What is Investment-Grade Credit?

PIMCO’s Investment-Grade Credit strategy invests primarily in creditworthy corporate issuers having a debt rating of BBB- or greater by at least one of the recognized credit rating agencies or, if unrated, determined by PIMCO to be of comparable quality. The strategy utilizes a disciplined approach in the credit selection process, as issuer and industry decisions will contribute meaningfully to the performance of the product. In addition to corporate bonds, the credit universe includes investment-grade sovereign bonds, as well as supranational issuers. While macroeconomic strategies that influence sector and industry decisions are important, bottom-up security selection will most likely be the primary driver of long-term performance.

Applications for PIMCO's Investment Grade Credit Strategy

PIMCO's Investment Grade Credit Experience

Credit Portfolio Management Research Platform Drives Security Selection

PIMCO's Top‑Down Investment Process Anchors Relative Value Assessment

PIMCOs Credit Philosophy

Sources of Added Value

Macroeconomic Focus

Risk Management/Controls


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 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. 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. Corporate debt securities are subject to the risk of the issuer’s inability to meet principal and interest payments on the obligation and may also be subject to price volatility due to factors such as interest rate sensitivity, market perception of the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity. 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. There is no guarantee that these investment strategies will work under all market conditions or are suitable for all investors and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. The credit quality of a particular security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio. Diversification does not insure against loss. Investors should consult their investment professional prior to making an investment decision.

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.