We Almost Had A Universe In Which Bill Gross Uttered The Words "Yes, Mr. Gundlach, Anything Else Mr. Gundlach?" Monday-Friday

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In a move that stunned Wall Street, bond guru Bill Gross is joining Janus Capital Group, effective Sept. 29, the company announced Friday. Gross is leaving as chief investment officer of Pimco, the company he founded, after a remarkable 43-year tenure. Bond guru Bill Gross had met with Jeffrey Gundlach to discuss joining fixed income investment management firm Doubleline.1 Five Pimco executives told parent company Allianz they would leave Pimco if Gross did not. [CNBC, earlier]

1. Obviously we like to believe that he was interviewing for an entry level position say, as Gundlach's intern (beggar's can't be choosers!) and that the part where things broke down was when Gundlach said he had a "tryout" project for Gross, which was to go to Kansas City and bid on some sex toys.↩

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December 7, 1941. November 22, 1963. December 4, 2009. All dates of such historical and cultural significance that if you asked someone where they were that day, they'd surely be able to tell you. Because they weren't just any old days; they were moments when everything changed. The bombing of Pearl Harbor; the assassination of JFK; and, perhaps most importantly, the firing of Jeffrey Gundlach from the TWC Group, which had taken issue with his decision to start his own firm, and choose to express that anger by first escorting him out of the building and second raiding his offices, where they found an amount of adult films and sexual devices that suggested Gundlach was operating an online wholesale sex shop distributor and keeping the inventory at work. TCW also sued its former employee and at the time, rather than roll over and take it which is something he would never do, Gundlach vowed to fight back and clear up the misconception that TCW was the victim in the situation. On the contrary, JG told people, the real victim was US taxpayers who were "promised" Gundlach's services and had to settled for a subpar bond manager when his relationship with the firm was terminated. Gundlach ultimately emerged victorious* and perhaps even more satisfying to The Pope was the number of TCW employees and clients who followed him en masse to his new company, the aptly named DoubleLine Capital. We're not sure how you celebrated last night's hugely significant anniversary, but we do know how Gundlach did: