Investment management firm PIMCO and exchange-traded product provider Source have listed two exchange-traded funds on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
The PIMCO Euro Short Maturity Source UCITS ETF and the PIMCO US Dollar Short Maturity Source UCITS ETF were launched in 2011, initially on Xetra and the London Stock Exchange, and since then have gathered assets of EUR1.3 billion and USD1.8 billion respectively.
These short maturity funds – known as MINT – were the first actively managed ETFs to be listed in Europe and offer investors direct access to PIMCO’s global cash management expertise. Their aim is to preserve capital and provide the potential for superior income and total returns compared to traditional money market funds. They do this by investing in baskets of short-term investment grade debt securities.
The funds are wholly transparent, with full disclosure of holdings published daily.
The fund managers look to take advantage of opportunities in the market by actively managing exposure to duration and credit. Currently, the Euro fund has an effective duration of 0.98 years, while the US Dollar fund has a shorter duration of 0.51 years. Both funds maintain duration of up to one year. In terms of credit exposure, the average rating within the two funds is currently A+.
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