PIMCO Real Return Asset Fund INSTL (PRAIX)

PIMCO
Objective
Seeks maximum real return, consistent with prudent investment management.
Primary Portfolio
Inflation-indexed bonds
At a Glance
SymbolPRAIX
CUSIP Number 72200Q505
Total Fund Assets (in millions) $3,214.6
Share Class Inception Date 11/12/2001
Dividend Frequency Accrues Daily; Distributes Monthly
Maximum Sales Charge -
Net Operating Expenses 0.55 %

Daily Price

NAV Day Return
$8.76 $0.13 1.51%
YTD Return
4.78%
As of 04/17/15

Historical Prices

04/14/15

$8.60

04/15/15

$8.63

04/16/15

$8.63

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
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.

Managers

Mihir P. Worah

Mr. Worah is CIO Real Return and Asset Allocation and a managing director in the Newport Beach office, a portfolio manager, and head of the real return and multi-asset portfolio management teams. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, where he built models to explain the difference between matter and anti-matter. In 2012 he co-authored “Intelligent Commodity Indexing,” published by McGraw-Hill. He has 12 years of investment experience and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Chicago.

Jeremie Banet

Mr. Banet is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office and a portfolio manager on the real return team. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he traded inflation-linked investments at Nomura Fixed Income. Prior to that, he was with BNP Paribas, most recently as head of U.S. inflation trading. He has 14 years of investment and financial services experience and holds a master's degree in applied economics and an undergraduate degree from Paris IX Dauphine University.

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.

Jeremie Banet began managing the fund on 2 January 2015.

A word about risk:
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. Inflation-linked bonds (ILBs) issued by a government are fixed-income securities whose principal value is periodically adjusted according to the rate of inflation; ILBs decline in value when real interest rates rise. Sovereign securities are generally backed by the issuing government, obligations of U.S. Government agencies and authorities are supported by varying degrees but are generally not backed by the full faith of the U.S. Government; portfolios that invest in such securities are not guaranteed and will fluctuate in value. 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. Commodities contain heightened risk including market, political, regulatory, and natural conditions, and may not be suitable for all investors. 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. 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. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. Derivatives and commodity-linked 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. Commodity-linked derivative instruments may involve additional costs and risks such as changes in commodity index volatility or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested.

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.


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