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Pimco Amassed Billions of Exposure to Russia Debt Facing Default

  • The asset manager had both bond, derivative positions
  • CDS tied to Russia’s debt suggest a high chance of default
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Pimco Heavily Exposed to Russian Debt
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Pacific Investment Management Co. held billions of exposure to Russian debt, opening up its funds to losses as markets price in a default by the sovereign. 

The Newport Beach, California-based asset manager had at least $1.5 billion of sovereign debt, according to the latest fund filings compiled by Bloomberg. It had also placed about $1 billion of bets on Russia via the credit-default swap market as of Dec. 31, according to fund documents on its website. The Financial Times reported the holdings earlier on Thursday and said Pimco faces billions of dollars of losses should Russia default on its debt.