Bill Gross, founder of Pimco, whose various funds oversee more than a $1 trillion in assets, at a February roundtable discussion at investment site Barron’s described gold as a “decent hedge” as central banks around the world continue with quantitative easing.
Gross puts his money where his mouth is and like your average gold bug has made a huge bet on the Federal Reserve’s QE program continuing for a long time still.
The $289 billion Pimco Total Return Fund’s exposure to Treasuries and Treasury-related securities and US mortgage debt, the favourite choice for purchases under QE, is 66% of the fund’s total assets.
Here’s what Gross tweeted today in response to gold’s fall:
Gross: OK, so I made a bad call at the Barron’s Roundtable. I would still buy gold here. World reflating.
— PIMCO (@PIMCO) April 15, 2013
Despite gold’s meltdown over the last two trading session, the metal is still up more than 60% since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced the first round of asset purchases under QE in December 2008.
The Fed’s balance sheet topped $3 trillion at the start of 2013 and is set to reach $4 trillion by the end of the year.