NYT: Goldmans fesses up to trading ahead - Spear's Magazine

NYT: Goldmans fesses up to trading ahead

For years, Wall Street whispered that Goldman Sachs profited handsomely by trading ahead of or even against its own clients. On Tuesday, a Goldman executive made an unusual admission that, in some cases, the rumors were true.

For years, Wall Street whispered that Goldman Sachs profited handsomely by trading ahead of — or even against — its own clients.

On Tuesday, a Goldman executive made an unusual admission that, in some cases, the rumors were true.

In an e-mail message to select clients, Thomas C. Mazarakis, the head of Goldman’s fundamental strategies group, acknowledged that his unit often provided investment ideas that the firm had already traded on. Sometimes Goldman has even taken the opposite approach, betting against particular instruments that the group has recommended.

“We may trade, and may have existing positions, based on trading ideas before we have discussed those trading ideas with you,” he wrote.

The statement comes as the firm faces growing criticism over its role in the financial crisis, and is a rare acknowledgment of Goldman’s conflicts with certain of its clients.

To read the full story, visit nytimes.com



 

FOLLOW US ON