Goldman Sachs Gives Peek Into Frenzy on Trading Desks in March

(Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. offered a glimpse into the March madness that propelled Wall Street trading desks to their best quarterly performance in almost a decade.

The firm’s traders pulled in more than $100 million on 14 separate days during the first quarter, Goldman Sachs said Friday in a regulatory filing. Volatile markets were a boon for the business, which posted gains on more than 85% of the trading days as the spread of Covid-19 generated a surge in volume and wide bid-ask spreads through much of March.

Goldman Sachs Gives Peek Into Frenzy on Trading Desks in March

It was a rare surge for Wall Street trading desks that have been bleeding talent, curbed by regulations and facing constant threats from efforts to automate trading.

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