The Wall Street Journal reports that Goldman Sachs analysts reserved key trading tips for large clients, hurting smaller clients of the venerable firm. An example, according to the paper:
“Goldman Sachs Inc. research analyst Marc Irizarry’s published rating on mutual-fund manager Janus Capital GroupInc. was a lackluster “neutral” in early April 2008. But at an internal meeting that month, the analyst told dozens of Goldman’s traders the stock was likely to head higher, company documents show.
The next day, research-department employees at Goldman called about 50 favored clients of the big securities firm with the same tip, including hedge-fund companies Citadel Investment Group and SAC Capital Advisors, the documents indicate. Readers of Mr. Irizarry’s research didn’t find out he was bullish until his written report was issued six days later, after Janus shares had jumped 5.8%.”