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Bill Gross Just Bought $60-Million Worth of Bonds: Why That’s a Big Deal
The name Bill Gross is meaningless to most Americans. For those in finance, it’s different. The name is universally known, because Bill Gross is the preeminent bond investor in the country. Specifically, Gross manages the $270-billion PIMCO Total Return Fund Institutional closed-end fund, which is the largest bond fund in the United States.
Gross’ actions attract attention. This past week, he attracted considerable attention when it was revealed he had poured $60 million of his personal wealth into bond funds he manages. This $60 million is on top of the $140 million he already has invested in these funds.
In short, Gross in betting in a big way that low interest rates will remain low for quite a while longer.
When you look at the yield performance on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note over the past six months, it’s difficult to disagree with Gross’ bet. Yields have actually shown more of an inclination to go lower than higher.
The 10-year Treasury note is a good proxy for mortgage rates, particularly the 30-year fixed-rate loan. If you lack access to immediate mortgage information, a quick glance at the yield on the 10-year note (readily accessible at Yahoo! Finance) will give you a good idea to the direction of rates.