Gross Says Investors Should Say ‘Good Evening’ to Asset Gains

(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 world’s biggest bond fund wrote in a commentary on Newport Beach, California-based Pimco’s website. “As yields have bottomed and are now expected by the markets to gradually rise, it’s 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 & Poor’s 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.”

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