John Paulson's huge bet on gold

Buckle up, John Paulson investors.

Bloomberg reports that the billionaire hedge fund manager has put 44% of his firms assets into gold.

Paulson & Co. purchased an additional 4.53 million shares of the SPDR Gold Trust, the firm’s largest position, and bought more shares of NovaGold Resources Inc. (NG), according to a Form 13F filed yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Paulson has been a fan of gold miners and the SPDR Gold Trust in the past.

In 2007 Paulson famously made the trade of the decade when he shorted subprime mortgages and made $3.7 billion.

He has been brought down to earth by bad trades, such as the Sino-Forst Corporation that dropped sharply after suspect accounting. It later filed for bankruptcy and cost Paulson's firm $720 million.

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