Press Release

PIMCO Launches PIMCO GIS Climate Bond Fund

The UCITS fund offers European investors the ability to target global climate action with their bond allocation

 

London (October 1, 2020) – PIMCO, one of the world’s premier fixed income investment firms, has launched the PIMCO GIS Climate Bond Fund.  The fund is dedicated to investments linked to combating global climate change.

The PIMCO GIS Climate Bond Fund invests in both labeled and unlabeled green bonds, as well as bonds from issuers demonstrating innovative approaches to environmental sustainability, offering investors an expanded opportunity set beyond traditional green bond exposures.  The fund seeks optimal risk-adjusted returns and provides investors with a globally diversified, multi-sector bond portfolio that supports climate change solutions, while seeking to minimize exposure to climate-related risk.

The fund will be managed by Scott Mather, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Core Strategies; Jelle Brons, Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager; Ketish Pothalingam, Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager; and Samuel Mary, Vice President and Portfolio Manager. 

“Client interest in sustainable investment strategies continues to grow strongly, and we’ve introduced this fund to provide investors with an accessible method of allocating capital to climate change initiatives,” said Scott Mather, Managing Director and PIMCO’s Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Core Strategies.  “We are focused on identifying the increasing number of bond issuers commited to climate action and financing climate solution projects. Active management, combined with rigorous analysis by our credit analysts, will help us find the likely winners of the transition to a net zero carbon economy.”

PIMCO has been active in responsible investing for decades, launching one of the first socially responsible fixed income funds in 1991 and its first climate bond strategy last year in the US.  This new GIS fund provides European fund investors access to PIMCO’s award-winning* climate bond strategy and complements PIMCO’s dedicated ESG platform, launched to meet investor demand for ESG focused investment solutions.

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* Environmental Finance: ESG investment of the year (fixed income) award

Finalist: Investment Week Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards 2020: Most Innovative Launch (winners to be announced)

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Jennifer Spivey
U.K. and EMEA Corporate Communications
London
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Michael Reid
Global Head of Corporate Communications
New York
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Agnes Crane
U.S. Corporate Communications
New York
+1.212.597.1054
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Laura Batty
U.S. Corporate Communications
Newport Beach
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Donna Chan
APAC Corporate Communications
Hong Kong
+852.3650.7752
donna.chan@pimco.com

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About PIMCO

PIMCO is one of the world’s premier fixed income investment managers.  With its launch in 1971 in Newport Beach, California, PIMCO introduced investors to a total return approach to fixed income investing. In the 45+ years since, the firm continued to bring innovation and expertise to our partnership with clients seeking the best investment solutions. Today PIMCO has offices across the globe and 2,500+ professionals united by a single purpose: creating opportunities for investors in every environment. PIMCO is owned by Allianz SE, a leading global diversified financial services provider.

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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 low interest rate environments increase this risk. 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. 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. 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 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.  Diversification does not ensure against loss.

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