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Billy Salomon dies as his trading era returns

December 10, 2014

In 15 years as boss of his father’s eponymous firm, Salomon, who passed at age 100, made it a bonds powerhouse. Wall Street twisted the model into prop desks that helped seed the financial crisis. U.S. banks are now barred from such trades. What’s left is more Salomon’s style.

Banks gain unlikely allies in Volcker rule battle

January 26, 2012

Canada and Japan are worried the U.S. crackdown on prop trading will undermine their government bond markets. It’s another example of the unintended consequences of regulation. But it’s also hard to see why U.S. taxpayers should subsidize borrowing rates for foreign states.

Volcker Rule won’t so quickly squelch house bets

August 5, 2010

Don't think Goldman Sachs is finished putting its own capital at risk. The Wall Street firm may be rushing to either restructure or spin off its private equity and proprietary trading units to comply with the newly enacted Volcker Rule. But the directive remains vague and leaves ample room for Goldman and its Wall Street rivals to bet with plenty of the house's money.