Must-read: Hedge-fund guru Einhorn “EVISCERATES” Warren Buffett on gold

From Zero Hedge:

In Greenlight’s latest letter we learn that “At quarter end, the largest disclosed long positions in the Partnerships were Apple, Arkema, General Motors, gold and Seagate Technology. The Partnerships had an average exposure of 98% long and 62% short.” Also, we find a spirited defense of AAPL (if one which breaks no real new ground with the ever louder recent criticisms of the company), some thoughts on STX, a discussion on the Yen, some of the firm’s profitable shorts, including DMND, GMCR, and JOE, but most delightful is this scathing attack on old crony capitalist, TBTF money bags himself:

“The debate around currencies, cash, and cash equivalents continues. Over the last few years, we have come to doubt whether cash will serve as a good store of value. If you wrapped up all the $100 bills in circulation, it would form a cube about 74 feet per side. If you stacked the money seven feet high, you could store it in a warehouse roughly the size of a football field. The value of all that cash would be about a trillion dollars. In a hundred years, that money will have produced nothing. In a thousand years, it is likely that the cash will either be worthless or worth very little. It will not pay you interest or dividends and it won’t grow earnings, though you could burn it for heat. You’d have to pay someone to guard it. You could fondle the money. Alternatively, you could take every U.S. note in circulation, lay them end to end, and cover the entire 116 square miles of Omaha, Nebraska. Of course, if you managed to assemble all that money into your own private stash, the Federal Reserve could simply order more to be printed for the rest of us.”

But David, hatin’ on paper makes you an uncivilized man. You better be stitching the barbaric goldinto your clothes as you type. Oh wait:

“After covering redemptions and growing the assets by an additional 6%, we remained heavily oversubscribed and rationed capacity. A high percentage of the capital we raised was invested in the dollar series of the Greenlight Capital Gold funds and, as a result, the gold and the dollar series of these funds are now about evenly balanced. We appreciate all the support we received during this opening from our existing partners, and we welcome our new partners.”

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