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What’s driving Goldman’s $300 billion private credit goal in 5 years?

  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management is strategizing an expansion of its private credit portfolio, with aspirations to increase it to $300 billion within the next five years.
  • Leveraging its investment bank to originate deals, Goldman has established a leading position in the private credit market, a sector it entered nearly three decades ago.
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What’s driving Goldman’s $300 billion private credit goal in 5 years?

    Despite consumer business woes, Goldman shines in private credit.

    by SARA KHAIRI

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management is strategizing an expansion of its private credit portfolio, with aspirations to increase it to $300 billion within the next five years, a rise from its current $130 billion allocation.

    According to Marc Nachmann, Goldman’s global head of asset and wealth management, at least one-third of the total investment sum of the $40 billion to $50 billion earmarked for alternative investments this year, will be directed to bolster private credit strategies. 

    CEO David Solomon has pinned his hopes on Goldman’s asset management division since the Investor Day last year, considering it a ‘strategic alternative’ to the then deteriorating consumer business. This gradual shift came after the bank weathered eight consecutive turbulent financial quarters, largely attributed to its bumpy venture into consumer banking.

    In Q4’23, Goldman distanced itself from those initiatives and redirected attention to its core business. The bank surprised analysts with an unexpected 51% surge in profits compared to the previous year during the final quarter of 2023. While the fee the FDIC assessed on GS was comparatively smaller than those of its peers, having a lesser impact on Goldman’s net income, a significant driver behind its profit increase was the growth witnessed in the asset and wealth management division.

    What’s fueling Goldman’s ambition? 


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