Pimco risks losing billions if Russian debt defaults - reports

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Investors risk losing billions if Russia defaults

Investors risk losing billions if Russia defaults

Pimco is at risk of losing billions in investment following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, FT has reported.

The US fund manager amassed a bet that Russia will not default worth at least $1bn in the derivatives market, while also holding $1.5bn of the country's sovereign debt. The $2.2trn investment firm began this year - when Russian troops were already gathering along Ukraine's border - exposed to $1.1bn of credit default swaps on Russian debt. The derivative contracts are meant to compensate holders in case the underlying bond issuer fails to make repayments. MSCI ESG Research downgrades Russia to lowest rating Analysis by the FT found that at least five Pimco funds sold the CDS to ...

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