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18 января, 21:40

Jamie Dimon: "The Euro Zone May Not Survive"

According to some, it all started with Mario Draghi, who back in 2012 said that the ECB would prevent the collapse of the Eurozone "whatever it takes." By saying that, he effectively took the impetus away from Europe's politicians to engage in any real structural reform and promote difficult policy changes, and well, here we are five years later with a "populist" wave sweeping across Europe which is now ex the UK. And while few are willing to discuss the topic of Europe's viability in the current regime, JPM's Jamie Dimon broke the tranquil setting of Davis where all remains well, to wanr that Europe needs to address disagreements spurring the rise of nationalist leaders or the region’s strong economic ties will break, warning that politicians must get to grips with the discontent that’s spurring support for populist leaders across the continent. Dimon said he hoped European Union leaders would examine what caused the U.K. to vote to leave and then make changes. That hasn’t happened, and if nationalist politicians including France’s Marine Le Pen rise to power in elections across the region “the euro zone may not survive,” Dimon, 60, said in a Bloomberg Television interview with John Micklethwait. Not mincing his words, Dimon warned that "what went wrong is going wrong for everybody, not just going wrong for Britain, but in some ways it looks like they’re kind of doubling down,” the JPM CEO said in the interview in Davos. He continued that unless leaders address underlying concerns, “you’re going to have the same political things about immigration, the laws of the country, how much power goes to Brussels.” This reminds us of what Jeff Gundlach said during this weekend's Barron's roundtable: when asked "what will we be talking about this time next year" his answer was simple: "Trouble in the euro zone." As Bloomberg notes, "Dimon’s remarks on Europe were unusually pessimistic, coming in a wide-ranging interview in which he also criticized regulations that he said stunt economic growth. But he reiterated optimism for President-elect Donald Trump. Minutes later, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein also expressed concern about Europe, telling CNBC that leaders are facing a backlash in the midst of a long, complicated process to create an economic bloc." “That’s complicated, that’s very hard to do,” said Blankfein, 62. “It’s not done, and it’s not accomplished. We’re finding the pain of that.” The bottom line is the region must become more competitive, Dimon said, which in simple economic terms means accept even lower wages. It also means major political overhauls: “I say this out of respect for the European people, but they’re going to have to change,” he said. “They may be forced by politics, they may be forced by new leadership.” It is unclear how Europeans will adopt these major "changes" without anger at the establishment growing even more. Yet while he was clearly concerned about Europe, Dimon said he isn’t as concerned about the future of the U.S. under Trump, whose own rise drew on a populist movement. The reason for that: Trump's decision to surround himself with a "who's who" list of former Wal Streeeters.  The real estate mogul and reality TV star is enlisting “very serious people” for his administration, such as former Goldman Sachs alumni Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, who’ve been tapped to lead the Treasury Department and help oversee White House economic policy.   “The side that people are worried about a little bit, and I think is may be blown out of proportion, is trade,” Dimon said. “They’re listening to tweets and one-liners and statements” from Trump. But in his book, “The Art of the Deal,” the president-elect “will tell you he does that” as a tactic, Dimon said. Asked about a concerns Trump may start a trade war with China, Dimon said he’s not worried. “I think these very rational people will be very thoughtful when they go about the actual policy,” he said. Translated: Trump's ex-Goldman advisers will never let him do anything that could hurt Goldman's interests in the US or around the globe.

18 января, 16:02

Goldman Beats, Profits Surge As Trading Revenues Jump; Average Banker Comp Hits $338,600

Unlike the other big banks, Goldman's earnings release is a breeze: since the bank has virtually no balance sheet to use as a source of income (or loss), it is all about the income statement. And it was here that for yet another quarter, Goldman surprised to the upside, reporting Q4 Revenues of $8.17BN, higher than the $7.76BN estimated, translating to EPS of $5.08, also above the $4.73 estimate, and nearly 4 times the $1.27 reported a year ago. Like other banks, Goldman benefited from a big pick-up in trading activity during the period, as investors reset portfolios in anticipation of an interest-rate increase from the US Federal Reserve, and as the election of Donald Trump spurred big bets on stocks that stood to benefit.  Net revenues from the institutional client services division were up 25% from a year earlier to $3.6bn, led by a 78% jump in revenues from the fixed-income, currencies and commodities unit. “After a challenging first half, the firm performed well for the remainder of the year as the operating environment improved,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continued to manage our expenses carefully and we enter the new year with industry leading positions across our businesses, as well as strong capital and liquidity." Broken down by key operating group, most segments reported numbers that beat expectations with the exception of Equities sales and trading, which came in at $1.59BN, fractionally below the $1.61BN expected. Other segments performed better in Q4: FICC sales & trading revenue was $2.00bn, well above the estimate of $1.59bn Investment banking revenue of $1.49bn beating estimates of $1.47bn. Investment and Lending, formerly known as prop, reported $1.48bn in revenue, higher than a year ago. OVerall trading revenue of $3.60billion was also better than the estiamte $3.28b. The full breakdown of Goldman's various revenue segments is shown in the chart below: Other metrics: 4Q return on avg. equity 11.4% 4Q Basel III common equity Tier 1 ratio 13.1% Assets under management $1.38t   In a notable variance from the other banks, Goldman's Q4 compensation expenses, while declining from $3.2 billion to $2.45 billion, came in modestly higher than the expected $2.31 billion, as Lloyd Blankfein decided to reward his team for a job well done. Or the team that's left at least: total Goldman staff decreased 7% during 2016, with the firm closing the year with 34,400 workers. As the following chart shows, the average accrued banker compensation rose to $338,576, the highest since Q4 of last year.

16 января, 05:48

Davos Elite Eat $40 Hot Dogs While "Struggling For Answers", Cowering in "Silent Fear"

