The PIMCO Canadian Total Return Bond Fund offers diversification and the possibility of higher investment returns relative to the FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond Index. It searches for value in every sector of the bond market. Thus, the Fund could be used as a “core” fixed income holding. Investors seeking to balance equity holdings in an aggressive investment portfolio with a lower volatility fixed income option should consider the Total Return Strategy as their fixed income strategy. History has shown that there is a typically low correlation between the equity and fixed income markets. Therefore, employing the Total Return Strategy in combination with an equity portfolio may allow for greater diversification and potentially reduces the risk of swings in the portfolio’s value.
Why Invest in This Fund?
Greater exposure to interest rate trends
The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of primarily Canadian dollar fixed income instruments of varying maturities, with an average duration that normally varies within two years (plus or minus) of the FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond Index. Duration is a measure of a security’s price sensitivity to interest rate changes, measured in years; a longer duration implies greater interest rate sensitivity and return potential than intermediate-duration bonds, but also higher volatility. The Fund can be used as a core holding for investors with a higher risk tolerance, or as an allocation to position a portfolio for expected interest rate trends.
Value-added active management
We seek to add value through active management of the Fund. The portfolio offers flexibility to invest across sectors and issuers. Although the Fund is subject to greater interest rate risk than shorter-duration funds, it strives to limit this risk by maintaining the portfolio’s duration within a moderate range around the benchmark’s duration. The Fund employs PIMCO’s total return philosophy, seeking to balance capital appreciation potential and income.
PIMCO Investment Philosophy and Process
The firm’s investment process utilizes both “top-down” and “bottom-up” strategies with the goal of combining perspectives from both the portfolio and security levels in an effort to consistently add value over time within acceptable levels of portfolio risk. In constructing portfolios, the investment management team evaluates the following:
Top-down strategies – which focus on duration, yield curve positioning, volatility and sector rotation. These strategies are driven by our secular outlook of the forces likely to influence the economy and financial markets over the next three to five years, as well as our cyclical views over a six-to-nine month time horizon.
Bottom-up strategies – which drive our security selection process and facilitate the identification and analysis of undervalued securities. Here, we employ advanced proprietary analytics and expertise in all major fixed income sectors.
FTSE Canada Universe Bond Index
PRIMARY BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION
FTSE Canada Universe Bond Index is designed to be a broad measure of the Canadian investment-grade fixed income market. Returns are calculated daily, and are weighted by market capitalization, so that the return on a bond influences the return on the index in proportion to the bonds market value. It is intended to be a transparent index, with individual security holdings disclosed electronically each day. The Universe Index is divided into a variety of sub-indexes according to term and credit. The main term subsectors are Short, Mid, and Long. There are four main credit or borrower categories: bonds issued by the Government of Canada (including Crown Corporations), Provincial bonds (including provincially-guaranteed securities), Municipal Bonds, and Corporate Bonds. The Corporate sector is further divided into sub-sectors based on credit rating: a combined AAA/AA sector, a single-A sector, and a BBB sector. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.