John Paulson was one of the very few people who foresaw the financial crisis and actually made billions of dollars profiting from it. Paulson saw the housing bubble as early as 2005. Paulson used a combination of CDOs and CDSs to make his fortune. To read the full story of his short read the best-seller, The Greatest Trade
by Gregory Zuckerman. According to Market Folly
, "His Credit Opportunities fund launched in 2006 with $150 million aimed to short subprime mortgage backed securities. This fund enjoyed immediate success, causing him to launch the Credit Opportunities II fund. At the end of 2007, the Opportunities fund was up 590% and his Opportunities II fund was up 353%". In 2008, one of Paulson's fund was up 589%! Today, John Paulson runs one of the largest hedge funds in the country, with ~33 billion in assets.
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_John Paulson Testimony Before Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (http://www.valuewalk.com)
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Jacob WolinskyMy investment ideas have been inspired by many of value investors including Benjamin Graham, Charles Royce, John Neff, Joel Greenblatt, Peter Lynch, Seth Klarman,Martin Whitman and Bruce Greenwald. .I live with my wife and daughter in Monsey, NY. I can be contacted jacobwolinsky(AT)gmail.com and my blog is www.valuewalk.com
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