Goldman Sachs Loses $2.15 Billion in One Day After Publication of Employee's Scathing New York Times Op-Ed

Yesterday's much discussed New York Times op-ed by now-former Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith has cost Goldman Sachs more than some bad PR, it seems. Bloomberg reports that the company has lost an astounding $2.15 billion for its shareholders since Smith's piece went live a mere one day ago.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) saw $2.15 billion of its market value wiped out after an employee assailed Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein’s management and the firm’s treatment of clients, sparking debate across Wall Street.

The shares dropped 3.4 percent in New York trading yesterday, the third-biggest decline in the 81-company Standard & Poor’s 500 Financials Index, after London-based Greg Smith made the accusations in a New York Times op-ed piece.


If you missed the op-ed yesterday, it opens:

TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.

 You can read the entire thing here.

Do you think Smith knew how much damage he'd do to his former employer? 

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 15, 2012, 7:31am