M&A, quants, alts, and an Asian expansion might be in Pimco's
] near future, under a new CEO and a new boss at its parent company Allianz
. But that new boss insists that Pimco and its sister asset manager will remain distinct.
| Jackie Hunt|
Head of Asset Management and U.S. Life Insurance
, head of asset management and U.S. life insurance for Munich, Germany-based multinational Allianz, likes the new Pimco CEO Manny Roman
for, as Bloomberg
tells it, four key things: "that he brings expertise in quantitative investing, machine learning, dealmaking, and managing a complex company." Last summer Hunt praised
Roman as "subtle and discreet".
Given that Roman hails from hedge fund giant the Man Group, alternatives could be another logical area of expansion for Pimco in the Hunt-Roman era. And one unnamed source tells Bloomberg
that Roman has his sights set on a Chinese expansion, too.
also wonders if Allianz wants to merge Pimco with its sibling, Allianz Global Investors
]. Yet Hunt insists that "Pimco is the exact opposite" of Frankfurt, Germany-based AGI's multi-boutique approach.
"We are committed to the two-pillar strategy," Hunt tells the publication.
The full article offers a broader picture of Hunt, "the $2 trillion woman who's turning around Pimco". Hunt, a South African and a former top executive at Prudential plc, joined
Allianz on July 1, 2016. Roman joined
Pimco on November 1, reporting to Hunt.
also offers some updated statistics on Pimco and Allianz. Pimco now has $1.47 trillion in AUM, down from a 2013 peak of about $2 trillion after "three years of bleeding," and its cost-income ratio is 57.5 percent. AGI now has $511 billion in AUM, after net inflows in 14 of the last 15 quarters, and a cost-income ratio of 67.3 percent, reflecting a smaller AUM base for spreading costs across.
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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