Bill Gross made over $1 billion for his PIMCO Total Return fund when the government placed Fannie/Freddie under conservatorship and made bond holders whole. He’s given it back on Lehman and AIG (via Bloomberg):
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — Bill Gross‘s Pimco Total Return Fund, the world’s largest bond fund, fell 1.4 percent yesterday, the biggest one-day decline in more than three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The loss, which compared with the 0.38 percent drop by the benchmark Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond Index, came as the U.S. government moved to seize American International Group Inc., the largest U.S. insurer. The fund guaranteed $760 million of AIG debt as of June 30, part of a larger bet by Gross that some beaten-down corporate bonds will recover because they are too important for the government to let fail.
On the other hand the fund is still up 2.8% this year and any positive number in a year like this is pretty damn good.