Mixed March Sees Main Paulson Funds Fall

Apr 5 2012 | 1:06pm ET

Paulson & Co.'s much-needed promising start to the year sputtered out even before the end of the first quarter.

The New York-based hedge fund, which suffered its worst-ever year in 2011, saw many of its gains wiped out in March. Its flagship Advantage Fund lost 4% last month and is now down 1% on the year, while its Advantage Plus Fund fell 5.5% in March and is down 2.2% on the year.

But neither suffered quite as much as Paulson's dedicated Gold fund, which lost 13% in March and is down 6.5% on the year. All three funds have major gold holdings.

Interestingly, however, the Advantage funds' gold share classes are actually doing better than their dollar counterparts. Advantage's gold shares fell 3.8% in March but remain up 2.7% on the year, while Advantage Plus' lost 5.4% and are down just 0.7% on the year.

Other Paulson funds are doing better. Its Recovery Fund rose 2.8% in March and is up 9.5% in the first quarter; its gold shares added 1.5% on the month and are up 12% on the quarter. Paulson Enhanced returned 0.9% last month to reach 15% for the year, while its gold shares rose less than 0.1% in March but remain up 15% through three months. Credit Opportunities added 1% on the month and is up 5% on the year; its gold shares didn't budge in March but are up 8% on the year.

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