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Jared Dillian

Lloyd Blankfein Proves Once a Trader, Always a Trader

Anyone who has spent time on Wall Street will immediately recognize the former Goldman Sachs CEO’s behavior for what it is.

Lloyd Blankfein can’t stop trading.

Lloyd Blankfein can’t stop trading.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

We learned last week that former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein has some extra time on his hands, having failed to transition into a policy-making role in Washington like so many ex-officials at the Wall Street powerhouse have done. How is he spending that time? Trading. Blankfein, 67, said in an interview with Bloomberg News that he makes several trades in his personal account every day, usually stocks and commodities but occasionally currencies. 

Anyone who has spent time on an institutional trading desk will immediately recognize this behavior for what it is: Once a trader, always a trader. A pickle can’t turn back into a cucumber. It’s in your DNA and it affects how you see the world. Every situation is or isn’t an opportunity. There is always money to be made somewhere. You can’t stop just because you’re retired.