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The GS guy and the hedge fund guy are not the same people.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 02:05:09 AM EST
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John Paulson, hedge fund boss.

Henry "Hank" Paulson, former Treasury Sec.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 04:19:33 AM EST
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I'm referring to Henry Paulson, the GS guy. It was under Paulson that the credit swap deals with Greek banks were made. GS knows from the inside what Greece's financial status is.
by Upstate NY on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:23:30 AM EST
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GS arranged the "loan" and the "special mechanisms" that disguised that fact. GS created the CDSs around that debt and then sold those CDSs to (other?) Greek Banks. Now GS is behind all of the clamor about Greek debt problems. I am unclear if the "loan" was actually a bond sale or what and don't have time to go back and check. I am wondering how GS will profit from this. One way might be to have sold short some of the CDSs. Then if the value of the CDS drops due to clamor and concern, they can buy the CDS for well less than the value of the CDS they owe who ever they borrowed it from. They could also be shorting bonds I suppose. Can someone who has insider knowledge clarify?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 02:10:55 PM EST
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