PIMCO Total Return ETF Held Fewer Treasuries than Fund

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PIMCO Total Return ETF (BOND)  and the giant mutual fund of the same name are both managed by Bill Gross, but that doesn’t mean the portfolio holdings always line up exactly.

Gross increased his bet on Treasuries in April.

In April, the Total Return Fund raised its allocations in U.S. government securities to 39% from 33% in March, reports Susanne Walker for Bloomberg. [Where ETFs and Mutual Funds Diverge]

However, at the end of April, the ETF version BOND had only 24% in Treasuries, according to PIMCO’s website.

Treasuries “are a better alternative than cash,” Gross wrote in a monthly investment outlook. “Current policies come with cost, even as they magically float asset prices higher. Negative real interest rates, inflation, currency devaluation, capital controls and outright default” could result from global central banks’ monetary stimulus measures.

The fund manager increased mortgage holdings to 34% in April from 33% in March. The Total Return Fund’s emerging market debt allocation was increased to 8% from 7%.

On the other hand, non-U.S. developed nations’ debt was reduced to 10% from 11% and investment-grade credit holdings were down to 7% from 9%.

As of April 30, BOND’s sector allocations included government Treasuries 24%, government agency debt 7%, mortgage 38%, investment grade credit 4%, high-yield credit 4%, non-U.S. developed 10% and emerging markets 2%, municipal 4%. [ETF Chart of the Day: PIMCO Total Return]

BOND has a 0.55% expense ratio, a 2.13% 30-day SEC yield and a 5.08 year duration.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

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