Saturday, July 18, 2009


"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness" - Albert Einstein

"The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money" - Journalist Matt Taibbi on Goldman Sachs quarterly profits of US$3.44 billion.

Almost all the bank's earnings come from trading and they are not going to tell us how they do it. That money-making machine is running at US$38 million per day or US$1.58 million an hour. Wow! unbelievable, how Goldman can be so fast, opportunistic and canny in it's multi-billion dollar bets on the direction of the financial markets?

Goldman's Traders were known in New York as the Bandits of Broad Street and competitors comparing Goldman staff to bellicose "orcs" in the Lord of the Rings. With many of Goldman alumni in powerful government positions, that might have given Goldman a competitive edge in term of sensitive information.

The most objectionable aspect of Goldman's success is that it's earnings are shared by such a small number of already wealthy people since it distributes 49% of revenue to employees. These bankers are going back to enriching themselves through an elaborate, opaque form of casino trading which is semi-detached from the rest of the society.

It's no wonder traders are complaining about the difficult market trading condition. It's tough, we need to work harder, work smarter and taking more risk in order to survive in such a competitive environment with many more blood-sucking vampire squids.

Profit to date for the special account is S$16,056.00, at least this Jaw is still able to snatch some food from the vampire squids.

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