Its Not Called “First Call” For Nothing . . .

This story is guaranteed to generate some buzz today. I suspect its going to be much ado about nothing:

“At the meetings, Goldman analysts identify stocks they think are likely to rise or fall due to earnings announcements, the direction of the overall market or other short-term developments. Some of their recommendations differ from ratings printed in Goldman’s widely circulated research reports. Some Goldman traders who make bets with the firm’s own money attend the meetings.

Critics complain that Goldman’s distribution of the trading ideas only to its own traders and key clients hurts other customers who aren’t given the opportunity to trade on the information.

Securities laws require firms like Goldman to engage in “fair dealing with customers,” and prohibit analysts from issuing opinions that are at odds with their true beliefs about a stock. Steven Strongin, Goldman’s stock research chief, says no one gains an unfair advantage from its trading huddles, and that the short-term-trading ideas are not contrary to the longer-term stock forecasts in its written research.”

I am no GS fanboy, but unless its inside information, how they distribute their calls is their business.

For those that don’t like it, I suggest you take your business elsewhere . . .


Goldman’s Trading Tips Reward Its Biggest Clients
WSJ, AUGUST 24, 2009

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