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Goldman Sachs banned words

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Goldman Sachs monitors for some pretty strange words in emails. CNBC has come into possession of a long, long list of things that Goldman Sachs purportedly screens for. They include phrases like, “supposed to be the top best financial company,” “let me remind you,” and “I am not a happy camper.”

With most banks a lot more vigilant about monitoring emails and messaging services in the wake of the LIBOR and FX scandals, it’s not just Goldman that’s keep a close eye on communications from its staff. And it’s not just about what you write in emails – Erkin Adlov, a former Goldman Sachs equities analyst, is developing a system that also keeps tabs on the speed with which employees communicate on telephone calls (If your speech slows, it suggests you’re contemplating a lie).

We spoke to a senior compliance monitoring professional who’s worked across banks on Wall Street. Goldman’s list aside, he said most banks monitor messages for the words below. Include them at your peril…

Compliance

Blue Horseshoe (from movie Wall Street)

Article

Timing

Leak

Reporter

Filing

Audit

Jail

Prison

on the DL

Hearing

Don’t

Lawyer

For your eyes only

Call me

Text me

Meet me

Announce

Pending

Investigation

Secret

Confidential

Fix

Tribe

Ears

Smell

Shred

Delete

Favor

Owe you

Press Release

Desk

Seeing

Idiot

Liar

Heart Attack

Stress

Migraine

Nervous

FBI

DOJ

Mistake

Wrong

Sit Tight

Wait and see

Madoff

Squid

WTF

Stomach

Chatter

Investigation

Out of here

Resign

Quit

Leaving

 

 

 

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