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Category Archives: Prop Trading

Goldman Is Allowing Its Clients To Bet On The Next Financial Crisis

Just over a decade ago, as the S&P was hitting all time highs and there was a line around the block of 30-some year old hedge fund managers, desperate to put other people’s money in various ultra risky investments just so they could pick a few excess bps of yield over Treasurys – a situation […]

Government By Goldman

Authored by Gary Rivlin and Michael Hudson via The Intercept, in partnership with The Investigative Fund, Steve Bannon was in the room the day Donald Trump first fell for Gary Cohn. So were Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s pick for secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. It was the end of November, three weeks after Trump’s […]

Goldman Sees Bitcoin Soaring As High As $3,915 During Next Breakout

Last week former Fortress principal Michael Novogratz made headlines in the cryptocurrency world when he told attendees at the CB Insights Future of Fintech conference that he has cut holdings (in Bitcoin and Ethereum) after the cryptocurrencies’ latest “spectacular run,” warning that “Euthereum had likely hit its highs for the year,” and “cryptocurrencies were likely […]

The Five Largest Stocks Account For 42% Of The Nasdaq, And Why Goldman Clients Are Concerned

With the Nasdaq 100 index making new record highs on practically every day of 2017, and returning 32% during the past 12 months vs. “only” 19% for the S&P 500, Goldman’s clients are starting to  get concerned. And, as Goldman’s David Kostin writes in his latest weekly letter, increasingly nervous investors are asking “whether NDX […]

Trump Signs Executive Orders Rolling Back Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Rule

As previewed earlier today, moments ago President Trump signed two executive orders aimed at starting the process of rolling back the regulatory system put in place after the financial crisis. Among the targets are rules that protect against predatory lenders, force brokers to lower fees for retirees and ban proprietary trading. Specifically, Trump took executive […]

Mnuchin Dashes Banker Hopes That Prop Trading Is Coming Back

What a difference a week makes. On January 23, Reuters reported that dialing back the Volcker Rule which limits banks’ ability to engage in speculative investments using their own balance sheet, has emerged a top priority for President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin.  In written responses to questions posed by members […]

Slow death of the hedge fund era

2016 was a bad year for hedge funds, pension funds, and university endowments.  In fact, the last several years have been horrible.  But until now, there haven’t been many alternatives.  Hedge Funds became popular for investors who wanted to achieve more than the 4% or 6% offered by traditional managed investments like mutual funds.  Although […]

HFT Legend Exits The Business: “It’s Harder To Make Money”

To those who have followed the rise and fall of the HFT industry, and certainly the far more dramatic rise and fall of one former Goldman trader and programmer, Sergey Aleynikov, the names Misha Malyshev and Teza Technologies are very familiar. Malyshev founded Teza – named for a river in his native Russia – in […]

How A 34 Year Old Goldman Trader Made $100 Million In A Few Months

Back in 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which was intended to shut down proprietary trading desks at the big wall street banks while allowing them to hold just enough inventory to satisfy market making requirements.  Which is why many are now questioning how a 34-year-old Goldman Sach high-yield […]

Goldman Beats On Rebound In FICC, Prop Trading As Headcount, Comp Slashed

After last quarter’s brutal results, which saw the worst revenue for Goldman Sachs since Q4 2011, the question about Goldman’s Q2 earnings report was not if it would beat but by how much. Moments ago we got the answer when the company reported Q2 EPS of $3.72, handily beating consensus estimates of $2.68, but down […]