The Beginning Of The End For John Paulson?

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Because redemption requests are like cockroaches: once one appears, assume many, many more:


Is this the beginning of the end for the former Bear Stearns M&A banker and once infallible hedge fund manager? And to think he could have saved himself all the deep fundamental work telling him Las Vegas real estate is "cheap" and just bought Apple. Hey, everyone else is doing it. And everyone else can't possibly be wrong. As for Paulson, whose GLD holdings, which are not an investment but merely a gold denomination share class, will likely quite soon see a substantial hit as he is forced to unwind GLD holdings as more and more external investors redeem until finally JP is just left running his own and his employees' money.

Finally, recall what we said three days ago when we broke the Goldman report that only 11% of HFs are outperforming the S&P: "the day of redemption reckoning at the end of the year (and just after September 30 for that matter as well) could be the most painful yet. it also explains why, just like every other quarter in which career risk is at all time highs, HFs are dumping everything not nailed down and buying up AAPL, which as of June 30 was held by an all time high 230 hedge funds (more on that later)."

For Paulson D-Day may have arrived. It is also coming for hundreds of other underperforming funds who will now have to shift from net buyer to gross liquidator as their LPs demand their cash back ahead of the September 30 redemption deadline. Add that technical consideration to all the other September sell off woes.

In short - he who redeems first, redeems best.

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Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2730665 BaBaBouy
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Sometimes Life is So Simple ...

Just Buy GOLD (Real Physical, and avoid the Tungsten)...


(They can only Sell The FT. Knox GOLD 5 Times over before everyone finally catches on).

Then we Ramble...

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:45 | 2730754 flaunt
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More like SELL gold short term, given that Paulson has almost half his billions in gld.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:56 | 2730789 Stoploss
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Somebody might wnat to get the LAZY FUCKING CONGRESS BACK TO WORK NOW...............

Better yet, don't come back, EVER.......... The country has already quit on you any way..


Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:05 | 2730829 Biggvs
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Gold is already celebrating Paulson's imminent exit with a 2% rally. I wonder if he can get GLD to start selling at a big discount to NAV.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:32 | 2730952 AlaricBalth
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Paulson's 8/14/2012 13F filing for his flagship fund.

21,837,552 of shares of GLD. 28.29% of portfolio in one position. Plus other ancillary gold holdings = 44.31%, as ZH has stated before.

Plus just made a big bet on Delphi Automotive (DLPH).

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 03:09 | 2732847 piliage
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OK. GLD is 400mil or so shares, and paulson has 20 million of those, roughly 5%. If he unwinds, duck and cover, or perhaps BTFDYFI, as physicial gold will be hit too.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:46 | 2730755 Dalago
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Indirectly messing with GLD... Ya bastids!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:48 | 2730763 Tippoo Sultan
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Paulson a large holder/now liquidator of PM ? Said stock is down brutally hard on no news; Philip Morris is also a member of the Hedge Hotel 50.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:32 | 2730951 ZeroPoint
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It's well known Paulson has a huge GLD position. I wonder what's going to happen when he realizes there is no physical backing it up.



Thu, 08/23/2012 - 22:13 | 2732459 davey
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John Paulson was right the first time during the financial crisis and the investors were scared then only to become very rich by him. Mark my words he is right again. Do you really think citi bank even has a clue? Gold is going to 2000 within 6 months.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 03:01 | 2732840 piliage
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Paulson is probably right. But when? That is the problem with timing a short.

Marc Faber lost a ton of money (30-40% allegedly) until the NASDAQ rolled over and died and has admitted timing a short is one of the hardest things to do well. This is the same thing that Kyle Bass is going through right now in his Japan positions. The logic is irrefutable, but how much can you stand to lose being 'right'?


Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:26 | 2730671 malikai
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Welcome to "The Suck" Mr. Paulson.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:27 | 2730672 Doubleguns
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former Bear Stearns trader


Sometimes the bear wins.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:44 | 2730745 falak pema
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a good sailor never confuses stern with bow. And never bears a bull on his own two frail shoulders! 

Balance your bets, or you lose your family jewels on the bull's horns! 


Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:27 | 2730673 Bam_Man
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A One Hit Wonder.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:27 | 2730674 Bam_Man
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A One Hit Wonder.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:30 | 2730692 tocointhephrase
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You had to do it twice!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:36 | 2730715 New_Meat
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A two hit wonder?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:28 | 2730681 q99x2
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Once his money is gone, arrest him and throw him into prison. Same with Zuckerberg.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:29 | 2730682 casaananda
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Did he not do well holding gold?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:29 | 2730685 Hype Alert
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Bear Stearns?  Hey, aren't they the one's that had those two funds that "nearly" collapsed?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:30 | 2730691 Dr. Richard Head
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Corzine will fill that hole.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:31 | 2730694 tocointhephrase
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No...I wont go there

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:32 | 2730700 malikai
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Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:31 | 2730696 resurger
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No! i cant be ABXed!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:32 | 2730698 hedgeisforpussies
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better be lucky than smart. 

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:33 | 2730701 AnarchoCapitalist
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Paulson is a HUGE holder of GLD, if he starts getting redemption requests, we could see a massive short term dip in GLD. Heads up.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:43 | 2730742 vortex
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Yes and if this is the only thing that the club can do to put the genie back in the bootle.. they are finished... 

What a bunch of losers... and this is the elite of western civilization... Give me a break...



Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:35 | 2730707 youngman
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I think a lot of people will be pulling out before the big cliff hits capital gains and whatever....where they go no one knows....but only 3% are invested in PM´s..

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 18:20 | 2731896 FRBNYrCROOKS
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I was thinking the same. Congress won't do dick for fear of helping Barry get re-elected and there will be a sell-off as Cap. Gains goes from 15% to 20%. Short SnP bitchz!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:36 | 2730713 TruthInSunshine
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John Paulson sat on a wall

John Paulson had a great fall

All the past Abacus's done with Blankfein's men

Couldn't put John Paulson back together again


Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:36 | 2730714 I am a Man I am...
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LMAO.  Citigroup can't manage their own fucking money.  Not even Paying 2 and 20.  Paying 2 and losing. Hilarious.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:38 | 2730724 YesWeKahn
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I was so sure that I was inferior to Paulson, now I think I can do as well as him.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:38 | 2730725 Arnold Ziffel
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he is being "Zukerbergered."

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:41 | 2730736 malikai
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Not so fast! FB is up two days in a row so far. Clearly, this is the turn around and beginning of the "Great Facebook Bull Run of 2012".

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:22 | 2730903 hidingfromhelis
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I've been hearing that about real estate for the last several years.  Maybe this time is different.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2730731 falak pema
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but but but John Paulson is one of the magnificent three attacking the EUrooooo; with ROthschilds's child and Soros's eternal horror show!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:40 | 2730734 long-shorty
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isn't like $12 billion or some such of Paulson's AUM actually owned by Paulson and staff?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:43 | 2730739 aleph0
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Off Topic .. for a mo :

Speculation on the new Euro notes, planned for 2013 :

English translation: New euro notes

German Source : Neue Euro-Scheine



Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:55 | 2730786 Missiondweller
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Neue Euro-Sheisse!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:04 | 2730837 magpie
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What ? No 1000 or 2000 bill ?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:42 | 2730740 adr
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Even the great ones will find out that the only way to really win the game was not to start playing at all.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:51 | 2730770 Christoph830
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Exactly.  He had an epic run at the blackjack table and felt he could continue to beat the House.  Should have just walked away on top.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:44 | 2730748 NeedleDickTheBu...
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Where's Paolo Pellegrini when you need him?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:51 | 2730771 Jim in MN
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Just in, NYTimes: China's inventory glut masked by governmental suppression of facts.


Protip: Read and save this info before it is changed/deleted at the behest of our benevolent Overlords.

China Besieged by Glut of Unsold Goods


The severity of China’s inventory overhang has been carefully masked by the blocking or adjusting of economic data by the Chinese government — all part of an effort to prop up confidence in the economy among business managers and investors.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:52 | 2730775 Extremist Tan
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Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:53 | 2730777 Missiondweller
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After the move in gold those folks might want to rethink.

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:55 | 2730783 Dubaibanker
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But why would a Private Bank invest their own money into a Hedge Fund? 

Or are we talking client money? If so, then how can Citi pull it out without client consent and make it public info?

If it is discretionary, then why the public pronouncement?

Something is fishy here...What is it?

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:17 | 2730883 chrisd
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Someone needs to get Paolo back in the fold, stat!

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 13:17 | 2730884 NEOSERF
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Hmmm, how bad doe the clouds need to get before the 240 hedgefunds start trying to go through the Apple exit door together.  This smells different than the usual BTFDs of the last 9 months..

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