497K 1 d482213d497k.htm FOREIGN CURRENCY STRATEGY EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND Foreign Currency Strategy Exchange-Traded Fund

PIMCO Foreign Currency Strategy Exchange-Traded Fund

October 31, 2012 (as supplemented February 7, 2013)





Before you invest, you may want to review the Fund's prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund's prospectus and other information about the Fund online at pimcoetfs.com/resources. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 888.400.4ETF (888.400.4383) or by sending an email request to pimcoteam@bfdsmidwest.com. The Fund's prospectus and Statement of Additional Information, both dated October 31, 2012, as supplemented, are incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks maximum total return, consistent with prudent investment management.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund:

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment):

Management Fees


Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees


Other Expenses1


Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses


Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement2


Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement



"Other Expenses" reflect estimated organizational expenses for the Fund's first fiscal year.


Pacific Investment Management Company LLC ("PIMCO") has contractually agreed, through October 31, 2013, to waive its management fee, or reimburse the Fund, to the extent that organizational expenses and pro rata Trustees' fees exceed 0.0049% of the Fund's average net assets (the "Expense Limit"). Under the Expense Limitation Agreement, which renews annually for a full year unless terminated by PIMCO upon at least 30 days' notice prior to the end of the contract term, PIMCO may recoup these waivers and reimbursements in future periods, not exceeding three years, provided organizational expenses and pro rata Trustees' fees plus such recoupment, do not exceed the Expense Limit.

Example. The Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the costs of investing in other exchange-traded funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund's operating expenses remain the same. Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Fund shares, which are not reflected in the Example. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:


1 Year

3 Years



Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in the Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example tables, affect the Fund's performance. The Fund had not yet commenced operations as of the most recent fiscal year end. Thus, no portfolio turnover rate is provided for the Fund.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund invests under normal circumstances at least 80% of its assets in currencies of, or Fixed Income Instruments denominated in the currencies of, foreign (non-U.S.) countries, including, but not limited to, a combination of short-term Fixed Income Instruments, money market securities and currency forwards backed by high-quality, low duration securities. "Foreign Currency Strategy" in the Fund's name refers to the Fund's proprietary investment strategy of seeking exposure to foreign (non-U.S.) currencies likely to outperform the U.S. dollar over the long-term. Assets not invested in currencies, currency forwards or Fixed Income Instruments denominated in currencies of non-U.S. countries may be invested in other types of Fixed Income Instruments. "Fixed Income Instruments" include bonds, debt securities and other similar instruments issued by various U.S. and non-U.S. public- or private-sector entities.

The Fund may seek exposure to the currencies and Fixed Income Instruments of emerging market countries. PIMCO will select the Fund's country and currency composition based on its evaluation of relative interest rates, inflation rates, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policies, trade and current account balances, legal and political developments and other specific factors PIMCO believes to be relevant. The Fund will normally limit its exposure to a single non-U.S. currency (from currency holdings or investments in securities denominated in that currency) to 20% of its total assets.

The average portfolio duration of this Fund varies based on PIMCO's forecast for interest rates and, under normal market conditions, will vary from zero to three years. Duration is a measure used to determine the sensitivity of a security's price to changes in interest rates. The longer a security's duration, the more sensitive it will be to changes in interest rates.

The Fund may invest in both investment grade securities and high yield securities ("junk bonds") rated Ba or higher by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's"), or equivalently rated by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services ("S&P") or Fitch, Inc. ("Fitch"), or, if unrated, determined by PIMCO to be of comparable quality. The Fund is non-diversified, which means that it may invest its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund.

The Fund may purchase or sell securities on a when-issued, delayed delivery or forward commitment basis and may engage in short sales. The Fund may, without limitation, seek to obtain market exposure to the securities in which it primarily invests by entering into a series of purchase and sale contracts or by using other investment techniques (such as buy backs or dollar rolls). The "total return" sought by the Fund consists of income and capital appreciation, if any, which generally arises from decreases in interest rates, foreign currency appreciation, or improving credit fundamentals for a particular sector or security.

Principal Risks

It is possible to lose money on an investment in the Fund. The principal risks of investing in the Fund, which could adversely affect its net asset value, yield and total return are:

Market Trading Risk: the risk that an active secondary trading market for Fund shares does not continue once developed, that the Fund may not continue to meet a listing exchange's trading or listing requirements, or that Fund shares trade at prices other than the Fund's net asset value

Interest Rate Risk: the risk that fixed income securities will decline in value because of an increase in interest rates; a fund with a longer average portfolio duration will be more sensitive to changes in interest rates than a fund with a shorter average portfolio duration

Credit Risk: the risk that the Fund could lose money if the issuer or guarantor of a fixed income security, or the counterparty to a forward commitment transaction, is unable or unwilling to meet its financial obligations

