As initial anxiety over Donald Trump’s victory gave way to market euphoria in the days following the election, there was a casualty. Gold prices.
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Greenlight Capital returned nearly 20% last year, according to its reinsurance business.
Greenlight Capital Re, which invests its premiums with the hedge fund, said that its namesake returned 19.6% last year after a 0.6% rise in December. Greenlight managed the strong returns in spite of a large short book in the face of surging equities markets and a big position in gold.
Firm founder David Einhorn's long bets more than made up for it, however. Greenlight's largest position, in General Motors, returned 46% this year. Other top-five holdings, including Vodafone Group and Marvell Technology Group, rewarded Einhorn with double- and triple-digit returns.
Einhorn also avoided losses by slashing his gold investments, once among his top-five holdings. Gold suffered its worst year in decades in 2013, losing 28%.