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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:36 PM

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein Gets 75 Percent Raise: Report

Source: Huffington Post

Angry about your paycheck shrinking this year because the payroll tax cut expired? Well, this should cheer you right up: Goldman Sachs's CEO got a 75 percent raise this year.

Lloyd Blankfein made $21 million last year, including a $2 million salary and a $19 million bonus, CNN/Money reports. That bonus includes $5.6 million in cash. Bloomberg pegs the total pay at $19 million, but what's a couple of million dollars, really?

Blankfein's haul represents a 75 percent pay increase from the year before, CNN/Money notes. It is also nearly double the paltry $11.5 million that Jamie Dimon, CEO of the nation's biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase, took home.

Unlike Dimon, Blankfein's bank did not nightmarishly botch up a massive credit-derivatives trade that cost it $6 billion, as JPMorgan did (although JPMorgan still managed to turn in a record profit). Goldman Sachs's profit nearly doubled last year, and its stock price jumped 49 percent. And as we all know, Goldman Sachs does God's work, which apparently consists mainly of trading stuff as much as possible, notes CNBC's John Carney.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-gongloff/lloyd-blankfein-pay-raise_b_2507012.html

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Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
banned from Kos Jan 2013 #1
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #2
brentspeak Jan 2013 #3
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Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #7
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Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #16
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PoliticAverse Jan 2013 #23
Cynicus Emeritus Jan 2013 #14
HowHasItComeToThis Jan 2013 #18
Dont call me Shirley Jan 2013 #4
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2013 #9
banned from Kos Jan 2013 #11
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Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #21
We_Must_Organize Jan 2013 #6
dreampunk Jan 2013 #10
Cynicus Emeritus Jan 2013 #12
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Cleita Jan 2013 #19
OnyxCollie Jan 2013 #25
Cleita Jan 2013 #29
OnyxCollie Jan 2013 #30
Cleita Jan 2013 #31
bvar22 Jan 2013 #20
OnyxCollie Jan 2013 #27
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #22
OnyxCollie Jan 2013 #26
reeds2012 Jan 2013 #24
flamingdem Jan 2013 #28

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:42 PM

1. Goldman has NO consumer business - NONE.

 

They don't want your little deposit or mortgage or credit card.

They had NOTHING to do with the mortgage meltdown. I know this offends the bank greifers but it is true.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:44 PM

2. You're kidding right?

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:48 PM

3. LA Times: Goldman played key role in mortgage meltdown, Senate investigators say



http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/27/business/la-fi-goldman-senate-20100427

Citing company documents, investigators say the financial giant used its good reputation to sell toxic mortgage-related securities to investors and then bet against the overheated market it created.

April 27, 2010|By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington In its aggressive pursuit of profits, Goldman, Sachs & Co. became a key enabler of the mortgage meltdown that triggered the global financial crisis, Senate investigators said Monday as they released new documents detailing the bank's controversial actions.

The excerpts of internal Goldman documents were made public on the eve of Tuesday's hearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, at which senators plan to question Goldman brass, including Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein, and Fabrice Tourre, the trader who is the focus of a fraud suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senate investigators said the documents show how Goldman used its gold-plated reputation on Wall Street to sell toxic mortgage-related securities to investors, then reversed course and bet against the overheated market it helped create.

"The evidence shows that Goldman Sachs helped build and operate that conveyor belt that fed toxic mortgages and mortgage securities into the financial system, and then made large bets against the market it helped create reaping the profits from it," said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the subcommittee's chairman. "The ultimate harm here is not just to the clients who were not well-served by their investment bank. The harm here is to all of us."

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Response to brentspeak (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:04 PM

5. Goldman did not need one single dime of TARP - they were net short the MBS market

 

in 2008. Warren Buffett bought billions in their stock at the time.

Goldman outsmarted the market and watched Lehman, Bear, and Merrill Lynch bite the dust. Goldman has always been ahead of the cycle.

