Pimco replaced by TCW as manager of $1.3B bond fund

Mar 20, 2014 @ 4:32 pm (Updated 5:34 pm) EST

Bill Gross
Bill Gross (Bloomberg News)

Pacific Investment Management Co. was replaced by TCW Group Inc. as the manager of a $1.3 billion bond fund offered by Columbia Management Investment Advisers LLC.

The fund, previously known as the Pimco Mortgage-Backed Securities Fund, will become the TCW Core Plus Bond Fund, according to a statement today from Los Angeles-based TCW. The fund, offered within a variable annuity strategy from Columbia and created in 2010, invested in highly rated mortgage securities and sought to provide investors with total return through income and capital appreciation.

Pimco, based in Newport Beach, Calif., has been under pressure in the past 12 months amid investor withdrawals from its mutual funds and underperformance by its largest fund, Bill Gross’s Total Return. Former Chief Executive Officer Mohamed El- Erian said in January he was leaving the firm, which triggered a management shakeup, and led to reports of Mr. Gross as an autocratic leader.

Carlos Melville, a spokesman for Columbia Management, declined to comment on the change. Mark Porterfield, a spokesman for Pimco, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail.

Columbia, which manages $356 billion in assets and is a unit of Ameriprise Financial Inc., offered the bond strategy within its Columbia Funds Variable Series Trust II .

(Bloomberg News)

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