Friday, April 16, 2010

More Thoughts on SEC vs. Goldman Sachs

Didn't ACA, IKB, and everyone else have the same information on the RMBS in the CDO as Paulson did? That the great Paulson wanted to bet against this CDO was of supreme importance, why? Because he's an omniscient god?

Goldman acted as a broker/middle-man. It's not their responsibility to advise against trades that they don't think will work out well. Imagine if you entered a market buy order for Goldman stock on Monday and it was canceled because your broker thought that would be a stupid move. I'd be furious.

My take is that Paulson thought the subprime real estate market was going to hell and he needed a way to make a bet. So he asked Goldman to find a manager, ACA, that would structure something he could bet against. Paulson could have been wrong, he had no special information on the RMBS he picked along with ACA correct? He was just smarter and better than everyone else who had the same information. The information included credit scores, loan-to-value, etc., Paulson's opinion of the mortgages and of the real estate market isn't relevant. Is he God?

People are looking at this in retrospect with perfect hindsight. I ask you all to come up with a list of 10 stocks that you want included in some sort of "sure to lose money" index. The point is that Paulson had nothing to do with the low yields the buyers were willing to take or the low payments the CDS issuer was willing to accept for writing insurance. The more I understand the situation, the more I think this is totally BS!

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