Comments on: Gold-denominated hedge funds A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: onotoman Thu, 04 Aug 2011 08:53:12 +0000 Precious metal investors have been on a wild ride so far in 2011. After falling to start the year, gold took off from its level just above $1,300/oz., skyrocketing higher on inflation concerns and an increasingly weak dollar. Many of the world’s largest (and most successful) managers have put huge chunks of their assets into precious metals ETFs over the last year, and investors seeking to replicate their strategies have utilized the exact same instruments to express similar views. George Soros has reportedly sold nearly $800 million worth of shares in gold exchange traded funds, while fellow hedge fund manager John Paulson kept his big stake in gold ETFs unchanged in the first quarter, according to regulatory filings. With so much uncertainty in the market, what is going to happen to the price of our jewelry?


By: mc Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:43:24 +0000 Pete — Whats the difference? You dont get taxed on oz of gold you hold, just the $-value of the investment. So assume $1000 in investment vs $1oz gold in investment. No change except USD gets cut in half. The $1000 of securities are now worth $2000 in devalued USD or 1 oz of gold rises to USD 2000.

I am not clear on the tax treatment of such funds but gains on holding gold (in ETF or commodity form) is often disadvantageous from a tax perspective (taxed as collectible as short-term CG rate).

I’m also not clear why anyone would want to pay 2&20 for gains on gold fwd trades. Cant you replicate that yourself if you are investing in size?

By: Pete Sat, 31 Oct 2009 13:37:27 +0000 Paulson’s thesis is that the US Dollar is going to fall. If that is true, being a US dollar investor in his fund would generate phantom dollar gains that would be taxed away. If you invest using gold, say putting in 1000 oz of gold,and gold doubles in dollar terms, you would receive 1000 oz of gold back (plus other gains) and thereby owe no tax on your initial gold investment when cashing out. Its a brilliant idea.

By: Ginger Yellow Mon, 26 Oct 2009 16:36:52 +0000 “By the way, Paulson notes, of the 200 Trillion dollars of investible assets in the world, only 800 Billion of that is Gold.”

Or, put another way, $800bn is invested in a shiny, inert metal. If I had $4bn, I might put it all in gold right now. But if I could actually suffer as a result of losing most of my money, like 99% of people, I’d be insane to do so.

By: Jay (marketfolly) Fri, 23 Oct 2009 07:47:17 +0000 Good topic to discuss Felix, as I’ve always wondered if we’ll start to see more of these now that a prominent player has done so. Dan’s right-on that his buying could be seen as a huge hedge since that particular fund share class is denominated in gold. But he obviously has other motives as well that make it even more attractive. Need to get ahold of some of their paperwork from when this first came to fruition.


By: Dan Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:36:05 +0000 If Paulson has a gold denominated fund, he must buy levered gold (i.e. miners and such) if he is to be covered on his effective short position and still have money left over for investing.

Otherwise he would just be a plain old gold fund.

By: Dan Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:21:26 +0000 Felix —

Your cautiousness is right on.

Paulson’s purchases of gold can also be seen as a hedge because he is acting on the other side to massively short gold, as follows:

(1) His clients give him new money in gold at the present. Paulson sells the gold at the present, to get the money for his fund.

(2) Paulson must then be a buyer of gold in the future, whenever his clients are ready to redeem.

Sell something you don’t own now, with the requirement that you must buy it in the future: That is the definition of shorting.

By: Steve Numero Uno Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:02:20 +0000 RE: realized last night what Paulson’s plan is: buy up all the gold he can, nuke fort knox. It’s fool-proof!
– Posted by Hillel Aron

Auric Goldfinger tried that in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger” but as we know James Bond and Pussy Galore defeated him.

By: Fred Engels Thu, 22 Oct 2009 16:10:43 +0000 A gold-denominated share class is pure madness!
Gold is a numeraire that moves in value so your accounting unit can have a positive correlation to your underlying asset, rather than the normal zero correlation of nominal money.

Given that inflation moves much slower than asset price returns, you will have to make heroic assumptions about the speed of the impending hyperinflation that would be required to compensate you for the massive increase of risk that you are taking by denominating your investment in gold and taking in the correlation risk.
Similarly crazy is the idea to use gold as collateral to futures at the CME. Again you can have a situation where you have a margin call not because you have a loss on your futures position , but because the value of your collateral ( gold) has fallen.
So you can get a double whammy if, again, your collateral is positively correlated to your position.

By: john Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:40:20 +0000 Keeping the system working was a little bit more important that who was talking to who in Moscow. Read the book and you’ll get a bit of the seriousness of the crisis. When a system has as much leverage as we did, a mistake, it must resort to extraordinary acts, that the common reporter would deem as you do as inappropriate.

Good day.