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Goldman’s Gary Cohn has good news for nervous emerging markets bankers

Gary Cohn

In a rather banal interview with Bloomberg Television last week on Federal stimulus planing, Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn had a suggestion for big banks, including his own: despite the slowdown, don’t pull out of emerging markets.

Growth in emerging nations has slowed considerably this year, highlighted by the near 10% drop in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index in the second quarter. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a report in September noting that developing economies are set to cool off in the coming months, leading some to suggest banks may further reduce their presence there. Cohn said not so fast.

“If the industry has made a mistake, or we at Goldman have made a mistake in emerging markets, it’s that we’ve tended to contract our business at the bottom of the cycle,” Cohn told Bloomberg. “You need to invest at the bottom of the cycle to be ready for the top.”

As long as that sentiment is shared throughout board rooms on Wall Street, emerging markets bankers can rest a bit easier. So can the companies they’re investing in.

As for Goldman, it has one big hire to make in that very unit. J. Michael Evans, a vice chairman who leads Goldman’s emerging-markets businesses, announced last week that he is retiring at the end of the year. Cohn said the firm is actively looking for his replacement. If you’ve got 20 years of experience, feel free to drop off your resume.

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(Source: Business Insider)

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