PIMCO Launches ETF Replicating Its Flagship Total Return Fund

And some more odd news out of Pimco, in which we learn that PIMCO which now has about $74 billion in excess cash, has decided to go ahead and take more investor cash without any direct investment ideas and launch an ETF. From Bloomberg: "Pacific Investment Management Co. plans to offer an exchange-traded fund managed by Bill Gross that will invest primarily in fixed-income securities. Pimco Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund will buy a combination of U.S. and non-U.S. public and corporate debt, the Newport Beach, California-based firm said in filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund may hold as much as 10 percent of its assets in high-yield securities." According to preliminary data Pimco will hold up to 65% in government and corporate bonds. The biggest question: how big this ETF will be is still unanswered. As was first disclosed previously here, however, with the bigger fund negative Gov't debt right now, we wonder if the new ETF will merely whether replicate the larger fund's strategy or serve as a buyer of holdings from the larger fund when there is no other buyer in the market. Lastly, the whole point of having an ETF when anyone who wishes can buy the closed end fund, is just a little suspicious.


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