PIMCO plans a March 1 launch of an exchange-traded fund version of its Total Return bond mutual fund, run by star manager Bill Gross. PIMCO announced its plans this week, nine months after filing an application with regulators. The Fund seeks maximum total return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management. PIMCO plans to trade the PIMCO Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund under the symbol (NYSEArca:TRXT).
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Reimbursement: 0.55%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund invests under normal circumstances at least 65% of its total assets in a diversified portfolio of Fixed Income Instruments of varying maturities. “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. The average portfolio duration of this Fund normally varies within two years (plus or minus) of the duration of the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index, which as of September 30, 2011 was 4.96 years. 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 invests primarily in investment-grade debt securities, but may invest up to 10% of its total assets in high yield securities (“junk bonds”) rated B or higher by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), or equivalently rated by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“S&P”) or Fitch, Inc. (“Fitch”), or, if unrated, determined by PIMCO to be of comparable quality. The Fund may invest up to 30% of its total assets in securities denominated in foreign currencies, and may invest beyond this limit in U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers. The Fund may invest up to 15% of its total assets in securities and instruments that are economically tied to emerging market countries. The Fund will normally limit its foreign currency exposure (from non-U.S. dollar-denominated securities or currencies) to 20% of its total assets.
The Fund may invest, without limitation, in mortgage- or assetbacked 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 invest up to 10% of its total assets in preferred stock, convertible securities and other equity related securities.
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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