Monday, October 27, 2008

How good is Goldman if they wanted to merge with Citigroup?

Anyone with a pulse knows that Citigroup is "insolvent" with it's balance sheet, but people just assume that it is too big to fail, so we put up with their nonsense.

Then why would Goldman Sachs, make a call to Citigroup for a merger?

Is their more toxicity on Goldman's balance sheet?

Despite getting Buffett's money, and money from Treasury, Goldman still trades heavy. Why bother owning it?

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs’ chief executive, called Vikram Pandit, his Citigroup counterpart, last month to discuss a merger, in a dramatic example of the secret manoeuvring that preceded the government bail-out of the financial sector.

The call, which was made at the tentative suggestion of the regulatory authorities or at least with their blessing, was made shortly after Goldman had won surprise approval to convert itself from a securities firm into a commercial bank on September 21, according to several people familiar with the events.

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