By Tyler Durden | 12 April 2018
ZERO HEDGE — It’s been a while since the world’s richest and/or most famous fund managers spooked retail investors with warnings to get out of the market… now. That changed overnight when Dan Ivascyn, the man who replaced Bill Gross as CIO of the world’s largest bond fund at PIMCO, said that it’s time to take profits… now.
Speaking at a Thursday panel during the UBS Global Wealth Management Summit in Davos, the man responsible for allocating hundreds of billions in client funds said that geopolitical tensions and rising interest rates have created a “much more fragile situation” than in early 2016, when the Brexit vote and the U.S. elections weighed on markets. He noted that with fixed-income markets still expensive by historical standards, there’s less room to absorb negative surprises.
“Market participants should become a bit more concerned. Wherever you were in the risk spectrum a year or two ago, we think you should be a touch lower” said an unexpectedly alarmist Ivascyn who added that “We are not overly alarmist but we do think it’s time to take a bit of risk off the table.” […]