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Posted on 09/15/2010 7:14:55 AM PDT by blam
PIMCO Makes Massive Bet That Bernanke Will Create Inflation
Sep. 15, 2010, 8:15 AM
The last time we heard from PIMCO, the gigantic bond house was back to buying long bonds, betting on deflation.
And we know that the firm's chief mouthpiece, Mohamed El-Erian has been warning about this scenario, pegging the odds at about 25% (it's not his base-case scenario, just a substantial risk).
But obviously this isn't the whole story.
The firm is also betting against deflation.
Bill Grosss Pacific Investment Management Co. made an $8.1 billion wager that the U.S. wont suffer a decade of deflation like the one that crippled Japan starting in the 1990s.
Thats the notional value of long-term derivative contracts tied to the U.S. consumer price index that Pimcos mutual funds entered into during the first half of this year, according to a regulatory filing. The funds received $70.5 million in up-front premiums under these contracts, known as inflation floors, in return for agreeing to pay investors should prices decline in the 10 years ending in 2020.
This sounds similar to Warren Buffett's big S&P Index Puts -- betting in favor of long term stability -- raising cash upfront.
Anyway, this is a bet, for now, on Bernanke, that when push comes to shove, he won't let prices fall. Once again, they're shaking hands with Uncle Sam.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
Stagflation. On the way.
Actually, I think it’s more of a portfolio hedge. By their nature as a bond advisor, PIMCO is going to be holding huge amounts of bonds. An inflation hedge makes sense in their overall strategy.
Of course, I’d be willing to make the same bet myself, but that’s another story.
I’m pretty sure we hooted down any PIMCO talk of deflation pretty loudly at the time.