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Pimco's Total Return Reports $27.5 Billion of Withdrawals

The Pimco Total Return Fund suffered an estimated $27.5 billion of withdrawals in its first full month after the Sept. 26 departure of Bill Gross, its worst month ever for redemptions.

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BlackRock, the world’s largest provider of ETFs, said the products acted as “shock absorbers” after Bill Gross’s unexpected exit last month from Pimco.

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Pimco seeking to stem redemptions after its co-founder Bill Gross left unexpectedly, was dropped as manager of a $6.16 billion strategy offered by a unit of Prudential Financial.

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