The retired Pimco co-founder told Bloomberg TV on Tuesday that he is taking a stand against GameStop stock by selling contracts called call options.
"The volatility is very high... and it contributes to the opportunity to make some money, " he said.
Gross said he sold call options with "strike prices" of $ 250 and $ 300, meaning he would make a profit if the stock - currently $208.20-remained below those levels.
However, the former Pimco boss, who now manages his family's and foundation's money, could lose out if the highly volatile stock rises to the level of more than $300 recorded in January.
Gross told the Citywire Selector podcast in February that it fell between $ 10 million and $ 15 million at some point in the January GameStop saga, when day traders pushed the price to an intraday high of over $480.
"I've been losing millions of dollars, and it's not a good feeling when you go to bed," he told the podcast.
Still, Gross said he ended up making "maybe $ 10 million" after cementing his position when the stock fell. He told Bloomberg on Tuesday: "I really managed to get over my insecurities, hold on and drive all the way back down in terms of exit." He added that now "back, I'm still selling call options at $ 250 and $ 300."
The seller of a call option promises to sell the shares to the buyer at a certain price within a certain period of time. The seller of the option will benefit if the stock falls below the contract price, known as the exercise price of the option.
However, Gross ' position remains precarious. GameStop shares fell after the January surge, but have since surged again to more than $ 200.
Still, Gross said he believes the high volatility of the stock "is a great opportunity for option sellers, not buyers, to take advantage."
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