You want to stack cred against Buffett? Don't be a fool.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:16 PM

7. You've bought into a totally false narrative.

Buffett made GS a loan at 9% interest.... GS paid off the loan, the shares were collateral. Not the same thing at all.

Goldman would have gone down the tubes, just like all the rest of them had the Treasury and Fed not made loans totaling $185 billion to AIG. GS had bought, sold and held billions in derivatives, backed by mortgages that had been sliced, diced and repackaged.....No one knew what the true value of those derivatives might be. It was NOT a mortgage meltdown, it was a credit meltdown...the banks stopped lending to each other. Even your vaunted GS was in a panic.

One last thing....GS is earning profits because it is now a "Bank Holding Company" which enables it to get money a .025% interest from the Fed and use that money to invest for itself.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:29 PM

8. Yes. AIG was a lynchpin in (your words) the credit meltdown - NO DOUBT

 

I agree. Yes, it was a credit crisis. LIBOR soared to historic levels (because of mistrust).

You can't blame that on Goldman though. Their MBS insurer was at fault - AIG. Still, no US bank has failed due to Credit Swaps. The big culprit was AIG all along.

Goldman MAY have gone down the tubes in a total catastrophe, no doubt. But they were last in line due to the vast capital in their balance sheet and their lack of consumer deposits. There will never be a "bank run" on Goldman like there was on WaMu.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:34 PM

16. No...AIG was just the biggest fool....selling all of that credit default insurance....

No bank failed because the tax payers bailed out both the banks and AIG. Goldman would have gone down without the Buffett loan, the AIG bailout...GS collected $8 billion from that AIG bailout I believe and access to the Fed window. There was no great bank run on WAMU...the FDIC stepped in and JPM bought it for a song with government backing for most of the bad debt. Lehman wanted the same deal offered to someone willing to buy them, but Lehman was not a commercial bank so that was never a possibility.

You seem to think that because Goldman operates as an investment bank it is somehow immune to failure. GS was in more danger of failure than either Wells Fargo or JPM, both of the latter have access to a daily inflow of deposits.

All of the banks who handled the MBOs and other derivatives were to blame, that includes GS. As Hank Paulson said, they were making so much money they kept pushing the mortgage lenders to make more loans that could be sliced, diced and packaged....

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:44 PM

17. Wrong - I-Banks were MORE prone to failure witness Lehman and Bear.

 

and yes, AIG was the biggest fool of all.

Goldman common never fell below 50ish.

Morgan was solid as a rock. Wells Fargo too.

I follow Buffett and he is Super #1 of all time on balance sheets. Fools like Taibbi are ignorant jackoffs. Goldman was worth a few billion in hindsight. That is beyond dispute.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 05:31 AM

23. Buffett is no fool indeed, he knew who'd benefit by the bailout and he invested accordingly. n/t

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:57 PM

14. It's a protected club and most Americans are not in it

 

Corporate, bankster and political corruption is many times more dangerous to the well being of us Americans than the hyped talk of propagandists, political pundits and politicians that blame it all because of the left or right.

They use that talk to divide us while we get plundered by those who buy off the politicians.

Progressive, populist, libertarian who supports the people, not the elite.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:49 PM

18. LLOYD LLOYD, LLOYD YOU ARE SLIME

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:54 PM

4. And G/S had everything to do with the crisis/austerity in Greece.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:05 PM

21. GS people are now in power in Greece and Italy, search it.

 

Lord Blankcheck is doing just fine, power-grab wise.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:15 PM

6. It will just keep getting worse

until Americans demand real change on this front. Too many Americans genuinely think they're the ones who are upper middle class when they are really barely making the median income - they just keep getting fucked in the ass with ever increasing costs and reduced benefits/ pay. I work with educated, smart individuals and they have no idea how bad the income inequality is in this country. Most thought that the top one percent had 10-15 percent of all income in the US when in fact it's closer to 35% This page gives a quick snapshot of just how clueless people are when it comes to income distribution.

