Goldman faces probe after entrepreneur slams Apple Card algorithm in tweets
Sunday, 10 November 2019 A probe into Goldman Sachs Group Inc's credit card practices has been initiated after tweets from a tech entrepreneur alleged gender discrimination in the new Apple Inc card algorithms that are used to determine credit limits.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Apple's new credit card gave him 10 times the credit limit his wife received even though they do not hold separate assets or bank or credit accounts. Fred Katayama reports.
Is another bubble about to burst? Goldman Sachs said Wall Street's most popular fear gauge is flashing a warning sign not seen since the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000. Typically, when the stock market rises, volatility tends to fade. But Goldman said this pattern has been overturned. The S&P 500 and the VIX index have currently hit record peaks in correlation to each other.
On Thursday, Goldman Sachs said the S&P 500 can hit 3,600 if markets price in the bank's "comparatively more optimistic US GDP forecast." The banks analysts say specific market conditions would yield the growth. The economy contracts by only by 5% in 2020. It would have to grow by 6.2% next year. After that real yields will rise sharply to levels of "cyclical optimism" in June 2021.
On Friday, Goldman Sachs lifted its 2020 S&P 500 earnings-per-share estimate. The move comes after better-than-expected second-quarter results. Business Insider reports that Goldman expects 2020 S&P 500 EPS of $130, from $115. That's about 21% lower than 2019. Goldman also thinks S&P 500 earnings will surge 30%, to $170 per share in 2021. The estimate is tied to Goldman's economic growth outlook.