Gold

Why do people (investors, media, random passersby on the street, this lady) like to harp on all the money John Paulson has lost in the past couple years, despite the fact that they could be talking about his new hot-ish streak? Why can’t he get a little credit for all of his great investment ideas, instead of relentless bitching and negativity about the ones that haven’t yet panned out? It’s something the hedge fund manager has thought a lot about lately and while “I’m surrounded by fucking assholes” seems like it could account for some people’s behavior, he’s finally come up with what seems like a pretty good general explanation: it’s those damn gold funds. Sure, they’ll make money one day but first they’ve got to lose a lot and reading that “have lost forty seven percent for the year” distracts people from “up 3.4 percent!” So, there’ll be no more of that. Read more »

  • 13 May 2013 at 4:43 PM

Gold’s Boringness Getting Priced In

Gold is still stinkin’ up the joint. Investors have noticed. Vicious cycle ensues. Read more »

Billionaire John Paulson, the hedge- fund manager seeking to reverse two years of losses in some of his strategies, lost 27 percent in his Gold Fund last month after the precious metal and related securities plummeted, according to two people familiar with the matter. The loss brings the strategy’s decline to about 47 percent this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The fund is made up primarily of Paulson’s own money, one of the people said. The strategy has about $500 million, down from about $700 million at the end of March. [Bloomberg]

Paul Singer Will Be Vindicated—By Gold

Paul Singer is pissed that gold keeps losing money—his money—and, like John Paulson, he’s mystified that people have temporarily lost some of their attraction to shiny objects.

That said, Paul Singer, who is worried about many things, namely that this country is going to hell in a handbasket, is not worried about gold. Not one bit. Read more »

They are useful for blunting the impact of drops in his most favorite thing in the whole world. Read more »

Billionaire investor John Paulson told investors on Wednesday he is staying the course on gold even though there may be more short-term volatility in the price of the metal. The New York-based hedge fund manager has long stuck by his thesis that gold will someday be a powerful hedge against inflation, and it was no different on the investor call he held, two people who listened to the call said. John Reade, a partner at Paulson & Co, said that the firm, which oversees about $18 billion, is not veering off its course even as he cautioned that there could be more price fluctuations in the short term. [Reuters]

  • 24 Apr 2013 at 3:13 PM

Investors Psyched About Turning $150 Into $160

Everyone wants a piece of gold’s modest rebound since its little, once-in-30-years hiccup a week and a half ago. And the U.S. Mint simply can’t keep up with the demand from people with $150 and a burning desire to catch the bottom of the market. Read more »

You cannot hold down people’s insatiable desire for shiny objects forever. Especially when they sense a bargain’s to be had. Read more »