Why I'm Not Adding To The PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund
The Fund will seek to achieve its investment objectives to produce total return for shareholders by utilizing a dynamic asset allocation strategy among multiple fixed-income sectors to invest in a portfolio of fixed-income securities and related instrument
Monday, Jan 279:55 AM
Monday, Jan 279:55 AM| 3 Comments
- A trio of closed-end funds selling at discounts to NAV get early boosts after Bill Gross recommends them at the Barron's Roundtable over the weekend.
- The Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +2.1%) launched in May 2012 near the low in interest rates, but is still 20% higher today, in addition to making hefty payouts. One of the managers is Daniel Ivascyn who was just elevated to Pimco's deputy CIO after the resignation of Mohamed El-Erian. Magazine cover indicator types will want to know Ivascyn was just named to Morningstar's Fixed Income Managers of the Year.
- PDI yields 7.85%, but a special dividend boosted 2013's return to 12%. It is slightly levered and invests in nonagency MBS. "The fund could have a lot of firepower if the housing market holds up."
- For those with interest in tax-free income, Gross suggests the Pimco Municipal Income Fund II (PML +1.5%), trading at a slight discount to NAV and holding no debt of Puerto Rico or Detroit.
- Selling at an 8% discount to NAV at last check is the Reaves Utility Income Fund (UTG +1.2%).
- For high yield debt, Gross suggests an ETF, the Pimco 0-5 Year High-Yield Corporate Bond Index (HYS +0.1%) - the shorter duration should limit risk if spreads widen.
Monday, Dec 232013, 10:01 AM
Monday, Dec 232013, 10:01 AM| 7 Comments
- The Pimco Corporate & Income Strategy Fund (PCN +2.3%), $0.95 per share from net long-term capital gain.
- The Pimco Corporate and Income Opportunity Fund (PTY +3.6%), $1.84 per share from net long-term capital gain.
- The Pimco Income Opportunity Fund (PKO +1.1%), $0.60 per share from net income.
- The PCM Fund (PCM +0.3%), $0.135 per share from net income.
- The Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +1.4%), $1.31 per share - $1.21 from net income, $0.05 from net short-term capital gain, and $0.05 from net long-term capital gain.
- The Pimco Dynamic Credit Income Fund (PCI +0.5%), $0.36 per share - $0.12 from net income and $0.24 from net short-term capital gain.
- The distributions will be payable on January 17 to holders of record on December 30. The ex-dividend date is December 26.
- Press release
Monday, Dec 92013, 11:07 AM
Monday, Dec 92013, 11:07 AM| 39 Comments
- Net speculative longs in gold (GLD +0.6%) last week fell 16% to 26,774 contracts, according to the CFTC, the lowest amount since June 2007. Shorts rose 6.2% to 79,631, about matching a high set in July. The exit continues in gold ETPs, with assets now off 31% YTD to the lowest level since February 2010.
- "There's probably another wave of panic selling ahead," says Sage Capital's Bob Smith, one of those who's exited gold, putting the money in stocks instead. "In the absence of calamity, there's not much to go on."
- The last 12 years (prior to 2013) were an aberration, says Morningstar's Samuel Lee. True believers should instead look to deep-value assets linked to gold, namely the miners (GDX +1.3%) - they over-expanded and failed to hedge against falling prices, but a play now is a bet executives have learned their lessons.
- An even better idea, says Lee? Admit the worst-case scenarios about global crises and currency debasement never panned out and move onto another asset - nonagency MBS. The cheap, illiquid sector creates opportunities for a good fund manager, he says. Lee's pick is the Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +0.7%) - an "implicit bet on housing prices."
- Gold ETFs: GLD, IAU, PHYS, SGOL, UGL, DGP, GLL, DZZ, UGLD, DGL, DGZ, AGOL, GLDI, DGLD, TBAR, UBG
- Gold miner ETFs: GDX, GDXJ, NUGT, DUST, GLDX, GGGG, RING, PSAU, JNUG, JDST
Thursday, Oct 172013, 12:17 PM
Thursday, Oct 172013, 12:17 PM| 4 Comments
- I see no reason for long-term rates to head higher, says Jeff Gundlach, appearing on CNBC. He doesn't see the taper coming soon - incomes are falling, the labor force participation rate is stuck, and inflation is non-existent. Further, why would Janet Yellen take the Fed helm and immediately begin to reverse a policy she's so supportive of?
- Without the taper, he notes, QE is actually expanding on a relative basis thanks to a smaller budget deficit and less Treasury issuance needing to be mopped up by the central bank.
