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Adding Fuel to Goldman Exec Greg Smith’s Fire

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 18th, 2012 10:06 AM |

Former Goldman executive Greg Smith created quite a firestorm on Wall Street this week. Smith tarred and feathered his former firm for the manner in which they engage their clients.

While I believe Smith should have been more pointed in directing his fire, for those impugning Mr. Smith, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I would offer that what Mr. Smith asserts is HIGHLY unlikely just a Goldman issue.

Why do you think JP Morgan’s CEO and Morgan Stanley’s CEO James Gorman informed their troops to hold their own fire in response to the bombshell launched by Mr. Smith?  (more…)

Oppenheimer’s Al Loewenthal: Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool…

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 15th, 2012 8:06 AM |

Reactions I heard to the Jerry Maguire type bombshell launched by former Goldman exec Greg Smith ran the gamut yesterday.

There are those who questioned Mr. Smith’s sanity at committing career suicide. Others appreciated his airing of dirty laundry and “come to Jesus” expose. I personally believe if Mr. Smith wanted to lash out at those at Goldman who created the culture he came to detest, he may have been more laser like in his approach.

The hand grenade he launched into the Goldman camp was the equivalent of friendly fire and also hit plenty of very good people who work very hard to make an honest living everyday. I know very honest and very good people in the firm.

I welcome being the harshest critic of those who deserve to be called out.  (more…)

Goldman’s Greg Smith Skewers Firm, Airs Dirty Laundry

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 14th, 2012 8:25 AM |

Thanks to a regular reader for sharing a New York Times editorial which will captivate Wall Street today.

Our friends at FINRA who may be faced with real backlash from the news spreading of their losing 8 hours of testimony in an arbitration case might want to buy lunch and dinner for Goldman Sachs’ senior executive Greg Smith.

Perhaps I should say former senior executive Greg Smith as he admits that today will be his last day at the firm. What else does Mr. Smith have to say? A LOT and if you see smoke rising off the top of 200 West Street today it is likely the steam rising from the heads of Lloyd Blankfein, Gary Cohn, and the other chiefs at Wall Street’s dominant firm.  (more…)

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