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Citi Private Bank Pulls $410 Million From Paulson Hedge Fund As Portfolio Slides

Tom Burroughes, Group Editor, London, 24 August 2012

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Citi Private Bank has decided to remove $410 million from a
hedge fund run by renowned investor John Paulson, the man who correctly bet on
the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market back in 2008, media reports said.

The US-based bank will redeem money from Paulson’s Advantage
portfolios, which have suffered double-digit losses so far this year, as well
as the Merger and Recovery funds, which have made gains in 2012, reports said.

Citi declined to comment on the matter when contacted by WealthBriefing today.

The reports did not state whether Citi had cut its entire exposures to Paulson's funds.

Citi Private Bank discussed its plan to withdraw from the
fund in a meeting yesterday with advisors, according to one news wire report.

The Advantage Plus fund fell by 18 per cent through the end
of last month, and the Advantage fund declined 13 per cent over the same
period.

Hedge funds have
advanced by 2.88 per cent on average through to 31 July, according to
Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research. In the 12 months to July, however, hedge
funds have lost ground, the HFR data showed.

The $2.0 trillion-plus hedge fund industry has endured a
relatively difficult past few years as unexpected changes in volatility and
lack of clear direction amid news such as the eurozone debt crisis have made it
difficult for managers to exploit market trends.

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