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Pimco Cut Total Return Fund’s Muni Allocation in May

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 07:45 PM

Bill Gross, manager of the world's biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., cut the fund's stake in municipal debt to 4 percent of assets, the lowest allocation in nine months, the company said Tuesday.

The last time the Total Return Fund, valued at $285 billion as of May 31, held such a small amount of munis was in July 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Gross directed 5 percent of assets to state and local debt from August 2012 through April. Pimco released the latest data on its website.

Michael Reid, a spokesman for the Newport Beach, California-based company, declined to say why the muni allocation was reduced. Mark Porterfield, Gross spokesman, also had no comment.

The $3.7 trillion municipal market lost 1.3 percent in May, the worst month for returns on the tax-exempt securities since December, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch data. For the year through June 10, the decline was 0.45 percent, compared with a 1.5 percent loss for Treasuries, the indexes show.

Pimco's Total Return Fund lost 1.25 percent this year through June 10, beating 28 percent of its peers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. In the past five years, it has earned about 7.8 percent, topping 94 percent of peers.

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Bill Gross, manager of the world's biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., cut the fund's stake in municipal debt to 4 percent of assets, the lowest allocation in nine months, the company said Tuesday.
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