Goldman Sachs' Traders Go Freelance

Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS) plans to shut down its principal strategies business, the unit that makes investments/bets with the company’s own capital, following JP Morgan Chase & Co’s decision to do the same.

“I would not be surprised if we’ll see a wave of fresh hedge funds arising as as the prop trade is being unwind.”

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There has not been an official announcement from Goldman Sachs yet. One of the main reasons of the disbanding is to comply with new US regulations. The Dodd-Frank financial reform act prohibits banks from risking capital losses by betting with their own money.

The US banks have 4 years to comply, with a potential extension of a possible 3 more years.

However there’s stuff going on in the investment banking industry, as pointed out in earlier posts:

See: Flight to Mystery

Goldman Sachs wants to accommodate its employees in the unit to have them seek new jobs.

Lloyd Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein

I’m pretty sure a few of them will set up a couple of hedge fund and take some of the trade with them – with or without Mr. Blankfein’s approval.

In fact, with all the major banks shutting down their so-called prop desks, there will be a lot of talent to distribute, and I would not be surprised if we’ll see a wave of fresh hedge funds arising as as the prop trade is being unwind.

At Goldman Sachs, the principal strategies business have generated 10% of the banks income.

See also: Stanley’s Angles

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