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/10/estimates-of-wealth-distribution-are-widely-wrong/

And what real fucking value does people like Blankfein add to our economy? He does nothing but move money around. Yet these idiotic, poor fucking hillbillies will still vote Republican to get that evil gubmint from taxing these poor "job creators" to death.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:45 PM

10. The thing is with these ultra rich

people and corporations/banks/bank holding companes/investment houses, whatever the hell one calls them. The thing IS, they do not produce ONE SINGLE ACTUAL PRODUCT. All they DO is shuffle pretend (electronic) money around. If they fleece LESS from JQ PUBLIC this year than they did LAST YEAR, they call it LOSING MONEY. They have been gaming the society and the "system" for generations. Obama? Hell, HE AINT GONNA STOP IT! Excuse me for being quaint, but I got NO USE FOR ULTRA RICH FOLKS, and SURPRISE, they got no use for me, except perhaps buying my art.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:46 PM

12. They own the government we think we elect

 

Four years ago the same gang of thieves and Wall St bankers were bailed out by us taxpayers, all while we taxpayers received nothing in return except an illusion that everything is now good. They should have been jailed but instead they received a perpetual get out of jail free card.

Today we schmucks are mostly poorer and they are mostly much richer. They and Bloomberg etc succeeded in neutering the OWS movement because they own our politicians.

Make no mistake they will be coming for the everything the public thinks we own, like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, our pension funds, Social Security....but first they want your firearms.

The NY newspaper that published the names and addresses of legal NY gun owners should have instead published the names and addresses of those classified as financial terrorists.

Progressive, populist, and libertarian supporting the masses, but never a puppet to the elite

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:23 PM

15. He should've been jailed like all the other fuckers that almost brought the country to its knees

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:54 PM

19. And the plundering of our economy continues.

Seems we should seriously consider a maximum wage, not just a minimum wage.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:23 AM

25. Increasing tax rates has that effect. nt

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:09 PM

29. That's untrue if you mean increasing taxes on the rich.

Progressive tax rates historically have improved the economy across the board. Redistributing wealth upwards to the top 1% is destroying the middle class and their ability to purchase goods and that in turn is creating recession. Huge salaries at the CEO level means rank and file workers will earn less and have less spending power. Go read your history.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:34 PM

30. You misunderstood my post.

I was referring to your suggestion about a maximum wage.

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #30)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:35 PM

31. Fine. My apologies.

My suggestion was more tongue in cheek than anything else.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:57 PM

20. Hey, NOW!

"We can't begrudge them their wealth."

I know these guys, "and they are just savvy businessmen."

"Its the Free Market"
"I mean, look at all the Baseball Players!"


Yes, Virginia.
There ARE Two Americas.
... and I'm sorry to be the one to tell you,
but, like the Tooth Fairy, the Invisible Hand doesn't exist either.
The RICH made up all that shit about "Free Markets" & "Free Trade" to get more money.
They made up a whole new religion too.
Like other religions, this one also demands Complete Blind Faith Obedience to an invisible deity for which no proof exists!!!



The Graven Image on the altar of
The New Church of the Invisible Hand!


All Hail the Invisible Hand!
The Invisible Hand will save us all.
The Invisible Hand demands that we sacrifice our Working Class!
Make it SO!
All Hail the Invisible Hand!



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Response to bvar22 (Reply #20)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:26 AM

27. "We can't begrudge them their wealth."

After all, they're doing God's work.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:03 AM

22. High speed trading = highway robbery.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:25 AM

26. Tax each transaction and that will stop. nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:47 AM

24. This is really happening...

This is really happening...Take the money and run, take the money and run, take the money...

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:10 PM

28. PUERCO!



Note: "Fidel Castro" means "Lloyd Blankfein" in Capitalpig Latin

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