When it comes to their own investments, it looks like current presidential candidates strongly prefer Goldman Sachs
]. But the picture is far from complete.
| Frederick William McNabb III|
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Luciana Lopez and Grant Smith of Reuters highlight
the wire service's own analysis
of the remaining 12 Republican candidates' financial disclosures to figure out which asset managers the candidates favor. By Reuters'
count, eight of the Republican candidates had a combined 57 investments in Goldmans' offerings.
The analysis draws on filings that cover the candidates and their spouses, from 2014 through mid-2015, so it's not clear what the numbers would look like today. The report also lumps together Goldman Sachs funds from Goldman Sachs Asset Management with Goldman Sachs stock. And Reuters
reports that the disclosures do not clarify whether or not the candidates bought these investments directly or through FAs or other intermediaries.
The analysis also leaves out the holdings of Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton
, Martin O'Malley
, and Bernie Sanders
does note that Sanders has said it's time to "shut the revolving door" between Goldman and government, and last summer it was widely reported
that Clinton owns just a single mutual fund, from Vanguard
]. Good luck finding media coverage of O'Malley's investment choices.
The second most popular asset manager among the Republican candidates is the same one Clinton uses: Vanguard. Seven of the Republican candidates reported a combined 28 investments with Vanguard.
Here's how the investments break down, per Reuters
. Carly Fiorina
and her husband reported 21 investments with Goldman and none with Vanguard. The wire service notes that Goldman advised HP on its 2002 Compaq purchase when Fiorina was leading HP. Reuters
also notes that Fiorina has significant direct stock holdings, too.
and his wife reported 14 investments with Goldman and none with Vanguard.
and his wife reported 14 investments with Goldman and two with Vanguard. The wire service notes that Cruz's wife is on leave from Goldman's wealth management business, where she is a managing director. And Reuters
notes that Cruz previously told Bloomberg
that the government has given Goldman "special favors."
reported 12 investments with Vanguard and none with Goldman.
reported six investments with Vanguard and two with Goldman.
reported five investments with Vanguard and one with Goldman.
Billionaire Donald Trump
reported three investments with Goldman and one with Vanguard. Yet Reuters
notes that Trump's wealth is largely in his real estate business and individual stocks.
reported one investment with Goldman and one with Vanguard.
reported one investment with Goldman and none with Vanguard.
reported one investment with Vanguard and none with Goldman.
and Marco Rubio
both reported no investments with Goldman, and Reuters
doesn't list them as having any with Vanguard, either.
Correction: A prior version of this gave the wrong investment holdings information for Rick Santorum. Reuters' analysis shows that Santorum reported one investment with Vanguard and none with Goldman.
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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