Goldman Sachs used to seem invincible. In the fourth quarter, it lost money.
The Wall Street firm on Wednesday reported its first quarterly loss since 2011. It was the result of a one-time $4.4 billion charge stemming from the new tax law. But even ignoring that unusual event, Goldman’s weak core results showed how far the firm has fallen.
The bank’s per-share earnings and revenue were both higher compared with a year earlier without the tax charge. But the results announced on Wednesday also revealed a decline in Goldman’s trading might, which has been drained by a potent combination of placid markets and quiet clients. Revenue in its business of buying and selling bonds, commodities and currencies — historically an engine of Goldman’s results — sank to $1 billion in the fourth quarter, half of what it was during the same period in 2016. For the year, net revenue in that business fell 30 percent.
The drop sent Goldman’s shares down 3 percent on Wednesday.
Tighter financial regulations, strikingly synchronized global monetary policy and new competition from financial upstarts are hitting trading at banks like Goldman especially hard. On Wednesday, the bank used one word to describe current conditions on Wall Street: “challenging.” Its clients are placing fewer trade orders than they did when market prices were changing more quickly and more dramatically.
Competitors like Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase have also reported declines in the so-called fixed-income trading business, but none quite as large as Goldman’s. Bank of America said Wednesday that revenue from its trading businesses was down 13 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the same period a year earlier. Citigroup’s was down 18 percent, the bank said Tuesday.
There were other, brighter elements to Goldman’s results, including near-record investment banking revenue and just under $3 billion in debt-underwriting revenue — a record for the bank. Goldman’s earnings per share, excluding the tax charge, exceeded analysts’ expectations.
Outrage As Robinhood CEO Confesses To Elon Musk: DTCC Shut Down Stocks In Gamestop; AMC Surge
Did Congressional authority allow DTCC to help defraud middle-class investors buying Gamestop and AMC?
The CEO of Robinhood admitted to Elon Musk that the DTCC – The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation – halted trading during a call Monday morning on the Clubhouse app.
This is not the first time this has happened…
This appears to be Pet Quarters having the same issue Robinhood has today. When Pet Quarters took it to court, the courts said something along the lines of: f*** you, don’t ever come back here (citing technicalities).
Why did they win? Well, DTCC is given the authority by Congress to regulate despite technically being a private organization
There’s more – “To date, except for one case where DTCC’s dismissal motion is pending, all of the cases either have been dismissed by the courts or withdrawn by the plaintiffs.”
Every AG in the country should be made aware of these facts and open investigations into the matter.
Why does Congress get to deputise a private organization as eco-hitmen for the market?
UPDATE (2/3/20 5:09 AM):
(Reuters) – Robinhood Chief Executive Vlad Tenev is expected to testify before a U.S. House committee on Feb. 18, Politico reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The hearing before the House Financial Services Committee has not been formally announced, the report added
#AdiosAmerica: Republicans (with Democrats) Are Selling Out America to Corporations to Decrease Living Standards
Since the turn of the 20th century, living standards became an important, almost central part to the progressive and labor movements of those times. Now it has become a mainstream of both parties to sell out your labor to lowest bidders in low and high paying jobs. Low paying jobs are being taken by low-wage immigrants protected by Democrats and the high-end jobs are brought in by bi-partisan means, and greatly boasted by Republicans.
This effort has crippled the middle-class for close to 30 years now and with the job market being already tightened by the looming threat of A.I., importing more workers, whether legal or illegal is decreasing the value of labor in America for each and American Citizen. Corporations and Businesses, who rely on keeping employee costs as low as possible generally don’t complain about these practices across the board, why would they?
Americans have an increasingly difficult task ahead of them with the mass illegal migration at the Southern Border but also the legal importation of immigrants through H1-b1 Visas. These challenges will increasingly change the look, heritage of this country. There is no incentive for either Government or Business to care about reigning in immigration to the benefit of the American worker, the bottom dollar line will look better anyways.
Soros Newest Investor Of Tesla Bonds
Tesla looks to have a new bond holder and it’s none other than George Soros. Whatever this mean, Soros has also taken a stake in Crypto-Currencies .
Zerohedge Reports: Amid Elon Musk’s darkest hour in late March – as his stocks and bonds tumbled in price – it seems there was at least one other billionaire willing to buy the ‘blood on the street’.
According to the latest 13Fs, George Soros’ investment firm took a $35 million stake in Tesla’s convertible bonds during the first three months of the year.
As a reminder, convertibles are hybrid securities, either bonds or preferred stock, that can be exchanged for a predetermined number of common shares. That effectively lets an investor participate in stock-price changes, but with the yield and greater security of a fixed-income instrument.
The March 2019 Converts bounced handsomely off those lows – tracking the stock’s divergent bounce – but in recent days has fallen back towards the lows, catching down to the straight bonds record low price.