• Paulson & Co tells investors it was ‘open’
  • Paulson & Co. Says Its Role in Goldman CDO Was ‘Appropriate’
  • Suspecting politics in Goldman Sachs charges, Rep. Issa asks SEC for information
  • It’s Lloyd’s of Washington next week
  • Goldman takes aggressive line on fraud claims after bumper profits
  • Goldman mounts defense on SEC charges, saying clients knew its products well
  • Goldman Sachs Says SEC Case Hinges on Actions of One Employee
  • Bank Says Losses Prove No Ill Intent
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  • Goldman Tops Forecast, With $3.46 Billion in Earnings
  • Goldman Employees Rally Around Blankfein
  • What the Committee Knew
  • Goldman’s London Units Face Formal U.K. FSA Probe
  • Financial News: FSA Goldman Probe May Spark Intl Crackdown
  • Goldman Sachs CDO Lawsuit Split SEC Commissioners in 3-2 Vote
  • The SEC’s Impeccable Timing
  • AIG eyes action on Goldman over CDOs
  • Goldman ‘Shenanigans’ to Be Barred by Bill, Dodd Says
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  • The SEC vs. Goldman
  • SEC faces fight to produce an open-and-shut court case
  • SEC Probes Other Soured Deals
  • Paulson May Face Litigation Following Goldman Suit, Whalen Says
  • Top Goldman Leaders Said to Have Overseen Mortgage Unit
  • Fabrice Tourre email is key to SEC’s evidence
  • Goldman Sachs SEC Case May Hinge on Meaning of Word ‘Selected’
  • Goldman May Face U.K., German Inquiries After Suit
  • Brown Says He Wants Special Investigation of Goldman Sachs
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  • Paulson’s $32 Billion Funds Prompt Too-Big-to-Succeed Concerns
  • Deutsche Bank to Add Staff Targeting New Hedge Funds in Asia Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Elliott, Paulson Said to Discuss Investment in General Growth
  • Return-hungry investors flock to M&A hedge funds
  • Nomura Said to Hire About 10 RBS Analysts, Traders
  • Tennenbaum Capital Said to Raise Money for Distressed-Debt Fund Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Hedge funds prosper from buying Greek debt
  • Greeks braced for fresh austerity measures
  • Toyota Chief Apologizes to China
  • Former Enron CEO could see new trial
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  • Midas Touch Lost? Paulson Hits Hurdles in Gold Fund
  • Paulson, Once a Top Earner, Tells Buffett Bankers Make Too Much
  • Temasek May Set Up Hedge Fund, AsianInvestor Reports
  • Terra Firma’s Guy Hands Predicts Low Buyout Volumes This Year Read the rest of this entry »

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  • SEC asks Paulson fund for information
  • BofA push for 2,000 more retail brokers
  • BofA’s Banker-Pay Pool: $4 Billion
  • Dodd Calls Obama Plan Too Grand
  • Senators cool to ‘Volcker rule’
  • Investor charged in Galleon insider trading case
  • Mole Who Wore Wire In Galleon Case Is Identified
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Ouch!:  According to Page Six, John Paulson isn’t very happy with Greg Zuckerman’s new book, “The Greatest Trade Ever“, which explores how he made guzillions on his now legendary bets on the housing market meltdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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“I always like to think about assets that are likely to experience a breakdown; the only thing I’m pretty comfortable with right now is U.S. Treasury securities and U.S. agency mortgage-backed securities,” he said in a telephone interview from Beijing today. “I think that those are overpriced so they are attractive shorts.”

Fund Manager Pellegrini Says Shorting U.S Debt ‘Attractive Bet’ – Bloomberg

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  • JPMorgan Third-Quarter Profit Surpasses Analysts’ Estimates
  • Wall Street On Track To Award Record Pay
  • London Bonuses May Rise or Match 2008 Payouts, McKinley Says
  • BofA Emails Show Pique at U.S. Over Dividends
  • Geithner Aides Reaped Millions Working for Banks, Hedge Funds
  • AIG Advised to Limit Its Next Round of Bonuses
  • AIG Execs Returned $19M Of $45M In Pledged Repayments Read the rest of this entry »

