Bill Gross Sells $30 Billion In Treasurys In August As Total Return Fund Cuts Government Exposure By Over A Third

Tyler Durden's picture

While others were buying TSYs in the month of August on hopes of frontrunning the central printer, and expectations that Bernanke's NEW QE announcement will lead to even more flattening in the curve (even though as we explained there is only $650Bn in free 10-30 year private sector inventory available in the entire market), Bill Gross, via PIMCO's flagship Total Return Fund, was busy selling. So busy in fact that over $30 Billion in US paper was dumped to unwitting investors, resulting in the move wider by the 10 Year paper which at auction earlier today priced at a multi-month high yield. As a result at the end of August, PIMCO's total Treasury exposure was just 21% of total AUM, the lowest since August 2011. And what did Pimco do with the proceeds? Nothing - it merely satisfied its margin cash position, which plunged from -18% to -6%.

Why did PIMCO sell? Fears of inflation, as can be seen in the attached chart of holdings duration, which dropped across the board, sending the TRF effective duration to the lowest it has been since May 2011, ot 4.21 years.

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LMAOLORI's picture



Long Cash the interest rates will be rising in the 80's you could make 20% on a money market

Alea Iactaest's picture

WTF on VIX120919P14 ???


Pladizow's picture

If Bill would only follow through with what he know's is best, complete the trasaction and buy physical gold!

WhiteNight123129's picture

The Fed will not print more because inflation is finally arriving, which means game over for the bull market in Treasuries, except if we have a big knee-jerked scare on Spain, than short more Treasuries.  Staglflation is coming slowly, thank you Bernanke, you did good this time. We need inflation, Krugman is correct.


vmromk's picture

I guess Gross isn't buying into the Bernanke Ponzi.

Peter Pan's picture

It reminds of that saying that men go crazy in herds but come to their senses one by one.

WhiteNight123129's picture

Gross recognizes that the Fed has managed to create inflation, so no more need for QE, the beautiful deleveraging of stagflation is starting.

chump666's picture

 inflation.  China/India bond markets have collapsed.

Boilermaker's picture

Oh MY LORD!  Really!?

kaiserhoff's picture

money talks, bull shit walks.

Fuck you Ben

Hype Alert's picture

But the Bernank can stop inflation in 15 minutes.

knukles's picture

Chuck Niorris can do it in a millisecond!

Pancho Villa's picture

What happens to LT Treasury yields when the Fed runs out of ST stuff to twist?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I don't see "cash substitutes" on this graph ... am I looking in the right place?

sdmjake's picture

You mean Ben's Barbarous Relics or these "Cash Substitutes": ????

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Whatever you say bro.  +1 green arrow up up up

[edit: I meant 'money substitutes' in the first comment.  I hope that perfect ass of yours forgives me]

sdmjake's picture

oh yeah, its all good...i just wanted an excuse to post that clip.

{JimCarrey's expression is so serious/funny when the guy is about to open the suitcase. He is so proud of what he's done. I think Bernanke must look like that each time he hits [ctrl-p] & prints up another suitcase full of IOUs.}

Yen Cross's picture

 Would someone put a muzzle on that "Tweetaholic" Gross, already.

Boilermaker's picture

As the FED bangs the living shit out of the SPX at the close.

Seriously.  Give it up.  Stop trying to pretend this is, in any way, worth discussion.

Nothing To See Here's picture

Time to short treasuries?

galtgulch9's picture

I guess that he isn't free to use the cash to buy silver or gold.

mayhem's picture

what happens if they don't print?

Rainman's picture

dust off your Dow 10k hat

RSloane's picture

I have a 10K beanie, will that do?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Why did PIMCO sell? Fears of inflation...."

Yes.........but did he buy Gold?

That's the only question that counts.

<When exclusively US Treasury mutual funds try to change their prospectus to allow them to buy Gold the top will be in.>

RSloane's picture

Yes, he is and is urging other investors to do the same.

