Bill Gross is very disappointed in Mario Draghi. The co-CIO of PIMCO appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “In the Loop” Thursday and said Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, should have offered concrete policy steps at Thursday’s ECB policy meeting.
“We were hoping for, at least temporarily, some type of specific effort on the part of the central banks,” Gross told host Betty Liu.
Gross also responded to Jeremy Siegel’s comments on Bloomberg TV earlier Thursday that Gross doesn’t know economics by suggesting that he “hasn’t even read my piece, let alone understood it.”
Gross said that Siegel “belongs back in his ivory tower.”
Gross on whether he is disappointed by the lack of details coming from Mario Draghi:
“Yes, it is less powerful than we had hoped for. To this point, the ECB and other policy makers have been all about promises and inviting others to take the first step and it appears that we are seeing much of the same thing this morning. Draghi is saying Spain and Italy should take the first step, make a request, and then something might happen. He is not exactly sure how much he would buy or the ECB would buy, whether it would be sterilized or unsterilized. This is a game of promises, a kick-the-can type of moment and yes, we’re disappointed.”
On what happens in Europe from here:
“It’s fair to say that risk markets have built in an uncertainty level of anticipation. U.S. stocks have gone up, whether by 2% or 3% in anticipation of this moment, of this money-printing moment, is hard to say. I would think that today in terms of risk markets, we are seeing a selloff because that is what the markets have been anticipating, some type of monetization from the ECB which in concert with the Fed, perhaps in August in Jackson Hole, would be a one-two punch.”
On what he was hoping for:
“We were hoping for, at least temporarily, some type of specific effort on the part of the central banks and ultimately of course on the part of fiscal agents, which is the combination that Ben Bernanke has been pleading for in the United States.