Pimco’s New Investment Chief Bears Little Resemblance to Bill Gross

Dan Ivascyn, successor to Pimco co-founder Bill Gross as the firm’s investment chief, is overseeing what is characterized in a recent Wall Street Journal article as “a new direction taken by the California money manager as it recovers from the most tumultuous period in its history.” Gross resigned from Pimco in September of 2014 in the wake of much unrest. The article explains, “Hundreds of billions in client money followed Mr. Gross out of Pimco,”… Read More

Gross, PIMCO Shifting into Equities

Bond giant PIMCO is making a move into equities, including equities in Europe, according to co-Chief Investment Officer Bill Gross. While some European countries face trouble going forward, Gross tells CNBC that “corporate equities … in terms of valuation, are selling at very low P/E ratios and in some cases might be perceived to be almost as safe, or almost as secure as the sovereigns themselves, because of their international exposure and their private nature”.

Gross: Time to Grow Up

In his latest Investment Outlook, PIMCO’s Bill Gross calls on “children of the bull market” to grow up, and goes a bit deeper into the concept of the “new normal” that he’s discussed previously. Gross says that there has been a significant break in the growth pattern that many investors have grown used to over the past several decades “because of delevering, deglobalization, and reregulation. All of those three in combination, to us at PIMCO,… Read More

Gross on Haircuts, Shared Burdens, and those Green Shoots

In his latest Investment Outlook column on bond giant PIMCO’s web site, Bill Gross says that the recent crisis — and the government’s response to it — has changed the financial landscape, and that investors must be cognizant of the new economic and investing world that has been created. President Obama’s comments on the recent bankruptcy announcement of Chrysler, Gross says, have highlighted Obama’s populist streak. And, while he doesn’t seem to be criticizing that… Read More

Gross: Investing “Revolution” Is On

In his April market commentary on PIMCO’s web site, bond guru Bill Gross says that we’ve entered a new world of economics and investing, one in which “there should be no doubt that the bull markets as we’ve known them are over and that the revolution is on. Investing is no longer child’s play.” Gross says that the future of investing will depend on the future of the global economy, and the future global economy… Read More

Gross: Be Bold — But Don’t Nationalize Banks

PIMCO’s Bill Gross says that the U.S. government needs to be bolder in its handling of the financial crisis — and says that bank nationalization is not the answer to the problem. “The U.S. and global financial systems require credit creation and foreclosure prevention, not bank nationalization as currently contemplated by some,” Gross writes in his latest market commentary on PIMCO’s web site. “Trillions will be required in the U.S. alone and it is critical… Read More

PIMCO’s Gross on Shadow Banking System — and the Key to Getting out of The Crisis

While policy makers continue to debate what is the best way to halt the country’s financial crisis, “bond king” Bill Gross of PIMCO says it is clear what needs to be done. “The remedy for this deflationary delivering and mini-depression is simple and almost axiomatic,” Gross writes in his latest commentary on PIMCO’s web site. “Stop the decline in asset prices. If that can be done, the real economy will level out as well.” Gross… Read More

Pimco’s El-Erian: Beware of Value Traps, Seek Catalysts

Pimco Co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian tells CNBC that “every investor should go back to the basics” in 2009. According to El-Erian, investors need to focus on “diversified asset allocation, good implementation vehicles, and solid risk management”. El-Erian believes equities could lag until investor confidence improves and warns that some investments could be value traps — meaning their attractive valuations alone aren’t enough reason to invest in them and that they could fall further. Instead he says… Read More

PIMCO Co-CEO Calls for “New Thinking”

PIMCO’s Mohamed El-Erian says that “Only New Thinking Will Save the Global Economy”. El-Erian believes that the situation will get worse before it gets better, saying that we are moving toward a “different destination” and one that results in “more market accidents, disorderly sectoral realignments and additional shifts in policy.” He goes on to say that “we are also in the midst of a prolonged increase in precautionary behavior among entities that have suffered massive… Read More

PIMCO’s Gross: Stocks Cheap — According to Old Standards

Bill Gross, managing director of investment manager PIMCO, says stocks are selling at very low historical levels — but only if looked at “in the context of a financed-based economy once dominated by leverage, cheap financing, and even lower corporate tax rates”. Unfortunately, Gross writes on PIMCO’s web site, “That world … is in our past, not our future”. Gross — who six years ago incorrectly predicted the Dow, then at about 8,500, would fall… Read More