Investment Banks as the Houses of Westeros - Game of Thrones (GoT)

In honor of GoT S7 premiering next month, I'd like to pose a simple question to the WSO community. If the investment banks were the Houses of Westeros, which would they be?

My Opinion:

Goldman Sachs/House Lannister - the "old money" in Westeros and currently crushing the league tables/ruling the seven kingdoms; despised by most of the other houses for their continued dominance and placing loyal members in key positions of government

Morgan Stanley/House Tyrell - Challenging the Lannisters for supremacy with equally old money and family name but alas still second best

JP Morgan/House Targaryen - An old, powerful name that has seen significant success in recent years (post financial crises); has upended the balance of power rising to the top of league tables using a bevy of powerful new tools i.e. massive, fire-breathing dragons/balance sheets

BAML/House Stark - Another old name(ML) whose alliance with the wildlings(BofA) has resulted in recent success through the use of powerful new tools including giants/massive balance sheets but still trying to figure out how to use new alliance to topple other ruling families/banks

Credit Suisse/House Martell - A strong platform competing with all the other families in the seven kingdoms/USA but still something oddly foreign about them; tried to integrate by marrying into the royal family(Elia and Rhaegar)/buying First Boston but with mixed success

Barclays/House Tully - As a result of questionable alliances i.e. marriage into Houses Stark and Arryn/purchase of Lehman's US banking business, Barclays has seen better days

Citi/House Arryn - Old powerful name (Saloman Bros) that has sat out most of the War of the Five Kings/financial crises wheeling and dealing to lick its wounds; now middle of the road with new leadership i.e. Peter Baelish/Michael Corbat and seeking to reassert dominance

Deutsche/House Greyjoy - Crises of leadership in recent years i.e. step down of Jain & Fitschen/death of Balon Greyjoy along with a refusal to play by the rules i.e. manipulation of LIBOR etc./raiding and pillaging of the North has resulted in a beatdown

UBS/House Baratheon - Oh how the mighty have fallen; Once, one of the most powerful families in Westeros, significant talent losses i.e. Robert, Stannis and Renly deaths/Blair Effron and Ken Moelis departures as well as a refusal to play by the rules i.e. forex manipulation/human sacrifices has resulted in obliteration

Thoughts? Comments? Criticism?

Mod Note (Andy): top 50 posts of 2017, this one ranks #2 (based on # of silver bananas)

Comments (75)

 
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:01pm

And it's coming... haha

Does the Tiger fire the Monkey? Does the Tiger transfer the Monkey to another branch?
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Jun 9, 2017 - 3:00pm

Lehman would have to be house Bolton then...

Cheer up, Bateman. What's the matter? No shiatsu this morning?
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Jun 11, 2017 - 8:47am

SEC = Wight Walkers, Preet Bharara could've been the Night King
WSJ = Varys. Impotent media outlet

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."
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Jun 11, 2017 - 12:37pm

Fitting username

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."
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Jun 12, 2017 - 5:11am

Dolen Trump for Many Faced God. Too many variant, and often contradictory, opinions on the same topic.
Putin for Lord of Light.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."
 
Jun 17, 2017 - 8:46am

SB for quality.
In Australia - a dominant powerhouse.
Outside of Australia - relatively unknown.

'I'm jacked... JACKED TO THE TITS!!'
 
Jun 15, 2017 - 4:42pm

yeah thanks for the post! big hit on the site (will probably have 15k+ views by next week)

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Jun 16, 2017 - 1:57pm

Purchase of Lehman Bros' banking business was the best decision Barclays has made. Selling of BGI to BlackRock was the worst.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
 
Jun 17, 2017 - 8:28am

that must've taken a long time to put all this together. SB.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

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Jun 18, 2017 - 2:37pm

A winner +1

“Elections are a futures market for stolen property”
 
Jun 19, 2017 - 1:38am

HSBC = Qarth
BNP = Lys (trading house known for exotics)
Fed = Maester Order =(secret order with mysterious influences with every house), Oldtown and the Citadel is FOMC/FRBNY
RBS = Night's Watch (once a proud financial powerhouse/down to 135 men)

Lehman = Freys ( since the twins are super important to westeros)
PBOC = Volantis/Bravoos Iron Bank (financial superpower outside of westeros)

 
Aug 10, 2017 - 10:06am

Who would be the Dothraki Horde?

"All men are alike in their dreams, and all men are alike in the promises they make. The difference is what they do."— Jean Baptiste Moliere
 
Nov 19, 2017 - 10:02pm

The question then becomes what is the Battle of the Bastards and what is the Red Wedding?

Does the Tiger fire the Monkey? Does the Tiger transfer the Monkey to another branch?
 
Jan 5, 2018 - 7:21am
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