What is Total Return?

Many bond portfolios focus solely on yield, but that is only part of the return of a bond portfolio. In addition to yield, bonds may also provide capital gains. The return calculation that takes into account both interest income and capital gains is known as total return. PIMCO’s Total Return portfolios are best described as a core bond strategy that seeks to maximize price appreciation and current income with index-like volatility. We utilize all major sectors of the bond market to implement a diversified set of strategies including sector rotation, yield curve positioning, and duration management. Duration is managed within a moderate range (between three and six years) around the broadest bond market indices.


Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. 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. The credit quality of a particular security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio. There is no guarantee that this investment strategy will work under all market conditions and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for a long-term especially during periods of downturn in the market. Diversification does not ensure against loss.

Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities. These major sectors are subdivided into more specific indices that are calculated and reported on a regular basis. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.​

This material contains the current opinions of the manager and such opinions are subject to change without notice. This material has been distributed for informational purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product.