Posts belonging to Category Goldman Sachs

Is Wall Street Evolving into an Illegal Monopoly?


Sixty-five years ago, the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against 17 investment banks seeking to break them up for creating “an integrated, overall conspiracy and combination ‘ to eliminate competition and monopolize” the investment banking business. It failed. Today, the investment banking business is much larger and more profitable, and much more concentrated than […]

Ignoring Financial Crimes Makes Next Financial Crisis Inevitable


Criminal acts did not play an important role in causing the mortgage crisis, according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal written by Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of the Journal. In Crovitz’s view, critically flawed policies and rules in the U.S. and abroad did so, and set the stage for the global […]

Concerns Rise Regarding Wall Street Banks


Fitch Ratings issued a report on November 16 on the U.S. banking sector saying that “the risks of a negative shock are rising” if the effects of European debt crisis keep spreading. (“Fitch’s Warning Spooks Investors, ” Wall Street Journal).

Morgan Stanley Bitten by ‘Built to Fail’ Structured Products


Morgan Stanley’s motion to dismiss a class action involving “built to fail” structured products has been denied as to the fraud claims against it, and the case will go forward. The plaintiffs ? a group of Singapore retail investors ? allege that Morgan Stanley committed fraud in selling them sold them $154.7 million of Pinnacle […]

Wall Street Firms Refuse to Disclose Exposure to European Debt


JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs have sold credit default swaps that put them on the hook for $5 trillion of debt ? but they won’t say whose debt they are on the hook for. That leaves investors worried that it may be debt issued by Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and/or Spain. Greece and Italy […]

Securities Violations Increase


The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has stepped up its enforcement activities during the 2011 fiscal year ended September 30, filing a record 735 enforcement actions resulting in disgorgements and penalties totaling $2.806 billion, according to InvestmentNews (“SEC sets record in crackdown on advisers, B-Ds”). It reportedly filed 146 enforcement actions against investment advisers […]

Hedge Fund Heroes Getting Battered


Unfortunately, many investors are experiencing first hand the truism that hedge fund managers rarely outperform the market on consistent basis. John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made a killing when Goldman Sachs let him select bad CDO assets, which he turned around and bet against, is having a tough time in 2011. His hedge […]

Judge Challenges ‘Cozy’ Deal Between the SEC and Citigroup


U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff has been asked by the SEC and Citigroup to approve a settlement of charges that Citigroup misled investors in a $1 billion dollar CDO deal called Class Funding III that was tied to residential mortgage-backed securities. Citigroup would pay a $95 million penalty and not admit fault. The […]

Occupy Wall Street As A Global Phenomenon


Occupy Wall Street has swept the globe and is generating enormous sympathy and interest in Asia as well as Europe. The spread of Occupy Wall Street to Asia ? especially Japan ? is further evidence that it is a mistake to dismiss a global groundswell of anger over the flow of money from banks to […]

Middle Class Values Behind Occupy Wall Street


USA Today reports that Occupy Wall Street is a middle class revolt (“Protests spotlight a stressed middle class”). Long term unemployment, slumping pay, rising health care costs are behind it. “These people are not just protesting for the hell of it,” Allen Sinai, chief economist at Decision Economics in New York, which consults for banks […]