NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (

TheStreet

) --

Pacific Investment Management

, the world's biggest manager of bonds, is considering opening a stock fund unit for the first time in its 38-year history, reports say.

Pimco is a unit of Munich-based insurer

Allianz

(AZ)

.

Pimco may hire an existing management team with a track record,

Bloomberg

reports, citing a person familiar with the firm's plans.

Earlier this year, Pimco launched its first exchange-traded funds in a move to offer a wider range of investment products,

Bloomberg

notes. Adding equities would help Pimco compete with asset management firms such as

BlackRock

(BLK) - Get Report

, which is about to become the world's biggest money manager once its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors closes.