Earlier today actor Alan Cummings told New York magazine that he'd taken his money out of Goldman Sachs because he was disgusted with how they conducted themselves before during and after the crisis. Cummings knew writing to Lloyd Blankfein and telling the CEO how disappointed he was would accomplish nothing, and that the only way to send a message that would actually penetrate senior management was to speak their language. The language of cash-money. Cummings just knew that the way to get a rise out of LB and Co was to shake a stack of hundos in their direct line of vision and then take said hundos away from them. And Cummings was right.
Almost immediately after the news that he'd pulled his bills from GS went out, the thespian received a note from on high suggesting that a) he'd forgotten something very important b) that he ought to put a sock in it and c) that even though he'd made a silly mistake, as actors are wont to do, that Goldman is willing to take his business again, in the event he's still interested in watching Lloyd make it rain. Apparently, Cummings most certainly is not, but he is absolutely tickled by how easily the monkeys took the bait.
A couple of hours after the NY mag piece went online I received an email from Goldman Sachs saying they had read the piece and reminding me of the amount of cash I had made whilst my money was with them, despite the financial crash. This of course just reminds me of why I moved my money in the first place. It was not so much the fact that I lost a lot of money when the financial crash happened. I did, so did a lot of people. And of course, before then and since, I made money with Goldman Sachs. But the reason I moved my money was that I felt it was the only way I could demonstrate to them that I did not approve of them, that I felt they were out of touch and indeed today they just proved that again.