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Ramin Toloui, Tomoya Masanao, Robert Mead
Each quarter, PIMCO investment professionals from around the globe gather in Newport Beach to discuss the firm’s outlook for the global economy and financial markets. The outlook for Asia is defined and presented by PIMCO’s Asia-Pacific Portfolio Committee (APC), chaired by Ramin Toloui, global co-head of emerging markets based in Singapore. In the following interview, he and APC colleagues Tomoya Masanao, head of portfolio management in Japan, and Rob Mead, head of portfolio management in Australia, discuss PIMCO’s outlook for the region over the next six to 12 months, along with implications for portfolio strategy in Asia and worldwide.
Q: What are the key aspects of PIMCO's cyclical outlook as it relates to Asia?Toloui: One of the main objectives of PIMCO’s quarterly outlook and strategy discussions is to integrate our bottom-up regional analysis from the Asia-Pacific Portfolio Committee (APC) with expectations for the U.S. and Europe, and produce a synthesized global outlook around which the Investment Committee and portfolio managers worldwide can develop portfolio strategies.
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