- The best opportunity in fixed income continues to be closed-end funds trading at discounts to net asset value (his DBL being one of them). You can put together a basket of these, he says, yielding 8-9% and with a discount to NAV of 10%. Others possibilities (though we haven't checked their prices vs. NAV): PDI, PTY, PCI, PHK, PKO, PCN, PCI, PFN, PFL.
- Treasurys continue their big rally, the yield on the 10-year now all the way down to 2.60%. TLT +0.8%, TBT -1.6%.
- Turning to stocks: I don't like $300B market cap companies trading at 20x forward earnings, he says, suggesting GOOG be "harvested" for gains.
- On TSLA: There's something wrong with this picture, he says, noting the company's $23B valuation while GM and Ford are hitting new highs. These massive Tesla sales being priced into the stock have to come from somewhere.
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 2:59 PM
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- Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +0.7%) gains after perhaps unexpectedly bumping its monthly payout 7.9% to $0.191 per share. The current price of $29.04 is a 5.2% discount to yesterday's closing NAV.
- Worth keeping in an eye on is the saga of Elke Batista's OGX Petroleo, and whether it will default. According to David Schawel, PDI fund manager Daniel Ivascyn owns a decent slug of the failing company's paper.
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Friday, Sep 132013, 3:45 AM
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- Pimco and BlackRock (BLK) reportedly scooped up over 25% of Verizon's (VZ) mammoth $49B bond sale on Wednesday, helping the telecom carrier to raise all the money it wanted to at once rather than in chunks, as it had originally intended.
- Bill Gross' firm bought $8B in bonds and BlackRock $5B, with the two companies also influential in persuading Verizon to price the debt at an above-market rate.
- Pimco funds: PCI, PTY, PDI, PHK, BOND, PKO, PCN, PCI, PFN
Thursday, Sep 122013, 11:21 AM
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- That bond funds - specifically Pimco bond funds - have tumbled in value as rates flew higher this summer isn't news. Instead, it's the vanishing "Pimco premium" in the firm's closed-end offerings.
- The Dynamic Credit Income Fund (PCI +0.9%) is off nearly 18% since its launch earlier this year as an initial premium of 9% is now a 9% discount. Others include PDI now at a 8.2% discount vs. a previous average of -2.4%.
- Others still trade at premiums, but of vastly smaller size. PTY is at 6.6% premium vs. a 3-year average of 17.8%. PHK remains at a whopping 50.7% premium, but down from 75% last year.
- "Was (it) the epoch that made the man as opposed to the man that made the epoch," wrote Bill Gross (BOND), wondering if his success was the result of being in the right place at the right time (the 30-year bond bull market).
- Others of note: PKO, PCN, PCI, PFN.
Thursday, Aug 292013, 1:02 PM
Thursday, Aug 292013, 1:02 PM| 35 Comments
- In a major about-face, Jeff Gundlach turns bullish on the mortgage REIT sector (REM +0.7%), telling CNBC he spots value as many are trading at 10% or more discounts to net asset value. He specifically mentions Annaly (NLY +1.3%) as being a buy. Reported book value as of June 30 is $13.03 vs. the current price of $11.50.
- Other popular names trading at big discounts (though not mentioned by Gundlach): AGNC, ARR, IVR, HTS, CYS, CMO, MTGE, DX, WMC, JMI, EARN, to name a few.
- Other mREIT ETFs: MORT, MORL.
- He's also a fan of closed-end income funds trading at wide discounts to NAV. None are mentioned, but PDI, PFN, and PFL come to mind. DoubleLine's own DBL is trading right about at NAV.
- Of Apple's (AAPL +0.6%) big run to $500? "All the easy money has been made ... It's kind of dead money."
Thursday, Aug 222013, 7:33 AM
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- "These outflows mark an enormous shift for the bond world," says TrimTabs, which gathered the data. "A vicious circle of losses and redemptions as the bond binge unwinds could get nasty ... Lulled into complacency by a 30-year bull market, many investors probably did not understand the risks ... Now they seem to be reacting very quickly to losses."
- The withdrawals this month are the 3rd highest on record - June 2013 and October 2008 are #1 and #2 - and the month isn't even over yet. Bond funds YTD have seen $4B in redemptions, putting them on pace for their worst year since 2004's $7B loss. This comes against $1.2T of inflows from 2009-2012.
- It's estimated Pimco saw $7.4B in redemptions in August as Bill Gross' giant Total Return Fund (ETF version: BOND) has lost 3.6% YTD. Some Pimco closed-end funds having a rough run (with a couple now trading at rare discounts to NAV): PHK, PTY, PDI.
