PIMCO Reveals Bond ETF Launch Plans

July 30, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - PIMCO is planning to offer its first bond exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The bond ETF aims to replicate the Lehman Brothers Aggregate Index.

PIMCO’s foray into ETFs “is a part of a much bigger effort that looks to complement our existing products by offering strategies that we believe are of interest to an even broader set of investors,” Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief executive officer of the world’s largest bond fund company, told Reuters.

PIMCO, which oversees $830 billion in assets, is likely to launch its bond ETF later this year or in early 2009.

El-Erian said PIMCO has been working on the ETF for the last 12 months.