World’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater buys $68 million of gold ETF in Q2

Investors poured $870 million into SPDR Gold inQ2

Billionaire Paulson keeps 4.36 million shares in SPDR Gold

Risks are now rising and do not appear appropriately priced inwarns Dalio on Linkedin

Investors shouldavoid ETFs and paper gold and own physical gold

Given negative interest rates, companies should consider allocating some of corporate depositsto physical gold as done byMunich Re

From Bloomberg:

Hedge-fund managers including billionaire John Paulson are being rewarded as investor worries over everything from uneven economic data to U.S.-North Korean tensions fuel a rally in bullion.

At the end of June, Paulson & Co. owned 4.36 million shares of SPDR Gold Shares, a U.S. government filing showed Monday. That’s unchanged from the three months through March. Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, added the ETF to its portfolio in the quarter, with the purchase of 577,264 shares valued at $68.1 million, a regulatory filing showed Aug. 10. Templeton Global Advisors Ltd. boosted its stake in Barrick Gold Corp.

Investors poured $870 million into SPDR Gold in the second quarter, taking the fund’s total assets to $34 billion as U.S. inflation continued to undershoot the Federal Reserve’s target, putting at risk policy makers’ projection for rising interest rates. While the prospect of monetary policy tightening remains, investors recently turned their focus on geopolitical strains as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un threatened the U.S. territory of Guam, boosting demand for bullion as a haven.

Prospective risks are now rising and do not appear appropriately priced in, billionaire Ray Dalio, who manages Bridgewater, said in a LinkedIn post, as he recommended investors allocate 5 percent to 10 percent of their assets to gold.

Dalio also flagged rising odds that the U.S. Congress may fail to raise the debt ceiling, leading to a technical default, a temporary government shutdown, and increased loss of faith in the effectiveness of our political system.

Full article onBloomberg here

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