Goldman's Blankfein Says Credit Crisis Close to End

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein said the credit crisis that's forced almost $250 billion in losses and writedowns at the world's biggest finance companies may be approaching an end.

    ``We're closer to the end than the beginning,'' Blankfein, 53, said today in response to an investor question at the company's annual shareholder meeting in New York.

    Blankfein's comments follow similar remarks by Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer John Mack, who said earlier this week that the end of the credit-market contraction that began with subprime mortgages may be in sight. Mack said it would probably last ``a couple of quarters'' longer.

    Likening the crisis to the periods in an American football game, Blankfein said that ``we're maybe at the end of the third quarter, or the beginning of the fourth.'' He warned that fourth quarters often last longer because of time-outs, and sometimes go into overtime. ``No promises on how long that is,'' he said.

    After the collapse of the subprime mortgage market in the past year, losses spread to leveraged loans, commercial real estate and municipal bonds. Goldman, the biggest securities firm by market value, posted record profit last year, avoiding writedowns that caused historic losses at Merrill Lynch & Co. and Citigroup Inc.

    Hmmmm....Is that the same Blankfein telling us three weeks ago that we' re only half way through the credit crisis ???:confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. Digs


    Only when house price deflation stops...

    This can only be confirmed year on year price changes..
  3. goldman says the problem is a trillion plus. we are 250 billion in , and the crisis is almost over. these guys are so full of poo
  4. 2 + 2 + 11

    Trust us, we are Goldman Sachs. Have we ever lied to you before?
  5. Every single day they change their stance. You can tell which days they are net long or net short.
  6. This was the first thing that came to mind while reading this. Apparently the credit crisis is two weeks long in goldman time.
  7. Maybe this is Blankfein's way of telling us he is using Goldman's huge resources to BUY financial stocks and subprime debt NOW!!!

    Hurry everybody - take the hint!!! :D
  8. Last time I checked though, the recession we're left with is not the same thing as a credit crisis. That will take longer to play out, and likely stocks will be anemic with that.

    (We haven't even had our first -100k jobs report ... roll up your sleaves.)
  9. Remember Blanfein´s "assessment" ? LOL !!

    Goldman to "clarify misperceptions" about its AIG trades Friday.
  10. GS wants you to buy their long positions.
    #10     Mar 19, 2009