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Pimco CIO Says Firm Is "Reducing Risk Across The Board"

Mark Kiesel probably isn't the first name that springs to mind when Pimco's investment strategies are being discussed.  That honor, ironically, still resides with Bill Gross even though he departed the firm for Janus over 3 years ago. 

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London Property Bubble Bursting? UK In Unchartered Territory On Brexit and Election Mess

- London property bubble bursting? UK in unchartered territory on Brexit and election mess
- Evidence of downturn in London housing market

- Over 75% of London homes now selling below asking price
- Prime north London property down 6 per cent annually
- House prices have not fallen for three consecutive months since the 2009 crisis
- Bank of England report expresses worry over UK property market
- ‘Adverse shock’ to UK economy may amplify negative feedback loop

- Increased political and economic uncertainty has weakened fragile London buyer sentiment
- Bank of England Financial Stability Report: "Mortgages are the largest loan exposure for UK lenders"
- BOE FSR refers to a "self-reinforcing feedback loop" that, if triggered, would cause another 2008-style crisis in the UK

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Italy Bails Out Two Failed Banks; Cost To Taxpayers: $17 Billion

Two weeks after the first, and biggest, European bank bail-in took place under the relatively new European bank resolution mechanism, the EBRD, when Spain's Banco Popular wiped out the holders of its most risky securities, including equity and AT bonds, and then selling what was left of the bank to Santander for €1 - a process that took place without a glitch -  Italy may have just killed any hope of a European banking union, when the bailout of two small banks made a "mockery" of Europe's new regulation.

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Barrage Of Billionaire Bears Predict Doom And Gloom, Refuse To Sell

Shortly after the most famous PIMCO alum, Bill Gross, unleashed today's dose of doom and gloom when he warned that market risk is the "highest since before the 2008 financial crisis" and warned that “instead of buying low and selling high, you’re buying high and crossing your fingers,” his replacement and current PIMCO CIO, Dan Ivascyn shared a similar dour outlook on the economy at the Bloomberg Invest summit, where he predicted that U.S. growth will "likely be in the mid-2% range and, given the current global fiscal and geopolitical risks, the 10-year Treasury could fall as low as 1.5%."

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