David Kirkpatrick

November 21, 2009

About those Goldman Sachs bonuses

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:20 am

Here’s an interesting bit of number crunching:

Strangely we haven’t heard much recently about impending gigantic Goldman bonuses. Once the issue hits the news radar again, I hope to see some detailed analyses of how, exactly, Goldman made its recent record profits.

At the link below you will find an analysis of Goldman’s prop trading numbers for 2008 (not a good year), using the public records of its charitable Goldman Sachs Foundation. Thanks to a reader for sending this. I don’t know how reliable this method is — it all depends on whether GSF’s records reflect the firm’s overall trading pattern.

And now the nut from the above-mentioned analysis:

… Yet what is obvious no matter how the data set is sliced and diced, is that the firm was bleeding money across virtually all prop-traded groups in 2008. Is it any wonder that the firm’s only source of revenue is courtesy of i) the near-vertical treasury curve (thank you taxpayers) and ii) the ability to demand usurious margins on Fixed Income and other products from clients trading in bulk who have no other middleman choices.

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