Goldman Sachs reveals a key new strategy team – Merrill trainees in limbo – Carlyle credit power players

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Stephanie Cohen Goldman’s Stephanie Cohen, co-head of the firm’s consumer and wealth group

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Happy Saturday, and welcome to Insider Finance. Here’s a rundown of the must-know stories from the past week:

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Goldman Sachs gave an update on its multi-year transformation plan. Here are the 6 big takeaways.

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Goldman Sachs on Tuesday gave an update on grand plans that it laid out at its first-ever investor day last year. We broke down what you need to know

Other Goldman news this week:

  • Tucker York and Stephanie Cohen announced a new strategy team to help grow consumer and wealth – and the two leaders who will be hunting for acquisitions and partnerships
  • Goldman named six people to lead product development in its consumer and wealth management group – a sign of big innovations to come from the growing division

Carlyle’s credit crew: Meet 14 people leading the PE giant’s $53 billion lending division

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Carlyle’s credit team has been around since 1999, but over the past four years its investing professionals have assembled as a single global unit. The firm has shifted personnel internally and snapped up outside hires from shops like Apollo Global Management, BlackRock, and Bain Capital to facilitate an expansion that has enabled the firm to extend a wide variety of loans to companies. 

Insider spoke with 14 people on Carlyle’s 150-member credit team to learn more.


Merrill Lynch’s pipeline for thousands of new advisors is ‘in limbo’ as the firm overhauls its training program

Brian Moynihan, the chief executive of Bank of America. Brian Moynihan, the chief executive of Bank of America.

Bank of America’s sprawling wealth management arm has maintained its months-long pause on financial advisor trainees’ client outreach, a temporary hold that can complicate the business growth that new advisors need to thrive.

The temporary pause on prospecting has remained in part because novice advisors are still violating do-not-call list restrictions.


Bloomberg just paid more than $100 million for an upstart alt-data player

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No longer the Wild West, the alternative-data industry is becoming increasingly institutional as big-name companies jump into the space. Companies like Bloomberg and Blackstone are positioning themselves to be major players in the space, which has continued to grow its client base as unique datasets become necessary for investors. 

Bloomberg, for example, ended 2020 with a more-than-$100-million acquisition, buying alt-data company Second Measure. 

Here’s why that marks a huge turning point for a once-fringe business.


Wall Street people moves:

  • Senior RBC junk-bond trader Todd Bondy has left to join MUFG, which is revamping its credit business
  • A former Blackstone exec has resurfaced at General Atlantic’s credit-investing venture after an unprecedented non-compete spat

Other stories readers loved this week:

  • The white-hot wealth management market is set for a year of merger mania. Meet 7 firms that are on the hunt.
  • 7 top legal recruiters reveal the hottest practice areas and must-know hiring trends for 2021
  • Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman is now the highest-paid bank executive in America following a 22% raise amid a record year for the company
  • Ex-Plaid employees say they’re being flooded with ‘sketchy’ bids to buy their shares at $1,200 each from the hidden world of private buyers

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