PIMCO’s Assessment of the Most Disruptive Risks
Written on November 11, 2019

PIMCO’s Assessment of the Most Disruptive Risks


For many investors PIMCO is a household name.  They are one of the world’s largest bond investment managers with almost $1.9 Trillion in assets under management.  We have utilized various PIMCO funds in client portfolios for many years.

With their size and scale, PIMCO brings many resources to bear in analyzing and researching the bond market and building portfolios.  Each year PIMCO holds what they call their “Secular Forum” where they focus on the outlook for the next three to five years and implications for the economy and investors.

Some of the biggest and brightest names in the financial world participate in the PIMCO strategy meetings, including:

    • Ben Bernanke – former Federal Reserve Chairman
    • Richard Thaler – University of Chicago professor and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
    • Robert Arnott – leading investment researcher and founder of Research Affiliates

This year’s strategy meeting focused on “Dealing with Disruption” and identified trends that are likely to impact the economy over the next several years.  The list includes China, demographics, and technology.

Looking out over the much longer-term horizon, PIMCO’s experts anticipate climate-related disruptions to have an increasing impact on financial markets, economies, and our lives.

So, what is PIMCO doing to address these environmental risks?  They are integrating sustainable investing screening into their processes.


PIMCO recognizes that:

“Increasingly, economic and investment performance are inextricably linked with sustainability issues, particularly climate change.”

“...ESG investing isn’t just about making the world a better place; it’s about better investment decisions.”

“…ESG investing no longer needs to be an either/or paradox – either financial return or sustainable impact. Investors can pursue both.”

We couldn’t agree more.

- Cris

Source: PIMCO Secular Outlook, May 2019

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