Target Return Fund


Updated 15 March 2018


To maximise total returns over the Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index consistent with prudent capital preservation and income generation.

Investments Held

Principal investment in global fixed interest securities.


Fund Overview

Diversified Approach to Absolute Return

The Target Return Fund is an absolute return strategy that aims to provide incremental returns with a focus on capital preservation. Anchored by high quality Australian bonds, the fund maintains a dynamic and targeted allocation between PIMCO’s best macroeconomic, credit, volatility and interest rate strategies.

Why Invest In This Fund

A dynamic allocation to PIMCO’s best multi-strategy ideas

The fund taps into four alpha return engines: macroeconomic, global and local credit, multi-asset volatility and interest rate strategies, all driven by PIMCO’s global and local expertise in each area. The allocation to these return engines is actively managed using PIMCO’s top-down and bottom-up insights.

Anchored by a bedrock of Australian bonds

High-quality domestic fixed interest securities form the ‘bedrock’ of the absolute return generation in the fund. It also aims to take advantage of PIMCO’s directional views in domestic rates.

Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates.

Our Expertise

Dedicated expertise to each return engine

Each return engine of the fund is managed by PIMCO sector specialists in each area from across the globe. The overall allocation and risk positioning is overseen by an Australian-based portfolio management team.


Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bills Index


The Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bills Index is an unmanaged index representative of the total return performance of Australian money market securities. It is not possible to invest in an unmanaged index.











Robert Mead

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Yields & Distributions

Historical Prices & Distributions

Latest Dividend Distribution ($ Share)1 as of 29/12/2017 $5.00844
Dividend Distribution (FYTD) as of 29/12/2017 $9.99583
Yields & Distributions Footnotes & Disclosures


1Distribution is paid quarterly in March, June, September and December.

Fees & Expenses

Total Annual Management Costs %2 0.62%
Fees & Expenses Footnotes & Disclosures


2Management costs quoted are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and net of any Reduced Input Tax Credits (RITC) at the prescribed rate, which is currently either 55% or 75% (depending on the nature of the fee or expense). For the Target Return Fund the figure noted above is actually a reference to “management fee” instead of “management costs”, each as defined in the Information Memorandum for the applicable Unit Class, which has been amended for either compliance or consistency with the fees and costs disclosure requirements set out under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), as amended by ASIC Class Order 14/1252.


  • Average Annual Returns
  • Cumulative Returns

All data as of

  • Month End
  • Quarter End

All data as of

  • Month End
  • Quarter End
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Fund performance is quoted net of fees and expenses and assumes the reinvestment of all distributions but does not take into account personal income tax.

Fiscal Year Returns %

All data as of

Growth of $10,000 (hypothetical)

Morningstar and Lipper

  • Morningstar Ratings
  • Lipper Rankings
Performance Footnotes & Disclosures


Performance figures presented reflect the total return performance after fees and reflect changes in share price and reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions on the payable date. All periods longer than one year are annualized.
Monthly YTD return is from the most recent calendar year end.
Growth of $10,000 is calculated at NAV and assumes that all distributions were reinvested. It does not take into account fees or the effect of taxes. Results are not indicative of future performance.

Portfolio Composition

All data as of unless otherwise stated

Region - Duration in Years

North America 0.74
Australia/NZ 0.23
Europe - Non-EMU 0.15
Emerging Markets 0.09
Other 0.01
Europe - EMU -0.10
United Kingdom -0.44
Japan -1.22

Credit Quality Exposure -
Market Value %

AAA 43.88
AA 9.06
A 14.68
BBB 25.65
Sub Investment Grade 6.72

Risk Characteristics
(Trailing 3 Years)

Standard Deviation3 1.30
Sharpe Ratio4 1.87
Information Ratio5 0.69
Tracking Error6 1.31

Duration %

0-1 yrs 23.83
1-3 yrs -78.81
3-5 yrs -299.66
5-7 yrs -2.03
7-8 yrs -79.65
8-10 yrs 358.76
10+ yrs 177.56
Effective Duration (yrs) -0.53

Currency Exposure %

Australia/NZ 99.17
Emerging Markets 4.17
North America -3.57
Japan 0.55
United Kingdom -0.48
Europe - EMU 0.44
Other -0.24
Europe - Non-EMU -0.05

Strategy Allocation Market Value %

Anchor Portfolio 65.23
Macro Strategies 18.97
Spread Strategies 7.56
Volatility Strategies 4.01
Alternative Risk Premia 4.22
Portfolio Composition Footnotes & Disclosures


3Standard deviation is a statistical measure of dispersion about an average which, for a mutual fund, depicts how widely the returns varied over a certain period of time. The greater the dispersion, the greater the risk.
4The Sharpe Ratio measures the risk-adjusted performance. The risk-free rate is subtracted from the rate of return for a portfolio and the result is divided by the standard deviation of the portfolio returns.
5Information ratio is a ratio of portfolio returns above the returns of a benchmark to the volatility of those returns.
6Tracking error, a measure of risk, is defined as the standard deviation of the portfolio's excess return vs. the benchmark expressed in percent.
Portfolio information in the charts is based on the fund's net assets. These percentages may differ from those used for the fund's compliance calculations, including the fund's prospectus, regulatory, and other investment limitations and policies, which may be based on total assets of the fund or other measurements, may include or exclude various categories of investments from those covered in the portfolio allocation categories shown in this report, and may be based on different classifications and measurements of the fund’s investments and other criteria.
References to specific sectors, securities or issuers are for illustrative purposes only. All holdings are subject to change daily. All share classes have the same portfolio but different expenses.


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A word about risk:

Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds and bond strategies with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and volatile than those with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise, and the current low interest rate environment increases this risk. Current reductions in bond counterparty capacity may contribute to decreased market liquidity and increased price volatility. Bond investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. Currency rates may fluctuate significantly over short periods of time and may reduce the returns of a portfolio.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. 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. All investments contain risk and may lose value. 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. 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 while generally supported by a government, government-agency or private guarantor, there is no assurance that the guarantor will meet its obligations. 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. Swaps are a type of derivative; swaps are increasingly subject to central clearing and exchange-trading. Swaps that are not centrally cleared and exchange-traded may be less liquid than exchange-traded instruments.Investments in illiquid securities may reduce the returns of a portfolio because it may be not be able to sell the securities at an advantageous time or price. The use of leverage may cause a portfolio to liquidate positions when it may not be advantageous to do so to satisfy its obligations or to meet segregation requirements. Leverage, including borrowing, may cause a portfolio to be more volatile than if the portfolio had not been leveraged. Absolute return portfolios may not necessarily fully participate in strong (positive) market rallies.

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