(Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. added the offering and auction of securities, as well as “when-issued trading,” to a list of activities that regulators and other government bodies are investigating.
The bank made the disclosure Tuesday in a quarterly regulatory filing, without specifying which agencies or regulators are probing the items on the list. The U.S. Justice Department has begun looking at possible collusion in the $12.7 trillion U.S. Treasury market after securing guilty pleas and more than $5 billion in fines from global banks in a similar investigation of currency rigging, Bloomberg reported earlier this year.
Goldman Sachs is one of 22 financial firms accused in a July investor lawsuit of colluding to manipulate auctions of U.S. Treasuries. A pension fund for Boston public employees alleged that the so-called primary dealers used electronic chat rooms and instant messages to inflate the prices of Treasuries they sold to investors and to deflate the prices they paid for those Treasuries at auction.
Michael DuVally, a Goldman Sachs spokesman, declined to comment beyond the filing.
Goldman Sachs decreased its estimate for reasonably possible legal costs in excess of reserves by 10 percent to $5.3 billion as the New York-based firm added $416 million to its legal reserves in the third quarter, according to Tuesday’s filing. The estimate, which banks have been providing since Securities and Exchange Commission guidance on the matter in 2010, gives investors an idea of potential legal losses beyond reserves.