Behind The Scenes: Did A Goldmanite Lose Their Job Over The SEC Investigation? And Just How/Why Did Goldman Purchase C-BASS For Pennies On The Dollar?

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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:23 | 310041 Rainman
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Lloyd's gonna' bring a circus midget to his hearings. That should loosen up the crowd. 

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:39 | 310120 Problem Is
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"Lloyd's gonna' bring a circus midget to his hearings."

Neel "Down Bitch" Kashkari is going to reprise his Mini-me role?

I can't wait... "Dennis K., bitch alert, Hearing Room 1..."

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 22:07 | 310294 DaddyWarbucks
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You crack me up?

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:24 | 310042 ghostfaceinvestah
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That's interesting. Not sure if this is related, but MTG announced today that they are going to try to raise $1B: $300M in convertible debt, $700M in equity. This is a company that isn't expected to turn a profit until 2012 (and hasn't had a quarterly profit since 2007). Apparently the equity offering isn't going so well (what a surprise).

The sole bookrunner?

Do I really need to tell you?

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:33 | 310054 doggis
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yes please - do TELL!!!! i gotta know!! someone in my office just yelled out it was cameron diaz.......yeesh!

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:46 | 310215 ZeroPower
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Wow. Sole bookrunner too.

I noticed in Canada most offerings roughly >$500MM always have at least 1 lead and a few juniors assisting with the deals. Of cours when its GS i understand theyre only good enough to be the one and only on any and all issues!!

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:28 | 310047 Cheeky Bastard
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You have to know one thing [this might not sound sophisticated but it will hold truth]

Despite all their rhetoric all these firms operate on the same principles as does the Russian mob. You are allowed to do anything you want as long as it benefits The Firms bottom line. You will be well paid; you will be taken care of with all sorts of benefits and luxuries; all provided by The Firm. But if/when you get caught in doing something The Firm knew you were doing all the time and supported you in that pursuit, The Firm will pretend not to know you, what you have been up to, why were you doing something when the laws clearly state that you can not do it. Then if you try to save your own skin via cooperating with proper authorities/agencies The Firm will do anything in its power to intimidate you in order for your cooperation to stop. If it does not intimidate you, The Firm will kill you via methods which will never indicate any foul play happened and that you just killed yourself by shooting yourself six time in the face with a double barrel shotgun. If you decide to take your own life The Firm will take care of your family by paying it annuities from your pension fund/life insurance. The Firm never loses. The Firm doesn't even exist.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:35 | 310059 doggis
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gives one a 'warm and fuzzy' feeling all over.......

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:36 | 310060 williambanzai7
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Yakuzas with blackberries!

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:03 | 310160 Roscoe
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So... If I'm reading you right, Lloyd and the pope and the Russian godfather(Putin?) hold similar positions. And, if the church, the mob and GS merged, they could save a ton by cutting redundant back office staff, and the whole deal would be immediately acretive. Viola! The Holy Goldman Empire & Collection Services, Inc. Oh, and the church would bring sovereign immunity to the company, so no more pesky legal problems, simply quiet reassignments and sealed settlements, or termination via the popular Anton Kalashnikov clause 47.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 22:24 | 310311 knukles
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Lloyd and Vlad are pedeophiles, too?  When did this come out?  Hah haha hah ha

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 22:45 | 310330 Orly
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I can only shake my head in shame, having once been many of these things- but I know it is true.

(And none of them is pedophile.)

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 03:03 | 310433 Mentaliusanything
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And pedophilia IS permitted ( the screams OH lord OH Lordy are heard muffling real pain)

And the rest they say is History - who pays? just your ass while the "big Boys" get paid there stipend (notice end)  

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 03:38 | 310439 Jefferson
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Just like the Clinton family.

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 09:38 | 310621 SWRichmond
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Spot on, CB.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:38 | 310063 Mentaliusanything
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Lloyd B on witness stand under direct questioning and burring up; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; min-height: 50px; background-position: 0% 0%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; margin: 0px;">

“You want the truth?  You can’t handle the truth.  Son, we live in a country with an investment gap.  And that gap needs to be filled by men with money.  Who’s gonna do it?  You?  You, Middle Class Consumer?  Goldman Sachs has a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.  You weep for Lehman and you curse derivatives.  You have that luxury.  You have the luxury of not knowing what we know: that Lehman’s death, while tragic, probably saved the financial system.  And that Goldman’s existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves pension funds.  You don’t want the truth.  Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want us to fill that investment gap.  You need us to fill that gap.

“We use words like credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligation, and securitization…  We use these words as the backbone of a life spent investing in something.  You use ‘em as a punchline.  We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a commoner who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very credit we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it!  We’d rather you just said thank you and paid your taxes on time.  Otherwise, we suggest you get an account and start trading.  Either way, we don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!”


From an excellent blog @



Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:01 | 310084 Cheeky Bastard
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I salute you and your genius dear sir/madame 

Outfuckingstanding comment.

+ the notional value of all financial derivatives 

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:40 | 310127 VegasBD
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Now THAT is classic...

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:53 | 310141 Missing_Link
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+1000 for James Kwak

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 23:43 | 310372 MsCreant
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Jack Nicholson is too good, too male, to play Lloyd. 

Who do we put in the role?

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 00:06 | 310382 Howard_Beale
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I think Stanley Tucci could pull it off brilliantly.

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 02:53 | 310430 Rick64
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Ben Kingsley

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 04:28 | 310449 chindit13
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Paul Reubens or Boy George

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 08:25 | 310542 Miss Expectations
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Elmer Fudd

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 10:35 | 310721 gmrpeabody
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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 18:49 | 310075 cougar_w
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That's a lot of "ifs" ya got there Sparky, that woud be best wired up by some 'splain'n from Frau Kreitman ...

... whom we can assume knows how stay out from under a bus?

I'd suggest a vacation in Switzerland, in fact. Just leave your travel plan with the DoJ so they can catch up with you in about 3 months.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:00 | 310082 economists_do_i...
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Wow.  Very interesting tidbits of informaton!

"There has to be a way to bring down this bank."  ~from "The International"

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:16 | 310096 DavosSherman
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When I read the title my first question was: "Which government official got fired."

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:37 | 310121 williambanzai7
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"It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."
Savielly Tartakower

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:19 | 310097 williambanzai7
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"I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you Wall Street bankers do not. You move into an investment space and you multiply and multiply until every capital resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Wall Street bankers are a disease, a cancer of the global economy. You're a plague and we are the cure."

Agent Smith


Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:25 | 310105 Cheeky Bastard
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I see a pattern developing here

Also, nice job.


Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:41 | 310129 VegasBD
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Alas the copywriters of the world found ZH!

Love it!

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:37 | 310122 Rainman
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    + 1,000

     Agent Smith

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:52 | 310140 Cheeky Bastard
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" Let me give you a little inside information about Warren Buffett. Warren Buffet likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives Goldman Sachs the capital it needs. He gives us this extraordinary gift, and then what does he do, I swear for his own amusement, his own private, market gag reel, He sets the competing trades in opposition to ours. It's the goof of all time. Trade but don't profit. Profit, but don't pay out bonuses. Pay out bonuses, but in deffered comp and stocks. AhahaHAHAHAHA. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off! He's a tight-ass! He's a SADIST! He's an absentee landlord! Give a decent ROI to him? NEVER! "

Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs 10-Q 1q10

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:00 | 310153 Cheeky Bastard
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"And as we're straddling from one deal to the next, who's got his eye on the planet, as the air thickens, the water sours, and even the bees' honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity? And it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There's no chance to think, to prepare; it's buy futures, sell futures, when there is no future. There is only Goldman Sachs"

Lucas van Praag, Head PR Department, Goldman Sachs in an address given to participants of the 2009 "Superiority of Goldman Sachs and Cockroachness of other humans" summer training camp.

Hampton, NJ.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:24 | 310104 Ned Zeppelin
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Down the rabbit hole we go, where it stops, nobody knows.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:35 | 310115 Alienated Serf
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We know where it stops.  Hyperinflation, Trade Protectionism, Collapse of world trade, World War, new order. 

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:28 | 310108 Problem Is
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Tyler, I have a question:

2 weeks ago, it was announced every one's favorite AIG Insurance salesman Joe "What Me Worry" Cassano won't be charged with anything for anything...

in AIG's implosion and $180 billion tax payer bailout (that John Q. F. Public knows about)...

Hey, I guess Cassano was just trying to make a living and well maybe some bad judgement selling Goldman and JPM all that insurance his firm could not cover?

Two Weeks Ago, Cassano No Charges?

Would Cassano have been involved in writing all the swaps for Paulson and Lloyd B. God?

Is it possible to get that "Get Out of the SEC Free" card, Cassano answered SEC questions:

"God. John. Cohn. God. Viniar. John."

"Hey play it backwards and it's a Beatles album!... sorry."

"Cohn. God. John. Viniar. God..."

Just wondering...

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:30 | 310111 williambanzai7
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I am not sure this was officially announced. It was reported by the press, but I saw no official statement. That means the investigation is continuing.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:01 | 310154 Problem Is
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Thanks william. You are correct:


"Recently obtained evidence has prosecutors leaning against pursuing charges, though no final decision has been made by Justice Department prosecutors in Washington, these people said. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment."

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:52 | 310130 buzzsaw99
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In keeping with the theme:

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the allegations of the foolish and the self-righteous accusations of average men. Blessed is he, who in the name of greed and avarice, shepherds the bankers and politicians through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost bonuses. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord Blankfein when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:16 | 310178 Problem Is
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"Let me tell you something, pendejo."

"You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lane, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger until it goes click..."

"You said it, man."

"Nobody fucks with the Jesus."

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 19:47 | 310133 Gromit
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IMHO the value of a mortgage insurance entity lies not in its earnings or equity but in the ability to control which claims are paid.

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:21 | 310185 Roscoe
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Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me. I have one……..I’d like Lloyd Blankfein, my banker, right here tonight.

I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Maiden Lane with all the other rich banker fraudsters and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing' low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, sack of monkey shit HE IS!…

…..Hallelujah!  Holy shit!  Where’s the Tylenol?

- Clark W. Griswold, Non-Nutritive Cereal Varnish Inventor


Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:28 | 310191 buzzsaw99
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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 23:41 | 310370 Double down
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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:40 | 310204 RobotTrader
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No. 1 Banner Ad on ZH today:

I clicked on it, and it said....

"Due to abnormally high server activity, we are unable to process your request at this time"


Tue, 04/20/2010 - 22:20 | 310307 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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We were wondering why MB has not been posting.  Answer given!

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 00:12 | 310387 Howard_Beale
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Well he had to be somewhere! Now we know.

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