Presenting John Paulson's Mea Culpa For Worst Year Ever
It is a bad day for people named Paulson. We are not sure if John Paulson, who has not updated the HSBC hedge fund performance tracker through November although was quite happy to do so in October when the market could only rip higher, is more apologetic in his latest letter for the fact that his sold gold holdings to buy even more Bank of America stock, which as everyone knows is about to have a 4 handle, or because somehow his gold fund has managed to return just 1%, even as the shiny object itself has a solid 20% YTD return. Frankly we don't care; LPs in the fund, however, should... although as Paulson has repeatedly stated he has barely seen any redemption requests despite his abysmal performance, so at the end of the day it appears that everyone has gotten what they want. The bulk of the attached Paulson Q3 letter, procured courtesy of ValueWalk, says nothing of note, except to regurgitate some repeatedly stated facts about gold stocks being cheap, and to note that Martin Feldstein has joined the fund as an advisor side by side such "luminaries" as Alan Greenspan, Ed Altman and Chris Thornberg. What is notable, is that Paulson has presented investors with a company matrix of five large banks (their identities are quite simply once one looks at the fund's most recent 13F) which he believes will generates ludicrous potential returns. The last time he did this was for Bank of America. Our advice: short these with leverage.
Full letter below: