El-Erian Says Pimco Still Buys Spanish, Italian Debt, Zeit Says

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Pacific Investment Management Co. continues to buy government bonds from Spain and Italy, co-Chief Investment Officer Mohamed A. El-Erian told Germany’s Die Zeit.

“We buy and hold -- with caution -- Italian and Spanish bonds,” El-Erian was quoted by the daily newspaper as saying. “It is important to distinguish between individual countries: Spain isn’t insolvent. Italy isn’t insolvent.”

If the Spanish government can convince investors that it is making progress in cleaning up its banking sector, the country won’t need a bailout, El-Erian said, according to Die Zeit.

He also said Europe should enter into a transfer union, in which the region’s northern states subsidize southern states to facilitate needed fiscal reform, Die Zeit reported.

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