For those unfamiliar with what goes on at the annual January boondoggle at the World Economic Forum in Davos, here is the simple breakdown. Officially, heads of state, captains of industry, prominent academics, philanthropists and a retinue of journalists, celebrities and hangers-on will descend Tuesday on the picturesque alpine village of Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum; Unofficially, it's the world's biggest echo chamber, where wealthy, influential and/or powerful people, yet vastly out of touch with the rest of the world, sit down with other wealthy, influential and/or powerful people who are just as out of touch, to validate to each other that nobody really knows anything (also known as the "ratings agency effect"), but because the press is there and fails to point out that these emperors of industry, commerce, entertainment and politics are naked in hopes of maintaining their annual invitation and direct access, everyone goes home happy. And just as clueless. Hence Trump. Case in point, as Reuters fondly recalls, last year, the consensus here was that Trump had no chance of being elected (actually, last January the world's elites were far more worried about plunging markets as we pointed out in "How Billionaires Are Investing In 2016: "The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play The Game").  Trump was elected. His victory, less than half a year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, "was a slap at the principles that elites in Davos have long held dear, from globalization and free trade to multilateralism." We'll get to Trump in a second, but first some more on the background of this festival which revels in everything the populist backlash of 2016 found excerable, courtesy of the NYT. Who Attends the Conference? More than 2,500 people will attend this year’s conference from 90 different countries, paying up to $50,000 per person to attend (that of course excludes the ultra-celebrities who get in for free). In fact, so many people are attending, some of the local staff may sleep in shipping containers. Most of the participants are corporate executives, but more than two dozen heads of state and government are expected to attend.  Theresa May, the prime minister of Britain, and Xi Jinping, president of China, are attending the conference for the first time this year. Xi is the first Chinese president to attend the event, and will also be the star attraction. His presence is being seen as a sign of Beijing's growing weight in the world at a time when Trump is promising a more insular, "America first" approach and Europe is pre-occupied with its own troubles, from Brexit to terrorism. On the other hand, Trump has decided not to officially send a member of his team as it would "betray his populist-fueled movement." Likewise German chancellor Merkel will be absent, worried about her own image ahead of the 2017 German elections. Aside from politicians, Shakira and the actor Forest Whitaker are to receive awards this year. Expected attendees include Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook; Matt Damon; Formula One driver Nico Rosberg; and Alibaba's Jack Ma. While only 17% of last year’s participants were women, according to the forum, this year the number is not expected to change. How Are These People Kept Safe? All of those dignitaries need security. During the conference, Davos transforms into a fortress. Roadblocks restrict traffic on the city’s main streets and checkpoints spring up outside each venue. At the Congress Center, where the main panels take place, and at each hotel that hosts parties and talks, attendees pass metal detectors, armed guards and beneath the watchful eyes of sharpshooters. In the past, the conference was targeted by protesters associated with the anticapitalist Occupy movement. In 2013, members of the Ukrainian activist group Femen were arrested after a topless demonstration. The Swiss government estimated it will spend 8 million Swiss francs, about $8 million, on security, but said that number could increase if there were a credible threat to the conference. “Switzerland is still not regarded as a priority target for jihadist terrorists,” the Federal Council said on its website. “On the other hand, even on Swiss soil, the interests of states participating in the military coalition against the so-called Islamic State face an increased threat.” Is It as Elitist as It Sounds? Yes. The meeting runs on a tiered system of colored badges denoting just how important one is, or is not. White badges are for attendees able to attend any official event and make full use of the forum’s facilities. Orange badges are reserved for the 500 journalists who cover the forum, but are not allowed at some parties. Other badges, like purple ones, denote technical or support staff and limit their holders to a few areas. Local hotels like the Belvedere and the InterContinental often sell their own badges to the bankers and consultants who descend upon Davos to strike deals and chat up clients. These souls camp out at the hotels, renting rooms for business meetings by day and soiree hopping at night. What About the Parties? Beyond the boring, ineffective, and circle-jerking lectures and panel discussions, a much more important agenda unfolds after sunset. One notable event, according to the NYT, is a simulation of a refugee’s experience, where Davos attendees crawl on their hands and knees and pretend to flee from advancing armies. It is one of the most popular events every year. The theme of this year’s conference is “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” But attendees like to play as hard as they work. There are several official cocktail receptions, but the action really lies in a galaxy of events hosted by corporations. Some are small, intimate dinners that feature the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono. Others are dazzling affairs worthy of a modern day Gatsby: JPMorgan Chase, for example, has previously taken over the Kirchner Museum Davos for drinks with its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, and Tony Blair, the former British prime minister. Google’s annual party at the InterContinental Hotel has become the hottest ticket in town. The investor Anthony Scaramucci, now an adviser to Donald J. Trump, for years has hosted a reception at the famed Hotel Europe featuring a sometimes eye-popping list of high-end Champagne and Bordeaux red wine. A more recent up-and-comer is hosted by Salesforce.com, a business software maker, whose chief, Marc Benioff, is one of the forum’s most ardent boosters. Last year’s Salesforce party included Mr. Benioff flying in scores of fresh flower leis and a band from Hawaii, as Eric Schmidt of Google and other tech notables danced in a corner. Several years ago, Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame, hosted an over-the-top gathering that featured stuffed animal heads shooting laser beams out of their eyes. And the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska has thrown opulent gatherings at a nearby villa where the Champagne flowed freely For a nightcap, the Davos crowd traditionally retires to the Tonic Bar at Hotel Europe, sipping cocktails while the forum fixture Barry Colson leads the crowd in Billy Joel singalongs. * * * With the background of the event covered, we once again focus on the key topic at hand, namely quite ironic "social and wealth inequality" - which incidentally has been a core topic for the past several years, demonstrating just how clueless Davos really is, and of course Trump. Just so readers can get a sense of just how delightfully surreal this whole event is, one of the most prominent panels is called "Squeezed and Angry: How to Fix the Middle-Class Crisis" Its description: "Poor employment prospects and low-income growth in many developed economies have laid the groundwork for the rise of populism. Did policy-makers ignore these trends or do too little to redress them? What can be done to restore growth in the middle class and confidence in the future?" Who are these experts on the woes of the middle class? Read em and weep: Ray Dalio - a billiionaire who encourages spying on his employees; Christine Lagarde - a convicted criminal and tax evader, head of an organization that takes from the poor and gives to the world's creditors; and Larry Summers, a firm believer, and doer, in wealth redistribution from the middle classes to the wealthy. * * * While in previous years the Davos party was not to be spoiled with any actual concerns about the real world violating the inner sanctum of the world's uber-poseurs, this year something has changed. Beneath the veneer of optimism over the economic outlook lurks acute anxiety about an increasingly toxic political climate and a deep sense of uncertainty surrounding the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump, who will be quite symoblically, even if purely accidentally, inaugurated on the final day of the forum. And with Trump's election come worries that the ivory towers inhabited by the 2,500 or so Davosites, are far less sturdy than previously believed.  "Regardless of how you view Trump and his positions, his election has led to a deep, deep sense of uncertainty and that will cast a long shadow over Davos," said Jean-Marie Guehenno, CEO of International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution think-tank. Moises Naim of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was even more blunt, suggesting that the people in Davos are even more clueless than usual, which is saying quite a lot. "There is a consensus that something huge is going on, global and in many respects unprecedented. But we don't know what the causes are, nor how to deal with it." Brilliant. * * * Meanwhile, in an attempt to figure out the causes and "how to deal with it", the participants in the World Economic Forum, which runs from Jan. 17 to 20, will partake in such panels as the abovementioned "Squeezed and Angry: How to Fix the Middle Class Crisis", "Politics of Fear or Rebellion of the Forgotten?", "Tolerance at the Tipping Point?" and "The Post-EU Era". The central question in Davos, a four-day affair of panel discussions, lunches and cocktail parties that delve into subjects as diverse as terrorism, artificial intelligence and wellness, is whether leaders can agree on the root causes of public anger and begin to articulate a response... aside from the forum participants themselves of course. A WEF report on global risks released before Davos highlighted "diminishing public trust in institutions" and noted that rebuilding faith in the political process and leaders would be a "difficult task". Guy Standing, the author of several books on the new "precariat", a class of people who lack job security and reliable earnings, believes more people are coming around to the idea that free-market capitalism needs to be overhauled, including those that have benefited most from it. "The mainstream corporate types don't want Trump and far-right authoritarians," said Standing, who has been invited to Davos for the first time. "They want a sustainable global economy in which they can do business. More and more of them are sensible enough to realize that they have overreached." But Ian Bremmer, president of U.S.-based political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, is not so sure, and he recounted ro Reuters a recent trip to Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York where he saw bankers "rejoicing in the elevators" at the surge in stock markets and the prospect of tax cuts and deregulation under Trump. Both Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and his JP Morgan counterpart Jamie Dimon will be in Davos. It remains to be seen if there will be as much "elevator rejoicing" when the market finally crashes under Trump, an inevitable outcome which some speculate is precisely why Trump was allowed to become president: so that all the blame on the grand crash, once it, happens can be placed on him. Others are less worried about the impact of Trump, and more concerned that the pace of technological change and the integrated, complex nature of the global economy have made it more difficult for leaders to shape and control events, let alone reconfigure the global system. The global financial crisis of 2008/9 and the migrant crisis of 2015/16 exposed the impotence of politicians, deepening public disillusion and pushing people towards populists who offered simple explanations and solutions. The problem, says Ian Goldin, an expert on globalization and development at the University of Oxford, is that on many of the most important issues, from climate change to financial regulation, only multilateral cooperation can deliver results. And this is precisely what the populists reject.  "The state of global politics is worse than it's been in a long time," said Goldin. "At a time when we need more coordination to tackle issues like climate change and other systemic risks, we are getting more and more insular." * * * Whatever the reason, sense of dread that things are moving, changing beyond the participants' control will be all too tangible. It is also why, as Bloomberg reported today, the World Economic Forum will convene a special meeting in Washington this year to discuss issues raised during the president-elect’s campaign "and the populist wave that swept him to victory" WEF founder Klaus Schwab told Bloomberg Television on Sunday. The gathering will explore U.S. investment and job-creation opportunities for companies that participate in the forum, he said. “It’s very natural that with the new administration we plan a major event in the U.S. to see what are the implications of the new president and how the business community could engage,” Schwab said in advance of the forum’s 47th annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. “We have to be responsive to the call.” “People have become very emotionalized, this silent fear of what the new world will bring,” Schwab said in the town’s hulking conference center. “We have populists here and we want to listen. We have to respond to these individuals’ fears and to offer solutions. It’s not just enough to listen; we have to provide answers and that’s what were here for in Davos." No, that's what you were there for in Davos in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and you did nothing. Now it's too late as the pendulum has already swung. That, however, is not obvious to the forum organizers who will enjoy another blockbuster year. Business is booming for the WEF and Schwab, 78, said he has no plans to abandon or alter its annual retreat. Revenue is up 45%  in the past five years and staff have increased by about a third - with employees earning an average of 135,000 Swiss francs, ($133,875) which rises to 213,000 Swiss francs with the addition of costs such as pensions and healthcare. “Our salary structure is completely in line with others such as the Bretton Woods organization, the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund,” Schwab said. “We also have to be competitive with organizations like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. We are competing for the same talent.” How does Schwab reconcile the glaring hypocricy of the world's wealthiest debating social injustice and wealth inequality? Simple: Despite the glitzy parties that have become the hallmark of the annual gathering, Schwab said his aim is not to celebrate the “outrageous excesses of life,” but rather to create a “global village,” where participants can mull weighty issues facing the world without the distractions of a large city. And he insists that as the power and beliefs of business and political leaders face unprecedented challenges, the meeting is needed more than ever. Schwab says the WEF’s annual meeting, where companies host lavish parties awash in champagne and rare vintage wines, attendees pay $50,000 and thousands of soldiers and police stand guard, remains an appropriate forum to discuss political issues like the rise of populism and seek solutions to society’s biggest problems. Unfortunately, that's all it is, as no concrete, revolutionary decisions can ever take place within the confines of this giant echo chamber. Schwab concludes by saying that "the right solution will require a lot of effort and many steps in the right direction. I am optimistic that in a new multi-polar world we still have the notion of a joined and shared destiny" but adds that his "biggest fear is that we will believe there are very simple answers to very difficult questions.” Actually, herr Klaus Schwab, there are other far more tangible things you and your peers should be afraid of, but somehow we doubt that those will become apparent while eating $40 hot dogs.    

