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Friday, September 26, 2014

Why Did Gross Do It?

Reported by Neil Anderson, Managing Editor

This morning Janus chief Dick Weil revealed to the world that the most famous bond fund investor out there, Pimco's Bill Gross, will join Janus in just three days. Here's Gross' explanation, in an emailed statement:

For most of my career, I have been privileged to be associated with one of the most successful investment management firms ever -- Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). Today, with a mixture of excitement and sadness, I am announcing that I have decided to join Janus Capital Group and end my association with PIMCO. It was not without great thought and deliberation over quite some time that I decided to begin this next chapter. During my time at PIMCO we accomplished a great deal, managing now over 2 trillion dollars of global assets with a track record of very significant value added that has generated tens of billions of dollars to individual, corporate, and sovereign client portfolios. But now, after having spent considerable time serving in senior management, it is a time for me to reduce executive and people management responsibilities at a larger firm and focus on the pure aspects of portfolio management at a smaller one. Janus is the right fit at the right time in my career - and my life.

I am honored to be welcomed by Janus Capital Group, which is headed by former PIMCO managing director/COO Dick Weil. At Janus, in a new Newport Beach office, a simpler yet still intense career lies ahead of me to be able to assist individuals and other investors in their needs for above market returns in an increasingly risky market environment. In particular, I greatly respect the fixed income investment philosophy of Janus, which is consistent with my belief: value added consistent with the protection of principal.

I have been fortunate to have had a great run at PIMCO, and I am looking forward to be able to continue this run with Janus.

I sincerely wish all of my friends and associates at PIMCO much future success. It has been an honor to have worked at PIMCO these many years.
 

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