Friday, February 8, 2008

Mark Kiesel of PIMCO #54

This week Bruce Norris is joined by Executive Vice President of PIMCO, Mark Kiesel. PIMCO is one of the largest specialty fixed income managers in the world, with $746.3 billion in assets under management and more than 900 employees in offices globally. Bruce and Mark talk about the strategies of PIMCO going forward into 2008, how PIMCO is more defensive on certain products in 2008, bonds compared to stocks, why bonds instead of stocks, muni bonds, what happens when cities go bankrupt, corporate bonds markets in 2007 and its growth, how bonds fair in recessions, PIMCO’s position on mortgages and housing, PIMCO’s position on housing price drops, AAA ratings and subprime, credit cycles compared to the economy, emerging market stocks, good areas for investment, what happens when ratings are lowered from AAA, how lenders will have to adjust, three major obstacles that could end our positive business cycle, the root of real estate price declines, housing inventory nation wide, rate resets in 2008-2009, increases in real estate vacancy, the shell-shocked consumer, corporate profits in 2008, hiring and unemployment, how it won’t be as bad as 2000-2001, and whether consumers have real wealth or just more stuff.

Mr. Kiesel is an Executive Vice President, generalist portfolio manager, and a senior member of PIMCO's investment strategy and portfolio management group. He also heads the investment-grade corporate desk and manages corporate portfolios for the firm. Previously, Mr. Kiesel served as PIMCO's head of equity derivatives and as a senior credit analyst. Mr. Kiesel joined PIMCO in 1996, previously having been associated with the sales and trading divisions of Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan. He has twelve years of investment experience and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in finance, economics and international business from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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