GCT's picture

Maybe Bill got the word that gold will now be an offical teir one asset.  Now this could be fun! 

max2205's picture

I Ben wonder who Ben bought them Ben....Ben

Wolferl's picture

I wonder, did this guy ever make money over the past two years?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


His total return fund (when adjusted for the Dec 2010 dividend/cap gain distribution) has indeed made money.

2Y Pimco Total Return A share

LawsofPhysics's picture



Here is the one I jumped in back in 2009 -PTRAX.


Yancey Ward's picture

Better to look here so you don't have to get fooled by capital gains distributions:

Yen Cross's picture

 2% under the rate of inflation. (Jan 11- 10.65% to Sept-2012-11.5%) I'm being generous./ and sarcastic ;-)

eddiebe's picture

In a fight between Bill and Ben, I'll bet on Ben every time.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Fight? If you mean like a Harlem Globtrotter "fight", then you are right.

drivenZ's picture

Bill would bet on Ben as well. He said word for word a few days ago on BBG radio "Don't fight the fed or the ECB"

RSloane's picture

He could have summed it up with "We canz print money, Spain and Italy can't, we win!"

I have to go back and finish watching it, that one point about money printing really got to me.

RSloane's picture

I totally agree with this point re reference to debt/spending: "We've made a lot of promises we can't keep." Also his discussion on who exactly is buying our debt and what we can expect from them is spot on. All in all, good link. Thanks, Chaco.

sdmjake's picture

Thanks for the link. Dalio is worth listening to.

ptoemmes's picture

I guess we'll see if BG is a Muppet Master or not...

RSloane's picture

Bill Gross has indeed been buying gold, and urging others to buy real assets instead of paper foo-foo. There've been several articles about it including on Forexpros.

Albertarocks's picture

I'm not necessarily a Bill Gross fan, but what is it that makes the buyers of his holdings "unwitting investors"?  Like, is there some sort of conspiracy going on that only Gross knows about or were those words chozen just to paint this piece with some sort of "spin" to suit an agenda?  I ask this with full respect of course, but in my humble opinion whoever bought that $30 billion worth of bonds from him in August had better know what the fuck is going on or somebody's likely to fire 'em.  If they're really all that "unwitting" perhaps they should be employed in a different profession like maybe working for the SEC or maybe a congressman or a game show contestant or something.  Just sayin'.

WhiteNight123129's picture

Inflation is coming and so the relief for consumer, capital will start to be destroyed (bonds and stocks), and the move to stagflation is on. The consumer will use the higher amoutn of nominal dollars to repay his debt faster, and hte companies will be forced to pay higher wagers, the share of gain to consumer will increase, the share to capital decrease, and stock and bonds will suck in real terms, and commodities will rise nicely. The corporate margins have peaked and will suck from now on. This is a good outcome, this is a beautiful deleveraging and hte Fed is fucking the capital providers in the ass. Don t bash Bernanke, he is fucking up the stock and bond holders, helping the guy deep in debt and helping the redneck with his little savings in Silver to take a revenge on capital owners who thought they could endlessly push up consumption through consumer debt leverage and at the same time lower costs by offshoring to china which was repressing wages. That was unsustainable, you can not have the capital providers be endlessly fatter and fatter and the consumer skinnier and skinnier.The reason is that in the end someone has to buy the products, or if you will, Aaple could sell its iPhone 5 to Samsung and Samsung sell its Galaxy IIIS phone to apple, but that would be total PONZI. THat can not work, so up to now the corporation have accumulated fat and cash, the beginning of disaccumulation of fat of corporation is starting with Bernanke jacking-up prices and forcing wage inflation. Inflation hurts the guy with the savings, but hte consumer has none, he has debt, people deep into debt always benefit from inflation. Don t bash Bernanke , he is trying to create wage inflation, and trying to fuck the bond holder and equity holder while making them believe he is their friend.




LawsofPhysics's picture

"Forced to pay higher wages" -  With unemployment still high and your congress total owned, corporations won't be "forced" to do shit.  NO SARC.