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  • How to Beat Hedge Funds' Returns: Wealth Manager Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 1:28 PM ET

    Hedge funds have been attracting inflows from yield-hungry investors eager for seemingly guaranteed superior returns. But there are a few things that investors should know before giving hedge funds a try, said Niall Gannon, director of wealth management at Gannon Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

  • Tony Fratto: You Say You Want A Resolution? Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:34 PM ET

    Every now and then an idea takes hold that is, conceptually, so elegant and alluring as to be nearly irresistible. Resolution authority – like the call of the Sirens – has enchanted every US official who was in a decision-making capacity during the financial crisis.

  • Goldman Pressed for CDO Loss Settlement Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 8:21 AM ET
    LLoyd Blankfein testifying before House Financial Services Committee

    Goldman is in talks over a potential settlement with an investor that claims that it lost money and went out of business after buying into a $1 billion mortgage-backed security, the FT reports.

  • Real Bookies Bet on Goldman Sachs Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 3:19 PM ET
    Daniel Sparks, former partner and head of the Mortgages Department at the Goldman Sachs Group, Joshua Birnbaum, former managing director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group, Michael Swenson, managing director of structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group and Fabrice Tourre, executive director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group are sworn in while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Af

    Sen. Claire McCaskill called Goldman Sachs "the bookie" in selling synthetic CDOs. Now, real bookies are putting odds on what happens next to the Wall Street giant.  

  • What is a Market Maker? Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    The job of a market maker is to determine a price at which the trader is willing to buy a particular product AND a price at which that same trader will sell that same product at the same moment in time. Yes – a market maker will give you a price to buy, or sell – and they are generally indifferent to what you do, they just want you to do business.

  • What's Really Inside a 'Toxic Asset' Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 10:58 AM ET

    When housing went from boom to bust, mortgages (especially subprime and Alt-A loans) were at the center of the economic crisis. And the term 'toxic asset' was born.

  • Yoshikami: Goldman - Lawmakers Stop Wasting Time Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 9:54 AM ET
    Goldman Sachs

    I'm outraged, like most, that a culture of excess has crippled the US economic system. Honest people got the short end of the stick and something needs to change. We need more transparency from Wall Street and there should be a level playing field for all investors.

  • Replace “Abacus” with “Pinto” Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 2:15 PM ET
    Goldman Sachs Hearing on Capitol Hill

    Watching the Senate hearings on Goldman Sachs is both educational and entertaining. I call it a "rumble" for rich white guys.

  • Goldman Sachs: Why Reputation Matters Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 11:04 AM ET

    Step back for a moment and imagine that your company is in Goldman's position right now: Universally reviled; Accused of betting against not only its own customers but the entire economic wellbeing of the country; At the center of an international political storm (one example: the bank has become a talking point in the UK general election); So unpopular that you can't find political support even among the most pro-business members of the opposition.

  • Hedge Funds Shrug off Regulatory Threat Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

    As Goldman Sachs faced investigation and Democrats and Republicans battle over financial regulation in the house it appears hedge funds are thriving despite the threat of more stringent rules.

  • Farrell: Greece—A New Moral Hazard? Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010 | 9:41 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    The bailout of Greece has stirred ferocious debate and fallout in Germany, which has an election shortly.

  • Interesting Elements to the Goldman Story Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | 5:01 PM ET

    As I’ve told readers of my Wall Street newsletter, Wall Street and Washington are as connected as strongly as I’ve ever seen them in my 20 years covering financial news, due in large measure to the cries for financial reform in the wake of the recent crisis.

  • Negativity Does Not Equal Sincerity Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 9:59 PM ET

    Investors, take note: Bears have motives just as bulls do.

  • Yoshikami: Lessons From Goldman Sachs Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 1:53 PM ET

    Goldman Sachs this last Friday was shocked to find themselves at the end of litigation from the SEC that they had misled investors about complex securities sold to investors.

  • More Wall Street Fraud Cases Likely: Chanos Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 2:58 PM ET
    James S. Chanos

    A seasoned hedge fund manager told CNBC Thursday that he expects to see more actions like those of the securities-fraud charges against Goldman Sachs.

  • Is John Paulson Watching the Kudlow Report? Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 1:01 PM ET
    John Alfred Paulson, president of Paulson & Co., Inc.

    Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has received quite a bit of press lately arising from his involvement in Goldman’s 2007 Abacus deal which netted him a king's ransom of $1 billion.

  • Main Investor in Goldman Deal May Have Caused Losses Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
    Goldman Sachs

    ACA, the main investor in a failed mortgage-securities deal that prompted fraud charges against Goldman Sachs, appears to have caused some of the $1 billion loss itself, CNBC has learned.

  • Obama 'Categorically' Denies Influence in Goldman Case Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 | 6:33 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama told CNBC Wednesday that there was no connection between the White House’s push for financial reform on Wall Street and the civil fraud charges filed against Goldman Sachs spacer on Friday.

  • Kudlow: My Take on Case Against Goldman Sachs Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 | 9:53 AM ET

    I’d like to weigh in on this whole SEC securities-fraud action against Goldman Sachs. The feds have, of course, alleged that Goldman made materially misleading statements and omissions in connection with a synthetic collateralized debt obligation (CDO) that was structured by Goldman and marketed to investors.

  • Goldman Needs to Fix Its Battered Image: Experts Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | 6:18 PM ET

    No matter what happens with the securities-fraud case against Goldman Sachs , the firm needs to concentrate on shoring up its tarnished image, two experts told CNBC.

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