- DoubleLine is estimated to have lost $631M, but Jeff Gundlach's Total Return Fund has fallen just 1.1% YTD - better than 86% of its rivals. The DBL now trades at a discount to NAV.
- Broad bond ETFs: AGG, BND, LAG, SCHZ, BOND, SAGG, MINC.
Tuesday, Aug 132013, 12:44 PM
Tuesday, Aug 132013, 12:44 PM| Comment!
- Tumbling Treasury prices - with TLT carving out a new 52-week low today - are again hitting income favorites.
- Leading mREITs (REM -1.4%) lower are Invesco (IVR -3.3%), Annaly (NLY -2.3%), American Capital (AGNC -2%), and Western Asset (WMC -1.6%).
- A number of income CEFs not long ago were so much in favor they commanded large premiums to NAV. They're now at seemingly growing-by-the-day discounts. Among the movers today is the Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI -1.4%) selling for $27.45 against yesterday's closing NAV of $30.23. Others include: PCI, PFN, and PFL.
- Still trading at premiums to NAV are the Pimco High Income Fund (PHK -0.9%) and the Pimco Corporate & Income Fund (PTY -1.1%).
- Municipals (MUB -0.6%) slip as well, hitting Muni CEFs: NXZ -0.9%, IIM -1.2%, VKQ -0.7%.
- Related ETFs: MORT, MORL, SUB, MUNI, PVI, PZA, SHM, TFI, VRD, HYD, ITM, MLN, PRB, SMB, GMMB, SMMU, RVNU, NY .
Tuesday, Aug 62013, 12:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug 62013, 12:30 PM| 3 Comments
- With equity guys greedy and fixed income fans fearful, maybe it's time to go the other way.
- Portfolio manager David Tepper (not that David Tepper), finds 10 closed-end bond funds who have negative YTD and Y/Y returns even as their net asset values have risen over the same periods: TAI, HIX, HHY, HIO, FTF, HAV, HIH, PIM, PPT, FMY.
- Several other closed-end funds run by high-profile names used to command hefty premiums, but now trade at discounts to net asset value. Among them are Jeff Gundlach's DBL and DSL and Pimco's PCI, PDI, PFN, and PFL.
Thursday, Jun 132013, 11:34 AMA check of some Pimco closed-end income funds finds them higher as rates come down today. The Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +1.9%) fell to an 11.4% discount to NAV at the close last night. After more than a 10% one-month decline, the High Income Fund (PHK +0.7%) is still at a 33.9% premium to NAV. After nearly a 20% one-month decline, the Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund (PTY +2.6%) narrowed its premium to NAV to 4%. |Thursday, Jun 132013, 11:34 AM| 2 Comments
Tuesday, May 282013, 1:01 PMHeavy selling hits a number of Pimco income funds, notably the High Income Fund (PHK -4.3%) with heavy exposure to high-yield paper and the financial sector. The decline narrows the fund's premium to NAV to a still-whopping 34%. The Income Opportunity Common Fund (PKO -2.2%) trades at just a slight premium, while the Dynamic Income Fund (PDI -2.8%) sells for about a 5% discount. Others: (PTY -3.6%), (PCN -2%), (PGP -5.3%), (PFN -1.5%). |Tuesday, May 282013, 1:01 PM| 3 Comments
Wednesday, Apr 32013, 4:12 PMThe Pimco High Income Fund (PHK) alters its mandate to allow the manager to invest in IO (interest-only) and PO (principal-only) securities, as well as inverse floaters. Pimco's Dynamic Income Fund (PDI) has had a great deal of success with this strategy since its launch about a year ago, and trades at NAV as opposed to the closed-end PHK at a whopping 44% premium to NAV. |Wednesday, Apr 32013, 4:12 PM| 3 Comments
Tuesday, Jan 292013, 12:32 PMWith yields low, fixed-income funds are taking on more leverage to keep yields reasonable. Pimco's giant upcoming Dynamic Credit Income Fund may borrow up to 42% of its net assets, according to a filing last week. The Dynamic Income Fund (PDI) has ridden leverage to return 29% (including dividends) in less than a year since it was launched. Fund manager Daniel Ivascyn was a buyer of 76K shares 2 weeks ago. |Tuesday, Jan 292013, 12:32 PM| 3 Comments
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REIT:: u can deduct from your findings maybe interest rising in selling or buying and this could be after a recent news or event related to the co
REIT:: so anything recently came out of the company?