What You Need to Know
- The PIMCO co-founder also speaks out on his exit from the firm, move to Janus, Cathie Wood's ARK and more in a self-published book.
Bill Gross, the one-time bond king, warned that investors should turn cautious and trim expectations for returns, in a self-published book that covers a range of subjects including his acrimonious exit from Pacific Investment Management Co.
Inflation is likely to be persistent amid ballooning government debt, Gross, 77, wrote in the memoir titled “I’m Still Standing,” and the Federal Reserve’s 2% target is “illusionary.”
Calling debt “a virus in modern-day capitalism,” Gross said yields on 10-year Treasuries may more than double over the next decades unless the Federal Reserve keeps buying bonds.
“Stocks and even bonds can thrive with low-to-mild future inflation,” the billionaire wrote. “But anything beyond 3% and higher” is market-threatening. “Don’t get too excited.”
U.S. consumer prices rose 7.5% in January, the fastest pace in four decades, causing rare simultaneous losses for stocks and bonds. A Bloomberg index tracking a 60-40 portfolio of stocks and bonds has declined 6.7% this year, heading for the worst annual return since 2008.
His Exit From PIMCO
Gross co-founded Newport Beach, California-based Pimco in 1971 and rose to the pinnacle of the financial world after building it into a fixed-income behemoth. In 2014, he left the firm following clashes with other executives.
He wrote that he was ousted from Pimco, at least in part, because of a confrontation he had with the chief executive officer of parent company Allianz SE. During a meeting to discuss bonuses at the money manager, Gross recalled, he told then-CEO Michael Diekmann to “f— off.”
“I wanted to show that we were in control and we were the alphas at the table,” Gross wrote. Diekmann replied that “no one speaks to me like that.”