PIMCO Real Return Practice

Recognizing that inflation is a key risk factor for asset returns and that often their liabilities are in real (inflation-adjusted) terms, investors are increasingly cognizant of the need for inflation hedges. Investments in “real return” strategies provide an inflation hedge and can also offer important diversification for a portfolio.

PIMCO offers a broad range of real return products to meet investors’ needs:

  • Inflation-linked bond (ILB) strategies – This core real return strategy offers liquidity, low credit risk, and a direct link to inflation. In Europe, PIMCO offers three versions of this strategy:
    • Global Real Return strategy (either global U.S. dollar–denominated, or hedged to major currencies)
    • Euro Real Return strategy
    • U.K. Sterling Inflation-Linked strategy
  • Commodity index strategies – When conservatively managed, this asset class can provide a hedge to inflation “surprises,” and historically has had strong diversification characteristics.
  • All Asset strategies – The UK All Asset strategy employs tactical allocation across a full spectrum of asset classes and feature an explicit real return objective, with a long-term investment objective of UK RPI +4% (RPI = Retail Price Index).

Who We Are

PIMCO is a global investment management firm with a singular focus on preserving and enhancing investors’ assets.

We manage investments for institutions, financial advisors and individuals. The institutions we serve include corporations, central banks, universities, endowments and foundations, and public and private pension and retirement plans. We also serve advisors and individuals set on personal financial goals, from preparing for retirement to funding higher education.

For more than four decades, our mission has been grounded in a holistic investment process designed to apply rigorous top-down and bottom-up analysis of inputs to identify investment opportunities and risks. Since our founding in Newport Beach, California, in 1971, we have grown into a team of more than 2,800 dedicated professionals, with offices across the globe and trading operations in North America, Europe and Asia. We have an established reputation of innovation, and we continue to evolve as a provider of investment solutions across all asset classes.


Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bondmarket is subject to certain risks including market, interest-rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. Inflation-linked bonds (ILBs) issued by agovernment are fixed-income securities whose principal value is periodically adjusted according to the rate of inflation; ILBs decline in value when realinterest rates rise. Commodities contain heightened risk including market, political, regulatory, and natural conditions, and may not be suitable for allinvestors. The value of real estate and portfolios that invest in real estate may fluctuate due to: losses from casualty or condemnation, changes in localand general economic conditions, supply and demand, interest rates, property tax rates, regulatory limitations on rents, zoning laws, and operatingexpenses. Mortgage and asset-backed securities may be sensitive to changes in interest rates, subject to early repayment risk, and while generallysupported by a government, government-agency or private guarantor there is no assurance that the guarantor will meet its obligations. Investing in foreigndenominated and/or domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhancedin emerging markets. PIMCO strategies utilize derivatives which 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. Thecredit quality of a particular security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio. There is no guarantee thatthese investment strategies will work under all market conditions or are suitable for all investors and each investor should evaluate their ability toinvest long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Diversification does not ensure against loss.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is an unmanaged index representing the rate of inflation of the U.S. consumer prices as determined by the U.S. Department ofLabor Statistics. There can be no guarantee that the CPI or other indexes will reflect the exact level of inflation at any given time. It is not possibleto invest directly in an unmanaged index.

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