PIMCO Raises Combined Cash-Synthetic Treasury Position To Zero, Buys European Bonds

The latest monthly breakdown from PIMCO's Total Return Fund is out. Among the key findings for June are that the total AUM declined modestly by $400 million to $242.8 billion, well below the all time highs of $256 billion in October 2010. More notably, it appears that Gross has gotten tired of being mocked by CNBC for his Treasury short position and has raised his cash Treasury bond exposure by 3% to 8%, though even with that move he is still net neutral courtesy of a 1% Agency cash position and -9% in synthetic swap exposure, unchanged from May. Therefore Gross is no longer short on a net basis. He also reduced his IG exposure from 18% to 17%, offsetting an increase in emerging market corp bonds by 1%. Where he did however invest quite a bit of money in are Non-US Developed market: i.e. European sovereigns: arguably Italian names, as per the announcement of PIMCO's Bosomworth on Bloomberg TV last night. However, since this report is for June, and since the increase in bond exposure occurred before the massive rout in July, it probably means that Gross did not time his increase in European debt exposure quite as well as he had hoped. Lastly, and just as interesting, is the increase in the effective duration of the TRF, which rose from 3.73 to 4.37, the second highest in 2011, and a steep rise from the near record low 3.42 in April. At least Gross can now saw that he is no longer largely underweight duration. Lastly, the fund still has gobs of cash, at just over $70 billion.

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