11 января, 20:11

Goldman Sachs partner to join Trump administration

NEW YORK — Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs partner with deep ties to both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, is leaving the bank to join the Trump administration in a senior role that will focus on entrepreneurship, economic growth and the empowerment of women, people familiar with the matter said. She is expected to work closely with President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her highly influential husband, Jared Kushner. Powell, president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and a major advocate for women, would instantly become one of the more powerful people in Trump’s Washington. Ivanka Trump and her husband are expected to be among the president-elect’s most trusted advisers. Kushner on Monday was named a senior adviser to the incoming president. POLITICO reported last week that Powell has been informally advising Ivanka Trump on personnel and other issues for weeks. She is expected to provide a connection between the Trump White House — eyed with skepticism by many in the GOP establishment — and corporate America and Wall Street. Powell, 42, served as chief of the personnel office in the White House under President George W. Bush, and as an assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs in the Bush administration. An Egyptian-born, Dallas-raised, fluent Arabic speaker, Powell also has strong relationships with senior Democrats including outgoing Obama White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and former Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling, among many others. Powell will be the latest Goldman executive to take on a leading role for Trump. Steven Mnuchin, who worked at the bank for 17 years, is Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary. Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman and a friend of Powell’s, will serve as chair of the president’s National Economic Council. Steve Bannon, who will be a top White House aide, also worked at Goldman as did senior transition official Anthony Scaramucci, who could be up for a role at Treasury or elsewhere in the administration. Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, is a top Wall Street lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell with deep ties to Goldman.Democrats have criticized Trump for relying so heavily on former Wall Street executives, especially from Goldman, a bank the GOP nominee regularly ripped on the campaign trail. Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein appeared as a shadowy, dangerous figure in Trump’s final ad of the 2016 campaign. But in Powell, Trump will snare one of Goldman’s young stars. Her appointment will ease some of the anxiety in the financial world about Trump. Both Kushner and Ivanka Trump are viewed as more moderate voices inclined to temper some of the new president’s more provocative instincts on the environment, trade, immigration and other issues. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a highly progressive Democrat, praised Kushner’s appointment this week. Powell connected with Ivanka Trump and Kushner last year and quickly won the trust of both Trump family members, people close to the transition said. Powell is close to many senior Republicans and worked with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Bush administration. “Dina is one of the most capable people I know. She is creative and committed,” Rice told POLITICO. “She did crucial work for me at the State Department where we were trying to be more effective in outreach to the Muslim world and to empower women. Because of her own background as a woman of Egyptian decent she was a cultural ambassador — absolutely an essential member of my team.” Powell began her Washington career as a staffer for Rep. Dick Armey in House leadership in 1995. She was recruited to Goldman in 2007 by long-time partner John Rogers and built several programs at the bank including the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives and the Urban Investment Group- Made. She became a partner in 2010. She is close to both Blankfein and Cohn. At Goldman, Powell, 42, oversaw the “10,000 Women” program, one of the investment bank’s biggest charitable initiatives, which focuses on helping female entrepreneurs around the world. “She’s been great at doing it because she’s kind of lived it and she has exactly the right values,” said Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. “I’m super psyched if she goes into the administration because she will bring all of those ethics into the White House.” Powell’s partner, hedge fund manager David McCormick, is the front-runner to serve as deputy defense secretary in the Trump administration, Bloomberg News reported. McCormick, president of Bridgewater Associates, was also reportedly on the short list for Treasury secretary, a post that ultimately went to Mnuchin.Powell’s appointment will also be greeted with some enthusiasm among minority groups concerned about Trump’s fiery campaign rhetoric. “So much will depend on what the policies are but what I can say is that Dina is not a shrinking violet,” said Marc Morial, the former New Orleans mayor and current president of the National Urban League. “She’s both charming and assertive and if she’s given running room I think the opportunity for her to do something for small businesses, especially those run by women and people of color, will be significant.”

11 января, 01:37

Hungary To Launch Crackdown On All George Soros-Funded Organizations

In a dramatic example of blowback against the establishment in the post-Trumpian world, Hungary announced it plans to crack down on non-governmental organizations linked to billionaire George Soros now that Donald Trump will occupy the White House, according to the deputy head of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party, cited by Bloomberg. The European Union member, and native country of Soros, will use "all the tools at its disposal" to “sweep out” NGOs funded by the Hungarian-born financier, which “serve global capitalists and back political correctness over national governments,” Szilard Nemeth, a vice president of the ruling Fidesz party, told reporters on Tuesday. No one answered the phone at the Open Society Institute in Budapest when Bloomberg News called outside business hours. “I feel that there is an opportunity for this, internationally,” because of Trump’s election, state news service MTI reported Nemeth as saying. Lawmakers will start debating a bill to let authorities audit NGO executives, according to parliament’s legislative agenda. As a reminder, Orban was the first European leader to publicly back Trump’s campaign, and was reportedly invited by Trump to visit the US; he has ignored criticism from the European Commission and U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration for building a self-described “illiberal state” modeled on authoritarian regimes including Russia, China and Turkey. In 2014, Orban personally ordered the state audit agency to probe foundations financed by Norway and said that civil society groups financed from abroad were covers for “paid political activists.” As a result of Trump's victory, Orban has felt empowered to further last out against Europe's established structures, and its core supporters. As Bloomberg notes, Orban and his administration have repeatedly singled out NGOs supported by Soros, a prominent Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party supporter, with a wide network of organizations that promote democracy in formerly communist eastern Europe. Orban is not alone: Trump has also accused the 86-year-old billionaire of being part of “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.” In a pre-election commercial, he showed images of Soros along with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, all of whom are Jewish. The Anti-Defamation League criticized the ad for touching on “subjects that anti-Semites have used for ages.” Since then things have changed, however, and Trump has retained the services of two prominent Goldman alumni, Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, to serve on his administration. His current thinking on George Soros is unknown.

