Innovation

Creativity and innovation have become hallmarks of Goldman Sachs – from creating the first price-to-earnings ratio, to initiating the investment banking business, to the technological reinvention of the modern IPO and beyond.

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Goldman Sachs Pairs Debt Underwriting for Japanese Telco with First Dollar/Yen Swap

The firm lead-manages a US$150 million Yankee bond issuance on behalf of Japan’s Nippon Telephone and Telegraph in 1984. The issuance is coupled with the first-ever yen/US dollar swap deal, representing an innovative approach to blending two corporate finance disciplines to best serve a client's interests.

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GS Financial WorkbenchSM Breaks New Ground in Firm’s Digital Offerings to Clients

The launch of GS Financial WorkbenchSM in 1995 marks the firm’s first significant effort to share some of its internal technologies, including tools, data, and analytics, with institutional clients.

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IFFIm Bonds: Financial Innovation Funds Immunization in More than 60 Countries

As lead advisors to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), Goldman Sachs helps to launch in 2006 a US$1 billion bond to protect children against disease by improving health systems and increasing access to immunization.

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Targeting Sustainable Corporate Performance: GS SUSTAIN

In 2007, Goldman Sachs launches GS SUSTAIN, a global, long-term investment research strategy designed to generate sustainable alpha by integrating analysis of financial strength, strategic positioning, and environmental, social and governance performance.

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Goldman Sachs Helps a French Utility Tap the US Commercial Paper Market

Just over a century after Goldman Sachs began dealing in commercial paper, the firm leads a commercial paper issuance for state-owned electric utility Électricité de France in 1974, the first ever in the United States on behalf of a foreign government entity.

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Black-Derman-Toy Model Developed by Team at Goldman Sachs

The Black-Derman-Toy model for pricing fixed income derivatives is developed at Goldman Sachs in 1986 and used extensively in-house prior to its publication several years later.

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First US Social Impact Bond Financed by Goldman Sachs

In 2012, in partnership with the City of New York and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Goldman Sachs finances the first social impact bond in the United States, a US$9.6 million loan aimed at reducing the rate of recidivism among adolescents incarcerated on Rikers Island.

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With SecDB, a Groundbreaking Risk Management Platform is Born

Securities Database, known as SecDB, is developed in 1993 and becomes the backbone of Goldman Sachs’ risk analytics platform for securities.

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Bringing Commercial Paper Trading Into the Digital Age

In 1985, Goldman Sachs introduces the first-ever computerized commercial paper dealer system, replacing the telephone and increasing the speed and accuracy of commercial paper transactions.

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Celebrating Most Influential Entrepreneurs at Inaugural Builders + Innovators Summit

2012 marks Goldman Sachs’ first annual Builders + Innovators Summit, a gathering of a select group of up-and-coming US entrepreneurs and seasoned business leaders designed to foster dialogue, idea sharing, and economic progress.

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Innovation at Work: Helping a U.S. Thrift Sell Yen-Based Notes in Europe

In 1987, Goldman Sachs co-manages the first-ever collateralized Euroyen notes totaling JPY15 billion for California-based Great American First Savings Bank.

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Firm's First IPO Uses New Earnings-Based Approach to Valuation

Henry Goldman leads the firm’s first IPO in 1906, utilizing the innovative strategy of earnings, rather than solely assets, to attract long-term investment in United Cigar Manufacturers.

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John Whitehead Memo Revolutionizes Investment Banking, Establishes Investment Banking Services

In one of the firm's most important industry innovations, John C. Whitehead submits a memo to Sidney J. Weinberg in 1956 outlining the establishment of Wall Street's first marketing arm for investment banking, later known as Investment Banking Services.

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Revolutionary Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model is Published by Fischer Black, Later a Partner at Goldman Sachs

Published in 1973, the Black-Scholes Option Pricing model brought a new quantitative approach to pricing options, helping fuel the growth of derivative investing.

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“Womenomics”: The Power of the Purse in Japan

The Japanese portfolio team within the Global Investment Research Division publishes “Womenomics: Buy the Female Economy” in 1999, launching a multiyear series of reports that cement “Womenomics” as part of the Japanese vernacular and a pillar of the country’s efforts to revive economic growth.

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With GS Research Report, "BRICs" Are Born

In 2001, Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research Division publishes the report, "Build Better Global Economic BRICs," coining the acronym for the four countries that would reshape the world economy– Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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Marcus by Goldman Sachs Applies Technology to a Long Legacy of Bringing Financial Expertise to Clients

In 2016, Goldman Sachs launches Marcus by Goldman Sachs, an online platform offering personal unsecured loans and savings accounts to retail clients.

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