PIMCO RAE Fundamental Q3 Update

PIMCO’s range of GIS RAE Fundamental equity funds have delivered strong performance in 2016, with all four funds outperforming their benchmarks as of the end of the third quarter.


Performance was mixed for PIMCO’s GIS RAE Fundamental equity funds during the third quarter, with the Emerging Markets fund outperforming, but the Global, U.S. and Europe funds lagging their benchmarks. However, strong performance in the first half of the year means all four funds are outperforming year to date (see Figure 1).

It should also be noted that while these European domiciled funds were launched relatively recently, PIMCO has been managing clone strategies in the U.S. for over a decade:

  • The longest running of these – PIMCO RAE Fundamental US strategy – has delivered excess returns of 0.6% p.a. (after fees) since its inception in December 2004.
  • Similarly the RAE Fundamental International and EM strategies have both delivered excess returns of 1.0% and 1.25% p.a. (after fees) since being launched in June 2005 and May 2006 respectively.


Two main factors have driven outperformance of the GIS PIMCO RAE Fundamental funds in 2016:

  1. A return of mean reversion
    Equity markets this year have been marked by a reversal in sector performance. As shown in the chart below, parts of the market that performed strongest last year have struggled year to date, while those that lagged in 2015 are outperforming strongly. The contrarian approach at the core of RAE Fundamental benefits from these sort of reversals. Having bought stocks that lagged the market last year, the funds came into 2016 overweight sectors like Energy and Materials. The subsequent outperformance of these sectors YTD has contributed positively to RAE Fundamental’s performance.

  2. Outperformance of value stocks
    RAE Fundamental’s contrarian “buy low, sell high” process embeds a structural tilt toward cheaper “value” stocks within the portfolios. This means when value stocks outperform growth, the RAE Fundamental portfolios receive a strong boost to performance. This has been clearly evident this year when, after a challenging 2015, we saw a reversal in the performance of value stocks which added to RAE Fundamental’s outperformance.


Looking ahead, we think that emerging markets offer some of the most compelling opportunities in equity markets for the following reasons:

  1. Supportive global environment
    Many of the headwinds hindering emerging markets over the past few years are now fading. Commodity prices have stabilised, dollar strength has abated, and central banks remain accommodative – this should be supportive for EM assets going forwards.
  2. Stronger internal conditions
    Fundamental conditions within key countries are also improving. Brazil is making progress on its fiscal situation, and Russia has adjusted to a post-sanctions world. Chinese growth is slowing, but in a measured way with no signs of political instability.
  3. Attractive valuations
    One positive of EM equities underperforming in recent years is that valuations remain cheap. Cyclically adjusted P/E ratios are close to their minimum levels over the last 30 years, and are considerably lower than U.S. large cap equities.


PIMCO GIS RAE Fundamental Emerging Markets fund is an attractive way to capture opportunity in emerging market equities today:

  • For decades successful investors have generated strong returns by buying cheap companies, holding them patiently until they rebound, and selling for a profit. The RAE Fundamental EM seeks to do exactly the same. The strategy systematically searches emerging markets for cheap, high quality stocks. This style of contrarian investing is a tried and tested technique for generating returns in equity markets.
  • The strategy invests in over 400 companies, broadly diversified across countries and sectors. This provides investors with transparent and liquid exposure to emerging market equities, without sacrificing the potential for excess returns.
  • RAE Fundamental EM stands out in having a strong record of outperformance that stretches back over a decade. Since its launch in June 2005, the strategy has delivered an excess return of 1.25% p.a. (after fees) over the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

While there are strong reasons to consider investing in emerging market equities, it is by no means without risk. EM equities typically add more volatility to a portfolio compared to developed equities and there is always a risk that internal or external shocks can derail the positive market trends so far this year. This notwithstanding, for a patient, long-term investor adding a measured allocation to emerging market equities could be an attractive way to increase the return potential of their portfolio.

For further information on PIMCO’s range of GIS RAE Fundamental funds please contact your PIMCO Account Manager.



All data as at 30 September 2016 unless otherwise specified.

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