28 декабря 2016, 14:04

Загадочный Антигерой 2016

Либеральная часть общественности (в телеграме Незыгаря)) недавно выбирала себе Антигероя-2016 года.Ограничились только российскими персоналиями.Почему-то не включили в список Путина -- он гарантировано одержал бы победу).В искусственном раскладе победил и.о.Бога укров -- Р.КадыровRussia Today хоть и менее пропагандистское издание, чем телеграм канал Незыгаря), но оно тоже попробовало найти Ангигероя года.Можно сравнить итоги того и другого голосования и тут же зарядить новое).Итак, у Незыгаря помимо лидера Р.Кадырова с 42% отличилисьМединский (памятники и коррупционные скандалы) -- 18%Мутко, который не тонет -- 12%Патриарх Кирилл, Астахов (бывший защитник детства), Касьянов по 5%Полковник Захарченко, сборная России по футболу по 4%И "малые антигерои" -- Ролдугин и РодченковНа RT всё более фундаментальноОбама (35%)... у либералов Рамзан и то больше набрал)Х.Клинтон и сборная России по футболу по 12%по 11% у Порошенко и РодченковаОтличилась Меркель с 7%Совсем по мелочи -- Полковник Захарченко (4%) -- sic, столько же, сколько у либералов... Алексей Улюкаев, Мигранты в Европе, Филип Крэйвен, Дэвид Кэмерон.Конечно, многие персоналии в этих голосованиях смешны.Ну что за злодей Захарченко по сравнению со Сборной России по футболу, а Сборная по сравнению с доброй старушкой Меркель, которая и взбрыкнуться по-настоящему не может?Ну и кто такой Мутко по сравнению с Клинтон, за которой стоят серьезные люди, корпорации, медиа?В недавнем (отчасти конспирологическом) голосовании на Главную антироссийскую силу (главных недоброжелателей) в мире с небольшим отрывом победили важные группы:-- "Представители преимущественно британских элит (старых европейских и приобщившихся к ним), укоренившихся в разных странах мира" -- 23%и "т.н. глобалисты (важна не столько семейственность, сколько принадлежность к финансово-промышленным группам)" -- 17%(к сожалению, форма опроса в ЖЖ не предполагает длинной расшифровки вариантов)Т.е. в совокупности сообщество (группа) неких антигероев победило с большим отрывом 40%.И тут же можно проверить наше представление о мировой политике -- ну кто стоит за этими 40%?Какие конкретные персоналии стоят за могущественными заговорами нашей цивилизации?Понятно, что Обама и Клинтон. Они там главные?Кто будет после Обамы представлять эти 40%?Кто, если не Клинтон?) (а Клинтон ведь много годков, пора её списывать со счетов))А Трамп представляет эти 40%? Наверное, отчасти...Майк Пенс? Билл де Блазио? Кайне Уэст?Конечно, есть желание видеть корень зла в Мединском, Мутко, Сборной России по футболу или винтиках допинговой системы мира, но правда ли они могут претендовать на главных антигероев?Разве что только на тех антигероев, которых нам создали медиа?Но главные-то кто?Цукерберг? Чубайс? Ллойд Бланкфейн? Байден? Сладкая парочка Бзежинскийкиссинджер? Джеб Буш? Англо-саксонский истеблешмент.. старушка Елизавета-2? "Группа Ротшильда", "хозяева денег? Финансовая олигархия, а имена? Председатели совета директоров крупнейших банков? Ведущие банковские группы, промышленное лобби? Управляемый хаос? Неоконы, силовики, спецслужбы (главы 19 правительственных органов (включая несколько независимых агентств) Разведывательного сообщества США, включая ЦРУ и разведку Береговой охраны США, занимающихся самыми разными темами (десятки тысяч бюрократов, сотни аутсорсинговых компаний, подавляющее число работников которых унылые клерки, не имеющие никакого отношения к изменениям мировой политике)?"Вашингтон пост" насчитал 1271 государственную организацию и 1931 частную компанию в 10 000 местах США, отвечающих за борьбу с терроризмом, национальную безопасность, разведку.Госдеп, Казначейство США? Более широкой круг служб?Можно добавить и сотни аналитических, экспертных, «независимых» компаний, которые формируют «поле смыслов», которое воплощает гос.машина и общество США? (например, Стратфор ... присовокупить и отдельные СМИ, которые старательно отыгрывают роль проводника смыслов, которые формирует гос.машина США?)В голосовании про антигероя-2016 я бы зацепил некую перспективу.View Poll: Антигерой-2016(кстати, забыл здесь Эрдогана и "элиту Залива" -- вот, кому действительно можно отдать пальму первенства)Ну и, конечно, после голосования про антигероя сразу встаёт вопрос о Главном герое (и тут вновь вырисовывается фигура Путина))

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14 декабря 2016, 19:05

Goldman shake-up elevates Solomon and Schwartz

Both men in the running to succeed Lloyd Blankfein after Gary Cohn joins Trump team

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14 декабря 2016, 19:05

Goldman shake-up elevates Solomon and Schwartz

Both men in the running to succeed Lloyd Blankfein after Gary Cohn joins Trump team

14 декабря 2016, 18:24

Economic Data and Fed To Look For

Economic Data and Fed To Look For

14 декабря 2016, 18:20

Yellen, Trump and Tech: Will They Help Dow Hit 20K?

Will the Dow rebound for its eighth straight trading day of gains on the path to 20,000, or will the large-cap index take a breather?

14 декабря 2016, 18:16

Yellen, Trump and Tech: Will They Help Dow Hit 20K?

Will the Dow rebound for its eighth straight trading day of gains on the path to 20,000, or will the large-cap index take a breather?

14 декабря 2016, 17:35

Goldman Sachs Shakes Up Its Executive Ranks After Gary Cohn Departs For Trump Administration

With Gary Cohn joining the Trump administration, David Solomon and Harvey Schwartz will become top lieutenants to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Martin Chavez will become a more familiar name to the bank's investors as CFO.

14 декабря 2016, 17:12

Goldman Appoints Harvey Schwartz, David Solomon As Co-COO Replacements For Gary Cohn

As the WSJ reported last night, this morning Goldman Sachs confirmed it has promoted Chief Financial Officer Harvey Schwartz and investment-bank co-head David Solomon to the role of co-COOs and co-presidents to replace Gary Cohn, who’s leaving to take a job in the Trump administration, and said Martin Chavez will succeed Schwartz as CFO. The executives “have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of expertise and I look forward to working with them in formulating and executing our global strategy,” Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, 62, said Wednesday in a statement. Goldman has a history of co-executives, especially in the No. 2 slot: Gary Cohn and Jon Winkelried split the role for several years under Mr. Blankfein, and John Thain and John Thornton did so under former CEO Hank Paulson. As the WSJ added, the promotions of Mr. Solomon, who co-heads Goldman’s investment-banking division, and Mr. Schwartz, its CFO since 2013, "will bring about the most significant top-level management change at the firm in a decade." As reported previously, President-elect Donald Trump this week announced that Mr. Cohn would become his chief economic adviser in the White House. For years, Wall Street had waited to see whether he would rise to Goldman’s top perch. Cohn’s departure signals Mr. Blankfein likely intends to lead the firm for several more years. Solomon, 54 years old, is the longest-serving head of a major business line at Goldman, having spent a decade atop its investment-banking unit, which advises companies on mergers and capital raises. It is Goldman’s second largest by revenue, which is up 60% since 2011 amid a surge in deal making. Schwartz, 52, came up through Goldman’s securities arm as a salesman and headed the division from 2008 to 2013, when he was named CFO. His tenure has seen Goldman adapt to new capital requirements and regulations. Chavez, 52, was named chief information officer in December 2013 after being appointed to the management committee earlier that year. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native holds a doctorate in medicine from Stanford University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University, where he took a course on literature of the Weimar Republic. As Bloomberg adds, the promotions position Schwartz and Solomon as possible successors to Blankfein, who has been CEO for more than a decade and was treated last year for lymphoma. The office of president has been used to groom the next CEO in recent decades, with both Blankfein and his predecessor, Henry Paulson, serving in that role. “Gary is obviously very well regarded inside the firm, and outside the firm with investors, so you are never happy to see someone of that stature leave,” said Devin Ryan, an analyst at JMP Securities. “But they do have a very deep bench.”   The latest appointments are expected to trigger a series of personnel moves across the firm, which is known for fostering a competitive environment among senior executives who jockey for greater power.   “They’ve been preparing these folks for these types of changes,” Marty Mosby, an analyst at Vining Sparks, said in an interview. “This is something they can take in stride." Goldman's official press release is below: Goldman Sachs Names David M. Solomon and Harvey M. Schwartz Presidents and Co-Chief Operating Officers; R. Martin Chavez Deputy Chief Financial Officer; Richard J. Gnodde and Pablo J. Salame Vice Chairmen   The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) today announced that David M. Solomon and Harvey M. Schwartz were named Presidents and Co-Chief Operating Officers; R. Martin Chavez was named Deputy Chief Financial Officer; and Richard J. Gnodde and Pablo J. Salame were named Vice Chairmen of the firm, effective January 1, 2017.   Mr. Schwartz will remain as chief financial officer through the end of April 2017. He will then assume his full responsibilities as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Chavez will assume full responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer following Mr. Schwartz’s transition. Mr. Gnodde and Mr. Salame will continue in their current respective roles as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division, and Global Co-Head of the Securities Division, respectively, in addition to serving as Vice Chairmen of the firm.   “These five leaders have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of expertise and I look forward to working with them in formulating and executing our global strategy,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs. “They have consistently demonstrated their unwavering commitment to Goldman Sachs, our clients and our people.”   David Solomon is Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division. Prior to assuming this role in 2006, he was the Global Head of the Financing Group, which includes all capital markets and derivative products for the firm’s corporate clients. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and co-chairs the Investment Banking Division Executive Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as a Partner in 1999.   Harvey Schwartz is Chief Financial Officer. Prior to assuming this role in 2013, Mr. Schwartz was Global Co-Head of the Securities Division since 2008. From 2007 to early 2008, he was Global Head of Securities Division Sales, from 2005 to 2007 he was Head of North America Sales and from 2004 to late 2005 he was Co-Head of the Americas Financing Group within Investment Banking. Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Management Committee, Firmwide Risk Committee, Steering Committee on Regulatory Reform, Finance Committee and Firmwide Investment Policy Committee. He was named Managing Director in 1999 and Partner in 2002.   Marty Chavez is Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for the Technology Division and has joint responsibility with divisional leadership for the firm’s global strats. Mr. Chavez first joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division, where he was a Senior Energy Strat until 1997. He returned to the firm as a Managing Director in Investment Banking Division Strats in 2005. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Chavez was Global Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Equities Franchise and before that he was Global Co-Head of Securities Division Strats. He is a member of the Management Committee and the Steering Committee on Regulatory Reform, as well as Co-Chair of the Firmwide Technology Risk Committee and the Americas Diversity Committee. He was named Partner in 2006.   Richard Gnodde is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division (IBD). Mr. Gnodde joined Goldman Sachs in London in 1987, eventually leading the investment banking effort in the United Kingdom. He was appointed Co-Head of IBD in Japan in 1997. He became President of Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte. and Co-Head of Investment Banking in Asia in 1999 before moving to Hong Kong that same year to become President of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC. In 2005, he returned to London as Vice Chairman and became Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs International in 2006. He assumed his role as Co-Head of IBD in 2011. Mr. Gnodde is a member of the Management Committee and Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee, and Co-Chairs the European Management Committee. He was named Managing Director in 1996 and Partner in 1998.   Pablo Salame is Global Co-Head of the Securities Division. Mr. Salame joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 and became Co-Head of the Global Emerging Markets Debt Group in 2000. In 2002, he moved to London, where he held leadership positions in Global Credit and European Equities. He assumed his current role in 2008 and returned to New York in 2011. Mr. Salame is a member of the Management Committee, Chairman of the Partnership Committee and Co-Chair of the Firmwide Investment Policy Committee. He was named Managing Director in 1999 and Partner in 2000.

