On April 16th, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint against Goldman Sachs in US District Court (linked below) alleging that the firm defrauded customers by selling investments in subprime mortgages while surreptitiously betting against the same investments in separate transactions. The SEC's complaint additionally alleges that Goldman’s conduct “contributed to the recent financial crisis by magnifying losses associated with the downturn in the United States housing market…”
Goldman Sachs is arguably the most powerful and visible investment bank in the world, and so the ramifications of the SEC’s charges will likely tarnish not only the image of Goldman Sach’s, but that of the entire US banking industry. The SEC’s complaint also raises serious questions and concerns about the nature and character of banking as a profession.
Goldman Sachs Tower, Jersey City, NJ
I remain dumbfounded by the apparent current state of financial services and banking in the US. Clearly, the banking industry is in desperate need of reform at the top.