John Paulson's 8 Secrets

  1. Don’t follow the crowd.
  2. Have an exit strategy before the bubbles burst
  3. Focus on the debt markets for predicting the future.
  4. Take the time to figure out how fancy new investment products like credit default swaps (CDS) work.
  5. Buy insurance. No one wanted out of the money puts on the housing market.
  6. Remember the past. Some of the big winners in the housing crash were those dismissed as out-of-touch dinosaurs.
  7. Remember that no trade lasts forever so don’t fall in love with your investment. After making his $20 billion. Paulson went long banks at the bottom. (The verdict is still out on this trade).
  8. Timing is everything and luck helps.
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