14 декабря 2016, 16:59

Goldman names Solomon, Schwartz as Cohn's successors

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc promoted company veterans David Solomon and Harvey Schwartz as presidents and co-chief operating officers on Wednesday, setting up the two men to compete to replace Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.

14 декабря 2016, 15:47

Frontrunning: December 14

Countdown to first Fed hike in a year under way, but focus shifting to 2017 (Reuters) What to Expect From the Fed: Decision-Day Guide (BBG) Investors Expect Fed Rate Rise, Seek Clues on Next Step (WSJ) What ceasefire? Aleppo evacuation delayed (Reuters); Aleppo Fighting Resumes Hours After Cease-Fire Deal (WSJ) Too big to fail: China maps out its Trump strategy (Reuters) China Said to Lift Tax on Smaller Cars to 7.5% Through 2017 (BBG) Goldman Sachs to Name Cohn’s Successors (WSJ) Finance Titans Face Off Over $5 Trillion London Gold Market (BBG) Dutch court rules Crimean gold treasures must be returned to Kiev (Reuters) Forget Bitcoin and Mobile Pay. Cash Is Still King of the World (BBG) Trump’s Pledge to Loosen Regulations on Businesses Is a Heavy Lift (WSJ) Retailers’ Discounts Run Deeper This Holiday Season (WSJ) Companies Are Already Canceling Plans to Move U.S. Jobs Abroad (BBG) Wells Fargo Faces Limits After Second Living Will Failure (BBG) Hertz Global Replaces CEO After Earnings Misses, Stock Slump (BBG) Heineken Faces Competition in Effort to Buy U.K.’s Punch Taverns (BBG) Sanofi in Deal Talks With Actelion; Value Could Total $30 Billion (WSJ) Aramco Keeps Building Oil Rigs Even as Saudis Agree to Pump Less (BBG) Saudi Oil Minister Sees Commitment to Cuts Ending Glut in Months (BBG) OPEC Says Supply Cuts Won’t Re-Balance Market Until Second Half (BBG) TV Reporter Files Discrimination Suit Against 21st Century Fox Station  (WSJ) Le Pen Slips as Fillon, Macron Rise in Big French Election Poll (BBG) Investor Peter Thiel Is Helping Mold Tech’s Ties to Donald Trump (WSJ) Uber Rolls Out Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco Without DMV Approval (BBG) U.K. Employment Declines for First Time in More Than a Year (BBG)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pushed ahead with his controversial pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil Corp chief Rex Tillerson, setting up a likely battle with senators - including some Republicans - who have raised questions about his closeness to Russian leader. http://on.wsj.com/2hv13pY - Goldman Sachs plans to elevate David Solomon and Harvey Schwartz to be top lieutenants to CEO Lloyd Blankfein, filling a void left by Gary Cohn, who is leaving the bank to join the Trump administration. http://on.wsj.com/2hv2TqQ - U.S. regulators slapped Wells Fargo with new regulatory sanctions, saying the firm failed to address alleged "deficiencies" in a plan to manage its own bankruptcy without a taxpayer bailout. http://on.wsj.com/2hv6ENf - Tens of thousands of civilians and the remaining rebels are preparing to evacuate opposition-held parts of the decimated city, sealing a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. http://on.wsj.com/2hv62ao - An on-air reporter at a 21st Century Fox-owned local television station in New York is suing the company for hostile work environment and age and pregnancy discrimination. http://on.wsj.com/2hv6CVy - Inspectors from the U.S., China and four other nations visited Areva SA 's Le Creusot Forge in central France earlier this month to examine the plant's quality controls and comb through its internal records. http://on.wsj.com/2hv9VvI - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has selected Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to lead the interior department, according to a transition official, tapping a freshman Republican congressman who, like the president-elect, is often at odds with environmentalists but has opposed efforts to sell federal lands to states. http://on.wsj.com/2hv4i0T - Oculus VR, the troubled virtual-reality company owned by Facebook Inc, is looking for a new head after revamping its structure. Oculus said it is creating two divisions - one focused on mobile, the other on PCs - and that CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down to run the PC group. Jon Thomason, who joined Oculus this summer as its head of software, will run the new mobile VR group at Oculus. http://on.wsj.com/2hv4ZXO   NYT - Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State nominee and Exxon Mobil Corp's chief, has extensive international business experience and argued for gay rights, but is a target of environmentalists. http://nyti.ms/2gYIREb - Google's parent company, Alphabet, said on Tuesday that its autonomous vehicle project was spinning off from its research lab X and would operate as a stand-alone company under the name Waymo. http://nyti.ms/2hv96mL - Lidia Curanaj, now a Fox 5 reporter whose legal name is Lidija Ujkic, filed a 28-page discrimination and hostile work environment suit against the 21st Century Fox, in which she said Roger Ailes harassed her when she was applying for a job at Fox News. http://nyti.ms/2hrHaT2 - After waging an 18-month assault on the Republican establishment, President-elect Donald Trump changed course and enlisted the party's high priests of foreign policy to help him win the confirmation of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. http://nyti.ms/2hM4o2U - A group of financial investors on Wednesday offered as much as $5.5 billion for Tatts Group, the Australian gambling operator. The investors include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the giant American private equity group. http://nyti.ms/2htIzWC - President-elect Donald Trump plans to name Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, to lead the Energy Department, an agency far more devoted to national security and basic science than to the extraction of fossil fuels that is Perry's expertise. http://nyti.ms/2gGIeTJ   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** British Columbia New Democratic Party leader John Horgan says the Canadian federal government could end up having to use the notwithstanding clause to proceed with the controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline if his party wins next spring's provincial election. https://tgam.ca/2gJHag4 ** In the first-ever commitment of government funds to Canada's leading defender of the wrongfully convicted, the government of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada have committed a total of $900,000 over three years to Innocence Canada - at a time when the organization was facing financial catastrophe. https://tgam.ca/2hqj8YW ** Canadian National Railway Co denied a report that alleges the Montreal-based freight carrier has overcharged Ontario taxpayers for construction work for the past 15 years. https://tgam.ca/2htAUYa NATIONAL POST ** An attack on a mosque in Chakwal, Pakistan, has led to calls for an investigation in Canada over allegations a Toronto-area man was part of a group that vowed "extreme measures" against the place of worship. http://bit.ly/2hssb8z ** A $1.5 billion project to train Canada's fighter pilots, touted by the Liberal government as an example of how it is improving defense procurement, has gone off track as the Liberal government has quietly pushed the contract award date to next year, an extension that could see the deal announced as late as October. http://bit.ly/2gFzqO3   Britain The Times * BP Plc is struggling to maintain safety standards at some of its biggest manufacturing sites, according to a leaked internal report that has exposed serious flaws in its monitoring of operations at refineries and chemicals plants. http://bit.ly/2hCM54g * Britain's attempt to resist tougher sanctions against cheap Chinese imports was finally overcome yesterday after the European Council agreed to boost its trade defences. http://bit.ly/2hCKBqE The Guardian * Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc is not expected to offer Sky Plc as a regulatory pawn to secure an 11.2 billion pound ($14.17 billion) takeover of Britain's largest pay-TV broadcaster. http://bit.ly/2hCHrTX * Tens of thousands of banking jobs could be lost to continental Europe from next year if ministers do not agree a transitional deal on single market access with the European Union, a Lords report on financial services after Brexit is expected to warn. http://bit.ly/2hCElzl The Telegraph * Taxpayers are footing a 50 million pound ($63.28 million) bill for the biggest series of rail strikes in a generation, while the company Southern Rail line in charge of the train line stands to save money, it has emerged. http://bit.ly/2hCHKxX * Details of future infrastructure, public sector and defence projects such as the HS2 rail link, Hinkley Point nuclear power station and the new Dreadnought Trident missile submarines are being released by the government in an attempt to boost Britain's steel industry. http://bit.ly/2hCKziB Sky News * The financial spread-betting company CMC Markets Plc is to consider relocating chunks of its business away from the United Kingdom if the Financial Conduct Authority presses ahead with plans to curb bets placed by retail customers. http://bit.ly/2hCCFG2 * The Consumer Price Index measure of inflation rose to a higher-than-expected 1.2 percent in November, according to Britain's Office for National Statistics. Inflation was up from 0.9 percent in October and the highest since October 2014. http://bit.ly/2hCIWRT The Independent * The British government has now lost around 500 million pounds ($632.80 million) on Lloyds Banking Group Plc after selling more shares for less than taxpayers paid to save the lender from meltdown, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility. http://ind.pn/2hCCaLY * Union members voted overwhelmingly for the delivery drivers' three-day Christmas walkout after they said Argos Resources Ltd had failed to pay holiday back pay for two years, amounting to 700 pounds ($885.92) per worker on average. http://ind.pn/2hCGgnz  

