Thu, Jan 29, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hedge fund Lansdowne dumps entire $850m stake in Goldman Sachs

Monday, August 01, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update – Europe’s biggest hedge fund, Lansdowne Partners, has confirmed its decision to sell its entire $850m stake in American investment bank Goldman Sachs. The move raises question about the prospect of the global banking sector, various media reports say.

According to a report by the British newspaper The Independent, Lansdowne owns nearly one percent of the Wall Street bank’s equity. Lansdowne’s exposure in Goldman Sachs is equivalent to nearly 10%of its entire $10bn assets under management.

Others see the sale of at least 4.94 million Goldman shares as a further blow to the Wall Street Bank which saw its shares plunge to levels not seen since 2009 after results of second-quarter performance showed disappointing numbers.

Goldman Sachs reported a $1.09bn profit in the second quarter and announced a decision to cut up to 1,000 jobs worldwide.

What is significant with Lansdowne’s move is that the firm made a similar offloading decision at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 when it sold its shares ahead of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The hedge fund is one of the top 20 investors in Goldman.

While the hedge fund’s decision to exit Goldman is due to the decline in the value of Goldman’s proprietary trading operations, many analysts hint that it also raises serious questions about the health of the global banking industry.

Banks’ proprietary trading operations are hit by new regulatory changes under the Volcker rule. Many investment banks have already disbanded their proprietary units.
Precy Dumlao

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Investing - U.S. investors favor currency hedged Europe ETFs as euro tumbles, Quants win back investors as Swiss franc fuels volatility gains, David Einhorn's $7bn hedge fund is loading up on this stock, Hedge fund BlueMountain Capital unveils Ocwen Financial short, claims default on notes[more]

    U.S. investors favor currency hedged Europe ETFs as euro tumbles From Reuters.com: U.S. investors stung by the falling euro who want to stay invested in Europe are turning to exchange-traded funds designed to strip out the impact of the region's currency. The biggest among so-called "cur

  2. News Briefs - Millennials use tech tools to jump into investing, Winklevoss twins to launch bitcoin exchange with FDIC insured deposits, Robertson’s legacy from hedge funds to New Zealand, Real estate managers exploring smaller open-end funds[more]

    Millennials use tech tools to jump into investing It is the Facebookification of monetary investing. From social networking platforms that enable young investors to stick to every other's stock-picking mojo, to internet sites for initially-timers hungry for a piece of the Silicon Valley

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Ex-Citi trader launches 'sleep-at-night’ long/short equity fund[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: After working at Citi's proprietary trading desk, managing a large portfolio between 2008 and 2011, Joel S. Salomon founded SalauMor Management in New York

  4. …And Finally - Prison restaurant is the best in Cardiff[more]

    From Orange.co.uk: A restaurant at a prison staffed entirely by inmates has been ranked as the best in Cardiff by diners. The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff - which is open to the public - has been ranked number one on TripAdvisor out of 946 eateries in the Welsh capital. Diners who pos

  5. Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report