A 'Different' Goldman Response To Greg Smith

Tyler Durden's picture

Andy Borowitz provides the one retort to Greg Smith that only free taxpayer money and trillions in bailouts can buy. In other news, we fully expect Mr. Smith to enact a voluntary refund of the 12 years worth of compensation and bonuses earned while working at Goldman any minute now. Or maybe epiphanies on Goldman "culture" following more than a decade of employment comes without compensation clawbacks?

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – The following letter to Goldman Sachs’ worldwide clients was issued today by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein:

Dear Goldman Client:

By now, many of you have probably read the regrettable resignation letter published in today’s New York Times by former Goldman executive Greg Smith, explaining why he is leaving the firm after twelve years.

In the letter, in which he excoriates Goldman and his practices, Mr. Smith comes across as a man of conscience, ideals, and high moral standards.  And as you read his words, you no doubt asked yourself this troubling question: how could Goldman have hired such a person?

At Goldman, we pride ourselves on our ability to scour the world’s universities and business schools for the finest sociopaths money will buy.  Once in our internship program, these youths are subjected to rigorous evaluations to root out even the slightest evidence of a soul.  But, as the case of Mr. Smith shows, even the most time-tested system for detecting shreds of humanity can blow a gasket now and then.  For that, we can only offer you our deepest apology and the reassurance that one good apple won’t spoil the whole bunch.

As to those of you who were serviced by Mr. Smith, it’s understandable that you would be concerned about who will be taking his place going forward.  On that front, I have some exciting news: today, Goldman is pleased to announce that our new executive director and head of the United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be Mr. Joseph Kony.  For those unfamiliar with Mr. Kony’s resume, let me assure you that he has the character and moral standards you have come to expect from Goldman, and like the rest of us here at the bank, he has dedicated his life to doing the Lord’s work.


Lloyd Blankfein

CEO, Goldman Sachs

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Andy Andy Andy. <sigh>

How dare you?

Now look what you've gone and done. It's off to Guantanamo for you......you.....you.....domestic terrorist. Or better yet, how would you like a smart bomb up your smart ass?

/sarc (in case it wasn't glaringly obvious) :)


It was not me's picture

Word on the street is that Greg Smith's next project will be Armada Markets. I hope he will find a better environment there.

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brewing's picture

Joseph Crony...

ReallySparky's picture

Google the youtube sensation, KONY2012.  Some claim pure propaganda to invade Ugdana, but other says a worthy charity.

Great sense of Humor ZH.  Hats off to you.

Dermasolarapaterraphatrima's picture

Blankfine is simply "doing God's work" as he said. Don't you believe him?

redpill's picture

What is Kony's GDP '12 forecast anyway?  And I think it's high time he make a market in machete futures.

Arthor Bearing's picture

"Uganda be makin lots of money in Q3!" - Kony

SAT 800's picture

I wonder if Mr. Smith is related to the Mr. Smith in the "Matrix"; that was one scary dude.

smlbizman's picture

did anybody catch dike bove today stating...you want to own goldmans stock, they will do anything to make money...and thats what you want...margret brennan...even if they are stealing?...yes....clients know these guys are thieves...and they still stay with them...thats the kind of company you want to own....

NotApplicable's picture

I wonder just how many people thought the exact same thing about Madoff?

He's stealing for us, not from us!

Shizzmoney's picture

In the letter, in which he excoriates Goldman and his practices, Mr. Smith comes across as a man of conscience, ideals, and high moral standards.  And as you read his words, you no doubt asked yourself this troubling question: how could Goldman have hired such a person?

+infinity, LOL

Between this and counterparties twitter account, high hilarity with the Goldman responses today. 


Really goes to show what a fucking joke our banking system is, and how dangerous it is to the health of our society.

Wakanda's picture

Joe Kony?  Long machetes.


rfullem's picture

from awhile back on Felix Salmon

My Reuters colleague Robert Fullem had a really bright idea a few days ago: he went through all of Goldman Sachs’s annual reports and counted how many times the word “integrity” was used in each one. And the results are pretty interesting. The reports have been getting fatter and fatter: that’s the red line in the chart. But all those extra pages don’t seem to give the bank any more opportunity to talk about integrity: quite the opposite.

In fact, the Goldman Sachs integrity index peaked in 2002, when the word was used 12 times. Since then it has been on a steady decline, appearing just twice in 2008?s 162-page report. Sad.

Incidentally, the word “honesty” appears exactly once in every report. But the word “ethics” has only ever appeared once since Goldman went public. And that was back in 2002.



GeneMarchbanks's picture

Snot my fault. At least I have chicken. --Leeroy Jenkins

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Is this the reference?

God forbid I misunderstand the cultural reference. :)


UP Forester's picture

That must be an inside joke for people who spend way too much time.... er, um.... on, uh, the, um, internet....

