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In an interview with Bloomberg's Tom Keene, Janus Capital's Bill Gross said that he left PIMCO 'in good hands.' Gross said, "…it’s obviously an opportune situation at Janus. Running $2.5 billion is different than running $2 trillion, so it makes it more flexible for me."
link if video does not play: "New Natural Interest Rates is Zero or Negative"
Gross said that the Federal Reserve may become more "dovish" after oil price drop and would have to take lower prices "into consideration."
If he would give advice to Stanley Fischer, Gross said, “the Fed as the central banker of the world basically has to worry about financial conditions not just in the United States but the world. And so next week in terms of their language and their stance going forward, they should be very cautious about any type of tightening indications.”
Gross also told Keene:
- Fed must adjust to drop in oil price
- 'New natural' interest rate is 'zero percent or lower'
- Very little liquidity in corporate bonds
In response to the above video, Pater Tenebrarum at the Acting Man blog pinged me with:
"Good grief, the world is brimming with economic illiteracy. If the "natural interest rate" were at zero or negative, we would all stop consuming altogether and would soon starve to death, because that would imply everything - even a slice of bread - one year hence would be worth more to us than one we can eat right now."
Mike "Mish" Shedlock