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  • U.S. Says It Has ‘Proof’ of Crimes by Cioffi, Tannin
  • Banker-Pay Limits May Hurt Most at Citigroup, Bank of America
  • BofA Sued by Funds Over Merrill
  • FDIC Prepayment Likely for Banks
  • SEC Weighs New Rules for Lending of Securities
  • UBS chief forecasts return to health in a year
  • Paulson’s plan
  • JPMorgan’s Winters to Leave; Staley Will Run Investment Bank
  • Cassano is back in US
  • BNP Paribas To Reimburse Aid With Rights Issue Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Paulson Bought 168 Million Shares of BofA
  • Huge Bonus Hangs Over Pay Review
  • SEC Is Ready to File Case Against Pequot
  • UBS and US strike tax evasion deal
  • U.S. Posted Record Year-to-Date Budget Gap in July
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  • Hedge Funds Lost $11 Billion in February on Economy
  • Hedge funds to suffer further in scramble for cash
  • John Paulson reaps up to £300m from short-selling bank stock
  • Greenwich House Sales Slump as $2 Million-Plus Homes Languish

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The Financial Times reports that Paulson & Co's John Paulson has scored with a short in the Royal Bank of Scotland over the past four months, to the tune of £270m.  He's said to have covered his position on Friday…..

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Here's an interesting interview with Paolo Pellegrini,  who recently resigned from Paulson & Co to launch his own hedge fund, PSQR, LLC which will, at least for now, manage his own funds.

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Is this a turning point for the fund or is his bench still deep enough to keep pulling out those stellar returns?  Enquiring minds should wanna know:  It'll be interesting to see how the $37 billion Paulson & Co. performs going forward.  Paulo Pellegrini, co-portfolio manager on  Paulson's Credit Opportunity funds, and one of the key lieutenants of John Paulson's strategy to short sub-prime debt, is leaving to start his own firm.  The split was supposedly amicable.  Pellegrini, who had a derivatives background, joined the firm in 2004. According to the Wall Street Journal:

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John Paulson, Paulson & Co, hedge fundsSitting in the catbird seat again as one of the few fund managers who is actually profitable for the dreadful and soon-to-close 2008, John Paulson is taking a well aimed (and well deserved) swipe at the many funds that are limiting or outright barring investors from pulling their money:

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13F Hedge fund chart studies were updated over the weekend

Posted by WSF On December - 8 - 2008

John Paulson, Paulson & Co, Hedge funds, billionaire

The new issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine focuses on this year's big hedge fund winners, and the story is now online.  What the online version doesn't show, but the magazine version does, is a grinning John Paulson on the cover and another smiling picture with the story.  And he should be pretty happy, with his funds having banked another $1 billion in profit in a year when so many other funds fell flat on their asses.

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John Paulson, Paulson & Co, hedge funds, investor, sub-prime

He signalled he was going to be going long, and it's started:

US residential mortgage securities fell in value last week after Hank Paulson, Treasury secretary, said that the federal government had decided against buying toxic assets as part of its $700bn troubled asset relief programme (Tarp).

John Paulson, who is not related to the Treasury secretary, has told his investors that he started buying troubled mortgage-backed securities at the end of last week, hoping to capitalise on price falls that followed the Treasury announcement.

Mr Paulson, who has $36bn under management, was scheduled to hold a dinner and wine-tasting at New York’s Metropolitan Club on Monday night so that he could brief his investors on his plans….

Paulson hedge fund buys into mortgage securities – Financial Times

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Nice gratuitous book plug, George

Posted by WSF On November - 13 - 2008

We're listening to the House Oversight Committee testimony of the hedge fund bigs, including George Soros, Jim Simons, John Paulson, Phil Falcone and Ken Griffin.  Soros just came up to bat as the first speaker.  And he plugs his new book.


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John Paulson
He's been up all year, and is still up.  While the markets are tumbling,
in an environment that could prove to be Armegeddon for many hedge funds, this
morning's WSJ points to Paulson & Co's John Paulson as one of the few who's
not only banking, but still banking large:

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With all of the turmoil and new game changers appearing when you least expect
it causing tremendous market volatility, some of the best known hedge funds have been heading for cash for the year’s final stretch.  Some of
those stuffing the mattresses are SAC Capital’s Steve Cohen, Millenniumm
Partners’ Izzy Englander, and Paulson Capital’s John Paulson.

While that might be prudent, at least for the short run, that’s not why most
funds get paid the big bucks, especially with what’s paid on cash these
days.  Those guys will probably be able to get away with it since even
through the turmoil, they’ve fared better than most.  However, if smaller
funds try it, they might not be so successful.  In the hedge fund world,
it’s a game of ‘use it or lose it’ if you’re not justifying those fees.

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