A Man without Qualities's picture

He's certainly got the right experience for mentoring interns. 

rfullem's picture

GS Business Principles

"Integrity and honesty are at the heart of our business

We expect our people to maintain high ethical standard in everythign they do, both in their work for the firm and in their personal lives"

If this is not true, then this is false adverstising and UDAP violation. Yes, being unethical is illegal.


NoMoreBull's picture

In other news 20 ex Blackwater Operators have been hired by Goldman to take Mr. Smith on a retirement cruise!

Cursive's picture

Griftmen & Sociopaths

The Swedish Chef's picture

Thanks for this one. Still laughing...

Sudden Debt's picture



Dear Greg,

You've just been erased.



ReeferMac's picture

Not even a little funny. You're slipping...

Worst Post Ever!

MsCreant's picture

You need to study with MDB. I can't say you're slipping, you ain't even got game.

LongSoupLine's picture

yep, in fact, notice how MDB hasn't even posted on the subject yet?  The man is a troll-pro...building on the anticipation of his arrival.

Dr. Engali's picture

In today's in your face corruption it wouldn't surprise me to see a retort like this.

Shizzmoney's picture

I kind of wished Greg Smith would leave like this:


Zero Govt's picture

"At Goldman, we pride ourselves on our ability to scour the world’s universities and business schools for the finest sociopaths money will buy. "

I thought this letter was a spoof until i read that line ...the truth direct from Lloyds God-like lips ..blessed

MsCreant's picture

The "Muppet" reference is on the front page of my local paper!

Wouldn't it be great if this was a black swan (of mass Goldman destruction)? I know, likely not, but a girl can dream...

NotApplicable's picture

I can only hope that this will provide a clue to all of the GS customers who manage OPM, and that they might realize they can no longer continue to do business with GS and be considered to be upholding their fiduciary responsibilities.

I know I'm going to use the opportunity locally to make sure the managers of public funds know they have to avoid the Squid or be outed as a conspiring criminal.

Conrad Murray's picture

Any surprise that this Kony 2012 propaganda campaign comes about after Barry O'Dumbo sends spooks and spec-ops into Uganda, South Sudan, etc.?

Be very careful supporting this. There is evil working behind the scenes, as usual.

resurger's picture





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P229R's picture

"the Lord's work"?? OMG...

grunk's picture

Kony capitalism.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

High comedy from the CME...

(Reuters) — CME Group CEO Craig Donohue on Wednesday said the failure of MF Global did not show the exchange-operator's self-regulatory model is broken.

"I absolutely don't think that it's broken," he said in a panel discussion at the Futures Industry Association's annual conference in Florida.

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120314/NEWS01/120319900/self-regulation-works-after-mf-global-says-cmes-donohue#ixzz1p6h1YaFb


NotApplicable's picture

Well then, he should make ALL of the MF customers whole and prove his point.

Otherwise, he gets a seat right next defendant #1, Jon the Don Corzine.

Anybody seen Judge Wapner?

bgilliam83's picture

By clawback do you mean Goldman suing Smith's ass to mars and back? 

AlaricBalth's picture

Goldman Sachs Business Principles

http://www.goldmansachs.com/who-we-are/business-standards/business-principles/index.html )

If you can read this without vomiting on your keyboard you are a better person than I. 



azzhatter's picture

I'm starting a "bring back Corzine" campaign

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

Excellent, I need another shot of Corzine due to the inflamation MF caused in my bunghole

web bot's picture

This is why I'm addicted to ZH...

ThisIsBob's picture

"He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned."



Lord Blankcheck's picture

Goldman shorted itself!!!Pump it and dump it.

Like they didn't know about the letter.The day after leeked stress test.

Biggest profit day of the Q.

jm's picture

Mr. Smith comes across as a man of conscience, ideals, and high moral standards. 

Cue poignant refrain:  "But I can't forget what I did for love..."

It does seem interesting work.  But 12 years is LONG time to be doing this.  I get the sense that the communication is more the "old" way of doing things unable to relate to the "new" way.

Finance is far more impersonal than even three years ago.  It may be apt to say finance is a different ecosystem than it is was three years ago.  Math, tech, and algos rule the roost and "relationships"-- blue blood or otherwise don't get it dne anymore.  Nobody cares about that any more on either the bid OR the ask. Clients want execution and they will go where they can get it. 

Also, reporting is more consolidated now.  This makes the ability to write code to pick up tiny little arbs on index and ETF delta more important than mentoring.   

Don't get me wrong, the business is somewhat nasty.  But it always has been, and no less nasty than say what lawyers do and others too.  And a sight less nasty than what politicians do.

jplotinus's picture

Let me see if I have this straight. Are there those among you who think "profit motivation" results in something other than rip off of clients, customers, patients and other objects of the desire to make money?

It's capitalism stupid...