(Bloomberg) -- Pacific Investment Management Co.s Bill Gross said investors should say good evening to the prospect of future capital gains in assetmarkets as interest rates are set to rise while the economy grows at a slow pace.
The global economy is left to depend on economic growth for further advances and it is growth that is now and has recently been historically deficient, the manager of the worlds biggest bond fund wrote in a commentary on Newport Beach, California-based Pimcos website. As yields have bottomed and are now expected by the markets to gradually rise, its down to growth, and growth is a question mark.
Investors should own bonds and an average proportion of stocks too, Gross wrote, adding that high quality Treasury and corporate bonds are fairly priced, although they are not cheap.
The $225 billion Total Return Fund managed by Gross has returned 3.62% this year, trailing 60% of peers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Bloomberg U.S. Treasury Bond Index gained 3.61% this year, while the Standard & Poors 500 Index has advanced 7.8%.
Two percent real growth since the Great Recession is nothing to brag about, Gross wrote. Growth has fallen due to a yawning gap of aggregate demand relative to aggregate supply.
Gross domestic product rose by a stronger-than-forecast 4% in the second quarter, after contracting by a revised 2.1% in the first quarter, according to a Commerce Department report today.
Demand is deficient as consumers have too much debt, so- called baby boomers are getting older, workers are outdated and outjobbed by technology and corporations have power to contain wages, Gross wrote.
Asset price growth will be harder to come by, he said. Without the tailwind of declining interest rates, which have increased profit margins as well as decreased cap rates, they will instead face structural headwinds.
Traders see about a 66% chance the Fed will raise the target for its benchmark to at least 0.5% by July, based on futures contracts.
The Fed will be on hold until mid-2015 and will hike only gradually to our new neutral 2% by 2017, Gross said.