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Pimco's Mather says bond investors must revise return expectations

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[October 11, 2014]  BERLIN (Reuters) - Bond investors need to revise their expectations of the returns they can make in the years ahead, said Scott Mather, one of three Pimco managers who run the firm's Total Return Fund following the shock exit of co-founder Bill Gross last month.

In an interview with Germany's Boersen-Zeitung newspaper, Mather, Chief Investment Officer for U.S. core strategies at Pimco, said: "Even if interest rates gradually increase, with a global portfolio of bonds with the best creditworthiness you can maybe expect a return of about 3 percent in the coming years."

He said investors could earn a "little more" but not much more with equities.

Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund has seen heavy outflows since Gross announced last month he was leaving the Newport Beach, California-based firm he started in the 1970s to join smaller rival Janus Capital Group.

Mather, who told the paper the investment process would not change with Gross gone, said he saw opportunities in peripheral euro zone countries and in contingent convertible "CoCo" bonds, a complex form of hybrid debt.

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He said that many CoCo bonds had been issued and not all of them had found investors. "We believe they are cheap," he told the paper.

Pimco is a unit of German insurance group Allianz.

(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Noah Barkin)

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