Goldman insiders said Schwartz, who is 6-foot-4 and holds a black belt in karate, has shown both the disposition and the ability to handle the CFO’s many responsibilities. “He’s a bear of a man, but he’s gentle in his presentation,” said John Rogers, Goldman’s chief of staff and secretary to the board. [Reuters, related]

Something, supposedly. Read more »

  • 02 Nov 2010 at 4:21 PM

Art History Time, With A Portrait Of Meredith Whitney

Geoffrey Raymond, the artist who’s done everyone from Jimmy Cayne, Dick Fuld, Alan Greenspan (collectively known as “The Greats”) to Lloyd Blankfein and Ben Bernanke has a new painting out. It’s of Meredith Whitney and a bull, and here’s how Raymond describes it: “Surely you remember Picasso’s ‘Dora and the Minotaur’ from that art appreciation course you took back when, yes? Well I’ve reinterpreted this classic, bending it to serve his own twisted agenda. The result? ‘Meredith Whitney Grapples with the Next Big Prediction.'” The portrait is available for you to buy and hang over your mantle (best offer over $3,500 takes it home) and you can see it here: Read more »

  • 13 Aug 2010 at 3:15 PM

What’s Happening In This Bull/Bear Scene?

Above is a desk statue being hocked to employees of various investment banks, along other crap like deal toys, frames for your certifications, bookends and so on and so forth. While the person who brought it to our attention was of the opinion it was “too dirty” for the office, I think he might be jumping to conclusions on that one. Thing is, we don’t know exactly what message the artist was trying to get across here. Really it could be anything. It could be could be that the bull is going down on the bear,* or who knows, maybe the bull just lost his contact. Maybe this was meant to be the visual representation of the old saying “You can get a good sense of market pessimism by sticking your head up a bear’s ass.” Hard to say, really, so if you’ve got an idea as to what’s going on one way or another, do weigh in.

*And so what if it is? Since when is inter-species love not appropriate for the workplace?

Hey you. Market got ya in a bit of a funk? Not turning out numbers like this guy? Tony Robbins is here to help. Please, don’t scoff– Anthony has been coaching “one of the top ten financial traders in the history of the world,” and in April 2008, took the guy and a bunch of his industry pals to Dubai and said, “Listen you guys, I always bring you the best, I try to give you an advantage on things, in advance if I know they’re coming. THE FINANCIAL WORLD IS ABOUT TO CHANGE RADICALLY, IN LEVELS YOU CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE.” I can’t tell you when, but it’s coming real quick. Sometime in the next 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 months. And we spent three days, where we brought in experts, and I painted a picture of how they can protect themselves. A lot of people were disturbed that weekend but the ones that listened made some very smart moves, which saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars and in some case millions of dollars.” You do the math. Read more »

Apparently it’s necessary.

From: Morgan Stanley (Security)
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2010 1:05 PM
To: All
Subject: Bear Sighting

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