10 декабря 2016, 02:34

HUFFPOST HILL - List Of Exciting Job Openings At Goldman Sachs Grows

Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!  Donald Trump tapped another Goldman Sachs guy for a top job, because apparently his strategy for draining the swamp involves a leveraged buyout of said swamp, firing the swamp’s entrenched managers, and then declaring the swamp bankrupt. Trump cheerleader Bill Mitchell is thinking about writing a book, so spare a thought for whatever sucker has to edit it. And new filings reveal Trump’s campaign paid his businesses $12 million during the campaign, so at this rate, he might be a real billionaire some day. OBAMA MAY TRANSMIT THIS ABOUT VLADIMIR - This might reveal details on the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential race, which half the country has decided not to care about anyway. Akbar Shahid Ahmed: “President Barack Obama expects to receive a U.S. intelligence report on security breaches during the 2016 election before he leaves office on Jan. 20, his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters Friday…. The U.S. intelligence community announced on Oct. 7 that it believes hackers supported by the Russian government were responsible for meddling in the election process, including by targeting the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta and other notable political figures, like former Secretary of State Colin Powell.” [HuffPost] Meanwhile… Putin’s tovarisch, President-elect Donald Trump, doesn’t seem to care much about actual U.S. intelligence reports, Reuters’ Mark Hosenball and Patricia Zengerle report. AMERICA IS TRUMP’S BIGGEST MARK YET - And we ain’t seen nothing yet. S.V. Date: “Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sent Donald Trump’s businesses $2.9 million in the final days prior to and the weeks following his election…. The burst of spending brings to more than $12 million the total Trump has funneled back to his businesses since the start of the campaign. It continues his pattern of choosing to spend donors’ money at his own properties for events and on his own airplane for travel, even though it meant spending considerably more than comparable alternatives.” [HuffPost] THE PRICE FOR CABINET SEATS IS HIGHER THAN EVER - Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy: “With his choice of restaurant executive Andrew Puzder to serve as his Labor secretary, President-elect Donald Trump has now tapped six big donors and fundraisers to serve in his administration, lining up an unprecedented concentration of wealthy backers for top posts. Together with their families, Trump’s nominees gave $11.6 million to support his presidential bid, his allied super PACs and the Republican National Committee, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal campaign filings. One single appointee — WWE co-founder Linda McMahon — contributed $7.5 million to back his White House run before Trump selected her to run the Small Business Administration this week. She and her husband Vince were also the top outside donors to Trump’s private foundation.” [WashPost] Congressional Republicans don’t give a rat’s patootie about Trump’s ethics, because tax cuts. BULLY PULPIT - Obama had ISIS. W had the Axis of Evil. Reagan had the Evil Empire. Trump has an 18-year-old kid. Jenna Johnson: “About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was ‘a friend to women.’ The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an ‘arrogant young woman’ and accusing her of being a ‘plant’ from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide…. Five days before the election, she received a Facebook message that read: ‘Wishing I could f―-ing punch you in the face. id then proceed to stomp your head on the curb and urinate in your bloodied mouth and i know where you live, so watch your f―-ing back punk.’” [WashPost] Chuck Jones, the union leader getting death threats from Trump supporters this week, told HuffPost Hill today he’s been getting mostly supportive messages since he stood up to Trump’s mean tweets yesterday. He’s hoping for a sitdown with the president-elect. Beer summit? FIRST, THEY CAME FOR THE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS - How soon before someone doxxes these civil servants? Catherine Traywick and Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also seeking information on agency loan programs, research activities and the basis for its statistics, according to a five-page internal document circulated by the Energy Department on Wednesday.” [Bloomberg] SWAMP RE-SWAMPED - Goldman Sachs always wins. Ben Walsh: “Trump’s latest pick continues that trend, with the president-elect choosing Gary Cohn, the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, to head the National Economic Council, NBC News reports. The NEC advises the president on economic policy, and its director works in the White House…. Trump’s decision to invite several Goldman Sachs employees to join his administration certainly defies the populist image he cultivated while he ran for office. The president-elect closed his campaign with an ad that bashed the political and financial establishment, pairing classically anti-Semitic phrases with images of Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, billionaire investor George Soros, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and other finance figures.” [HuffPost] Trump, who campaigned against the “elites,” says he prefers rich people. FILL THE SWAMP WITH OIL - Peter Nicholas and Bradley Olson: “Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Rex Tillerson has emerged as the leading candidate to become President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, according to two transition officials, marking the latest twist in a multi-week search for the nation’s top diplomat.” [WSJ] LOL RUDY - Tal Kopan and Daniella Diaz: “Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has removed himself from consideration for a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Trump announced in a statement Friday.” [CNN] TRUMP ADMINISTRATION POISED TO LITERALLY SELL AMERICA - Amy Harder and Michael C. Bender: “President-elect Donald Trump is expected to tap Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) to lead the Interior Department, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ms. McMorris Rodgers, a senior member of the House of Representatives, if confirmed by the Senate, would lead Mr. Trump’s efforts to open up federal lands and waters to fossil-fuel development and reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued over the past eight years…. She supported legislation opening up federal waters to oil and natural-gas drilling, including the Atlantic Ocean, and preventing the Interior Department from regulating hydraulic fracturing, a controversial oil and natural-gas extraction technology.” [WSJ] Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s new book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill LOYALTY IS A ONE-WAY STREET FOR TRUMP - Still, it’s hard to feel badly for this gang. Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel: “They’ve been with him from the beginning — when no one believed he could win, and when the Republican Party establishment wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. But now, as President-elect Donald Trump builds out his administration, the loyalists who helped launch his campaign and powered its stunning early victories are growing worried they won’t be getting plum jobs.Many of them say they’ve heard nothing about their career prospects and, during furtive huddles, have been commiserating with one another about how they can’t seem to get their calls to top Trump transition brass returned.” [Politico] Get yr hot Bill Mitchell news here, courtesy of HuffPost Hill’s Eliot Nelson: “Bill Mitchell, one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken backers on Twitter, tells HuffPost he’s meeting with publishers about writing a book. Mitchell doesn’t want to elaborate much on what the book would entail, other than that it would ‘detail my thoughts on the campaign.’ However, he says he is not ruling out other publishing options. ‘I may put together a coffee table book of some of my best tweets,’ Mitchell said, ‘what was happening when I tweeted this, what I was thinking.’  