So it seems that Goldman is going to pay the civilthat the SEC brought against it for a sum of $300mm and compensate investors who invested in those CDOs a further $250mm.
Am I the only one who see the compete idiocy of this? They could have done this before it came to light and instead dragged out a PR nightmare and, while legally admitting no wrong, appear to be paying the problem away. It would have probably been horrible had they gone to court, because even if they were not convicted- it could have had very deep implications for their revenue streams and business (investor monies, commercial paper, credit rating etc.)
It also seems odd to me that the timing of every Goldman "revelation" seems to coincide with a key moment in financial reform. The Senate just passed the final bill today, and it got through committee around the time it was revealedwas being sued. As a huge backer of the reform (I have no idea why) seems to be getting all the bad news at just the right time.