High Yield Risk: the risk that high yield securities and unrated securities of similar credit quality (commonly known as "junk bonds") are subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risks. High yield securities are considered primarily speculative with respect to the issuer's continuing ability to make principal and interest payments

Market Risk: the risk that the value of securities or currencies owned by the Fund may go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to factors affecting securities or currency markets generally or particular sectors

Issuer Risk: the risk that the value of a security or currency may decline for reasons directly related to the issuer, such as management performance, financial leverage and reduced demand for the issuer's goods or services

Liquidity Risk: the risk that a particular investment may be difficult to purchase or sell and that the Fund may be unable to sell illiquid securities or currencies at an advantageous time or price or achieve its desired level of exposure to a certain sector

Mortgage-Related and Other Asset-Backed Risk: the risk of investing in mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities, including interest rate risk, extension risk and prepayment risk

Foreign (Non-U.S.) Investment Risk: the risk that investing in foreign (non-U.S.) securities may result in the Fund experiencing more rapid and extreme changes in value than a fund that invests exclusively in securities of U.S. companies, due to smaller markets, differing reporting, accounting and auditing standards, increased risk of delayed settlement of portfolio transactions or loss of certificates of portfolio securities, and the risk of unfavorable foreign government actions, including nationalization, expropriation or confiscatory taxation, currency blockage, or political changes or diplomatic developments. Foreign securities may also be less liquid and more difficult to value than securities of U.S. issuers

Emerging Markets Risk: the risk of investing in emerging market securities or currencies, primarily increased foreign (non-U.S.) investment risk and currency risk

Currency Risk: the risk that foreign currencies will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar and affect the Fund's investments in foreign (non-U.S.) currencies or in securities that trade in, and receive revenues in foreign (non-U.S.) currencies

Issuer Non-Diversification Risk: the risks of focusing investments in a small number of issuers, including being more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, political or regulatory occurrence than a more diversified portfolio might be. Funds that are "non-diversified" may invest a greater percentage of their assets in the securities of a single issuer (such as bonds issued by a particular foreign government) than funds that are "diversified"

Leveraging Risk: the risk that certain transactions of the Fund, such as reverse repurchase agreements, loans of portfolio securities, and the use of when-issued, delayed delivery or forward commitment transactions, may give rise to leverage, causing the Fund to be more volatile than if it had not been leveraged

Management Risk: the risk that the investment techniques and risk analyses applied by PIMCO and each portfolio manager will not produce the desired results, and that legislative, regulatory, or tax restrictions, policies or developments may affect the investment techniques available to PIMCO and each portfolio manager in connection with managing the Fund. There is no guarantee that the investment objective of the Fund will be achieved

Short Sale Risk: the risk of entering into short sales, including the potential loss of more money than the actual cost of the investment, and the risk that the third party to the short sale may fail to honor its contract terms, causing a loss to the Fund

Please see "Description of Principal Risks" in the Fund's prospectus for a more detailed description of the risks of investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

Performance Information

The Fund does not have a full calendar year of performance. Thus, no bar chart or Average Annual Total Returns table is included for the Fund. Once the Fund commences operations, performance will be updated daily and quarterly and may be obtained at www.pimcoetfs.com/fundinfo.

The Fund's benchmark index is the BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year Trade-Weighted Global Government Index which tracks the performance of a fixed-weighted blend of select short-dated sovereign indices whose securities are publicly issued and denominated in the issuer's own domestic market and currency. The weights of constituent markets are re-set on each calendar month-end rebalancing date with the following fixed weights: Canada (9.1%); Euro member countries (57.6%); Japan (13.6%); Sweden (4.2%); Switzerland (3.6%); and the U.K. (11.9%).

Investment Adviser/Portfolio Manager

PIMCO serves as the investment adviser for the Fund. The Fund's portfolio is managed by Scott Mather, Vineer Bhansali and Thomas Kressin. Mr. Mather and Dr. Bhansali are both Managing Directors of PIMCO. Dr. Kressin is a Senior Vice President of PIMCO. Mr. Mather, Dr. Bhansali and Dr. Kressin each will manage the Fund as of its inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund is an exchange-traded fund ("ETF"). Individual Fund shares may only be purchased and sold on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer and may not be purchased or redeemed directly with the Fund. The price of Fund shares is based on market price, and because ETF shares trade at market prices rather than net asset value ("NAV"), shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (a premium) or less than NAV (a discount). The Fund will only issue or redeem shares at NAV that have been aggregated into blocks of 100,000 shares or multiples thereof ("Creation Units") with certain large institutional investors who have entered into agreements with the Fund's Distributor ("Authorized Participants"). The Fund will issue or redeem Creation Units in return for a basket of cash and/or securities that the Fund specifies each Business Day.

Tax Information

The Fund's taxable distributions are generally taxable to you as ordinary income, capital gains, or a combination of the two, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account.