The World's Biggest Bond Fund Is Moving Aggressively Into Corporate Holdings, Away From Government-Insured Risk
As we pointed out two weeks ago, PIMCO has been preparing for 2010 by selling out its legacy "safe" MBS and Treasury holdings, and shifting largely to cash. Furthermore, the recent hirings of corporate and distressed asset managers indicates that the traditionally Treasury heavy asset manager is set to become the world's biggest fixed income hedge fund, focusing on IG, high yield and distressed investments. As PIMCO is a critical manager in numerous government bailout programs, we can only hope that the firms' Newport Beach Chinese Walls are better at keeping secrets than the characters in assorted O.C. legacy "reality" shows. The below presentation by PIMCO's Mark Kiesel indicates why PIMCO will soon be one of the primary actors in future official creditor committees in the upcoming wave of corporate bankruptcies (yes, shockingly assets do have to create cashflows for companies to avoid bankruptcy).