Does Goldman Profit from Its Clients' Losses?


The New York Times reports that a Goldman Sachs Group (GS) email to clients reveals that the firm places trades before recommending them to clients, and sometimes even bets against clients' positions -- presumably when it thinks those positions are money losers. The Times quotes an email to clients from Thomas C. Mazarakis, the head of Goldman's fundamental strategies group: "We may trade, and may have existing positions, based on trading ideas before we have discussed those trading ideas with you."

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