Asked if he would be interested in being the president-elect’s press secretary ― after all, few people have publicly defended Trump with such unwavering enthusiasm ― Mitchell was of two minds. ‘I would be great at that job. One of the things I’m good at is seeing the pattern in the chaos. I think I would be a very good press secretary,’ he replied. ‘On the other hand, I don’t want to work in Government.’” TRUMP EYES ROMNEY’S NIECE FOR RNC - Awkward! Eliana Johnson, Kenneth P. Vogel and Alex Isenstadt: “Ronna Romney McDaniel has emerged as Donald Trump’s likely choice to lead the Republican National Committee, two sources familiar with the president-elect’s decision told POLITICO. McDaniel, the niece of 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is currently chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Trump’s decision could be announced as soon as Friday, a transition official said, when he is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids in the course of his post-election “thank you” tour. Several sources close to the decision-making process, however, said the final decision had not yet been made and it was possible that another top contender could be selected.” [Politico] TRUMP MAKES UGLY INSINUATION ABOUT IMMIGRANTS - Violent crimes are always a good opportunity to trash innocent people. Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “President-elect Donald J. Trump said Thursday that the stabbing attack by a refugee last week at Ohio State University was a ‘tragic reminder’ of the need to take a hard line on immigration, arguing that his administration would put the safety of Americans first in a way the Obama administration never has. Mr. Trump, who visited the university’s campus on Thursday before speaking at a victory rally in Des Moines, said the attack — carried out by a Somali-born refugee who Mr. Trump has said should not have been in the country — had been ‘yet one more tragic reminder that immigration security is now national security.’ ‘No more games, folks, no more games,’ he told several thousand people in a large event hall in downtown Des Moines, packed with supporters wearing bright-red caps emblazoned with Mr. Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ mantra.” [NYT] DURBIN AND GRAHAM DREAM OF A HUMANE AMERICA - Elise Foley: “Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unveiled legislation on Friday to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation under President-elect Donald Trump ― now the question is whether it will work. The bipartisan bill, called the Bridge Act, would effectively maintain the protections of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. More than 740,000 young people were granted deportation reprieve and work permits under the program, but could now lose those protections, should Trump follow through on a promise to end DACA immediately upon taking office.” [HuffPost] TRUMP’S LABOR SECRETARY PICK IS A REAL EXPERT ON LABOR LAW - But not in a good way. Dave Jamieson: “President-elect Donald Trump named a fast-food chief executive to be the next labor secretary Thursday. If confirmed, Andrew Puzder ― the head of CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains ― would be responsible for enforcing the country’s labor laws and holding unscrupulous employers accountable. Puzder apparently has some experience when it comes to wage law enforcement, albeit on the other side…. Puzder would be coming to Washington directly from the top of an industry that the Labor Department is responsible for policing. Wage theft is a widely documented problem in the fast-food business, which pays some of the lowest wages in the country. Labor Department investigators often find that restaurants have failed to follow minimum wage and overtime law.” [HuffPost] WHEN ELECTORAL COLLEGE MEMBERS DEFY THE POPULAR VOTE - But maybe don’t get your hopes up this time, liberal Twitter. Nina Agrawal: “Since 1900, there have been only nine faithless electors who defected for individual reason​​​​​​s, including one who abstained from voting altogether. Here’s a rundown of who they were and why they did it.” [LA Times] TRUMP BARNSTORMING FOR LOUISIANA SENATE CANDIDATE - Ken Thomas and Jonathan Lemire: “Tending to party politics, President-elect Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Louisiana on Friday ahead of the state’s Senate runoff election, aiming to pad the Republican majority he will inherit. Trump was campaigning for Republican John Kennedy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and then making another stop on his ‘thank you’ tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a state that helped him prevail against Democrat Hillary Clinton in last month’s election.” [AP] MANHATTAN WILL NEVER LOVE YOU, DONALD TRUMP - Alexander Burns: “Mr. Trump has long been an intermittent source of irritation for New Yorkers, from his days as a tabloid exhibitionist to the long months of the 2016 campaign. But that clash has reached a new and potentially explosive phase since Nov. 8, as he has transformed his signature building — home to his penthouse apartment and business headquarters, and previously his campaign office — into a base of operations for his frenzied presidential transition. By signaling that he plans to keep a presence in New York after taking office in January, Mr. Trump, a Republican, has animated a confrontation unlike any in modern American politics: between a president who clings to his hometown and yearns for its affection, and a city that wishes he would simply disappear.” [NYT] INBOX: “Governor McCrory Finalizes Boundary Between North and South Carolina.” A LEFTIST CONSPIRACY THEORY, FOR A CHANGE - Ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) looks like he’s facing a long prison term for corruption, but some extra-woke former aides think something’s rotten in Center City. William Bender, Chris Brennan, and Jeremy Roebuck: “It’s not looking good for ol’ Chaka. But Fattah wouldn’t even have been convicted in June if Bartle hadn’t dismissed the lone holdout on the jury. That’s the theory, at any rate, at a mysterious new website called thefattahcase.com, which claims to be run by a dozen former Fattah staffers - all of whom insist on anonymity…. The website includes more than 300 pages of documents and seeks to poke holes in the government’s case.” [Philadelphia Daily News] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s an amazing story about a gay Mike Pence lookalike who’s raising money for progressive causes, via HuffPost’s JamesMichael Nichols. BREAK OUT THE LONG JOHNS - Angela Fritz: “Winter’s first polar vortex blast, already taking shape in the Arctic this weekend, targets the Lower 48 next week. By Tuesday, temperatures below zero will plunge south into the northern plains and Midwest. Over the course of a few days, the cold air will blast across the country to the Northeast…. What will likely be the coldest air since last February will barge into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast late next week. Daytime temperatures from Washington to Boston will struggle to climb above freezing. Overnight lows will surely be in the single digits and teens, if not below zero in parts of New England.” [Washington Post] COMFORT FOOD - Here is a giant stroller for grown-ups to ride around in. Millennials! - This 97-year-old WWII vet playing the Star-Spangled Banner on the harmonica is… just wow. - A dog who spreads holiday cheer around the hospital, in his own tiny Volkswagen bus. TWITTERAMA @vineyille: “What do you mean you lost it?” Ben Carson looking for the department of housing and urban development under the couch: I lost it @DanaSchwartzzz: Tom Cruise has succeeded like 6 times in a row why do they still think these missions are impossible @aedwardslevy fake gnus Got something to add? 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09 декабря 2016, 21:46

Goldman’s Cohn in frame for Trump economic role

Bank’s president has been seen as the likely successor to Lloyd Blankfein

09 декабря 2016, 20:58

Trump seen close to naming Goldman’s Cohn to top economic post

Cohn, the No. 2 executive at Goldman, has met with Trump at least three times, including on Thursday, the people said.

