The PIMCO CommoditiesPLUS Strategy Fund is a commodities index fund which combines positions tracking the Credit Suisse Commodity Benchmark Index with a portfolio of short-term bonds. The fund was launched on May 26, 2010 and currently has assets under management of over $700 million.
According to a Credit Suisse press release, the key characteristics of the CSCB are:
- currently made up of 30 commodities, resulting in diversification and a reflection of the overall global commodity complex;
- four-step weighting method based on production value and market liquidity that attempts to create balanced risk and reduced correlation between commodity components;
- rebalanced to target investment weights monthly to help maintain diversity and reduce volatility;
- references commodity futures contracts that fall within the near three months (where available), with a goal of spreading exposure across multiple delivery periods;
- 15-day roll period that aims to diversify exposure to calendar roll spreads across several weeks; and
- licensed to other swap providers.
Additional information about the Credit Suisse Commodity Benchmark (CSCB) is available at https://www.cscbindex.com/cscbindex/en/.