If you prefer to construct your own asset allocation, or supplement other options, you may select among the following large cap funds:
|AllianzGI Global Allocation|
|PIMCO All Asset|
AllianzGI Global Allocation
Investment Objective and Principal Strategies. The Fund seeks after-inflation capital appreciation and current income. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective through a combination of active allocation between asset classes and actively managed strategies within those asset classes. The Fund allocates its investments among asset classes in response to changing market, economic, and political factors and events that the portfolio managers believe may affect the value of the Fund's investments. In making investment decisions for the Fund, the portfolio managers seek to identify trends and turning points in the global markets. To gain exposure to the various asset classes, the Fund incorporates actively managed strategies and/or passive instruments, including exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") and exchange-traded notes, and derivative instruments such as futures. The Fund also seeks to limit portfolio volatility. Volatility is a statistical measurement of the magnitude of up and down fluctuations in the value of a financial instrument or index over time.
The Fund invests directly and indirectly in globally diverse equity securities, including emerging market equities, and in U.S. dollar denominated fixed income securities. The Fund targets a long-term average strategic asset allocation of 60% to global equity exposure (the "Equity Component") and 40% to fixed income exposure (the "Fixed Income Component"). The Fund may also use an "Opportunistic Component" whereby it invests up to 10% of its assets in any combination of the following asset classes: emerging market debt, international debt, intermediate and long-term high yield debt (commonly known as "junk bonds"), commodities, U.S. and international small capitalization stocks and real estate securities, including U.S. and non-U.S. real estate investment trusts ("REITs"). The Fund may either invest directly in these different asset classes or indirectly through derivatives and other instruments.
Allocations to "opportunistic" asset classes within underlying diversified strategies are not included in the calculation of the Opportunistic Component of the Fund. For example, allocations to REITs within diversified equity strategies or instruments that are similar to that of the MSCI ACWI are not counted within the Fund's Opportunistic Component; however, direct allocations to REITS using futures on a REIT index or REIT ETFs will be counted within the Fund's Opportunistic Component. Similarly, when underlying diversified bond funds have risk and volatility profiles that the portfolio managers believe to be similar to (or less than) that of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index, any allocations within those underlying diversified bond funds to "opportunistic" asset classes, such as high yield or emerging market debt, are also not counted towards the Opportunistic Component's 10% limit. Only securities, instruments or actively managed strategies whose primary purpose is to gain exposure to one or more of the opportunistic asset classes count towards the Opportunistic Component's 10% limit.
The portfolio managers analyze market cycles, economic cycles and valuations, of each asset class and their components and may adjust the Fund's exposures to individual holdings and asset classes. Depending on market conditions, the Equity Component may range between approximately 50% and 70% of the Fund's assets and the Fixed Income Component may range between approximately 30% and 50% of the Fund's assets. Apart from this strategic asset allocation, the Fund may use its Opportunistic Component. Combined investments in the Equity Component and the Opportunistic Component are limited to 80% of the Fund's assets at the time of investment. The portfolio managers adjust the Fund's exposure to the Equity Component, the Fixed Income Component, and the Opportunistic Component in response to momentum and momentum reversion signals in an effort to mitigate downside risk in times of severe market stress, and to increase the return potential in favorable markets. While the portfolio managers attempt to mitigate the downside risk to stabilize performance, there can be no assurance that the Fund will be successful in doing so. Momentum is the tendency of investments to exhibit persistence in their performance. Momentum reversion is the tendency that a performance trend will ultimately change and move in an opposite direction. The portfolio managers believe negative momentum suggests future periods of negative investment returns and increased volatility. When the portfolio managers recognize negative momentum for an asset class, the Fund may reduce its exposure to that asset class.
The portfolio managers believe positive momentum suggests future periods of positive investment returns and typical levels of market volatility. When the momentum signals for an asset class indicate positive momentum, the portfolio managers may increase the Fund's exposure to that asset class.
In addition to the momentum and momentum reversion signals, the portfolio managers also apply fundamental analysis to locate opportunities to seek to improve the Fund's return. Fundamental analysis may contribute to an adjustment of the Fund's exposure to the asset classes that exhibit the strongest return prospects. The fundamental analysis attempts to locate opportunities not identified from momentum-related signals.
After determining the asset allocation among the Components, the portfolio managers select particular investments in an effort to obtain exposure to the relevant mix of asset classes. The Fund may invest in any type of equity or fixed income security, including common and preferred stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, warrants and convertible securities, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and government and corporate bonds. The Fund may invest in securities of companies of any capitalization, including smaller capitalization companies. The Fund also may make investments intended to provide exposure to one or more commodities or securities indices, currencies, and real estate-related securities. The Fund is expected to be highly diversified across industries, sectors, and countries. The Fund may liquidate a holding if it locates another instrument that offers a more attractive exposure to an asset class or when there is a change in the Fund's target asset allocation, or if the instrument is otherwise deemed inappropriate.
