PIMCO Fundamental Advantage Absolute Return Strategy Fund INSTL (PFATX)

Please note that effective on or about 15 April 2015, the fund’s name will change to PIMCO RAE Fundamental Advantage PLUS Fund.

PIMCO
Objective
Seeks maximum total return, consistent with prudent investment management
Primary Portfolio
Derivatives providing long exposure to the Enhanced RAFI U.S. Large Index hedged by short exposure to the S&P 500 Index, backed by an actively managed portfolio of fixed income securities with an absolute return orientation
At a Glance
SymbolPFATX
CUSIP Number 72201F110
Total Fund Assets (in millions) $2,619.5
Share Class Inception Date 02/29/2008
Dividend Frequency Quarterly
Maximum Sales Charge -
Net Operating Expenses 0.89 %

Daily Price

NAV Day Return
$3.61 $0.000.00%
YTD Return
-1.51%
As of 03/30/15

Historical Prices

03/25/15

$3.62

03/26/15

$3.62

03/27/15

$3.61

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. Click Performance tab for performance current to the most recent month-end.
Fund Overview
A unique fundamentals-based market neutral strategy

Striving to provide diversification with some cushioning during stock bear markets, the fund seeks positive performance in a variety of market environments with moderate volatility.


Why Invest In This Fund
Equity market-neutral approach

Seeking incremental return while minimizing stock market sensitivity, potential outperformance is captured through a long position in derivatives linked to the Enhanced RAFI® 1000 Index (Enhanced RAFI) and an equivalent short position in derivatives linked to the S&P 500 Index.


Capitalizes on equity index inefficiencies

Unlike traditional stock indexes, which are weighted by market capitalization, Enhanced RAFI weights the companies in its universe using fundamentals-based factors. In doing so, it aims to avoid a pitfall of market-cap indexing – overweighting overvalued and underweighting undervalued stocks.


Two independent sources of returns

Because only a small amount of capital is required to maintain long Enhanced RAFI and short S&P 500 exposure, the remaining collateral is invested in a high-quality absolute return-oriented bond portfolio, providing the excess return potential of the Enhanced RAFI and the return of the fixed income portfolio. Absolute return portfolios may not necessarily fully participate in positive market rallies or negative market declines.


Our Expertise

PIMCO has pioneered a number of market innovations, including fundamentals-based equity investing and enhanced index strategies. The fund benefits from our expertise, as well as from our time-tested, top-down/bottom-up investment process.

Managers

Mohsen Fahmi

Mr. Fahmi is a managing director and generalist portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office, focusing on global fixed income assets. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2014, he was with Moore Capital Management, most recently as a senior portfolio manager and previously as chief operating officer. In London earlier in his career, he was co-head of bond and currency proprietary trading at Tokai Bank Europe, head of leveraged investment at Salomon Brothers and executive director of proprietary trading at Goldman Sachs. Prior to this, he was a proprietary trader for J.P. Morgan in both New York and London, and he also spent seven years as an investment officer at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He has 30 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Stanford University. He received a master's degree in civil engineering from the Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Sudi N. Mariappa

Mr. Mariappa is a managing director and generalist portfolio manager in the Newport Beach office. He rejoined PIMCO in 2014 from GLG, a London-based hedge fund, where he was a managing director, developing and managing fixed income funds. Previously at PIMCO, Mr. Mariappa was a managing director and head of global portfolio management. He also served as a senior advisor to PIMCO’s portfolio management group from 2009-2011. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2000, he was a managing director for Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, overseeing Japanese government bond and swap derivative trading. He has 27 years of investment experience and holds an MBA, as well as a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, from Cornell University.

Robert Arnott

Mr. Arnott is the founder and chairman of Research Affiliates, a subadvisor to PIMCO. In 2002, he established Research Affiliates as a research-intensive asset management firm that focuses on innovative asset allocation and alternative indexation products. He previously served as chairman of First Quadrant, as president of TSA Capital Management (now part of Analytic Investors), and as vice president at The Boston Company. He also was global equity strategist at Salomon Brothers. He has published more than 100 articles in journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Analysts Journal, where he also served as editor in chief from 2002 through 2006. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1977 in economics, applied mathematics and computer science.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the funds carefully before investing. This and other information are contained in the fund’s prospectus and summary prospectus, if available, which may be obtained by contacting your investment professional or PIMCO representative.  Click here for a complete list of the PIMCO Funds prospectuses and summary prospectuses. Please read them carefully before you invest or send money.

Sudi Mariappa began managing the fund on 12 January 2015.

A word about risk: In managing the strategy’s investments in Fixed Income Instruments, PIMCO utilizes an absolute return approach; the absolute return approach does not apply to the equity index replicating component of the strategy. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including market, interest-rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk; investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. 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. 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. 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. Entering into short sales includes the potential for loss of more money than the actual cost of the investment, and the risk that the third party to the short sale may fail to honor its contract terms, causing a loss to the portfolio. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. 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 ensure against loss.

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