Friday’s information that Lloyd Blankfein would stop working from Goldman Sachs at year end was a shock to almost everyone. He will have served 12-years as Goldman’s CEO, longer than anyone else except Sidney Weinberg (who retired in 1966), and is one of the longest serving CEOs among today’s major banking institutions.
Blankfein replaced Hank Paulson as CEO in 2006, having changed the firm’s Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities department into a trading powerhouse that was arguably Wall Street’s most prominent player. Indeed, trading accounted for 68% of firm-wide revenues in 2006, and 73% of profits. For the securities industry Extraordinarily, this enormous growth and transition was accomplished without any major acquisitions, or dilution of ownership that such acquisitions cause.
The growth was accomplished entirely in house, dealing with that wonderful Goldman Sachs DNA that is both revered and feared throughout Wall Street and the town. Blankfein, however, had little time to take pleasure from his and the firm’s achievements. After taking over from Paulson Soon, he and other experts noticed that increasing housing prices, upon which a growth in home loans and mortgage-backed securities was built, experienced ceased and even, reversed path.
Realizing that this could mean an end to the increase (or worse) he ordered a decrease in Goldman’s trading inventory, a reduction that was highly compared by some of his trading barons. He prevailed in the struggle that ensued, however, which some his counterparts (at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley) didn’t, and steered Goldman Sachs through the financial crisis that followed with barely a scratch. Later, however, he previously trouble trying to explain to Congress why the company adjusts its exposures to its future outlook periodically, without consulting its trading counterparties that were changing their own positions. 550 million settlement with the Justice Department for infractions of this sort.
After the financial crisis of 2007-2008, Goldman Sachs experienced a number of regulatory changes that permanently modified its business. Following the Lehman failure, the Federal Reserve required Goldman to became a bank holding company, which provided some advantages but many costs and disadvantages as well. Basel III and Dodd-Frank, and their myriad parts and pieces, came into effect imposing vastly increased regulatory compliance costs and greatly limiting the firm’s freedom of maneuver. 1 trillion of assets and was a “systemically important financial institution clearly,” so that it had to improve its business design to accommodate the new limitations.
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Twelve years after Blankfein’s succession, Goldman’s total earnings are significantly less than they were in 2006, as well as for 2017 trading represented only 37% of revenues, nearly half of what they then were. It is curious that Blankfein’s retirement announcement should come so to Gary Cohn’s close, season to become listed on the Trump team his former deputy who still left last. So maybe, having been a king now, Lloyd Bankfein, will be content to lay and be a philosopher back, philanthropist and author, as his predecessor, Hank Paulson, and friend Michael Bloomberg have done. He’s earned a good rest and some peace and quiet.
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Come reward time, he pompously tells me that he cannot give me a huge bonus since I did not are well as was reported previously. Hit the pub again. The visiting sucks. Big style! A pal once explained the easiest way to spot an investment banker in the lobby of a five-star hotel is to look for individuals who look sleepless and harried. Should anyone ever meet an investment banker who says that he/ she enjoys the travelling, feel free to punch him/ her in the face. The first time you travel, it is nice. The second time too.
Maybe even the 3rd. The fourth time it is tolerable. After that, it’s a move. You not only have to constantly travel all around the country, you have even to visit overseas. Has anyone seen my social life? The traveling and the absurd working hours guaranteed that my social life was a memory space of days gone by. It lowered in inverse percentage to my salary. Moreover, there was nobody interesting in office to hold around with. In fact, the very first thing that hit me after i walked into the office on my initial day was the negligible amount of women.
Where were the women? Did they not need to be investment bankers? The office was filled with men: all types, the young, the balding, the paunchy relics. So, when my investor friend invited me to his sister’s birthday bash, I jumped at it. Finally, I cornered a nice girl. Obviously, she had no idea who (or what) an investment banker is. Later, I had been later told this was one of the worst pick-up lines in the world. After a fairly disastrous attempt at polite conversation, I had been kind of relieved my pal sauntered to become listed on us over. Why do I take this working job? Does which means that I quit? Right now, I am on a sabbatical in Spain. Will I go back? I believe so (have never figured out what else to do). In the end, the paycheck gives me purpose and the bonus accocunts for for the crap.