Tag Archives: investment banking

What’s Wall Street good for?

Following on rather neatly from yesterday’s suggestion that the “developed” economies may in fact be overdeveloped to the point of being detrimental to the overall good of society, here’s a lengthy piece at the New Yorker about Wall Street, investment banking and social good, which seems to reiterate a similar point: investment banking and securities trading isn’t actually beneficial to anyone other than the bloated financial sector itself [via MetaFilter].

It’s good to see people from within that sector starting to say so; whether we get things fixed before the next blow-out is another question entirely. A long article, but well worth the read.

The ever-more-invisible (and uncontrollably emergent) hand of the not-actually-free market

Via Chairman Bruce, the US government is getting (more) worried about automated trading in the wake of last week’s largely-unexplained and possibly emergent “stock tornado”; insert aphorism about horses and barn doors here, possibly modified to suggest that the farmer has been letting the horse run the stud for years.

Investment bankers are naturally keen to point out all the benefits of automated trading and “dark pools”:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the most profitable firm in Wall Street history, has shared memos with lawmakers and SEC officials that say computer-driven trading and an increase in stock transactions that occur off public exchanges has reduced consumer costs and brought more liquidity to markets.

Well, if we can’t trust Goldman Sachs, who can we trust? #scathingsarcasm