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US hedge fund Paulson bets big against UK banks

Reuters – John Paulson, a U.S. hedge fund manager who gained a superstar reputation with a big bet against the U.S. housing market, was shown holding a 1 billion pound ($1.9 billion) bet against UK banks as short sellers were forced to disclose their positions.

Paulson & Co., run by John Paulson and based in New York, said it had a 1.2 percent short position in Barclays, worth over 350 million pounds, a 1.8 percent short position in Lloyds TSB, and short positions of just under 1 percent in Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS.

The stakes were unveiled on Wednesday after Britain’s regulator imposed a ban on short-selling financial stocks last Friday, which was followed by similar moves in the United States and elsewhere.

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