In implementing these investment strategies, the Fund may make substantial use of over-the-counter (OTC) or exchange-traded derivatives, including futures contracts, interest rate swaps, total return swaps, credit default swaps, options (puts and calls) purchased or sold by the Fund, currency forwards, and structured notes. The Fund may use derivatives for a variety of purposes, including: as a hedge against adverse changes in the market price of securities, interest rates, or currency exchange rates; as a substitute for purchasing or selling securities; to increase the Fund's return as a non-hedging strategy that may be considered speculative; and to manage portfolio characteristics. The Fund may maintain a significant percentage of its assets in cash and cash equivalents which will serve as margin or collateral for the Fund's obligations under derivative transactions.
Principal Risks. The principal risks of investing in the Fund, which could adversely affect its net asset value, yield and total return, are allocation risk, market risk, issuer risk, equity securities risk, management risk, credit and counterparty risk, currency risk, derivatives risk, emerging markets risk, fixed income risk, focused investment risk, high yield risk, index risk, interest rate risk, IPO risk, leveraging risk, liquidity risk, mortgage-related and other asset-backed risk, non-U.S. investment risk, REIT and real-estate related investment risk, smaller company risk, tax risk, turnover risk, underlying fund and other acquired fund risks, and variable distribution risk.
PIMCO All Asset Fund
Investment Objective and Principal Investment Strategies. This Fund's investment objective is to maximize real return, consistent with the preservation of real capital and prudent investment management. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing under normal circumstances substantially all of its assets in Institutional Class shares of any other fund of the Trust except the All Asset All Authority, Global Multi-Asset and the RealRetirement® Funds. Though it is anticipated that the Fund will not currently invest in the StocksPLUS® TR Short Strategy Fund, the Fund may invest in these Underlying PIMCO Funds in the future, without shareholder approval, at the discretion of PIMCO. The Fund invests its assets in shares of the Underlying PIMCO Funds and does not invest directly in stocks or bonds of other issuers. Research Affiliates, LLC, the Fund’s asset allocation sub-adviser, determines how the Fund allocates and reallocates its assets among the Underlying PIMCO Funds. In doing so, the asset allocation sub-adviser seeks concurrent exposure to a broad spectrum of asset classes. Please see the “Descriptions of the Underlying PIMCO Funds” in the Fund's prospectus for more information about the Underlying PIMCO Funds.
The Fund may invest in any or all of the Underlying PIMCO Funds, but will not normally invest in every Underlying PIMCO Fund at any particular time. The Fund’s investment in a particular Underlying PIMCO Fund normally will not exceed 50% of its total assets. The Fund’s combined investments in the Fundamental IndexPLUS™, Fundamental IndexPLUS™ TR, International StocksPLUS® TR Strategy (Unhedged), International StocksPLUS TR® Strategy (U.S. Dollar-Hedged), Small Cap StocksPLUS® TR, StocksPLUS®, StocksPLUS® Long Duration and StocksPLUS® Total Return Funds normally will not exceed 50% of total assets. In addition, the Fund’s combined investments in the Real Return, Real Return Asset and RealEstateRealReturn Strategy Funds normally will not exceed 75% of its total assets. The Fund’s assets are not allocated according to a predetermined blend of shares of the Underlying PIMCO Funds. Instead, when making allocation decisions among the Underlying PIMCO Funds, the Fund’s asset allocation sub-adviser considers various quantitative and qualitative data relating to the U.S. and foreign economies and securities markets. These data include projected growth trends in the U.S. and foreign economies, forecasts for interest rates and the relationship between short- and long-term interest rates (yield curve), current and projected trends in inflation, relative valuation levels in the equity and fixed income markets and various segments within those markets, the outlook and projected growth of various industrial sectors, information relating to business cycles, borrowing needs and the cost of capital, political trends data relating to trade balances and labor information. The Fund’s asset allocation sub-adviser has the flexibility to reallocate the Fund’s assets among any or all of the asset class exposures represented by the Underlying PIMCO Funds based on its ongoing analyses of the equity, fixed income and commodity markets. While these analyses are performed daily, material shifts in asset class exposures typically take place over longer periods of time. The Fund is classified as “non-diversified” for purposes of the 1940 Act because it may invest in a limited number of Underlying PIMCO Funds. However, since certain of the Underlying PIMCO Funds in which the Fund invests are classified as diversified for purposes of the 1940 Act, the Fund may indirectly diversify its portfolio.
The Fund is a “fund of funds,” which is a term used to describe mutual funds that pursue their investment objective by investing in other mutual funds. The cost of investing in the Fund will generally be higher than the cost of investing in a mutual fund that invests directly in individual stocks and bonds. By investing in the Fund, an investor will indirectly bear fees and expenses charged by the Underlying PIMCO Funds in addition to the Fund’s direct fees and expenses. In addition, the use of a fund of funds structure could affect the timing, amount and character of distributions to shareholders and may therefore increase the amount of taxes payable by shareholders. In addition to investing in the Underlying PIMCO Funds, at the discretion of PIMCO and without shareholder approval, the Fund may invest in additional PIMCO Funds created in the future.
Principal Risks. The principal risks presented by an investment in the Fund include interest rate risk, credit risk, high yield risk, market risk, issuer risk, liquidity risk, derivatives risk, equity risk, commodity risk, mortgage-related and other asset-backed risk, foreign (non-U.S.) investment risk, real estate risk, emerging markets risk, currency risk, issuer non-diversification risk, leveraging risk, smaller company risk, management risk, short sale risk, tax risk and subsidiary risk.