMCO to be of comparable quality. In addition, the Fund may invest, without limitation, in securities and instruments that are economically tied to emerging market countries. The Fund may invest, without limitation, in securities and instruments denominated in foreign currencies and in U.S. dollar-denominated securities or instruments of foreign issuers. The Fund may also invest up to 10% of its total assets in preferred stock, convertible securities and other equity-related securities.
The Fund may invest, without limitation, in mortgage- or asset-backed securities subject to applicable law and any other restrictions described in the Fund’s prospectus or Statement of Additional Information. The Fund may purchase or sell securities on a when-issued, delayed delivery or forward commitment basis and may engage in short sales. The Fund may, without limitation, seek to obtain market exposure to the securities in which it primarily invests by entering into a series of purchase and sale contracts or by using other investment techniques (such as buy backs or dollar rolls). The “total return” sought by the Fund consists of income earned on the Fund’s investments, plus capital appreciation, if any, which generally arises from decreases in interest rates, foreign currency appreciation, or improving credit fundamentals for a particular sector or security.
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