Bill Gross has left PIMCO for Janus Capital, Bloomberg reports. He’ll be taking over the firm’s global macro bond trading from Newport Beach, California. This is effective Monday, Sept. 29.
Bill Gross was the founder and chief investment officer of the trillion-dollar bond fund. He’s such a legend on Wall Street that he is known simply as “The Bond King.” At PIMCO he made a $US200 million salary.
“Bill Gross has an exemplary track record with decades of success and he will offer an exceptional approach to navigating today’s increasingly risky markets with a focus on macro, unconstrained strategies. His involvement provides Janus a unique opportunity to offer strategies and products that are highly complementary to those already managed by our credit-based fixed income team,” said Richard M. Weil, Chief Executive Officer of Janus Capital Group.
The problem is that things have changed in recent years.
Gross has had what MarketWatch called his “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.” Plagued by massive outflows for years — especially in the flagship fund he personally managed. As of August his PIMCO Total return fund had seen 16 straight months of outflows totaling $US68 billion, cumulatively.
Matters were made worse when his respected co-CIO Mohamed El-Erian left the firm in January.
A public spiral followed shortly thereafter. Stories started flowing out of the powerhouse bond firm about Gross’ management style. Employees described him as a showboat, and an aggressive one. His behaviour became erratic at public conferences.
In June when he appeared on stage at the Morningstar annual investor conference to “Smooth” by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas while wearing a pair of shades, people started to wonder — is something weird going on with Bill Gross? Watch the video below.
In recent weeks, Reuters reported that Gross had threatened to quit the firm.
And then finally this week, the news broke that regulators were investigating Gross’ flagship Total Return ETF. They are trying to decide whether PIMCO undervalued assets within the security to make returns appear larger.
In a statement Gross said that Janus is “the right fit” for him because he won’t have to deal with the “complexities” of managing a massive organisation.
Check out the press below:
William H. Gross Joins Janus Capital
Company Release – 09/26/2014 08:28
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) today announced that William H. Gross, world-renowned fixed income investor, will be joining Janus Capital Group. He will manage a recently launched Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund and related strategies, and will join Myron Scholes, Ph.D., and other members of the Janus team focused on global asset allocation. Mr. Gross’ employment will be effective September 29, 2014 and he will begin managing the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund and related strategies effective October 6, 2014.
Mr. Gross will be based in a new Janus office to be established in Newport Beach, California and will be responsible for building-out the firm’s efforts in global macro fixed income strategies. His concentration on such strategies will be separate and complementary to Janus’ existing and highly successful credit-based fixed income platform, built under the leadership of Janus’ Fixed Income Chief Investment Officer, Gibson Smith.
“Bill Gross has an exemplary track record with decades of success and he will offer an exceptional approach to navigating today’s increasingly risky markets with a focus on macro, unconstrained strategies. His involvement provides Janus a unique opportunity to offer strategies and products that are highly complementary to those already managed by our credit-based fixed income team,” said Richard M. Weil, Chief Executive Officer of Janus Capital Group. “With Bill leading our global macro efforts and Gibson our credit-based fixed income team, I am confident Janus will be able to meet the needs of virtually any client.”
“I look forward to returning my full focus to the fixed income markets and investing, giving up many of the complexities that go with managing a large, complicated organisation,” said Mr. Gross. “I chose Janus as my next home because of my long standing relationship with and respect for CEO Dick Weil and my desire to get back to spending the bulk of my day managing client assets. I look forward to a mutually supportive partnership with Fixed Income CIO Gibson Smith and his team; they have delivered excellent results across their strategies, which deserve more attention.”
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