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5 Years Later: PIMCO Total Return

John Rekenthaler (john.rekenthaler@morningstar.com)

In the spring of 2013,  PIMCO Total Return  PTTRX was the world's largest mutual fund. Intermediate-term bond funds by nature are sedate, and PIMCO Total Return has been no exception. Along with the fracas at TCW (when the company terminated Jeff Gundlach), the outflows at PIMCO Total Return--and the subsequent exit of co-founder Bill Gross--generated arguably the most attention ever placed on a bond fund.