09 декабря 2016, 20:07

Donald Trump Picks Another Goldman Sachs Exec To Join His Administration

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Trump’s latest pick continues that trend, with the president-elect choosing Gary Cohn, the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, to head the National Economic Council, NBC News reports. The NEC advises the president on economic policy, and its director works in the White House. Trump has already nominated Steven Mnuchin ― a second-generation Goldman Sachs partner, former George Soros employee and co-investor, “foreclosure machine” and hedge fund manager ― to be treasury secretary. He also named billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross as his choice for secretary of commerce. Ross owned a coal mine that was cited for more than two hundred safety violations before an accident killed a dozen workers, and is a member of a secret Wall Street fraternity, where, clad in velvet slippers, he sang show tunes mocking poor people. Then Trump picked a wealthy donor to run the Department of Education and a billionaire with almost no qualifications beyond being a billionaire as deputy secretary of commerce. And then there’s Steve Bannon, whom Trump named his senior White House counselor. Bannon began his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs and left the firm in 1990, eventually going on to run Breitbart News, a platform for white nationalist views. Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci, an omnipresent financial industry booster and hedge fund salesman, gamely tried to spin the latest appointment as unifying. “The cabal against the bankers is over,” he said. Stocking the Cabinet with Goldman Sachs bankers would help “bring country together,” he said. A Goldman Sachs spokesman had no comment. Trump’s decision to invite several Goldman Sachs employees to join his administration certainly defies the populist image he cultivated while he ran for office. The president-elect closed his campaign with an ad that bashed the political and financial establishment, pairing classically anti-Semitic phrases with images of Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, billionaire investor George Soros, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and other finance figures. Cohn is the latest in a long line of former Goldman Sachs executives to take government jobs steering economic policy and financial regulation, and will become the third Goldman Sachs partner to lead the NEC. Robert Rubin and Stephen Friedman, who served together as co-heads of Goldman in the early 1990s, each held the job as well. Rubin served the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1995 and Friedman served the George W. Bush administration from 2002 to 2004. Rubin left the NEC to become secretary of the treasury, a role another former chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Hank Paulson, filled during the presidency of George W. Bush. Outside of the executive branch, the Federal Reserve is filled with Goldman bankers. Four of the central bank’s 12 regional branches are run by ex-Goldman execs. The Fed is responsible for crafting U.S. monetary policy and has significant regulatory duties. Cohn, 56, has been Goldman Sachs’ president and chief operating officer for 10 years. He began his career on Wall Street in 1983 at the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he traded options. In 1990, he joined Goldman Sachs’ Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodities group and followed Blankfein into management positions in the company’s Securities Division as its trading business boomed relative to traditional investment banking. Cohn reports to Blankfein and has been a clear candidate to succeed him ― though Blankfein has given no hints that he plans to step down and is cancer-free after undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma last year.  His new role in government would come with a big perk ― beyond occupying one of the two most important economic policy roles in the incoming Trump administration with fellow former Goldman exec Mnuchin. Under a 1989 rule, Cohn can sell his $190 million in Goldman Sachs stock ― which, thanks to a post-election rally in bank stocks, is at an all-time high ― while deferring the capital gains. At the highest tax rate, that’s a benefit worth $38 million in delayed payments to the IRS. In 2013, The New York Times’ Susanne Craig described Cohn as “Prince Charles of Wall Street, a man for whom the crown seems just beyond his grasp.” But now, it seems, he has given up on waiting. This story has been updated with additional information about Gary Cohn and past Goldman Sachs executives in government. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

09 декабря 2016, 20:07

Donald Trump Picks Another Goldman Sachs Exec To Join His Administration

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Trump’s latest pick continues that trend, with the president-elect choosing Gary Cohn, the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, to head the National Economic Council, NBC News reports. The NEC advises the president on economic policy, and its director works in the White House. Trump has already nominated Steven Mnuchin ― a second-generation Goldman Sachs partner, former George Soros employee and co-investor, “foreclosure machine” and hedge fund manager ― to be treasury secretary. He also named billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross as his choice for secretary of commerce. Ross owned a coal mine that was cited for more than two hundred safety violations before an accident killed a dozen workers, and is a member of a secret Wall Street fraternity, where, clad in velvet slippers, he sang show tunes mocking poor people. Then Trump picked a wealthy donor to run the Department of Education and a billionaire with almost no qualifications beyond being a billionaire as deputy secretary of commerce. And then there’s Steve Bannon, whom Trump named his senior White House counselor. Bannon began his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs and left the firm in 1990, eventually going on to run Breitbart News, a platform for white nationalist views. Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci, an omnipresent financial industry booster and hedge fund salesman, gamely tried to spin the latest appointment as unifying. “The cabal against the bankers is over,” he said. Stocking the Cabinet with Goldman Sachs bankers would help “bring country together,” he said. A Goldman Sachs spokesman had no comment. Trump’s decision to invite several Goldman Sachs employees to join his administration certainly defies the populist image he cultivated while he ran for office. The president-elect closed his campaign with an ad that bashed the political and financial establishment, pairing classically anti-Semitic phrases with images of Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein, billionaire investor George Soros, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and other finance figures. Cohn is the latest in a long line of former Goldman Sachs executives to take government jobs steering economic policy and financial regulation, and will become the third Goldman Sachs partner to lead the NEC. Robert Rubin and Stephen Friedman, who served together as co-heads of Goldman in the early 1990s, each held the job as well. Rubin served the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1995 and Friedman served the George W. Bush administration from 2002 to 2004. Rubin left the NEC to become secretary of the treasury, a role another former chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Hank Paulson, filled during the presidency of George W. Bush. Outside of the executive branch, the Federal Reserve is filled with Goldman bankers. Four of the central bank’s 12 regional branches are run by ex-Goldman execs. The Fed is responsible for crafting U.S. monetary policy and has significant regulatory duties. Cohn, 56, has been Goldman Sachs’ president and chief operating officer for 10 years. He began his career on Wall Street in 1983 at the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he traded options. In 1990, he joined Goldman Sachs’ Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodities group and followed Blankfein into management positions in the company’s Securities Division as its trading business boomed relative to traditional investment banking. Cohn reports to Blankfein and has been a clear candidate to succeed him ― though Blankfein has given no hints that he plans to step down and is cancer-free after undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma last year.  His new role in government would come with a big perk ― beyond occupying one of the two most important economic policy roles in the incoming Trump administration with fellow former Goldman exec Mnuchin. Under a 1989 rule, Cohn can sell his $190 million in Goldman Sachs stock ― which, thanks to a post-election rally in bank stocks, is at an all-time high ― while deferring the capital gains. At the highest tax rate, that’s a benefit worth $38 million in delayed payments to the IRS. In 2013, The New York Times’ Susanne Craig described Cohn as “Prince Charles of Wall Street, a man for whom the crown seems just beyond his grasp.” But now, it seems, he has given up on waiting. This story has been updated with additional information about Gary Cohn and past Goldman Sachs executives in government. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

03 октября 2013, 11:50

Черная метка

Пока основное внимание средств массовой (дез)информации сосредоточено на перетягивании каната республиканцами и демократами в американском конгрессе, вчера в США состоялось не менее значимое, но гораздо менее заметное для широкой публики событие. Пятнадцать ведущих американских банкиров, среди посетителей были руководители банков GoldmanSachs, JPMorgan и так далее, 02 октября посетили президента США и доступным для понимания языком постарались объяснить ему, чем может закончиться технический дефолт американских казначейских облигаций. Несмотря на то, что среди посетителей были руководители гораздо более крупных банков, чем GoldmanSachs, именно его руководитель Ллойд Бланкфейн высказал общую позицию банкиров по этому вопросу. Вкратце это выглядело следующим образом: «Вы можете спорить по политическим вопросам или даже выносить их для публичного обсуждения, но не надо использовать в качестве дубины угрозу отказа США погашать долг по своим обязательствам. Прецеденты с остановкой правительства были, прецедентов с дефолтом пока не было. Мы такого раньше не видели, и я не горю желанием оказаться свидетелем этого процесса.» Поскольку банкиры вполне ясно представляют себе, во что может вылиться отказ США расплачиваться по своим обязательствам, в том числе и для них лично, то они донесли до президента США всю серьезность происходящего, предварительно выслушав его позицию. Каких-либо дебатов о том, что США всерьез решат не оплачивать долги, не было. Этот визит был довольно показательным с разных точек зрения. Фактически представители истинных хозяев или, иными словами, совет директоров ООО «Соединенные Штаты Америки» посетил единоличный исполнительный орган данной лавочки и публично вручил ему черную метку. Вряд ли президент США рискнет ослушаться такой рекомендации. На мой взгляд, это может случиться лишь в одном единственном случае: если хозяевами Америки было принято политическое решение полностью сменить правила игры, и ответственными за надвигающийся крах было решено назначить Федеральный резерв и приближенные к нему банки. Хотя это и выглядит крайне маловероятным, но богатые люди – это особые люди, и полностью исключать такого развития событий все-таки не стоит.