If you prefer to construct your own asset allocation, or supplement other options, you may select the following multi-asset fund:
|AllianzGI Global Allocation|
|AllianzGI Income and Growth|
AllianzGI Global Allocation Fund
Investment Objective and Principal Strategies. The Fund seeks after-inflation capital appreciation and current income. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective through a combination of active allocation between asset classes and actively managed strategies within those asset classes. The Fund allocates its investments among asset classes in response to changing market, economic, and political factors and events that the portfolio managers believe may affect the value of the Fund's investments. In making investment decisions for the Fund, the portfolio managers seek to identify trends and turning points in the global markets. To gain exposure to the various asset classes, the Fund incorporates actively managed strategies and/or passive instruments, including exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") and exchange-traded notes, and derivative instruments such as futures. The Fund also seeks to limit portfolio volatility. Volatility is a statistical measurement of the magnitude of up and down fluctuations in the value of a financial instrument or index over time.
The Fund invests directly and indirectly in globally diverse equity securities, including emerging market equities, and in U.S. dollar denominated fixed income securities. The Fund targets a long-term average strategic asset allocation of 60% to global equity exposure (the "Equity Component") and 40% to fixed income exposure (the "Fixed Income Component"). The Fund may also use an "Opportunistic Component" whereby it invests up to 10% of its assets in any combination of the following asset classes: emerging market debt, international debt, intermediate and long-term high yield debt (commonly known as "junk bonds"), commodities, U.S. and international small capitalization stocks and real estate securities, including U.S. and non-U.S. real estate investment trusts ("REITs"). The Fund may either invest directly in these different asset classes or indirectly through derivatives and other instruments.
Allocations to "opportunistic" asset classes within underlying diversified strategies are not included in the calculation of the Opportunistic Component of the Fund. For example, allocations to REITs within diversified equity strategies or instruments that are similar to that of the MSCI ACWI are not counted within the Fund's Opportunistic Component; however, direct allocations to REITS using futures on a REIT index or REIT ETFs will be counted within the Fund's Opportunistic Component. Similarly, when underlying diversified bond funds have risk and volatility profiles that the portfolio managers believe to be similar to (or less than) that of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index, any allocations within those underlying diversified bond funds to "opportunistic" asset classes, such as high yield or emerging market debt, are also not counted towards the Opportunistic Component's 10% limit. Only securities, instruments or actively managed strategies whose primary purpose is to gain exposure to one or more of the opportunistic asset classes count towards the Opportunistic Component's 10% limit.
The portfolio managers analyze market cycles, economic cycles and valuations, of each asset class and their components and may adjust the Fund's exposures to individual holdings and asset classes. Depending on market conditions, the Equity Component may range between approximately 50% and 70% of the Fund's assets and the Fixed Income Component may range between approximately 30% and 50% of the Fund's assets. Apart from this strategic asset allocation, the Fund may use its Opportunistic Component. Combined investments in the Equity Component and the Opportunistic Component are limited to 80% of the Fund's assets at the time of investment. The portfolio managers adjust the Fund's exposure to the Equity Component, the Fixed Income Component, and the Opportunistic Component in response to momentum and momentum reversion signals in an effort to mitigate downside risk in times of severe market stress, and to increase the return potential in favorable markets. While the portfolio managers attempt to mitigate the downside risk to stabilize performance, there can be no assurance that the Fund will be successful in doing so. Momentum is the tendency of investments to exhibit persistence in their performance. Momentum reversion is the tendency that a performance trend will ultimately change and move in an opposite direction. The portfolio managers believe negative momentum suggests future periods of negative investment returns and increased volatility. When the portfolio managers recognize negative momentum for an asset class, the Fund may reduce its exposure to that asset class.
The portfolio managers believe positive momentum suggests future periods of positive investment returns and typical levels of market volatility. When the momentum signals for an asset class indicate positive momentum, the portfolio managers may increase the Fund's exposure to that asset class.
