With spot gold prices down 28% year-to-date, it appears John Paulson‘s Gold Fund has managed to create some epic high-beta losses.
In a letter to investors, Paulson explains his fund fell 23% in June, is down 65% in 2013; but do not fear – as he concludes time and time again, the gold fund will “produce outsized returns in the long-run”.
John Paulson, the billionaire hedge-fund manager seeking to rebound from losses tied to bullion, posted a 23 percent decline in his PFR Gold Fund last month, according to a letter to investors.
The drop brings losses in the strategy, formerly known as the Paulson Gold Fund, to 65 percent since the start of the year, the firm said in the July 3 letter, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. The fund, which consists mostly of Paulson’s own money, is the smallest strategy of the $19 billion money manager and the only one to post losses this year.
The firm reiterated its commitment to investing in bullion and stocks of gold producers for protection against currency debasement as central banks pump money into the global economy. Gold dropped 12 percent in June, the most since October 2008, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said he may start reducing bond purchases that have fueled gains in financial markets globally.
“Although the timing is uncertain, if you have a long-term view we believe the funds offer the potential for outsized returns,” the firm wrote in the letter.
Armel Leslie, a spokesman for Paulson & Co. at Walek & Associates, declined to comment on the letter.
What is there to say.