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Jan 17, 2014

Insight: Goldman’s low-cost Utah bet buoys its bottom-line

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc has been quietly moving thousands of jobs from pricey places like New York and London to cheaper cities like Salt Lake City in recent years, and executives said on Thursday those efforts are finally starting to show up in the bank’s results.

Goldman posted a profit of $2.25 billion in the fourth quarter on Thursday, as lower compensation costs helped blunt some of the impact of weaker bond trading revenue.

Jan 17, 2014

Goldman’s low-cost Utah bet buoys its bottom-line

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc
has been quietly moving thousands of jobs from pricey places
like New York and London to cheaper cities like Salt Lake City
in recent years, and executives said on Thursday those efforts
are finally starting to show up in the bank’s results.

Goldman posted a profit of $2.25 billion in the fourth
quarter on Thursday, as lower compensation costs helped blunt
some of the impact of weaker bond trading revenue.

Jan 16, 2014

Bond trading stings Goldman, Citi in fourth quarter

By Lauren Tara LaCapra and David Henry

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Citigroup Inc (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) were hit hard by a sharp fall in bond trading revenues in the fourth quarter, a stinging blow for two banks long seen as stalwarts of fixed income markets.

The two banks performed worse in fixed income than rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Bank of America Corp, (BAC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) showing that even as bond market trading volume suffers from falling prices, some banks will endure more pain than others.

Jan 16, 2014

Goldman Sachs profit hit by lower bond trading revenue

By Anil D‘Silva and Lauren Tara LaCapra

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a 21 percent drop in quarterly profit as revenue from fixed-income trading fell in what Chief Executive Lloyd C. Blankfein described as “a somewhat challenging environment.”

Net income applicable to common shareholders fell to $2.25 billion, or $4.60 per share, in the fourth quarter from $2.83 billion, or $5.60 per share, in the same quarter of 2012, the Wall Street bank said on Thursday.

Jan 6, 2014

Morgan Stanley rates trading head leaves amid strategic shift

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley’s (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) former global head of rates trading, Edward Glenn Hadden, said he has left the bank to pursue another opportunity after a change in strategic direction.

In an interview on Monday, Hadden said he decided to leave after Morgan Stanley’s management changed plans for the business, and after his former boss, Ken de Regt, left in May.

Dec 4, 2013

Morgan Stanley amps up lending to boost wealth margins

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just a few years ago, Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) lacked the expertise, infrastructure or desire to do a lot of lending, but today it is making a big push into loans to bridge a profit gap with rivals.

Morgan Stanley’s brokerage business historically focused on helping clients invest in stocks and bonds, leaving lending to competitors like Citigroup (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) with bigger retail banking operations.

Nov 22, 2013

Goldman Sachs lost over $1 billion on bad currency bets in third quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc lost more than $1 billion on currency trades during the third quarter, regulatory filings show, offering some insight into why the firm, considered one of Wall Street’s most savvy traders, reported its worst quarter in a key trading unit since the financial crisis.

Foreign exchange was the only trading area that was a money loser, according to regulatory data issued in November. In the third quarter, Goldman reported its weakest revenue – $1.3 billion – in fixed-income, currency and commodities trading since the height of the financial crisis.

Nov 21, 2013

Goldman Sachs burned by bad currency bets in third quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc lost more than $1 billion on currency trades during the third quarter, recent regulatory filings show, offering some insight into why the firm, considered one of Wall Street’s most savvy traders, reported its worst quarter in a key trading unit since the financial crisis.

Foreign exchange was the only trading area that was a money loser, according to regulatory data. In the third quarter, Goldman reported its weakest revenue – $1.3 billion – in fixed-income, currency and commodities trading since the height of the financial crisis.

Nov 20, 2013

Wall Street banks must abandon ‘cottage industry’ model: McKinsey

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The biggest Wall Street banks have not done nearly enough to boost shareholder returns, despite years of cost-cutting and tailoring balance sheets to a more profitable mix, consulting firm McKinsey & Co said in a report released on Wednesday.

If those banks do not take more dramatic steps to reshape their business models, the industry’s return on equity could fall further – to a mere 4 percent by 2019 from 8 percent last year, the report said.

Nov 19, 2013

Insight: As U.S. default threatened, banks took extraordinary steps

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the United States threatened to default on its debt last month, major U.S. banks set up war rooms, spent many millions of dollars on contingency planning and, in some cases, even prepared to underwrite federal government benefits.

In a series of interviews with top bank executives, new details emerged about the extent of the contingency planning that was undertaken before and during the 16-day government shutdown and as a potential default loomed.