In addition to the momentum and momentum reversion signals, the portfolio managers also apply fundamental analysis to locate opportunities to seek to improve the Fund's return. Fundamental analysis may contribute to an adjustment of the Fund's exposure to the asset classes that exhibit the strongest return prospects. The fundamental analysis attempts to locate opportunities not identified from momentum-related signals.
After determining the asset allocation among the Components, the portfolio managers select particular investments in an effort to obtain exposure to the relevant mix of asset classes. The Fund may invest in any type of equity or fixed income security, including common and preferred stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, warrants and convertible securities, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and government and corporate bonds. The Fund may invest in securities of companies of any capitalization, including smaller capitalization companies. The Fund also may make investments intended to provide exposure to one or more commodities or securities indices, currencies, and real estate-related securities. The Fund is expected to be highly diversified across industries, sectors, and countries. The Fund may liquidate a holding if it locates another instrument that offers a more attractive exposure to an asset class or when there is a change in the Fund's target asset allocation, or if the instrument is otherwise deemed inappropriate.
In implementing these investment strategies, the Fund may make substantial use of over-the-counter (OTC) or exchange-traded derivatives, including futures contracts, interest rate swaps, total return swaps, credit default swaps, options (puts and calls) purchased or sold by the Fund, currency forwards, and structured notes. The Fund may use derivatives for a variety of purposes, including: as a hedge against adverse changes in the market price of securities, interest rates, or currency exchange rates; as a substitute for purchasing or selling securities; to increase the Fund's return as a non-hedging strategy that may be considered speculative; and to manage portfolio characteristics. The Fund may maintain a significant percentage of its assets in cash and cash equivalents which will serve as margin or collateral for the Fund's obligations under derivative transactions.
Principal Risks. The principal risks of investing in the Fund, which could adversely affect its net asset value, yield and total return, are allocation risk, market risk, issuer risk, equity securities risk, management risk, credit and counterparty risk, currency risk, derivatives risk, emerging markets risk, fixed income risk, focused investment risk, high yield risk, index risk, interest rate risk, IPO risk, leveraging risk, liquidity risk, mortgage-related and other asset-backed risk, non-U.S. investment risk, REIT and real-estate related investment risk, smaller company risk, tax risk, turnover risk, underlying fund and other acquired fund risks, and variable distribution risk.
AllianzGI Income & Growth Fund
Investment Objective and Principal Strategies. The Fund seeks total return comprised of current income, current gains and capital appreciation. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in a combination of common stocks and other equity securities, debt securities and convertible securities. The allocation of the Fund's investments across asset classes will vary substantially from time to time. The Fund's investments in each asset class are based upon the portfolio managers' assessment of economic conditions and market factors, including equity price levels, interest rate levels and their anticipated direction. The portfolio managers will select common stocks by utilizing a fundamental, bottom-up research process intended to identify issuers whose financial fundamentals are expected to improve, and will select convertible or debt securities using a credit analysis that focuses on income producing characteristics. It is expected that a substantial portion of the Fund's investments in debt securities and convertible securities will be rated below investment grade or unrated and determined to be of similar quality ("high-yield securities" or "junk bonds"). The Fund may invest in issuers of any market capitalization (with a focus on $3 billion and above) and may invest a portion of its assets in non-U.S. securities (including emerging market securities). Normally the Fund will employ a strategy of writing (selling) call options on the common stocks it holds; such strategy is intended to enhance Fund distributions and reduce overall portfolio risk, though there is no assurance that it will succeed. In addition to equity securities (such as preferred stocks and warrants), the Fund may invest in unregistered securities and may utilize foreign currency exchange contracts, options, stock index futures contracts and other derivative instruments.
Principal Risks. Among the principal risks of investing in the Fund, which could adversely affect its net asset value, yield and total return, are management risk, issuer risk, market risk, equity securities risk, smaller company risk, derivatives risk, high yield risk, convertible securities risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, focused investment risk, leveraging risk, liquidity risk, Non-U.S. investment risk, emerging markets risk, currency risk and turnover risk.